Frequently Asked Questions for Truesdale Facial Plastic Surgery
How do I get started with surgery?
Call our office at 310-295-4277 to book a surgical consultation with Dr. Truesdale. You will share your goals, have Dr. Truesdale examine your face, and discuss your customized recommendation. The consultation fee is $200, which gets applied 100% towards any future surgery.
Does Truesdale Facial Plastic Surgery Offer Virtual Consultations?
Yes! Our office is happy to help arrange for you to come to Truesdale Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills for your surgery.
We offer virtual consultations for out-of-town patients. Call the office 310-295-4277 to book. Your virtual consultation will take place over a secured online platform. You will have a video visit with Dr. Truesdale to discuss your goals and learn his recommendation for you. A virtual consultation is $200, which will be applied 100% towards the cost of any future surgery.
How long do surgical quotes last?
After your surgical consultation, our Practice Manager will email you with a quote for surgery and any additional fees (such as operating room and anesthesia fees), and pre-operative steps. Surgical quotes remain in effect for 60 days.
Do I need to schedule a consultation for Fillers or Botox?
No. Dr. Truesdale will do a mini-consultation related to your selected non-surgical treatment and then will treat you, all in one appointment.
Where Does Surgery Take Place?
Surgery will take place at The Lasky Clinic Operating Room, at 201 S. Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills.
Do I Need Medical Clearance Prior to Surgery?
For patients who will undergo anesthesia, there are medical tests that are mandatory to ensure patient safety. Our office will let you know which tests are necessary. Patients 45 and Over must have a full physical examination, an EKG, and a letter of medical clearance. All must be performed within three (3) months before the date of surgery. Patients 65 and over must also get a chest x-ray.
How Soon Can I Get Back to My Normal Exercise Routine?
After 24 hours, you are encouraged to go for light walks and strolls. Light cardio, such as an elliptical machine or spin bike on a low resistance, can begin on postoperative day seven (7). Do not engage in any heavy cardiovascular activity (running), any activity that involves straining (weight lifting), or anything that involves bending over (yoga, pilates) for at least three (3) weeks, unless otherwise instructed.
Can I Take Supplements Prior to Surgery or a Non-surgical Treatment?
Many medicines and homeopathic remedies exacerbate bleeding during surgery and may lead to excessive bruising and swelling. We will provide a list of medications and supplements to avoid. If you have questions about a supplement or vitamin that is not on the list, please discuss it with Dr. Truesdale or his staff.
What Medications Can I Take After Surgery?
- Oral medications take 30-45 minutes to take effect. Try to stay ahead of things by taking the medication when you begin to feel the pain returning rather than waiting for it to become severe. Pain medications should not be taken any more frequently than listed on their packaging.
- Only take the prescribed narcotics (Norco, Percocet, Tylenol with Codeine, etc.) for severe pain. For mild or moderate pain, take Extra-Strength Tylenol. Do not take aspirin (ASA, Excedrin) or anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Excedrin, Naproxen, Nuprin, Anacin, etc.) until Dr. Truesdale clears you to do so. Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach.
Will I Need to Bring a Friend, Family Member, or Caregiver to Surgery With Me?
- Dr. Truesdale and his staff will share this information with you prior to surgery. In general, if you are having an in-office procedure without anesthesia, you may be able to drive yourself home.
- If you are having your surgery under anesthesia, you should plan to go home with a friend or family member after being cleared by the staff at the Lasky Clinic.
- Some procedures, like a facelift, require overnight care for the first 24 hours after surgery. Our office can help coordinate the appropriate care.
- Plan to have a friend, family member, or caregiver available to support you to help you walk for the first 24 hours.
When Is Payment Due to Truesdale Facial Plastic Surgery?
- A surgical consultation requires a non-refundable $200 consultation fee. This fee is applied 100% towards ANY future surgery, so as long as you have any surgery with Dr. Truesdale, it is essentially a free consultation. Surgical consult fees cannot be applied to non-surgical treatments unless Dr. Truesdale determines you are not a candidate for any surgery
- For surgeries, a $1000 deposit is due to secure your surgical date. The balance is due at least 3 weeks in advance of your surgical date.
- For all non-surgical appointments, payment is due at the time of the appointment.
Am I a Candidate for Surgery?
Dr. Truesdale will evaluate you during the consultation. Depending on the surgery and your age, you may require additional medical clearance.
Is Facial Plastic Surgery Permanent?
Many facial plastic surgery procedures are long-lasting or permanent. While you will continue to age, you’ll almost certainly age more gracefully than if you had not had the procedure done. Dr. Truesdale also offers temporary non-surgical procedures, such as non-surgical nose jobs using dermal fillers. Discuss your goals with Dr. Truesdale and he can share surgical and non-surgical options, as applicable, and his recommendations for what would be best for you.
Is Facial Plastic Surgery Painful?
Many procedures produce more discomfort than pain. Dr. Truesdale will work with you on a pain management plan to make your healing as efficient and comfortable as possible.