FAQ

Patient Questions

Many potential patients hesitate undergoing facial plastic surgery from a Seattle-area surgeon, and even decide against non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, because of lingering questions and doubts. Our facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Tim Heffernan, is dedicated to doing away with any questions or concerns patients may have as he believes that the best patients are the most educated ones. To schedule a consultation during which you can speak with Dr. Heffernan directly about any concerns you may have, contact our practice today.

What should I expect when I walk into your office?

When you walk into Dr. Heffernan's Seattle office for a facial rejuvenation treatment or any other procedure, our friendly and professional medical staff will greet you. You will be seen on time and throughout your experience we will do our utmost to ensure your absolute comfort. If this is your first consultation, Dr. Heffernan will spend as much time with you as is needed to answer all your questions and address every one of your concerns. If you are undergoing a procedure such as facial plastic surgery, the medical professionals at our Seattle office will be with you throughout every step of the process. At our practice you can always expect to be treated as our guest – we believe it is our responsibility to ensure your comfort, success, and satisfaction.

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Am I a candidate for plastic surgery?

If you have realistic expectations for the results of your surgery; if you are in good mental and physical health; and if your decision to undergo surgery has not been influenced by anyone else, then you may be an excellent candidate for cosmetic surgery. When you schedule a facial plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Heffernan, he will speak with you personally about your expectations and reasons for undergoing surgery. He will also encourage you to gather as much information about the procedure as possible so that you can feel confident in your decision.

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Will my insurance cover plastic surgery?

In general, no. Most insurance companies will not cover surgery for cosmetic purposes. In rare cases of reconstructive surgery, however, your insurance company may cover part of the costs.

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Is plastic surgery dangerous?

Every surgical procedure carries with it some risk; however, plastic surgery is no more dangerous than traditional surgical procedures. Potential cosmetic surgery patients can significantly reduce the risk of complications by choosing a surgeon who is specially trained and certified to perform cosmetic procedures. Dr. Heffernan encourages patients to review his credentials and speak with him personally about them. His training, education, and experience have rightfully earned him the reputation as one of the most trusted facial plastic surgeons in the Seattle area.

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Will blepharoplasty eliminate wrinkles?

Blepharoplasty will only remove wrinkles that are cut away during the procedure. It will not eliminate crow's feet or other wrinkles around your eyes. If you are interested in removing wrinkles or lifting your brow area, you may want to consider a forehead / brow lift. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Heffernan, he will discuss your options and explain the expectations you should have for each treatment so you can be confident in your decision.

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Is Dr. Heffernan board-certified, and what does that mean?

Yes, Dr. Heffernan is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and has completed residencies in plastic surgery and oculoplastic surgery. The term "board-certified" means that Dr. Heffernan has had extensive, rigorous training in plastic surgery and ophthalmology and has graduated from an accredited medical school. His certification, education, and experience make Dr. Heffernan the preferred surgeon for many facial plastic surgery patients in the Seattle area.

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When can I return to work after treatment at your practice?

Depending on the procedure you undergo, you may be able to return to work immediately. Seattle residents who receive facial rejuvenation treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic andRestylane®, require no downtime whatsoever. Surgical procedures, however, vary in their recovery time. Most patients can return to work within two weeks following a surgical procedure, but it is important to speak with Dr. Heffernan regarding recovery time so that you can plan accordingly.

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How can I get more information on facial plastic surgery and facial rejuvenation procedures?

Prospective patients considering facial plastic surgery in the Seattle area do not have to approach the procedure blindly. Dr. Tim Heffernan is dedicated to answering any questions and addressing any concerns before any commitments are made. He seeks to accommodate the unique needs of each of his patients, even offering his Seattle patients a full range of facial rejuvenation treatments. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, contact his ophthalmic surgery office today.

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