Frequently Asked Questions
Board Certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery is when a physician obtains additional education and experience in a Plastic Surgery residency. This is in addition to Medical School and their prior General Surgery residency. Plastic surgery residencies are the only cosmetic residency recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Choosing a surgeon who is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery gives the patient the satisfaction and comfort that their doctor is highly skilled and qualified in Plastic Surgery and most importantly, held to a strict code of ethics and educational standards. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons must complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with at least three years of plastic surgery residency training.
Having a surgeon who is Board Certified by the ASPS is incredibly crucial because they are held to a high standard when it comes to knowledge, experience and your overall care. Not only do these physicians go through an extended amount of education in the specialty of Plastic Surgery, they are required to maintain continuous learning throughout their medical career. It is important to know and not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. “Board certifications” in “cosmetic surgery” are not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Consultations generally take around 45 minutes depending on the procedure and how many questions you may have. We like to make sure you have as long as you need to get your desired questions and concerns answered, as well as get to know Dr. Owsley.
We do not accept insurance. Almost all of our procedures fall under the realm of “cosmetic,” and are not procedures covered by insurance companies. Should your procedure be medically necessary, you have the option to pursue reimbursement on your own.
Just like the procedures themselves, every one individual and their goals are unique. At Owsley Plastic Surgery, we offer consultations with Dr. Owsley, so patients can discuss their goals and desires, and have their questions answered. After your consultation, you’ll receive a personalized quote that is valid for six months.
All procedures done under general anesthetic are done at the accredited, award winning, physician owned Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho. Here you will receive the utmost care and respect when it comes to any surgical need. We pride ourselves on being a part of the NW Specialty Hospital team.
The type of anesthesia used for the majority of our procedures is General Anesthesia, done at Northwest Specialty Hospital. There are a few procedures that can be done under a local anesthetic for example, an upper, lower or quad blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), dermabrasion or lip implants.
The recovery time for all our procedures is 6 weeks with limited physical activity including no lifting, pushing or pulling greater than 5-10lbs. Of course there are specific instructions when it comes to procedure and patient lifestyle, but generally speaking the down time is 6 weeks under those guidelines. After those 6 weeks, you may return to regular activity and your normal lifestyle.
Patients post procedure will receive pain medication to help minimize and manage their pain after surgery. Following their post operation care instructions will also help in this area. We want our patients to remember that we do not want to eliminate their pain completely but instead give them enough help to take the edge off. Feeling slight discomfort will decrease the patient’s probability of over doing it after surgery.