Frequently Asked Questions
- Why choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon?
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hall trained only in surgery of the face and neck. After completing an accredited five year Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery residency, she then finished an accredited one-year Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. This high degree of specialization allows Dr. Hall a unique appreciation of the best and most current techniques for facial rejuvenation.
- How can I be sure my facial plastic surgeon is well-trained?
Dr. Hall completed an ACGME accredited residency program in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University. Her fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Always inquire about your surgeon’s training. Here are some questions you should ask:
1. Did you successfully complete an accredited residency program in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery or Plastic Surgery?
The residency program should be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
2. Did you successfully complete an accredited fellowship program?
Some surgeons will do self-styled “fellowships”. Be sure your facial plastic surgeon’s training program was accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
3. Are you board certified or board eligible?
There are many “boards” that offer certification. However, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery are the boards that are recognized among medical professionals.
4. May I see examples of your work (before and after pictures, patient testimonials)?
5. Are the procedures you’re performing within your scope of training?
Before undergoing facial plastic surgery, confirm that your surgeon was trained in facial plastic surgery techniques. Ask when and how she received her training.
- What’s better for me, a surgical or non-surgical procedure?
Multiple factors weigh into this decision:
What cosmetic goal are you trying to achieve? What is your budget? How much time can you alot for recovery? What longevity of results are you seeking? How good is your general health?
Dr. Hall will explore in-depth your desired cosmetic goals, carefully review your medical history, and perform a detailed physical exam. She will then discuss your options including their potential risks and benefits. As a team, you and Dr. Hall will design a treatment plan that is best for you.
- How do I know what surgery to ask for?
After you discuss with Dr. Hall your desired cosmetic outcome, she will inform you of all your options, both surgical and non-surgical.
- What will surgery cost?
Cost varies depending on the procedure performed. You will be given a price quote during your 1st visit. Dr. Hall offers Care Credit to help you finance your procedure.
- Will Dr. Hall be the one doing my surgery?
Yes. As an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Dr. Hall is dedicated to educating the next generation of surgeons. However, the role of the resident and fellow in the operating room is to observe and assist only. Dr. Hall is the one who will be doing your cosmetic surgery.
- How long will my recovery be?
Recovery time depends on the procedure done and your general health. Dr. Hall will discuss with you the expected post-operative course. Keep in mind each patient and each procedure is unique; therefore each patient will have a unique post-operative experience. Dr. Hall makes herself easily accessible to all her patients throughout the recovery process and beyond.
- What if I have questions after surgery?
You will be given multiple phone numbers allowing you to reach Dr. Hall. You will also be seen regularly in the office in the days and weeks following your procedure. It is critical to Dr. Hall that all your questions are answered and concerns addressed before, during, and after the treatment course. Open communication is a cornerstone of Dr. Hall’s practice.
- How long will my surgical results last?
As expected, you will continue to age, but you should always look younger than you would have without surgery. Factors such as lifestyle, patient health and intrinsic skin characteristics, and quality of post-operative skin care will also affect the longevity of results. Dr. Hall embraces the surgical techniques most likely to give you the longest-lasting aesthetic improvement.
- Will other people know I had surgery?
Dr. Hall strives to impart each patient with a natural, unoperated appearance. If you undergo a dramatic change (for example, a large hump taken off your nose), you may expect people who know you well to notice a difference. However, new acquaintances should never know you had surgery.
- Why is good skin care important?
Good skin care is the foundation of a healthy and attractive face. It is important to choose products that are effective and target the specific needs of your skin. Good skin care can delay the need for cosmetic procedures. The right products can enhance the results of and increase the longevity of facial aesthetic treatments. Dr. Hall recommends IS Clinical Skin Care line to her patients. During your initial visit, Dr. Hall will review your dermatologic history, examine your skin, and discuss your current skin care needs.
- Can surgical and non-surgical procedures be combined?
Yes. Non-surgical treatments such as Botox or injectable fillers can enhance the results of cosmetic surgery. Non-surgical procedures may be done before, during or after surgery.
- Is Dr. Hall’s practice a Medi-spa?
No. Dr. Hall offers many of the treatments you might expect in a medi-spa. However, as a physician she recognizes the gravity of these procedures. Cosmetic procedures are undertaken only after careful evaluation of the patient. Dr. Hall discusses the risks, benefits, and alternatives of each treatment with the patient before proceeding with any intervention. All procedures are performed in an appropriate medical setting. Dr. Hall recognizes that achieving maximum benefit from an intervention requires appropriate respect for the medical nature of the procedure.