FAQs | Dr. Enrique Etxeberria, Plastic Surgery in Bilbao

FAQs Doctor Etxeberria

Frequently asked questions

  1. What requisites must I meet in order to undergo a cosmetic surgical intervention?

    The ideal patient for a cosmetic surgical intervention is to know exactly what you want, to be aware of your image, to know what you don’t like and what you seek. The patient must understand the expectations of change very well.

    As in any type of surgery, such an intervention would be contraindicated where there are symptoms of high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, problems with heart, lungs or kidneys and liver disease. Likewise the need for anticoagulant medication and certain psychiatric pathologies make such an intervention unadvisable.

  2. What can be expected from cosmetic surgery?

    Cosmetic surgery can enhance the appearance of the patient and improve self-confidence, but what it cannot do is to turn the patient into another person. Prior to deciding whether to undergo surgery, you must think clearly about your expectations and discuss them with the surgeon.

    Plastic and cosmetic surgery is “the art of the possible”.

  3. What is a “lunch lift”?

    This expression refers to the mini-lift which can be performed in 45 minutes and under local anaesthetic, using “Silhouette Lift” suspension sutures. It lifts the face and neck by 8-10mm, without visible scars and with discomfort similar to that of dental procedure.

  4. What is the best age at which to undergo cosmetic surgery?

    When you begin to feel unhappy with your physical appearance. Waiting for age to worsen the problem, will not produce better results. If you enjoy good health there is nothing to prevent undergoing an operation.

  5. What are the risks of cosmetic surgery?

    Cosmetic surgery, just like any other type of surgery, has inherent risks (allergies, tissue infections, haemorrhages, etc.). However, it has been proven that the percentage of general complications is extremely low given that not such a deep level of anaesthesia is required and it is generally performed on healthy patients.

    Every year, millions of people undergo cosmetic operations without any problem, as the results tend to compensate the risks.

  6. How long does the recovery period tend to last?

    The time it takes to recover from cosmetic surgery depends on the intervention undertaken and the person upon whom it is performed. The majority of patients require the help of a family member for the first two days following the operation, but in the majority of cases and interventions, patients are comfortable enough to go out after 3-7 days.

  7. How long should I wait after having my child before undergoing breast surgery?

    After the birth you should wait approximately six to nine months, depending on the period of breastfeeding and whether changes continue in the shape and size of the breast.

  8. How is the estimated increase in volume arrived at in an enlargement mammoplasty?

    Nowadays there is specific software for this very purpose, such as BIODINAMIC from Allergan. It analyses in detail the patient’s measurements and the diverse surgical options. Said options can be viewed before a mirror by the application of special sizers – adapted with clothing – which give us a very realistic view of the end result.

  9. I have cellulitis on my legs and accumulations of fat on the outside of my thighs; can I get this resolved with liposuction?

    Liposuction removes fatty lumps on the thighs, but it is better to treat cellulitis directly. Treatment with mesotherapy can achieve a significant improvement by reducing the volume of affected areas.

  10. What are the non-surgical options for rejuvenating the face?

    Cosmetic medicine provides various options for rejuvenating the face which do not involve surgery: the filling of facial wrinkles (lipostructure or synthesis fillers), facial mesotherapy and Exotoxin A (Botox; Dysport; Xeomin; Azzalure), suspension sutures (Silhouette Sutures) are just some of the treatments which produce excellent results. Unlike cosmetic surgery, these treatments do not require any recovery time and the results can be seen within a very short space of time. On the other hand, neither do they tend to be as long-lasting as the results achieved through sur,gery.

  11. Are Botox wrinkle treatments dangerous?

    No, not in good hands. The effect produced by botulinum toxin is the slowing down of the muscular action of the muscle injected, thereby preventing its contraction and the resulting formation of wrinkles in that area.

  12. What areas can be treated with laser depilation?

    This treatment can be applied to any area that has excessive hair, in both men and women, always providing it is the indicated skin type.

  13. Is there any quick fix solution for getting rid of excess weight?

    If long-lasting weight loss is sought, it must be done gradually by following a balanced diet and with medical supervision. Having said that, localised volume and cellulitis can be reduced, regardless of body weight, by following a mesotherapy treatment, which ensures the reduction is noticeable after just a few sessions.