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FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions or FAQs patients have about plastic surgery issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

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What does it mean to be a board certified plastic surgeon?

As written on the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s website, “Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a qualification not easily obtained, which demonstrates a high level of training and education, necessary for optimal results and patient satisfaction. On average, plastic surgery training includes sixteen years of post-high school education, including specific training in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery under direct supervision. Board-certified plastic surgeons have not only met very demanding requirements in order to sit for their boards, but they have also successfully passed a written and a 2-day oral examination, being critically evaluated for their fund of knowledge, their ethical standing and their safe and effective approach to multiple reconstructive and cosmetic challenges.” Dr. Singh holds a dual-board certification in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?

Cosmetic and plastic surgeons go through different types of training and education. The ASPS website states how “Those who call themselves cosmetic surgeons typically belong to another board and can actually be a specialist in any number of other medical areas which are not certified or acknowledged to perform cosmetic procedures to these high standards. Understanding the full extent of reconstruction is a must when it comes to cosmetic procedures. For example, it may be easy for a non-board certified surgeon to learn to place a breast implant, but if things did not go to plan and a complication arose, a surgeon who is an expert at reconstructing a breast will be much more competent at handling any potential problem.”

What is it like to visit Dr. Singh?

Where does Dr. Singh perform surgery?

For cosmetic cases under general anesthesia, Dr. Singh has privileges at John Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital and INOVA Woodburn Surgery Center. Local anesthesia cases are performed in the McLean, VA office.

What groups/clubs is Dr. Singh affiliated with?

Dr. Singh is a member of many plastic surgery organizations including The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Fellow American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Inc., American Board of Plastic Surgery, and American Association of Plastic Surgeons. 

Does insurance cover my procedure?

Unfortunately, most cosmetic procedures are not covered under insurance.

What is recovery from surgery like?

Healing from surgery takes time and it is important to be patient. Make sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions and discuss any concerns after your surgery. It can take months to see your final results. Recovery is about the journey, not the destination.

Are surgical garments provided after surgery?

Your first post-op compression garment is included in your procedure. Patients are responsible for purchasing second stage garments such as Spanx to maintain compression and results.

When can I return to work?

Returning to work depends on what type of procedure you’ve undergone and the activity your career entails. Patient’s have returned to work anywhere between 3-4 days to 2 weeks. Everyone’s recovery time is different, make sure to plan accordingly as you feel comfortable!

When can I exercise?

Moving at your own comfort level, after 1 week you may start brisk walking. We do not suggest doing any running, weight training, muscle toning or swimming until 5 weeks after surgery.

What are some complications that can come with surgery?

With surgery comes many risks. We instill strict rules and guidelines for patients to follow in order to prevent any complications before surgery.  Please make sure to inform us on any health related issues, current medications, allergies, etc. to avoid any complications.

What can I expect at my initial consultation?

You will meet with the doctor and coordinator to discuss any areas of concern and ask any questions. Dr. Singh will examine you and show photos of past patient’s who have received similar procedures. At the end of the consultation, we will provide you with surgical fees and answer any questions you may have about booking your surgery.

I don't live in the area, how do I schedule a consultation?

We offer Zoom virtual appointments where you can virtually meet and speak with the doctor directly. Virtual consultations have a fee of $250 and can go toward your surgery balance.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Why should you choose Washingtonian Plastic Surgery?

We are dedicated to one purpose: YOU. Washingtonian Plastic Surgery is devoted to achieving patient satisfaction with outstanding clinical results and a comprehensive service-oriented process that makes your entire journey comfortable, pleasant, and smooth. Our individually tailored treatment planning will prepare you for an exceptional experience and desired outcome.

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