Before surgery, prepare your life to be as simple as possible for two weeks. Purchase groceries and household supplies in advance. Prepare single serving meals and freezing them for easy use. Also consider stocking up on microwave dinners and juice boxes. This will be extremely helpful while you are healing and unable to cook.
Bring things you'll need down from shelves so you won't be killing yourself (this is especially important if you are having Breast Augmentation). Have plenty of pillows on hand, you will need to sleep in an elevated position for the first few days to avoid swelling. This is also important if you've just had Breast Augmentation. You want the implants to stay in a perfect position during the initial healing process. If you are "lucky" enough to have a husband with a recliner this may be a nice place to position yourself for the first few days, just have the remote control handy, and make sure that someone helps you get in and out of the chair. If you don't happen to have one you can always rent one at Recliner Rentals for around $40.oo/week - 1(800)880-6404.
Clean the house so you won't have to contend with it when you're feeling down. Most people feel better with pain medication which can bring out the cleaning bug in all of us. Remember this is your time to heal and is not a good time to clean. It is best if done before hand. Don't forget to water the plants.
You will need to arrange for transportation for the day of surgery and your follow-up appointment. Anticipate that you will not be able to drive for 4-5 days or while you are on pain medication.
You must have a friend or family member watch you during your first night after surgery (this is mandatory). This person should be able to refresh your ice packs as needed, give you fluids, and prepare your food, check on you throughout the night and most importantly recognize if there are any problems and contact your doctor in case of an emergency. If you don't have anyone available, you can always arrange for a nurse or tech to take care of you. Call our office and we will arrange for a care giver to take care of you at your house or hotel. Ask for Jennifer - 305-931-3338
If you have children, it would be a good idea to arrange for someone to take care of them for at least the first 24-48 hours. You will not be able to pick them up and care for them in the way they've become accustomed to.
Our office will be calling you between 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. to go over your surgery times and remind you of all the DO'S AND DON'T'S. Also, Dr. Livschutz, our Anesthesiologist, will be calling to go over a few things to prepare you for Anesthesia.
Don't bring your valuables or wear any jewelry (no rings, earrings, chains, toe rings, watches or other metal piercing, such as tongue and nose rings. This can interfere with anesthesia.
If you have a body piercing that cannot be removed, please contact the office to find out what your options are, it may be able to be taped.
If you wear contacts, remove them the morning of surgery. Wear your glasses instead, it's also a good idea to bring the eyeglasses case to store them while you're in surgery. Wear comfortable clothing. We suggest dark loose fitting clothes that you do not need to put over your head. The best things to wear are a button up or zip-up top and pull on pants. The velour pant and hooded sport suits from Victoria Secret or Juicy Couture suites are perfect.
Warm socks are also nice because the operating room is cold and most people feel chilly after the anesthesia.
If you have long hair, make sure you bring a hair clip or a scrunchie for after surgery. Scrunchies are not so fashionable but they work the best because they are soft and easy to use. Sunglasses and a big soft floppy hat are not a bad idea for patients that are having a face lift and/or eyelid surgery. Just make sure that the hat is loose fitting and made of soft materials (not straw). This is your chance to feel like a movie star.
Stay away from foods that contain a lot of salt and MSG. This could upset your stomach and cause you to retain water.
It is normal to be afraid and concerned about having surgery. Here at Dr. Hochstein's office we encourage our patients to ask a lot of question until they feel confident not only in Dr. Hochstein but his staff as well. Emotional support is very important when having plastic surgery and often times family and friends have a hard time giving the support that's needed due to a lack of understanding. Often times people don't understand how important this surgery is to you and how to deal with your feelings about your upcoming surgery. Because plastic surgery is elective and it is cosmetic, friends and family can become complacent not realizing how important it is that you have their support at this time. Also friends and family may have your best intention in mind, but not have the right information to help you along your journey. Remember this may be the only surgery you ever have, but here at Dr. Hochstein office we go through this with patients every day so it is very important to us that you feel comfortable not only with the doctor but our entire team. With this in mind we will do our very best to make sure your journey is not only a success, but that you receive all the emotional support you need.
In today's day and age, when looking your best is important for your professional image, more and more people are turning to plastic surgery.
How should someone who is considering plastic surgery go about choosing the right cosmetic surgeon for their needs?
The most important thing, when selecting your plastic surgeon, is to make sure the doctor is board certified in plastic surgery. Many doctors are board certified, but they don't always advertise what they are board certified in. You should only trust those plastic surgeons which have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The AMBS is the only board recognized by the American Medical Association to certify people in over 24 medical specialties, one in which is plastic surgery.
The easiest way to check any doctor's credentials is to go to www.abms.org (American Board of Medical Specialties®). Be sure to check to see what they are board certified in. You can also call 866-275-2267 to find out what your doctor is certified in.
Should I be concerned about where the surgery is performed - in a "private setting" vs. a "hospital"?
Many people prefer to have their plastic surgery performed in a surgeon's private office for the same reason you might prefer flying on a private jet vs. flying commercial. If you have your surgery in the doctor's private facility, you don't have to worry if you are running a few minutes late, or need to spend a little more time recuperating. However, you should always ask the doctor if they have privileges to perform the procedures in a hospital as this will ensure that the doctor has undergone peer review and is eligible to perform surgeries in a hospital's operating room.
Appropriate office surgery, carried out by a qualified surgeon in an ACCREDITED, well-run and maintained office surgical facility can be:
Surgery once restricted to the hospital operating room is now being done more and more frequently in the physicians' offices. This is particularly true of cosmetic surgery, with self-pay. What's the difference where it is done?
Just as there is no regulation of who can call themselves cosmetic or plastic surgeons, there is little regulation of what surgery can and can't be done in an office. Unfortunately, there is an alarming indication that the public's safety is being compromised by this lack of regulation. The State of Florida Board of Medicine recently placed a moratorium on office surgery performed under general anesthesia and heavy sedation due to a high incidence of hospital admissions from complications of office procedures. And along with numerous other states, Florida has passed legislation regulating office surgery.
How can a patient protect his/her safety in regard to surgical facilities recommended for a cosmetic procedure?
It has become increasingly common for doctors not to carry malpractice Insurance due to the rising costs and hard economic times. Here at Dr. Hochstein's office we feel that it is important to the patient as well as the doctor to carry malpractice insurance. In spite of the fact that Dr. Hochstein has never been sued for malpractice we are committed to providing the safest environment with full accountability to our patients.
" This may be the most important thing you do before you have surgery with any Doctor ".
* Click on the "Is Your Doctor Safe" button and follow the directions below to find out if your Doctor has any Medical Mal Practice claims.
* All you need to do is Enter the Doctor's first and last name under "Insured" (Doctor's/Physician's) and then click on "search" at the bottom of page.
(You do not need to fill out the rest of the fields) Just 2 simple steps to learn more about your Doctor.)
To look up additional information about your Doctor, please click here.
Board Certification Means That A Surgeon Has...
Completed at least five years of residency in which two to three years are plastic surgery specific.
Successfully completed rigorous comprehensive written and oral exams.
One should expect that a physician has the proper training, credentials and experience to provide the service you are seeking. One would expect a board-certified plastic surgeon to have gone through a broad and rigorous training program, to have adequate surgical experience, and to have passed both written and oral objective testing. Further, one would expect that the surgeon has met certain ethical standards as required by the particular specialty.
The one medical board-certifying agency that you can rely upon is the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and its sub-boards. This is the board that OVERSEES the certification of physicians in all specialties.
"The intent of the certification of physicians is to provide assurance to the public that a physician specialist certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation process which includes an examination designed to assess the knowledge, skills, and experience required to provide quality patient care in that specialty." Quoted from the ABMS Assembly
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the specialty board accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies plastic surgeons. The ABPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the ABMS that certifies surgeons in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) requires ABPS certification for membership. ASPS oversees continuing medical education, practice standards and ethics.
Medical specialty certification must be differentiated from a physician's ability to designate a special area of interest. This practice, used by the American Medical Association and many local medical societies, is known as a "self-designated specialty."
How do you find out which doctor is board certified?
You can check on specific physicians through the American Board of Medical Specialties Website at http://www.abms.org/ and then click on "Who's Certified." Verbal verification is available through the ABMS toll-free telephone service by calling 866 ASK-ABMS (275-2267). Verification is available in The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists, published annually. The directory can be found in many medical and public libraries. Written verification is available by contacting the individual specialty board in the physician's field of practice.
To see if your doctor has any Mal Practice suits filed against him/her please check here
Major hospitals are very diligent in credentialing surgeons for privileges to perform specific procedures. Furthermore, in a hospital setting, surgeons are subject to peer review (case reviews), which enforces acceptable standards. Any hospital medical staff office can provide this information.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
20900 Biscayne Boulevard.
Aventura, Florida 33180
Vladimir Livschutz, M.D., Medical Director and Chief Exectutive Officer, AMAC, Inc.
Dr. Livschutz is a Board-Certified anesthesiologist with fifteen years of clinical experience. A highly skilled and respected physician, he served as a Chief of Anesthesia at a major metroplitan hospital in North Florida. He pioneered new techniques in the field of outpatient anesthesia and is a founder of Ambulatory Medical Anesthesia Consultations, Inc., a network of Board-Certified anesthesiologists specilizing in ambulatory surgery.
Dr. Livschutz is recognized for his leadership role in promoting safety and quality standards in outpatient setting. Physicians, administrators and members of the State medical and dental regulatory bodies frequently seek his advice.
Dr. Livschurz completed his anesthesiology training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago where he specialized in anesthesia for cardiac and transplant surgery.
A good source of information regarding disciplinary action can be found by visiting the above link on our website and inquiring with the state medical board -- or several states' medical boards. Also you may visit www.docinfo.org for more information. Although there is a fee for this service at that particular website, knowing is as beneficial to the patient for the health of their body, as is the peace of mind it may give you.
Please print this checklist and bring it to your plastic surgeon at the time of your consultation.
*A charge may apply on products with a higher list price.
As a recipient of certain NATRELLE™ style saline and silicone filled breast implants you are automatically enrolled in our ConfidencePlus® warranty program at no charge!
Also available for certain NATRELLE™ style saline and silicone filled breast implants when purchased for the low enrollment fee of $100 within 45 days of surgery
Breast Implant Warranty Information
Effective May 1, 2005
Automatically applies to all recipients of Mentor breast implant products. This provides patients, regardless of the age of the implant, that when confirmed deflation or rupture occurs, she is eligible for one to two no-charge replacement breast implant product of any size in a similar style.
The Mentor Advantage is free of charge to all patients who are implanted with Mentor saline-filled and silicone-filled breast implant products.
Lifetime product replacement policy1
This optional warranty is available for both saline-filled and silicone-filled breast implant products and, to be eligible, must be purchased for an enrollment fee of $100 within 45 days from implantation.3
Lifetime product replacement policy1
The Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage (if purchased) coverage's apply to all Mentor breast implants that are implanted in the United States and Puerto Rico after May 1, 2005 4 provided implants have been:
The Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage coverage's apply to the following:
The Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage coverages do not apply to the following:
To file a Mentor Advantage claim for product replacement and/or financial assistance, the surgeon must contact the Mentor Product Evaluation Department at 1-866-250-5115 prompt #1 prior to replacement surgery.
For financial assistance claims, a patient-specific Release form will be generated that the patient must sign and return.
For either replacement or financial assistance claims, the surgeon must send the explanation, decontaminated Mentor breast implant(s) within six months of the date of explanation to:
Mentor Product Evaluation
3041 Skyway Circle North
Irving, TX 75038-3540
Upon receipt, review, and approval of the completed claim, including receipt of the explanted product and patient completion of a full general release, financial assistance will be issued.
This is a summary of Mentor's Advantage and Enhanced Advantage coverages. It is an overview only and not a complete statement of the program. You may obtain a copy of the complete Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage Limited Warranties for Saline-Filled and Silicone-Filled Breast Implants by writing or calling:
Consumer Affairs Department
201 Mentor Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Mentor reserves the right to cancel, change, or modify the terms of the Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage coverages. Any such cancellation, change, or modification will not affect the currently stated terms of the Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage coverages for those already enrolled.
This website provides an overview of the Mentor Advantage and Enhanced Advantage Limited Warranties for breast implants. However, it is not intended to replace any discussion between you and your surgeon.
THIS IS A LIMITED WARRANTY ONLY AND IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET FORTH IN THIS DOCUMENT AND EXPLAINED IN GREATER DETAIL IN THE APPLICABLE MENTOR LIMITED WARRANTY. ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, BY OPERATION OF LAW OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, ARE EXCLUDED.
THIS REMEDY IS THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY AVAILABLE. MENTOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL LOSS, DAMAGE, OR EXPENSE ARISING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM THE USE OF THESE PRODUCTS. MENTOR NEITHER ASSUMES, NOR AUTHORIZES ANY OTHER PERSON TO ASSUME FOR IT, ANY OTHER OR ADDITIONAL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THESE PRODUCTS.
The terms in effect when original implantation occurs will apply at the time of claim.
Lifetime Product Replacement Policy: Mentor will provide replacement Mentor product of any size in the same or similar style as the originally implanted product free of charge for the lifetime of the patient. Upon surgeon's request, a different implant style may be selected (subject to a charge of the difference between product list prices). Refer to the Mentor Advantage Limited Warranty for eligibility and program details.
For patients who are traveling from out of town to see Dr. Hochstein, our staff will make every effort to accommodate you.
Our office is conveniently located 20 minutes South from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and 20 minutes North from Miami International Airport. We recommend that you call our office to find out about the availability of specific dates for your consultation or procedure. You can email Dr. Hochstein at Jennifer@lhochsteinmd.com, or complete an on-line-consultation request detailing the changes that you desire and include photographs of the areas of concern. It is most beneficial to send both front and side views as well as a back view when necessary.
Please include whether or not you have any medical conditions, and also list any medications, vitamins or supplements that you may be taking. Once these have been reviewed, our staff will set up a personal phone consultation to discuss your surgery.
Our office can also assist you with making local arrangements if needed. Dr. Hochstein has arrangements with several local hotels that are comfortable for recovery. For patients that may require post operative care, our office can arrange for private assistance during the time of your recovery. (Hotels in the Area)
Dr. Hochstein prefers that patients arrive at least one day prior to surgery. This will allow Dr. Hochstein and our staff to meet with you in person and go over any questions or concerns that you may have.
You should allow sufficient time in South Florida for your recovery. Recovery time duration, of course, depends on the extent of surgery you have. In general, most patients are able to travel one week following surgery.
Our goal is to make your experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible.
Please feel free to call or e-mail the office if you should have further questions.
Below are some available blood work/mammogram centers in the area and around the country
The HEALTH TESTING CENTER
Local- For an appointment, please call: (954) 485-3366
2760 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33162
|Blood Urea Nitrogen||Total Protein||White Blood Count|
|Creatinine||Albumin||Red Blood Count|
“Health screening tests may or may not alert you and your doctor to serious medical problems and are not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s exam.”
National- Please visit www.questdiagnostics.com, or Call 1-800-800-1749 for the nearest location.
National - Please visit www.labcorp.com, or Call 1-800-877-5227 for the nearest location.
COMPREHENSIVE BREAST CARE CENTER
Local- 20601 East Dixie Highway, #310 Aventura, FL 33180 Call 305-931-1344 www.cbccmiami.com
|Ultrasound without implants: $150.00||Mammogram without implants: $150.00|
|Ultrasound with implants: $200.00||Mammogram with implants: $200.00|
MEMORIAL OUTPATIENT CENTER
Local-1750 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, FL 33009 Call 954-985-5885 www.mhs.net
De la Pedraja Radiology Associates, P.A.
General Radiology, Mammography, Ultrasound, CAT Scan
4776 SW 8th St. Coral Gables, FL 33162 305-447-1415 Mammography Center
DR. ROSKIN- INTERNAL MEDICINE/FAMILY PRACTICE
Local- Total pre-op Clearance
21150 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 302 Aventura, FL 33180 305-931-0504
FAST CARE COMPREHENSIVE OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE & URGENT CARE
Local- Total pre-op clearance without chest x-ray for only $265.00!
Open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 9:00pm and Saturday, Sunday, & holidays 10:00am to 4:00pm
20601 E. Dixie Highway, Suite 340 Aventura, FL 33180 Call 786-923-4000
1 Week after Surgery
3 months after Surgery
While patients will of course see results immediately after surgery, there is always swelling that develops. During the first week after surgery, the breasts and surrounding area are swollen, the implants appear high and your nipples point downwards, (this is all very normal). Over the course of several weeks the swelling subsides and the tissues stretch to accommodate the implant creating a more natural appearance. Also it is very common for the areola to stretch along with the rest of the breast so your areolas will be a little bigger after surgery.
Welcome to the new age of Plastic Surgery where you can now more accurately pick your breast implant size and shape, making the process easier for patient and doctor, which increases patient satisfaction! Where patients can visualize their dreams and expectations so Dr. Hochstein can quickly reach a common understanding of each person’s goals before surgery.
Miami Florida is home to world renown and board certified plastic surgeon Leonard M. Hochstein. Specializing in all forms of breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lifts, and breast revision, Dr. Hochstein also specializes in delivering the service and quality you deserve.
Conveniently located 20 minutes South from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and 20 minutes North from Miami International Airport, Dr. Hochstein welcomes patients from as far away as Australia, Europe, Canada , South America, and the Caribbean.
This website was designed to keep patients up to date with the latest information and techniques regarding breast implants. Feel free to explore the site and return to see updates as they are made.
We also encourage you to visit Dr. Hochstein's other website www.lhochsteinmd.com for information concerning other procedures you may have interest in.
Leonard M. Hochstein, M.D.
585 NW 161st Street
Miami, FL 33169
Tel: (305) 931-3338
Fax: (305) 931-3324
Monday 9:30 - 5:30
Tuesday 9:30 - 5:30
Wednesday 9:30 - 5:30
Thursday 9:30 - 5:30
Friday 9:30 - 4:00
Dr. Hochstein is on call 24 Hrs a day.