Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to schedule a consultation?
The consultation provides a comfortable and confidential atmosphere to discuss your desired physical change, as well as your expectations and concerns. During your consultation, Dr. Barr will complete a thorough assessment and discussion of your surgical options to achieve your desired results. You will be given a visual image of the expected improvement and digital photography will be completed. Where appropriate, Dr. Barr may choose to illustrate your possible surgical outcome using digital imaging software.
Consultations with Dr. Barr are typically booked 8 weeks forward. It is possible that consultation appointments extend beyond this time, however, we make every effort to arrange appointments in a timely manner. Patients can choose to place their name on a waiting list and will be called if an earlier consultation date can be arranged.
Is there a fee for the consultation?
There is a $165.00+HST fee for the cosmetic consultation with Dr. Barr, however should you decide to go forward with a procedure, the consult fee will be applied as payment towards your surgery.
Is plastic surgery expensive?
Most of our patients find that plastic surgery can be very affordable. Financing options which allow patients to make monthly payments have made plastic surgery more financially feasible for many patients. The cost of the surgery must be weighed against your expectations and what you will gain from the procedure. General ideas of pricing for most operations can be obtained by phoning the office. The pricing for many of our procedures will vary depending on each patients needs and the variety of techniques that may be needed to improve their condition. For this reason, you can expect to be provided with an accurate price quote only after a thorough consultation with Dr. Barr.
If I decide to go ahead with surgery is there a long wait?
For operations performed at Barr Plastic Surgery, the wait is typically only a few weeks. For surgeries that must be performed at the hospital, the wait is generally longer.
How can I pay for my procedure?
Payment can be made by cash, Visa or Mastercard, E-Transfer, certified cheque or debit. Patients may also choose to pay for their procedure by using a financing company. More information about financing options can be obtained by calling our office.
Is cosmetic surgery covered by insurance or OHIP?
Most cosmetic surgery is not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP. However, some surgical procedures may qualify. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process.
Will I need to lose weight before my surgery?
It is generally not necessary to lose weight prior to cosmetic surgery. It is often desirable to be at your target weight prior to your surgery so that your results are optimized. Any concerns about your weight will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
What if I become pregnant after my surgery?
It is not a problem to become pregnant after having plastic surgery. Your ability to have children and the safety of pregnancy and childbirth will not be compromised if you have had cosmetic surgery. Your body will experience the natural changes that come with pregnancy, including swelling of the breasts and abdomen. If you are planning on having a surgery that focuses on these areas you may want to discuss the effects of pregnancy on your aesthetic outcomes with Dr. Barr.
How long will my results last?
Cosmetic surgery is meant to be a permanent alteration to your appearance, but it doesn’t stop the natural aging process. You will continue to look more youthful than if you did not have the procedure done, however, you will continue to age at a normal rate.
Will I be left with any scars?
All surgery will result in some level of scarring, however Dr. Barr uses the most advanced techniques to minimize scarring and whenever possible, will hide scars in areas of the face and body that are not noticeable. In most patients, any scars are faint, hidden and difficult to see. Steps can also be made once incisions are healed in order to improve the appearance of scars.
What can I do to improve the appearance of my scar?
Patients have many options available to them in order to improve the appearance of their surgical scars. Following Dr. Barr’s instructions when tending to your incision sites is essential. It is also important to follow his lifestyle advice in order for your incisions to heal properly. This includes quitting smoking prior to and after your operation. Proper wound care in the healing period is important. Patients may also purchase silicone scar strips or creams which can be applied to the incision site once the sutures have been removed.
How much time off will I need after my surgery?
The amount of time that you will need for recovery depends entirely on the type of surgical procedure(s) you have and how quickly you heal. Most patients need a minimum of a week off after having plastic surgery. Trying to return to work and your daily activities sooner will be difficult, may result in increased swelling and bruising and will hinder the healing process. Some operations require more time off. An accurate determination of your down time after surgery can be made during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
What if I live out of town?
Many clients travel from out of town to pursue cosmetic surgery at Barr Plastic Surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, some patients will be kept overnight within Barr Plastic Surgery for care and monitoring. Others will be discharged a few hours after surgery but will return the next morning for follow-up. Patients typically plan to be in the Greater Sudbury region from two to four days. The amount of time required to stay locally for follow-up visits will depend on the type of surgery performed. Full details pertaining to your specific situation will be provided at the time of booking your surgery so that you can plan your accommodation ahead of time.
Barr Plastic Surgery is conveniently located only a few short minutes from downtown Sudbury and all major amenities.
Our patient coordinators will discuss your needs and help you select appropriate accommodations. If you are considering a cosmetic procedure at Barr Plastic Surgery and live out of town, please call the office at (877) 523-4900 or email us at info@http://barrplasticsurgery.com for more information.