What Is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?

Not all surgeons offering cosmetic procedures are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have undergone years of extensive education and training to gain the necessary skill level needed to provide the most competent and comprehensive patient care. More specifically, board certified plastic surgeons have proven their ability by meeting the following qualifications at an efficient level:

  1. Graduated from an accredited medical school.
  2. Completed at least five (5) years of additional residency.
  3. Usually three (3) years of general surgery and two (2) years of plastic surgery.
  4. Actively practice plastic surgery for two (2) years.
  5. Pass comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Questions to ask prior to surgery:

  • What are the risks involved with the procedure?
    There are risks with any surgical procedure. Find out what they are, how often they occur, and how they will be handled if they do occur.
  • What is the expected recovery time?
    Be sure to discuss postoperative restrictions on activity and typical time periods for resuming work.
  • What is your policy on surgical revisions?
    Some cases may require revisions to achieve the desired results. Find out about any costs for which you may be responsible.

What procedures does Dr. Ruff perform?

Dr. Ruff performs many aesthetic or cosmetic procedures to address concerns with the face, neck and trunk, including forehead, eyes, nose, ears, lips, chin, neck, breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, arms, and skin. (Please see Services offered)

What aesthetic surgical procedures are performed to improve the aging face?

There are various degrees and stages of facial aging that can be caused by the natural aging process, heredity, and lifestyle choices. Plastic surgeons have undergone training to address all areas of facial rejuvenation. A facelift tightens and lifts the redundant skin in the face and neck. Additional procedures are available to improve the aesthetics of the forehead, eyes, mouth, chin and neck. Minimally invasive techniques are also available. Fine wrinkles of the face may be best treated by chemical peels or other skin care treatments.

What will happen at the time of my initial consultation?

Plan to allow approximately an hour of your time for your consultation.  You will meet with Dr. Ruff.  Dr. Ruff will consider your concerns and request and will then make his recommendation as to the surgery or procedure that would be best for you.  You will meet with the practice manager to discuss fees and scheduling availability.

Will I need to stay overnight after my surgery?

No, all surgeries are done on an outpatient basis.

Do I need to bring someone with me the day of my surgery?

Yes, if you are having anesthesia you will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery.

Where will my surgery take place?

Our AAAASF operating room in located in our office suite.

What is permanent make up?

Permanent make up is a form of tattooing.  Iron oxide pigment is implanted into the epidermal layers of the skin.  The hand method is very gentle and there is very little bruising, bleeding or swelling.

Will it be “permanent”?

The word permanent is true in that the iron oxide particles do stay in your skin forever, however, you will need to refresh the color every year or two to keep the color vibrant.

Is the procedure uncomfortable?

Topical anesthetics are used to numb the area prior to treatment and reapplied during the procedure to ensure your comfort.  While every person responds differently to different medications, most clients experience little discomfort, if any at all.

I like a soft and natural look.  Can that be achieved with permanent make up?

“Fads” change quickly in the cosmetic field.  Choose natural and defined styles that will last throughout the years.  You may always apply your own cosmetics over your permanent color for a more dramatic look.

Why permanent make up?

Aside from offering the convenience of always looking great, we can use color to draw attention where we want it.  We can correct asymmetry and color loss in lips, over plucked or uneven brows, and even repayment scars back to skin tone.

Why do I still have breakouts at my age?

Unfortunately, fluxuations in hormones can be a problem, even well into your 40’s -50’s.  There are products designed to help hormonally balance your skin, and using the correct active ingredients and treatments may help minimize or eliminate breakouts all together.

Can products really make that much of a change in my skin?

Yes!  Medically supervised skincare is designed to be more effective, using higher percentages of active ingredients and lower pH levels.  This will give a product better cellular penetration, giving you better results.

I already have a skincare line I like; I’m just not seeing the changes that I want.

This is not uncommon, as people like certain textures on their favorite products.  Often times, we can supplement your line with an active product or two to “tweek” what you are doing and help you get better results while you still enjoy those favorites of yours.

What do “peels” really do for my skin?

Most peels are aimed at correction skin conditions and increasing cellular turn over and boosting your skins metabolism.  Different peels use different acids, providing different results.  Each client’s skin behaves in a unique manner and Dr. Ruff’s treatment plans will be tailored to approach the concerns and correction from multiple angles.

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