Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Stephen Greenberg is happy to answer frequently asked questions about cosmetic surgery performed at his offices serving Long Island, Manhattan and the greater New York City area. You can also visit our specific FAQ sections on breast augmentation, breast lift, and liposuction.

General Questions

Who are the best candidates for cosmetic plastic surgery?
The optimal candidates for cosmetic plastic surgery are those individuals who want to look their best by improving on their natural beauty, while at the same time, have realistic expectations. They understand that there are limitations as to what the surgery can achieve. People should also realize that while plastic surgery can significantly improve physical traits and self-image, surgery will not necessarily change their lives or their relationships.
Does health insurance cover any plastic surgery procedures?
Cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by health insurance. Financing options may be available for patients with good credit standings.
Will I need to go to a hospital for my cosmetic surgery?
Dr. Greenberg performs most of his cosmetic surgeries in his own state-of-the-art, licensed ambulatory surgical center located in Woodbury, Long Island. Most cosmetic surgery is performed as outpatient procedures. However, an overnight stay in a hospital may be warranted for certain extensive surgeries. Dr. Greenberg is affiliated with many of the North Shore University Hospitals, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center-Queens.
Do you offer financing for cosmetic surgery?
Yes. In an effort to make plastic surgery accessible for everyone, Dr. Greenberg does offer plastic surgery financing options. Please contact his Manhattan or Long Island cosmetic surgery office for details. We also accept credit cards.
What is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and why is important?
A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). By choosing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for your cosmetic procedure you can be certain that your doctor has the required basic training and education including: 

  • A degree from an accredited medical school
  • Completion of 3 years of general surgery
  • Completion of 2-3 years of supervised residency in plastic surgery
  • Completion of at least 2 years of professional practice
  • Passed rigorous written and oral exams (only about 70% of physicians who take the test pass it)

Dr. Greenberg is an Ivy-league trained board certified plastic surgeon. He is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Read more about Dr. Greenberg's credentials.

Breast Augmentation Questions

How long will my breasts take to settle?
Some patients settle in 2-3 weeks and sometimes it can take up to 3-6 months.
How long will I be in pain?
The pain is usually minimal and can be easily reduced with pain medication.
How long do I need to wear the sports bra and strap?
They should both be worn for 4 weeks, but can be removed as needed.
Is it normal to feel bubbles and air pockets?
Yes, it's very normal. It is air or fluid around the implant.
How long will it take for the scars to fade?
The scars will fade in a couple of weeks.
How long do I have to massage my breasts for and how many times a day do I do it for?
After your second week post-op you should massage 2-3 times a day for the next three months.
When can I start working out?
You may resume working out after 4 weeks.
How long do the steri-strips stay on for?
The steri-strips will fall off within 2 weeks after your surgery. Do not pull them off.
When do the stiches come out?
The stiches are dissovable.
Do I have to finish all of the medications?
You must finish all the antibotics and take all other medications as needed.
When can I drive?
You can drive two days after surgery as long as you are not on any pain medication.

Breast Lift Questions

How long do the steri-strips stay on?
The steri-strips will fall off within two weeks after surgery. Do not pull them off.
When can I shower?
You may shower 48 hours after surgery. You can get the steri-strips wet as well.
When can I drive?
You may drive two days after surgery as long as you are not on any medication.
How should I sleep?
You should sleep on 2-3 pillows for the first week following your procedure.
How long do I have to wear the sports bra for?
You must wear the sports bra for on month from your surgery date.
Will my scars fade? If so, when?
Yes, the scars will fade almost completely within the first year.
Will I be able to breast feed?
It's variable and depends on the type of procedure and patient.
When can I work out?
You may resume working out one month after your surgery.
Do I have to finish all of the medications?
You must finish all the antibotics and take all other medications as needed.

Liposuction Questions

How long will the bruising last?
With most patients bruising lasts 3 days to a week.
How long do I have to wear the garment?
Garment must be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week for one monthy only to be removed when showering.
Does cellulite go away with liposuction?
No, endermologie and velasmooth are two techniques which are performed after liposuction to diminish cellulite.
What is endermologie?
Endermologie is a deep tissue massage, increasing circulation and decreasing scar tissue.
What is velasmooth?
Velasmooth is a combination of radio frequency and light energies, plus tussue mobilized with gentle suction smotthing the appearance of cellulite.
When will stitches be removed?
Stitches are removed five to seven days after surgery.
Will I have any scaring after my surgery?
The scaring is very minimal of ther is any scaring at all.
When can I return to work?
You normally can return to work 2-3 days after surgery.
When can I work out?
You may resume working out one month from your surgery date.
How long does the swelling last?
Swelling can last 3-6 months.
Do I have to finish all of the medications?
You have to finish all the antibotics and take all other medications as needed.
When can I drive?
You can drive 2 days after surgery as long as you are not on any pain medications.

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