About the Expert
Dr. Nakamura completed med school at University of Texas Medical Branch, his internship and residency training at LSU School of Medicine, Charity Hospital New Orleans and residency training in plastic surgery at UTMB Galveston. Dr. Nakamura is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and Texas Medical Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
What is plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery quite literally means reshaping. It comes from the Greek word, etymology, meaning “the art of remodeling”. Plastic surgery is the surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It can be divided into two main categories: reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate for plastic surgery?
Each cosmetic surgery patients comes to us with their own unique concerns, personalities, and goals for their appearance. After a consultation visit, we will discuss your concerns and desires and review your health history. We then devise a plan of surgical care that will give you the most natural results for your age and history.
Is plastic surgery safe?
Choosing to have plastic surgery is an important decision and selecting a plastic surgeon is vital. Look for someone with experience, skill, and training, preferably with board certification from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Investigate your surgeon, his reputation, and the facility where the procedure will be performed. We offer a fully certified American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities accredited operating room which assures our patients the level of care they need and the comfort and privacy they deserve.
Am I able to have more than one procedure at a time?
Yes, one of our most requested procedures is a Mommy Makeover, which is a combination of breast procedures and tummy tuck. In addition, some women also ask for liposuction to contour their bothersome areas. Multiple procedures are considered based on the surgery time needed.
How much recovery time/time off work should I expect?
Of course, each person is different, so each recover is different and dependent on the surgery performed. You’ll be up the day of surgery and will be given oral pain medication for early recovery as well as local blocks administered by an anesthesiologist to decrease discomfort in the first 24 to 72 hours of recovery. Most patients return to work three to ten days after surgery, depending on the surgery and type of work they do.
In 2021, what have been the five most popular procedures at your surgery facility?
The plastic surgeries procedure we’re most often asked to perform are breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, waist tuck and liposuction. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with 30 years’ experience, I’ve performed thousands of these procedures with beautiful results.
Are there things I can do to aid in my recovery?
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to facilitate the healing process. If you’re a smoker, quit a minimum of four weeks before surgery, and don’t smoke for at least four weeks afterward. Nicotine slows healing and increases risk for complications. Take it easy but don’t do nothing. Get up and move gently and frequently, as soon as possible after your procedures, to promote good circulation, prevent blood clots, and ease stiffness and discomfort. Go to all follow-up appointments with your surgeon and listen to him, not the internet. Don’t take any herbs, supplements, or medications without your doctor’s permission.