Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my surgery take?

The simple answer to this question is “long enough to get it done safely and correctly.”

Surgery is an art and not an automated process. Each surgery is as individual as the patient themselves which is why Dr. Myers does not rush his surgeries to ensure your safety and satisfaction.

How many stitches will I have?

“Just enough.”

This question is very common. Sutures (stitches) can be internal, external, or a combination of both. The stitches are frequently done in a running fashion much like the seam of a dress or the stitch on a baseball. Dr. Myers will place enough sutures to help ensure that the incision heals appropriately.

When will my stitches be removed?

Sutures on the face are removed at 7 days.

Sutures on the body, arms, legs and other areas are removed at 14 days.

When will my bruising go away?

The amount of bruising varies and depends mainly on the individual.  The length of time it takes for the discoloration to disappear is basically the same as the time it takes for bruises to resolve elsewhere on your body.

When can I start exercising and return to the gym?

You should not participate in sports or do strenuous activities for 6 weeks following surgery.

Will I have a scar after surgery?


Dr. Myers will do everything that he can to make the scar as inconspicuous as possible, but any time the skin is cut and sutured back together, the result is a scar.

How long will I be swollen?

Swelling subsides rapidly in the first 2 weeks after surgery and more slowly thereafter.   You may continue to experience a small amount of noticeable swelling even several months to one year after surgery, depending on the type of surgery.

Can I smoke before and after my surgery?


For elective procedures Dr. Myers requires that you stop smoking 1 month prior to the surgery. You may not smoke after the surgery.

Can I wear makeup after surgery?

Cosmetics may be applied after your sutures are removed.