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Below are some of our frequently asked questions. If you can’t find your answer here, please contact us.

What is the recovery from cosmetic surgery like?

It depends on the procedure and the patient. Each patient tolerates pain after surgery in different ways. Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate pain medications if necessary to help minimize any discomfort. In general, most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post-operatively.

Where will my procedure be performed?

Either at our on-site surgery center or at one of the hospitals that Dr. Hiranaka has privileges at. Our office surgery center is certified by the Joint Commission, which accredits nearly 16,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States – everything from hospitals to outpatient surgery facilities.  Our surgical and anesthesia services meet or exceed all accreditation standards.

What should I know about the safety of outpatient surgery?

The surgical facility conforms to strict safety standards and is accredited by the Joint Commission. Our mission is in alignment with the Joint Commission’s  goal of providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

Dr. Hiranaka is board certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr. Hiranaka has hospital privileges at Kona Community Hospital and North Hawaii Hospital.  Even though most procedures will be done in his office surgery center, it is important to know that your doctor also has hospital privileges.

The surgical facility uses skilled, licensed personnel to administer and monitor your anesthesia and your recovery immediately following the procedure.

How long will the benefits of the treatment last?

The results of your plastic surgery will depend which procedure you have performed. In general, results from most plastic surgery procedures are long lasting if you practice safe sun protection and an overall healthy lifestyle is maintained.

How soon can I return to work?

Recovery time depends on the procedure and the person getting operated on.  Most patients will require assistance for the first two days following surgery.

What is the difference between Injectable fillers and Botox?

Fillers add volume to areas which have lost collagen while Botox and other relaxers inhibit the movement of muscles immediately around the injection.

If I have Botox® or injectable fillers (Restylane, Juvederm) how often would I need to repeat the injections?

Botox lasts around 3 to 4 months.  Injectable fillers last around 6 months.

Will a partial face-lift take away wrinkles from my lower face and neck?

Dr. Hiranaka makes the determination of projected results after his examination of the patient.

What type of mini face lift can be done to raise my cheekbones? What is the recovery time?

After an examination Dr. Hiranaka will determine projected results.  Recovery time averages around 2 weeks.

If a patient has a heart condition, is plastic surgery with general anesthesia safe?

Talk with your physician about your particular condition.  It depends on the patient’s medications and disease.

How is a patient's physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?

A complete history and physical is conducted.  Dr. Hiranaka will make recommendations for further testing if needed.

What are the possible risks of surgery?

There are risks with any surgery.  Talk with Dr. Hiranaka about the specific procedure you are seeking.

What type of anesthesia do you use?

Dr. Hiranaka will determine if local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is recommended.  His clinical staff are anesthesia assistants trained through the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).  If full anesthesia is warranted, Dr. Hiranaka works with fully credentialed anesthesiologists.

How long does the procedure take?

Dr. Hiranaka will give an estimate based on the procedure being performed.

Are financing options available?

We participate with Care Credit.  Talk with the receptionist about how to apply.

Will my insurance cover my procedure?

Cosmetic surgery is elective surgery, therefore it is generally not covered by insurance.