Frequently Asked Questions

Face Procedures

Eyelid Surgery

  • What is eyelid hooding?
    When there is excess skin in the upper eyelid this is referred to as 'hooding'.
  • Do I need an upper eyelift or a browlift procedure?
    In many cases the Brow Lift can achieve the same goals as the upper eyelid surgery and give the overall face a more refreshed look. Consult your plastic surgeon to see if you are a candidate.
  • Will insurance cover the upper eyelid lift procedure?
    Insurance sometimes does cover the upper eyelift procedure when the following medical conditions exist: 1) hooding of the upper eyes 2) documented 'obstruction of vision' as verified by a 'visual field exam' with your eye doctor

Lip Augmentation

  • What are the methods for augmenting my lips?
    Lip augmentation is performed by one of the following techniques: 1) injectable fillers such as Juvederm  2) fat injections (taken from another area of your body) 3) Advanta (a synthetic material which is implanted in the lips)

Breast Procedures

Breast Augmentation

  • What decisions do I need to make for my breast augmentation?
    Before breast augmentation surgery you need to decide the following with your surgeon: 1) saline or silicon 2) size of implant 3) round or oval 4) textured or smooth 5) under the muscle or over the muscle 6) location of incision site 7) with or without a breast lift
  • What are the various types of incisions for breast augmentation?
    Your implants can be inserted with the following types of incisions: 1) infraareolar (bottom of nipple) 2) circumareolar (around the nipple) 3) supraareolar (top of nipple) 4) axillary (armpit) 5) inframammary (crease at the bottom of breast)
  • How soon can I return to work after Breast Augmentation?
    With breast augmentation you should plan to be out of work for one week.

Body Procedures


  • What 'type' of liposuction does Dr. Rodriguez perform?
    The preferred method of liposuction is the tumescent technique with various size cannulas.
  • What are cannulas?
    Cannulas are long, thin, rod-like instruments which enable the plastic surgeon to remove fat during the Liposuction Procedure.
  • What is the tumescent technique?
    The tumescent technique is used in liposuction and is desirable because it can reduce the amount of blood loss during the procedure while achieving a favorable surgical result. In the tumescent technique, areas of excess fat are injected with a large amount of anesthetic liquid before liposuction is performed. The liquid causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and firm or "tumesced." The expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed.

Tummy Tuck

  • Is abdominoplasty covered by insurance?
    In general, the Tummy Tuck procedure is NOT covered by insurance. The procedure is only covered in special circumstances such that the patient develops hygiene or other types of serious medical problems.
  • Are there different types of tummy tuck procedures?
    Yes, in general there are three types of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures: 1) dermatolipectomy- skin work only 2) mini tummy tuck - pouch of skin and fat only below the belly button 3) full tummy tuck- the most common type which involves the removal of fat, muscle repair, and removal of excess skin
  • Will I gain weight after liposuction?
    Yes, Liposuction does not prevent you from gaining weight!