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Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Dr. Lapuerta been in practice?
Dr. Lapuerta has been in practice for over 20 years.
How much experience does Dr. Lapuerta have?
Dr. Lapuerta has performed over 20,000 procedures. He has extensive experience in cosmetic surgery of the face & body, reconstructive breast surgery, Botox and facial fillers.
Is Dr. Lapuerta board certified?
Yes, he is triple board certified. Dr. Lapuerta is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He also has Board Certification in General Surgery and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of the Hand
Where does Dr. Lapuerta operate?
Dr. Lapuerta performs most cosmetic surgery procedures at The Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas, a AAAASF Certified Office Based Surgical Facility.
Dr. Lapuerta also has hospital privileges and can perform surgery at The Women’s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospitals in Pearland, Southeast, Katy and the Medical Center, Pearland HCA as well as St. Joseph Hospital, downtown and St. Luke’s in the medical center.
How is anesthesia provided at our accredited, office based surgery facility?
Dr. Lapuerta only works with medical doctors who are residency trained in Anesthesiology and have significant experience with outpatient plastic surgery. He works with a select group of five Anesthesiologists he has known and worked with for over 15 years. Dr. Lapuerta does not uses nurses or nurse anesthetists to provide anesthesia in his personal practice. Dr. Lapuerta believes in providing the highest standards available for his patients.
What does Dr. Lapuerta specialize in?
Dr. Lapuerta loves the diversity and challenge of plastic surgery of the face and body. His extensive experience, continuing education and his work training and teaching future plastic surgeons, has uniquely equipped and qualified him to master all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body.
How long should I plan for my first visit?
For a surgical consultation, plan on spending 1-1 ½ hours meeting with your patient coordinator and Dr. Lapuerta. We encourage patients to bring a significant other, close friend or family member with them to their initial consultation. In our experience, it helps to put the patient at ease, provides support and helps patients to make decision and remember details of the visit.
For an appointment for Botox or fillers, new patients should typically plan to spend 30 minutes.
How far in advance should I plan for my surgery?
Advanced planning is always helpful to ensure you are medically prepared for surgery, have your financing planned, vacation time planned and plans for someone to stay with you after your surgery at home.
Additionally, the further in advance you meet with Dr. Lapuerta the more likely you are to have your first choice of surgery dates and times. Dr. Lapuerta’s surgery schedule fills up quickly and he usually operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. However, we are a patient focused practice and always work to accommodate our patients who may need to schedule on short notice. Your patient coordinator will let you know at your consultation what dates are available for surgery.
Does your office use a nurse or the doctor to do Botox and filler injections?
Dr. Lapuerta personally performs all Botox and facial filler injections such as Juvederm, Volbella, Voluma and Vollure.
Anything I should do before or after I plan to get Botox or filler injections?
If patients desire to minimize possible bruising, those taking blood thinners, aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Motrin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Garlic, Ginseng or Gingko Biloba or any oral products containing these supplements, to discontinue these 2 weeks prior to receiving Botox or fillers.
After receiving Botox or fillers, Dr. Lapuerta recommends:
- Cool Compress
Apply a cool compress every 30 minutes for 48 hours to decrease bruising and swelling.
- Facial Excercises
Frown and raise your eye brows 10 times an hours to manipulate the Botox to enter the muscles more deeply for 2 days.
- Avoid exercise for 48 hours
Exercise increases the risk that Botox will be taken away from the injection zone before it is full absorbed at the desired site. It may also leave less Botox where injected and possibly decrease the desired effect. Exercise can increase the risk that Botox will act in an area other than where intended or desired.
Do you ever have specials?
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Do you have any reward programs?
Yes! For more information, see Rewards!