Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much do procedures cost at The Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery?
Prices for Dr. Freeman’s cosmetic procedures vary. The actual cost depends on the procedure being done. Our staff will provide you with an exact cost for Dr. Freeman’s professional surgical fee and explain the options for your surgery.
Q. What makes Dr. Freeman different from other surgeons who perform cosmetic surgery?
Dr. Freeman has specialized in cosmetic surgery of the face and neck since 1988. He specialized in surgery of the head and neck during his residency at the University of Miami. He received a Fellowship in plastic surgery, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck, at Washington University-one of the country’s premier programs.
He has passed the board examinations for both his residency and his specialty in plastic surgery of the face and neck. Dr. Freeman is one of only a few plastic surgeons in the Carolinas who is board-certified and fellowship-trained, and who specializes in plastic surgery of the face and neck.
In addition, Dr. Freeman has been an innovative leader within his field, developing new procedures, writing numerous articles and book chapters, and lecturing frequently within the United States and abroad.
Q. What is required to reserve a surgery date?
To secure the date for your procedure, a 25 percent deposit is required. We request that this deposit is paid within 48 hours of scheduling your surgery. The remaining amount is due three weeks before your surgery. Please call and talk with our scheduling coordinator if you have any questions. Due to the high demand for surgery, we do request a three week notice to cancel or reschedule surgery. Should you cancel within three weeks of your surgery date 50% of the surgeon’s fees will be refunded.
Q. Does insurance pay for any cosmetic procedures?
Dr. Freeman’s cosmetic procedures usually are considered elective, so they are not covered by most insurance plans. Please check with our office staff if you have any questions.
Q. How can I pay for my procedure?
Most of our patients pay for their surgery with a check, a check card or a credit card. We also offer CareCredit for patients that wish to pay over an extended period of time.
Q. How do I schedule a consultation? Is the consultation free?
To schedule a consultation simply call the Center at (704) 543-1110 or contact us through this form. Dr. Freeman does charge a consultation fee of $75.00, and you can save $25.00 off this fee when you request your consultation online. During the consultation, he will spend as much time as needed to make sure you are comfortable with your decisions. Dr. Freeman encourages you to call or schedule a second consultation, if needed, in order to feel completely comfortable with your decisions. All subsequent consultations within 6 months of your initial visit are free.
Q. How long will my consultation take?
Plan to spend approximately 1 hour at The Center during your initial visit.
- First you will meet with Dr. Freeman for a complete evaluation and discussion relating to your specific concerns.
- Next you will meet with a surgical counselor to discuss fees and look at available dates for surgery.
- Depending on your needs, you may meet with Dr. Freeman’s nurse the day of your consultation to discuss in detail what to expect from your surgery and recovery.
Q. How long will it take to schedule my surgery?
The length of time between your consultation and your surgery depends on your specific needs and the procedures you choose. In addition, you will receive instructions that you should follow before and after your procedure to help ensure a smooth and quick recovery.
Q. Where will I have my surgery? Will I need anesthesia? Will I have to stay overnight?
Most of our surgeries are performed in our state of the art surgical suite located in our office.
Depending on the procedure and the patient’s age and general health history, surgery may be performed with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. We do recommend that you have someone designated the night of your procedure to help you recover. This can be a spouse, friend or significant other. If it is more convenient, a healthcare professional can be hired through our office. We partner with healthcare professionals that have been working with Dr. Freeman for years to ensure high-quality care. Dr. Freeman’s nurse will provide the caretaker with specific instructions for care following the procedure.
Q. How much recovery time will I need? When will the swelling and bruising go away?
This will be reviewed with each patient during their consultation. Most patients are advised not to schedule any major social events for approximately six weeks after surgery.
Q. What types of lasers does Dr. Freeman use and what do they treat?
Lasers help reduce facial wrinkles and scarring, and they enhance the appearance of the sun-damaged skin. Lasers also can be used to remove tattoos and treat brown discoloration of the skin due to secondary excess sun exposure. Lasers are also used to treat visible broken blood vessels , rosacea, hemangiomas and vascular malformations.
Dr. Freeman has years of experience using lasers to improve conditions that involve the skin. He was one of the first physicians in the country to use lasers extensively for cosmetic reasons. Due to his reputation and publications in this area, he was asked to teach plastic surgeons in Beijing, China how to perform laser resurfacing. He continues to be a leader in this area, using his experience to help children with vascular birthmarks.
Q. When I have my laser procedure to improve my skin, how soon can I wear make-up and go outside in the sun?
There are different types of laser procedures.
Laser skin rejuvenation is used to improve the small broken blood vessels and brown spots that develop over time. After laser skin rejuvenation, you will experience skin irritation for about 3 to 5 days. After the first day, the vast majority of patients can wear make-up and go in the sun with appropriate protection.
Laser resurfacing is used when the patient wishes to see improvement in the fine lines that go along with aging. After laser resurfacing, it will take about 10 to 12 days for patients to heal to the point where they can wear make-up and go in the sun with appropriate sun protection.
SmoothBeam™ Laser therapy is for fine lines, wrinkles and mild scars. Treatment is done once a month to slowly rebuild collagen that has been lost under the skin over time. Each treatment leaves the skin slightly red for less than 30 minutes in the average patient.
Q. Will I have “before” and “after” pictures taken?
Yes. “Before” and “after” pictures are taken of all of our cosmetic patients so that we may provide you with complimentary copies. No “before” and “after” pictures will be published without your written consent for marketing purposes.