Plastic Surgery in Dallas & Ft. Worth

The Southlake Plastic Surgery Process

The Southlake Experience

Have you decided to undergo a plastic surgery procedure to feel more comfortable in your skin? Congratulations! The team at Southlake Plastic Surgery is delighted to help you on your journey.

When you’ve earned the reputation and have the experience we have as the top plastic surgeons in Southlake, TX, you can bet we have a plastic surgery process that makes patients feel welcome, informed, and comfortable the whole way through.

How it Works

Pre-Surgery Process

Initial Plastic Surgery Consultation

No matter if we’re your top choice or if you have a list of surgeons you want to check out, it’s important to meet your surgeon and consult with him or her and their team.

Southlake Plastic Surgery offers consultations with Dr. Mark Mason or Dr. Dinah Wan for a $125 fee. We apply this money toward the cost of your procedure when you book your surgery. Though we offer virtual consultations, there are some good reasons to consult with a surgeon in his or her office. In our office for your consultation, you will:

  • Meet the office staff, patient coordinator, and nurse who will care for you on your surgery journey.
  • Meet with your surgeon to discuss your reasons for surgery, your goals, and your medical history.
  • See before and after results of other patients.
  • Have all your questions answered.
  • Learn what results to expect.


After your visit with Dr. Mason or Dr. Wan, you will meet our Patient Care Coordinator.

Pre-Op Appointment

The preoperative appointment is with your nurse. If you’d like to see your surgeon during this appointment, we are happy to set up another appointment with Dr. Mason or Dr. Wan before your surgery.

During this visit, which is usually 1-2 weeks prior to your surgery, your nurse may:

  • Perform an EKG if you’re over 50
  • Review your operative plan and the informed consent materials
  • Take “before” photos of the area(s) receiving enhancement from multiple angles
  • Review preoperative and postoperative guidelines
  • Review prescriptions for pain or antibiotics
  • Answer any lingering questions

How it Works

The Day of Surgery

The Day of Surgery & 24 Hours After

First, take a deep breath and relax! You are in highly skilled hands. The day before your surgery, you will receive a call from our office to review the fasting guidelines important to your safety. Take it easy and get to bed early before your big day.

You will see your surgeon the morning of your surgery to review the operative plan, make operative markings, and ensure you know what you are consenting to.

How long is surgery?

The length of your surgery will depend on which procedure(s) we perform. We can combine procedures, but we prefer to limit the surgery to 6 hours, as going under general anesthesia for over 6 hours can increase risk.

What procedures go well together?

Some procedures are especially complementary to one another. Such as:

It is important to find a family member or friend to drive you the day of surgery and the following day for the first postoperative appointment.

Your first postoperative visit is usually the day or 2 days after surgery. You will see your surgeon who will evaluate the area and incision(s), change dressings if necessary, and provide additional instructions or prescriptions based on your condition.

How it Works


3 to 5 Days Post-Surgery

In your immediate postoperative visit, your surgeon will advise when your sutures or stitches can be removed. For most patients, it’s about 3 to 5 days after surgery. In this visit, we will remove the sutures, advise on incision care, provide a medical-grade silicone-based scar gel, and make sure you’re on your way to a quick recovery.

Most patients will need at least 3 to 5 days of close care after surgery. During that period, you will need to take pain medication, sleep well, drink A LOT of water, and eat extremely healthy. During these first few days, you are not to care for children, or work inside or outside the home.

1 to 4 Weeks Post-Surgery

You will have 1-week and 2-week follow-ups at our office to allow us to continue monitoring your healing. Expect bruising, swelling, and soreness/tenderness now and for the next several weeks. 

At this time, we may advise you to begin taking walks around the house or out to the mailbox. It is important to ease back into all activities and continue to take it easy until you’re at least 3 weeks post-op. Depending on how you feel, you may get back to work at the 2 or 3-week mark, though you should still avoid strenuous activities—including exercise, continue to drink lots of water, and eat nutritious meals. 

We will also introduce you to our surgical scar treatment options at our med spa. All surgery patients at Southlake Plastic Surgery receive a free scar treatment with one of our advanced laser devices!

Post-surgery complications are rare. However, if you experience any of the following, it is important to give Southlake Plastic Surgery a call:

When to Call Us

  • You experience a fever of 101℉ or higher
  • You experience significant bleeding or pain
  • You have difficulty breathing
  • You cannot urinate
  • If your stitches or incision rupture
  • If you notice any abnormal discharge at the incision site

The most common cosmetic surgery complication is infection at the incision sites. You can avoid this by following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to a T!

6 weeks to 6 Months Post-Surgery

At your 6-week post-op appointment, your surgeon should clear you to resume most of your regular activities, including exercise. Swelling will subside and you can start to see the ultimate results of your procedure.

Your final postoperative appointment with your surgeon will be at 6 months post-op. We will take your final “after” photos to compare with the “before” pictures and will discuss the best ways to maintain your results.

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