For any patient considering plastic surgery – whether for medical or cosmetic reasons – there are many factors to consider. The skills, training, attitude and experience of The Vu Center’s doctor and staff play a very important part in ensuring our patients have a wonderful overall experience.
The privacy and confidentiality of every patient is treated with the utmost care and respect. We are committed to our patients receiving excellent results and having an enjoyable experience at our state of the art surgical center and facility.
Victoria was born and raised in Portland, OR and now lives in Beaverton, OR. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in General Science. She loves spending time with her family and friends, watching and playing football, and traveling. What she enjoys most about working at The Vu Center is helping patients through their journey and seeing the transformations before and after plastic surgery.
Arcelia is a Medical Assistant from Hillsboro, OR who now lives in Beaverton, OR with her husband Freddy. They are happy parents to a new Betta fish. Arcelia loves to play soccer and hang out with her family and friends. What she enjoys most about working at The Vu Center is the work environment and taking care of patients. Arcelia also speaks Spanish, and being able to help Spanish-speaking patients has been very rewarding.
Tamara is from Portland, OR and still lives there with her 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. She loves spending time with them. Tamara received her Medical Assistant Certification from Concorde Career College. What she enjoys most about working at The Vu Center is interacting with the patients.
Diane is a certified Operating Room nurse who also has her Bachelors of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. She is from New Jersey and now lives in Hillsboro, OR. Diane enjoys reading, gardening, and playing djembe. What she enjoys most about working with The Vu Center is the staff, patients, and autonomy.
Janet grew up and lived in Washington. She has also lived in California, Iowa, and Minnesota. Five years ago, she moved to Oregon where she now lives with her husband. Janet has her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and is also ACLS certified. She enjoys traveling with her husband, gardening, bicycling, and going on walks. What Janet enjoys most about working with The Vu Center is working with the terrific staff.
Gina is a Registered Nurse who also has her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and now lives in Beaverton, OR with her cat, Luna. Gina enjoys art of all mediums, but is currently interested in glass and silver. What she enjoys most about working with The Vu Center are the patients.
Mary Jo is from Marysville, CA. She moved to Portland, OR in 1990 and now lives in Tigard. She has Associate degrees in both Art and Nursing. Mary Jo enjoys hiking and exploring nature with her 8 grandchildren. What she enjoys most about working with The Vu Center is its convenient location and the very nice people she works with.
Q: WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS LIKE?
A: Here at our office, you will be seen by Dr. Vu, a certified, female plastic surgeon, our coordinator, and our scheduler. We ask that you provide us with basic information for our administrative records and we will provide you with an overview of the consultation process.To make it more convenient for you, you may download the forms here, have them filled out and either fax it back to us, or bring them with you at the time of your consultation visit. The cost of registration is $50. We accept VISA, Mastercard, checks or cash.
Dr. Kim-Chi Vu, The Vu Center’s plastic surgeon, will talk with you about your wishes and desires for your surgery. She will examine you and give you her opinion about how to achieve your goals. We believe you need to be well informed about the actual process of preparing for, and recovering from, reconstructive or cosmetic surgery. Choosing a surgeon is an intensely personal decision. We encourage you to take time to ask Dr. Vu and her staff any questions you may have. We believe the formation of a personal bond is an integral part of the surgery and healing process.
Q: DO YOU TAKE PICTURES?
A: Dr Vu and her staff can provide you with our before and after photos of our existing patients, to look at the possible outcome of your intended surgery. This is intended to help you see what the possible outcome may be, and aid in the surgical planning process.
Q: WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION DO YOU HAVE ABOUT MY PROCEDURE?
A: You may choose to watch a video about the procedure(s) you are contemplating. Brochures are also available for you to read and take home with you. Many of our staff have had cosmetic surgery and you may talk with them about their experience and feelings about their results.
Q: HOW MUCH WILL MY PROCEDURE COST?
A: When you meet with the Patient Coordinator, she will discuss the fees and costs of your desired reconstructive or cosmetic procedure. If you have a specific date in mind, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. There will be a $500.00 scheduling fee that is due upon the time you decide to schedule your surgery. The scheduling fee will be credited to your other surgical fees.
Once you have scheduled your surgery, you will then come in for a preoperative appointment, where you will have a chance to talk through your surgery again with Dr. Vu. During this time, you will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have, go over your surgical consent form, have your blood test ordered, and pay the remainder of your surgical fees.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME GENERAL PLASTIC SURGERY RISKS?
A: We want you to fully understand the risks involved in plastic surgery so that you can make an informed decision. Although complications are infrequent, all surgeries have some degree of risk. All of us at The Vu Center will use our expertise and knowledge to avoid complications to the best of our abilities. If a complication does occur, we will use those same skills in an attempt to solve the problem quickly. The importance of having a highly qualified medical team and the use of a certified facility cannot be overestimated. In general, the least serious problems occur more often, and the more serious problems occur rarely. If a complication does arise, you, Dr. Vu and the staff will need to cooperate in order to resolve the problem. Most complications involve an extension of the recovery period rather than any permanent effect on your final result.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME NORMAL PLASTIC SURGERY SYMPTOMS?
A: Swelling and bruising: Moderate swelling and bruising are normal after any plastic surgery. Severe swelling and bruising may indicate bleeding or possible infection.
Discomfort and pain: Mild to moderate discomfort or pain is normal after any plastic surgery. If the pain becomes severe and is not relieved by pain medication, we recommend that you contact us for further management.
The incision lines: Sometimes there may be crusting along the incision. We usually treat this with antibiotic ointment.
Numbness: Small sensory nerves to the skin surface are occasionally cut when the incision is made or interrupted by undermining of the skin during reconstructive or cosmetic surgery. The sensation in those areas gradually returns–usually within two or three months as the nerve endings heal.
Itching: Itching and occasional small shooting electrical sensations within the skin may spontaneously occur as the nerve endings heal. Ice, skin moisturizers, and massages are frequently helpful. These symptoms are common during the recovery period.
Redness of scars: All new scars are red, dark pink, or purple. Scars on the face usually fade within 3 to 6 months. Scars on the breasts or body may take a year or longer to fade completely.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME COMMON RISKS OF PLASTIC SURGERY?
A: Hematoma: Small collections of blood under the skin are usually allowed to absorb spontaneously. Larger hematomas may require aspiration, drainage, or even surgical removal to achieve the best result.
Inflammation and infection: A superficial infection may require antibiotic ointment. Deeper infections are treated with antibiotics. Development of an abscess usually requires drainage.
Thick, Wide, or Depressed Scar: Abnormal scars may occur even though we have used the most modern plastic surgery techniques. Injection of steroids into the scars, placement of silicone sheeting onto the scars, or further surgery to correct the scars is occasionally necessary. Some areas on the body scar more than others, and some people scar more than others do. Your own history of scarring should give you some indication of what you can expect.
Wound separation or delayed healing: Any incision, during the healing phase, may separate or heal unusually slow for a number of reasons including: inflammation, infection, wound tension, decreased circulation, smoking, or excess external pressure. If delayed healing occurs, the final outcome of your plastic surgery is usually not significantly affected, but a secondary revision of the scar may be indicated.
Sensitivity or allergy to dressings or tape: Occasionally, a patient’s body may have an allergic or sensitivity reactions from soaps, ointments, tape or sutures used during or after plastic surgery. Such problems aren’t common and are usually mild in nature and easily treated. In extremely rare circumstances, allergic reactions can be severe and require aggressive treatment or even hospitalization.
Injury to deeper structures: Blood vessels, nerves and muscles may be injured during surgery. The chance of such injuries is rare.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR OPERATING ROOM LIKE?
A: Going to the operating room is not a normal experience for most of us. Dr. Vu and all of the professional staff caring for you, recognize the natural anxiety with which most patients approach this step in the plastic surgery process. We believe a description of the surgery experience will be helpful.
Your surgery will be performed at The Sunset Surgical Center or one of our other affiliated hospitals. Specialists using modern equipment and techniques will attend to you. The team includes a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (C.R.N.A.), a trained Operating Room Technician and a Registered Nurse in charge of the operating room.
When you arrive at Sunset Surgical Center, you will be escorted to the Pre-Operative Suite. You will be asked to change into a gown and robe and will be given foot covers. Dr. Vu and the C.R.N.A. will meet with you before you enter the operating suite. At this time, we will conduct final surgical planning, do basic preparation, or draw on you as needed. You will also be given the opportunity to ask any final questions you may have.
Once you enter the operating suite, the staff will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and secure. Once you are situated on our deeply padded operating table, the nurse or the C.R.N.A. will start an intravenous drip in your arm. You will start to feel drowsy as medicines flow through the tubing into a vein in your arm. At this time, the C.R.N.A. will connect you to monitoring devices to ensure your safety during your reconstructive or cosmetic procedure.
Q: WHAT WILL THE RECOVERY ROOM BE LIKE?
A: When your plastic surgery has been completed, and your dressings are in place, you will be moved to the recovery room. You will be connected to monitoring equipment for the duration of your stay in the recovery room.
During this period, a fully trained Recovery Room Nurse will take care of you and remain with you at all times. The Registered Nurses in the recovery room are specially certified for advanced cardiac life support, should it be needed. All recovery rooms are equipped with any necessary machinery as other rooms in the hospital.
Your stay in the recovery room will last from one to four hours, depending on how soon you are ready to leave. Most patients are fully awake within 30 to 60 minutes after surgery but may not remember much about their stay in the recovery room.
Q: WHAT KIND OF ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD I MAKE POST-SURGERY?
A: You must arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgery center. Either a family member, a friend, or a nurse must remain with you the first night after surgery because you will have been sedated.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME STANDARD POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS?
A: Activities: We want you to avoid any aerobic or straining activity for at least three weeks after your plastic surgery. This is to avoid bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Do not resume strenuous exercise for four to six weeks. Dr. Vu will give you clearance to increase your activities according to the progress of your recovery.
Driving: You may resume driving when you feel you are able, but wait at least two days after surgery. Keep in mind that you must have full use of your reflexes. If pain will inhibit them, don’t drive!
Sexual Activity: You may enjoy sexual activity as your body allows with the following restriction: please reread Activity/Sports above and apply the same concept to sex.
Sun Exposure: If fresh scars are exposed to the sun, they will tend to become darker and take longer to fade. Sunscreen can help. Take extra care and precautions if the surgical area is slightly numb — you might not “feel” a sunburn developing!
Work: Returning to work will vary for each individual patient’s recovery and the type of surgery performed. This will be discussed and modified with Dr. Vu.
Nothing speaks more authentically of The Vu Center, Dr. Kim-Chi Vu, and our professional staff than the feedback we have received from our many patients.
Patients love Dr. Kim-Chi Vu, our Plastic Surgeon here in Portland, OR for many reasons. Her highly developed plastic surgery skills, plastic surgery care and service, and to top it off, her personality and personal attentiveness to each and every plastic surgery patient she sees.
Read the plastic surgery patient testimonials and see for yourself why Dr. Kim-Chi Vu is so highly trusted, respected and admired by her plastic surgery patients. And please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions.
HONEST and EXPERT ADVICE
I depended on Dr. Vu’s experience & judgment to decide how my surgery should look. She was perfect in her calculations. Surgery is a difficult decision. She helped me know what I should do. I thank her for it. I couldn’t be happier.
DR. VU ATTENTIVE and SKILLED
I recently had Dr. Vu do a necessary small surgery on one of my breasts. I had previously had implants that were in for thirty years. One had become painfully encapsulated. After they got removed, and after the tissue healed, Dr. Vu replaced them last year. She did a fabulous job. The side that had been so encapsulated and hurting was more difficult, and she said I might want a small revision done at some point. As the months rolled by I understood more what she was referring to. So, now a few weeks after a small surgery revision, I love the results, and additional comfort. I am very grateful. I love Dr. Vu’s kindness and attentiveness. I am so impressed with her professional skills. Her staff is sweet and helpful.
LOVE MY TUMMY TUCK
I chose Dr. Vu because she was open and easy to talk to, answered all my questions and gave me honest advice. She did such a phenomenal job on my tummy tuck that other physicians have complimented me on her work!
SURGEON WITH INTEGRITY
Dr. Vu… LOVE her! She is smart, competent, knows what she is doing, and pursues pain when you say you have pain. Went in to have a tummy tuck and hernia repair and she found a second hernia…though I told her thought I only had one. I had pain in another part of my abdomen and she said, ‘that is not normal-let’s see what that is’. So she said to get a cat scan…and sure enough, I have 2 hernias. A plastic surgeon discovered I have two hernias…She was surprised no other doctors took it to the next level, of finding out what the pain is, that I am having…She also said she wanted a specialist to do that hernia surgery – she knows her limits and did not just want to do a tummy tuck for the money.
I just wanted to say thank you for the great job you did on my breast implant augmentation. You and your staff are so professional and made the whole experience very positive and fun at the same time. It was fun to include my husband to go shopping for new ‘boobs’, trying the implants on and feeling them. It was truly the funniest shopping experience we have ever had together. We are glad we chose you to take us on our new experience. Thank you.
Dear Dr. Vu,
It’s now been 5 months since my surgery, and I couldn’t be happier! I have never EVER had the confidence that I have now! Thank you SO much for all your help, advice, and skilled hands! I am so very impressed with my natural looking & feeling boobs! Thanks!
Dear Dr. Vu,
Thank you for being sooo kind & genuine during my consultation for breast augmentation. I gained much more knowledge about the procedure. We are very confident with your expertise & will definitely start saving money & waiting until the patient can at least stand on his own to schedule surgery with you in the near future! In the meantime, I will refer ALL my girlfriends to you for any type of elective surgery.
Thank you so much for doing such a great job repairing my hand. I am able to surf & rock climb and do the things I love once again thanks to you. You are an outstanding surgeon. Much mahalo.
KIND and CONFIDENT
Dear Dr. Vu,
Kind people are few & far between nowadays. We know the quality of a kind person and we treasure it. We want to thank you with all our heart and will pay for your services in full as fast as we possibly can. You are a very special and confident professional and we have faith that [the patient] shall play her guitar in glory after her therapy thanks to you!
IN GREAT HANDS
You are in great hands with Dr. Vu and her staff! Through it all, Dr. Vu has been absolutely wonderful to work with. She quickly set my mind at ease by explaining my options and outlining the procedure involved. She listened intently to my questions and took the time to thoroughly answer each one of them. She is gentle and approachable. She also referred me to Armworks Hand Therapy for my physical therapy which is located in the same building (literally next door). I have received the same exceptional service from them, as well!
NATURAL LOOKING BREASTS
Dear Dr. Vu,
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful change that you have helped create within my life and myself. I have always felt very confident and secure with every part of myself except for my breasts; I have always been small chested. Like so many other women, after having my daughter and breastfeeding for a year I found that my breasts were smaller, lower and not all that firm anymore. I wore uncomfortable thick padded push-up bras to hide the truth from others. It fooled them but I knew the truth, it haunted me and was on my mind constantly. When I met you for my first consultation I felt very confident about you. I felt comfortable and believed that you really listened and understood my goals and what I wanted. I am so happy with the work that you have done. My fiancé is very happy too! All of my family and friends say that my breasts look totally natural only perfect, like an airbrushed photo.
I finally feel normal and completely beautiful, I can wear a swimsuit, a comfortable bra, sexy tops, anything and nothing. When I talk to people about it I always mention you. I have a couple friends considering breast augmentation and I insist that they see you. I also wanted to mention how much I enjoy your personality. I always tell people what a cool doctor you are. You talk to people like they are friends not just patients. Its cool to go to a doctors appointment and be able to laugh, joke and talk like you actually know each other. Basically you are the best doctor/surgeon I have ever known or met and I am glad that I had the opportunity to be one of your patients.
P.S. Your office assistants are great too, they always remember my name when I come in.