Even if you know that having a consultation prior to a cosmetic procedure is a smart idea, making the most of that appointment can leave you baffled.
While you can generally expect to go over the procedure and timeline with your surgeon, preparing for some of the less obvious aspects of the appointment can go a long way to ensuring a great appointment. Here are several ways to prepare for a successful consultation.
Do some research on the procedure(s) you’re considering. If you’ve done some prior research on plastic surgery websites like Real Self, and you’ve decided you’re interested in a particular procedure, make sure to ask about it.
Read your prospective surgeon’s website to make sure that they offer the desired procedure, and listen to their opinions on why one may be more or less beneficial for you.
What you wear to a plastic surgery consultation can make a difference in your comfort. If you’re having a procedure on your breasts or lower body, make sure that you’re wearing clothing that allows the surgery site to be accessible and makes you comfortable for the examination.
The surgeon needs to determine if you’re a good candidate for a surgery and going over your family history is one way to identify risks.
If you’re not 100 percent sure about your family’s history, make sure to give family members a call regarding certain aspects of your family history.
Blood clotting conditions, obesity, allergies, serious and recurring infections, cancer, and other conditions are family medical history details you should share with your surgeon.
When you enter the doctor’s office, you will want to take note of the cleanliness of the office, the attitude of the staff, and the overall atmosphere.
You will also need to fill out paperwork, so make sure to arrive in ample time to complete this. Make sure to share details about medicine and supplements, as these can have important consequences for surgery.
How does the doctor greet you? Do you feel like he or she is interested in your questions and concerns?
Make sure to use this time to ask about timelines, downtime, and whether or not you’re a good candidate for the procedure. This is also a good time to go over the risks of the procedure and expectations of outcome.
Ask for accreditation of the place where the surgery will take place, and check to ensure that your doctor is board certified. It’s also good to know who will be performing the anesthesia and how they are qualified to perform these procedures.
It is important not to choose your surgeon based on cost alone. Often, a deal that seems to go to be true is, so make sure that the discount doesn’t mean a lack of qualifications. Discuss whether you will need to pay the entire amount up front or if financing is offered.
Preparing for your consultation will ensure that most of your questions and concerns are addressed. You should have a clear picture of what your options are and how to proceed if you decide that you’re ready for a cosmetic procedure.
Doing this extra preparation for the consult can go a long way in easing your mind, saving time, and keeping you safe during surgery.
If you’re ready to take the next step towards achieving your aesthetic goals, give us a call today or schedule an appointment for a consultation now.