Being well-prepared for your initial plastic surgery consultation is essential for allaying any fears and answering any questions you have about your upcoming procedure. When meeting your plastic surgeon to discuss your plastic surgery plans, a little preparation can make all the difference in your satisfaction with your procedure. These guidelines will help you get useful, accurate information during your consultation.
When you set up your initial appointment, ensure that you will have enough time to talk through your expectations and goals, as well as to explore various surgical options that may be available to you. It’s extremely important that this consultation be with the surgeon who will be performing your surgery; or at the very least, you should be speaking with someone who is trained to offer cosmetic surgery counseling, or a registered nurse. Do not agree to speak with a sales representative, as they may be more interested in selling you a lot of services than in listening to your goals.
Asking the Right Questions
Consulting with your surgeon offers an excellent opportunity to ask any questions and state any concerns you have regarding the procedure you’re contemplating. Set your consultation appointment a few weeks in the future and keep a pad and pen (or notepad app for your smartphone) handy to jot down any questions or concerns as they occur to you. Don’t neglect to do this, or you may find that your mind has gone blank during the appointment and you’ve forgotten to ask half of what you had intended to.
Bring a Friend
Having someone accompany you to the consultation can be very helpful. Make sure your companion is someone whose judgment you trust and is outspoken enough to pose any questions you may fail to ask. You may find that your companion asks questions you didn’t think of; or they may recall details of your consultation more clearly than you do.
Information for Your Surgeon
Your surgeon will need your complete medical history, including any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you’re currently taking, whether or not you smoke and any allergies you may have. Be honest and give your complete history; failure to do so may result in possibly-fatal complications during surgery.
Essential Points to Cover
Your consultation should, at the very minimum, provide answers to the following questions:
- What should I realistically expect from the final results?
- What type of risks am I facing by having this procedure?
- What should I expect during recovery?
- If the procedure must be repeated, what is the clinic’s policy?
- How much experience does the surgeon have with your procedure?
- What’s the total cost?
Once you’ve completed your consultation and the day of your surgery has arrived, ensure you arrive on time (or even a little early) so that you can fill out any paperwork the clinic requires. Arriving early will also give you a little time to compose yourself and relax. Being well-prepared for your consultation means you’ll also be well-prepared for your procedure.