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How to prepare for your plastic surgery consultation

The more information and interaction you get out of your consultation, the more you will understand and feel comfortable with the process. Both you and your doctor wants to make sure that your consultation is successful.


Here are some important tips on how to prepare for your plastic surgery consultation.

What Do You Want?


Before you even consider a consultation, do a mirror test. Stand in front of a mirror for a length of time and give yourself a solid look. What do you like about yourself? What would you like to change?


Write those things down and bring them with you to your consultation. Also, consider searching online for the look that you like the best. Bring pictures of those looks so your surgeon can see exactly what it is that you’re hoping for. This also gives him a chance to tell you how reasonable your expectations are.


Do Your Research


Before you step foot in your doctor’s office, you should do your research. It’s a good rule of thumb to have some knowledge of what procedure you would like done.


Learn the basics of your procedure so you know the questions you need to ask to feel adequately informed. Make sure this is more than a quick phone search before your consultation. Give yourself a few hours to sit down and understand what you want to happen.


But more than just the procedure, you should also research the surgeon. Some doctors charge a fee for a consultation, so use your time wisely.


Use a screening call! Call in with intelligent questions to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. This is a good start to your research about your chosen doctor.


Consider yourself a customer. If the doctor doesn’t seem to care about you before he meets you, or if his staff seems unfriendly or conscientious right away, how comfortable are you spending time under the knife or in recovery with them?


Gather Your Medical History


Before you come to your consultation, have a detailed record of your medical history. Often a 100% detailed report isn’t possible, but do the best you can.


Include any of your previously diagnosed diseases and conditions and a list of medications you’re taking. Include the strength of the medication and the time of day you take it. And don’t bother hiding your drug or alcohol use, your surgeon isn’t going to judge you.


There are some conditions or medications that might disqualify you from having surgery. These precautions are put in purely for your safety, and it is absolutely essential for you to be honest and detailed to ensure that everything runs smoothly.


Gather information on more than just yourself, too. Include your immediate family history and bring that with you as well.


Write Down Your Questions


Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask questions to any doctor. The surgeon will either be able to answer your question with confidence or they won’t. If they cant answer your question that is a sure sign you shouldn’t be there.


Here is a list of general questions to get you started:


Am I a good candidate? If not, why?

How often do you perform this procedure?

What are the risks?

What certifications do you have?

Where will the surgery happen?

Is this facility accredited?

Do you have hospital privileges? Where?

Who is your anesthesiologist? What are their qualifications?

What are your surgical staff’s qualifications?

What do you do if an emergency arises mid-procedure?

Can I see before and after photos of other patients who have had my procedure?

These are just some of the questions you should consider asking about your surgeon or surgery. Look back at your research and write down any procedure-specific questions to ask as well.


Be Perceptive


From the second you walk into your doctor’s office, start making a mental note of things.


Pay attention to the staff. Are they friendly and happy to see you? Was the room warm and inviting? Is the office clean and professional looking?


While you’re meeting with your surgeon, how does he make you feel? Are you welcome and at ease? Are they listening to your concerns and helping you to understand your options?


While they are physically examining you, are they courteous and professional? Do you feel confident with them handling your body?


Financial Planning


Most surgeons will need you to make a down payment when you schedule your appointment and then a full payment before the date of your operation. If this is something you’re concerned with, talk about financing with your doctor.


If they make you feel uncomfortable about your situation in any way, that’s not the right practice for you.


Before you schedule your surgery, you should consult with more than one doctor. This is the only way to get a feel for what you like and what you need in a surgeon. There are plenty of plastic surgeons in Miami and all over the country for you to research, so check them carefully.


Your Surgery Consultation


The most important part of preparing yourself for a surgery consultation is to keep your expectations realistic. You want to be sure of yourself and why you want this surgery. Find what you’re hoping to accomplish and talk to your doctor about how to get there.


Plastic surgery is a huge decision and it’s not one you should step into lightly. Make sure you’re informed and comfortable with your doctor before you make any decisions.

Bring a Friend or Significant Other

Bringing someone with you will help you to have a supportive  involved with your decision and informed about your procedure, especially when they will be taking care of you afterwards.


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