What to Expect from Your Plastic Surgery Experience
The ideal candidate for cosmetic plastic surgery is someone who has a strong self image, not only a desire to change the thing about their appearance that bothers them.
During your consultation, the doctor will ask you about which surgery you are considering and your expectations. The doctor will also discuss whether the results you hope for can realistically be achieved. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly, as this will allow our doctors to determine if they can deliver what you want with a surgical or medical aesthetic procedure.
You should come to your initial consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, plus previous surgeries and a list of all the medications you take. It is important that you to be honest with our staff about your medical history, medications, allergies, habits and background since all these things can affect the outcome of your surgery.
It is very important for our surgeons to have a good and communicative relationship with each of their patients. Your initial consultation will give you an opportunity to discuss everything that is involved in the surgery you are considering. The consultation also gives you a chance to meet and talk with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure. You should feel very comfortable with your plastic surgery doctor, both as a surgeon and a person. This will ensure that your cosmetic surgery experience is a positive one.
Our office will gladly supply you with information regarding the procedure you are considering prior to your initial visit, so you may be better prepared for your consultation.
Questions to ask
Some of the questions you may want to ask during your consultation include:
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
- How long will my surgery take?
- What type of anesthesia is used?
- What is the recovery time?
- What are the risks and potential complications?
- How soon can I return to work?
- Is post-op medication necessary?
Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so your doctor will likely recommend that you avoid taking these medications prior to surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia.
Please remember that the relationship with your surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you are encouraged to contact our office.