What to Expect from a Plastic Surgery Consultation

Many people think about having cosmetic surgery for years before their first trip to a plastic surgeon’s office. We understand this, as well as the nervousness associated with it, and we pride ourselves on patients having a fantastic experience in their consult. We also understand and encourage patients to get opinions from several surgeons prior to making their final decision, and for this reason we strive to leave no question unanswered. We take pride in expressing our philosophy of cosmetic surgery, as well as our approach and what sets it apart from others.

We view a consult as a two-way street in which we learn about you but you also learn about us. Perhaps most importantly it is an educational experience during which we can explain what it’s possible to achieve with plastic surgery, as well as its limitations. By the end of a typical 1 hour consult, we hope that we have helped you to decide if cosmetic surgery is the right option for you as well as what procedure is most appropriate and provides the most value to you.

Consultation Process

A consult typically starts with a quick check-in at the front office. At this time you may fill out some papers, or turn them in if you received paperwork in the mail prior to your consult. You will then be taken to an exam room where you will meet with one of our patient coordinators and discuss your areas of concern. You will also meet with one of our nurses, who will take a standardized set of photographs. Next you will meet with the plastic surgeon.

At this time we will talk in-depth about your concerns and the motivations of why you are considering plastic surgery. We will also discuss your goals of surgery and your ultimate vision of how you wish to look and feel after surgery. Once we have this information as a benchmark, we will discuss different options, both surgical and nonsurgical, that can help you achieve your goals. We will discuss the expected results of surgery, what is involved before, during, and after surgery, the types of anesthesia that are available for each procedure, and the risks of surgery.

We will then take you to the photo room, where we will demonstrate, using state of the art image-morphing software, our expected result of surgery. You can then watch a short video of one of our actual patients who has gone through a similar procedure, and they can help explain what it feels like to go through cosmetic surgery and how they feel after a full recovery. Finally, one of our patient coordinators will work through the different prices and financing options of procedures.

By the conclusion of your consult, our goal is that you have all the information you need to make the right decision for you. If you would like to schedule a procedure at this time, that would be great. If you need some time to consider your options, you will also get our contact information to put you on the fast track to answer any lingering questions or concerns.

Sometimes people like to schedule a second consult to solidify the plan or discuss other concerns, and this is never a bad option. Ultimately we want to help you look and feel fantastic on the outside and inside, and we are committed to help you get there.