Before going to your plastic surgery consultation appointment, you might be feeling a little nervous. You might not know what to expect, and you might be worried that your plastic surgeon won’t understand your needs.
Consultation appointments are meant to be low-stress environments where you can express your concerns and get the answers you need before making a decision about plastic surgery. You are not under any obligation to schedule a surgery. This is a great opportunity to learn as much as you can from your expert surgeon.
Here are the basics of your consultation appointment.
Establishing Your Needs
The goal of the consultation is to determine how your plastic surgeon can best get you the results you want. To do so, your surgeon needs to know exactly what you’d like to have done and what you want the end results to be. The more your surgeon understands, the better he or she will be able to help you.
Once your surgeon understands what you want your plastic surgery procedure to accomplish, he or she will give you a recommendation for a surgery. Your surgeon will go over that surgery and explain the process to you. He or she will also lay out expectations and explain the recovery process.
During this time, listen closely and take notes if possible. The more you understand about the surgery, the better decisions you’ll be able to make.
The Q & A
Once your surgeon has finished explaining the surgery he or she would recommend, it’s time for you to ask questions. You will have the opportunity to ask your surgeon about the procedure, the recovery period or the surgeon him or herself.
Many patients like to come prepared to their consultation appointments by preparing questions. They do their research ahead of time and make a list of questions they want to ask. Some may be answered already, but you can always ask for clarification if needed.
If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation, contact Douglas M. Stevens M.D. at the Fort Myers Centre for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery at 239-481-9292 today.
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