A consultation is important when trying to decide if you want to seek plastic surgery. It’s also a good way to find out if the plastic surgeon you’re interviewing is the right surgeon for you.
You can learn a lot from a consultation. You’ll come away with a better idea about what surgery will cost, how the procedure will actually be done, and whether you want to take the next step toward surgery.
The first thing you need to do is schedule a consultation. Once you have that scheduled, you can prepare for it in several ways.
- Research the procedure you’re considering. As you read about it, write down any questions you may have about it.
- Read about other patients’ experiences with the same procedure on sites like RealSelf.com.
- Start thinking about your budget and the maximum amount that you can afford.
- Apply for plastic surgery financing with CareCredit or another medical financing company.
- Ask your primary doctor to prepare your medical record with results from your most recent physical and blood work (if applicable).
Tips for Having a Great Consultation (Not Just a Good One!)
Don’t be late to your consultation because you’ll lose out on time to ask questions. Arrive at your consultation 15 minutes early. You will have some new patient paperwork to complete that has questions about what you want done and about your medical history. If you arrive early, it won’t cut into your consultation time.
After you are done with the paperwork, the plastic surgeon will meet with you. You will be in a private area where no one will be able to hear about your concerns. Your consultation is confidential.
The surgeon will ask you what procedure you’d like done and will need to look at the areas of your body that you are concerned about. This will help the surgeon get a better idea of what will need to be done.
After looking you over, the doctor will discuss the procedure, recovery time, and risks. It is important to pay attention to this information because being aware of it will help you make a more informed decision.
After you have learned about the procedure, you will be allowed to ask as many questions as you need to. Take out the paper you wrote your questions on, and just start with the first one. Take notes as you go through them to use them later to help you in making your final decision.
Towards the end of your consultation, ask the plastic surgeon about financing. Many of them offer financing options to patients with good credit. You may be able to get 100 percent of the surgery covered with financing (no money down), negotiate low monthly payments, and get special low interest rates.
When you walk away from your consultation, you will probably have a lot to think about concerning the plastic surgery. Don’t worry; this is normal. Take your time when making such a big decision and then call the plastic surgeon’s office when you are ready to move forward.
Ready for a Consultation With Our Expert Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons?
Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York offers free consultations to patients interested in plastic surgery. All you have to do is call our offices in Manhattan or Long Island and we will set you up with a time and date that is convenient for you. We are also open evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate the busiest of schedules.
We look forward to helping you make a decision about getting the plastic surgery you want to improve the way you look and feel. Call us today!