Every cosmetic beauty journey starts at the same place: a plastic surgery consultation. Whether they’re considering breast augmentation or a tummy tuck, our Denver patients first schedule an appointment for a personal discussion with their doctor. Once that consultation is set, however, they naturally feel a bit anxious before their first office visit. And you may feel that same mix of anticipation and nerves, too, wherever you schedule your consultation.
Unsure of what to expect? Here is the step-by-step breakdown of how you can prepare for this important meeting.
Learn About Your Procedure
Begin your plastic surgery journey by researching your given procedure. Thanks to the internet, many useful blog posts and articles are only a quick Google search away. Go over the basics of what your surgery can achieve and learn what happens in the operating room. You should also make note of any required recovery time so you can request time off from work or other responsibilities.
Gather Reference Photos
One of the most exciting parts of plastic surgery is dreaming about your new look. Reference photos are an excellent way to see real results and learn what you can expect from your procedure. Before your consultation, collect a few photos of what your ideal results would look like. But remember: Each patient is different, and your doctor can’t make you look like an entirely different person. Try to find pictures that are similar to your proportions and natural body shape.
Research Your Plastic Surgeon
Just as no two patients are exactly alike, every plastic surgeon is unique. Find a doctor who has the proper credentials and experience to make your cosmetic beauty dreams a reality. To begin, you should read over your potential doctor’s CV, browse their practice website, and make sure that they are “board-certified.” You can also read through their patient reviews to learn more about their bedside manner and personal touch.
Schedule Your Appointment
Once you know the basics of your procedure and have chosen your plastic surgeon, you can finally schedule your appointment. The best way to do this is to contact the practice online or to call their front desk number. You will need to give basic personal information and explain your procedure of interest. After, the staff will contact you once your consultation is officially on the books.
Ask Informed Questions
Your consultation is an open one-on-one chat where you can ask any lingering questions or concerns. You can learn more specifics about your procedure, discuss the recovery process, and receive a customized quote for your treatment. To make the most of this opportunity, prepare a few thoughtful questions that your doctor can answer directly. A few useful topics for your talk can include:
- Am I a good candidate for my procedure? If not, what’s keeping me from being a candidate?
- How many times have you performed this procedure?
- What are the benefits and risks?
- Where will the surgery take place?
- How would you respond if an emergency were to occur during surgery?
In the end, only you can decide if plastic surgery is right for you. But with a bit of preparation and the help of an experienced surgeon, your consultation can help you make that decision with confidence.
If you would like to request your own plastic surgery consultation here in Denver, please fill out our online form. You can also contact our practice by phone at (303) 278-2600.