If you’re considering undergoing plastic surgery in New York City, one of the most important meetings you’ll attend is your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. Whatever your procedure, your initial consultation will provide you with important information about what to expect, before, during, and after surgery.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to share your expectations as well as concerns with your surgeon during your initial consultation. Having a clear idea about what plastic surgery can and cannot do, will help you be better informed before going under the knife. Having a frank discussion about your goals is essential to ensure that your cosmetic surgeon can address all your concerns and needs.Patients who understand realistically what results they can expect, make better informed decisions and have higher levels of satisfaction with the outcome of surgery.
During the initial consultation, you’ll also likely receive an estimate of cost. The cost of procedures largely depends on your needs and goals. For instance breast augmentation cost will vary depending on the type of implant you choose, the method of augmentation your doctor will use, and your medical history and special needs.
Your doctor may also review any risks of surgery during an initial consultation. Before you agree to have any surgical procedure performed, it is important to understand recovery times, risks, and side-effects of the procedure. This way you can properly plan the time off work, recovery, and prepare yourself physically and emotionally for the surgery.
If you smoke or drink, your doctor may ask you to abstain from practices that could interfere with your recovery time. For instance, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is extremely important to tell your doctor about medications you are taking, and discuss your current use of tobacco and alcohol products.
If you decide to move forward with surgery, your doctor will examine you and measure the body areas you plan to have surgery on, and begin planning for a surgery date. A very detailed examination, photographs and accurate measurements will be done during the preoperative consultation, some time before your surgery.
When scheduling your initial consultation, you may ask whether before and after photos of the surgeon’s work are available for you to see. This can give you a better understanding of what changes you can expect following surgery. You may even want to speak to patients who have had similar procedures.
As a cosmetic surgery client you deserve personal attention, care, and information. An initial consultation should leave you feeling comfortable, informed, and ready to make a decision about whether to move forward. Cosmetic surgery involves advanced medical procedures, so it is important to understand that surgery isn’t right for everyone. A qualified plastic surgeon will offer an honest assessment of your needs and will be able to explain to you the full range of options available—both surgical and non-surgical.
Dr. Leonard Grossman, M.D. is a cosmetic surgeon in NYC who has been helping patients for over two decades. When you need compassion, attention, skill, and knowledge, you need Dr. Grossman working for you.