What to Consider for Your Initial Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

December 29, 2023 L.A. Vinas
What to Consider for Your Initial Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

If you want to know more about cosmetic surgery, it may be time to look and learn further about this procedure through a cosmetic surgery consultation. An initial plastic surgery consultation is where you get to meet with the plastic surgeon of your choice, learn more about the surgery you want to perform, and ask all the questions you have. Consultations also allow you to grow rapport with your surgeon and their medical staff. And, determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure you’re considering. There’s a lot that goes into having an initial plastic surgery consultation, and knowing what to expect and consider can help you get the most out of your consultation.

Here’s what to consider before making your cosmetic surgery consultation:

Research and Educate Yourself About the Surgery You Want Performed

Knowledge is key to understanding what the surgery you want to have will entail as well as how to best prepare and recover. While you can learn a lot from your doctor and specialists, it can be helpful to have some knowledge about the procedure you want or need before coming in for the initial consultation. It’s easy to find resources online that go over the ins and outs of every procedure so that you can learn whether or not you are a good candidate, what to expect during the operation, and how long recovery can take. Knowing more about a procedure can ensure that it’s something you want to undertake or something you can commit to before setting up your initial consultation.

Choose and Learn More About Your Surgeon

Knowing more about your plastic surgeon can give you confidence that you’ve chosen the right specialist. Some surgeons have their specialties, so you might want to consider a plastic surgeon in your area (or even out of town) who specializes in the procedure you want done. Before the initial consultation, you also want to research what qualifications a surgeon has. For example, how many years of experience they have and whether or not they are board-certified. Having this information on hand before your consultation will allow you to feel more comfortable about trusting your surgeon during your consultation.

Reel in Expectations

Educated patients have realistic expectations about results, which can help them better understand what to expect after surgery takes place. To get a better idea of what to expect as far as results, you can research before and after photographs from real patients who have undergone the procedure you’re considering. This can help to give you a better feel for what you might expect as far as results and allow you and your surgeon to be on the same page starting with your initial consultation.

Have a List of Questions Ready

The best thing you can consider doing at your initial consultation is to learn as much as you can (that you haven’t learned already). This can mean writing down any questions or concerns you have as you’re doing your research about your surgeon or the procedure you’re considering and bringing these up during your consultation. Some examples of questions or concerns you can bring up at the consultation include:

  • will I be sedated during the procedure?
  • how often do you perform this procedure?
  • where will the procedure be performed?
  • when will the procedure take place?

Make Your Initial Consultation at L.A. Vinas

Having an initial consultation is for you – to allow you to feel more comfortable, confident, and safe in choosing your plastic surgeon. Here at L.A. Vinas, we want all of our patients to have the best experience possible if and when they choose one of our cosmetic surgeries. If you’re ready to take the next step in your cosmetic journey, reach out to us today to schedule your consultation!

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