It is natural to feel a mixture of nerves and excitement going into your plastic surgery consultation. This is your chance to discuss your procedure and goals in depth — the focus is your needs and concerns. Although your consultation is only one appointment, you should view it as three distinct phases: before your appointment, the appointment itself, and after your appointment. Here are some tips to make the most of your consultation.
Prepare ahead of time
Before your consultation, spend time thinking about how you want to look and feel after surgery. Research your surgery and your goals. This might include finding pictures of people who have a look similar to what you are seeking. Collect the photos and bring them with you to your consultation, but realize that your surgery is about making you look like you, but better. Make notes about your questions or concerns, and start a list of questions you would like to ask your surgeon, as well as any other issues important to you. No questions or concerns are too small, since the goal of your consultation is to address your individual needs.
In addition to researching your procedure and making a list of your own concerns and questions, be sure to put some time and energy into writing out your medical history. Your surgeon will need to know about any existing medical problems, past surgeries, and any medications, vitamins, or supplements you may be taking. It is essential to list all of your medications, supplements, and vitamins, including both over-the-counter and prescription products. You may be asked to temporarily stop taking some of these prior to surgery to reduce the risk of certain complications. Be sure to include any blood-thinning medications and include a list of any medication allergies. The more information you provide regarding your medical history and medication usage, the better your surgeon can plan for your procedure.
Finally, before surgery, have childcare in place if you have children. Although you are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your consultation, it is best to leave children at home. This will help keep the focus on your needs during your consultation. It will also allow you feel more comfortable discussing subjects that may not be appropriate for your child to hear, such as breast augmentation choices.
During your consultation
Bring your notes, questions, and medical history to your consultation, as well as extra paper and a pen to take notes while you talk with your surgeon and nurse. Be frank during your consultation. Don’t be afraid to ask anything that is important to you, no matter how small or embarrassing. Your surgeon and nurse have heard it all, and are prepared to discuss anything that is important to you. Open communication will help your surgeon guide you to the best surgical options for your needs. The clearer your communication is with your surgeon, the better your outcome will be.
During your consultation you can expect to have a physical examination, during which your surgeon will let you know if your goals are realistic. If your surgeon determines that your goals aren’t achievable with the procedure you have selected, your surgeon will offer alternative suggestions. Your surgeon may mark your body to show you where incisions may be made or how the surgery may be performed, and your surgeon will take pictures to help guide your surgery.
In addition to addressing your concerns and answering your questions, your surgeon will discuss your surgery, recovery, and risks. Feel free to ask additional questions throughout the consultation and don’t forget to take notes or ask your friend or relative to take notes for you.
After your consultation, spend some time thinking about everything that was discussed during your appointment, and review your notes. If you still have questions or concerns, our nurses are available throughout the day to answer additional questions and concerns by phone. Feel free to call as needed. It is our goal to make sure that all of your concerns are addressed prior to surgery.
When you are ready to schedule your plastic surgery consultation, call Monarch Plastic Surgery at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262. We look forward to meeting you.