Plastic surgery—like any surgery—is a major decision. Your consultation is the first opportunity to talk with your doctor and decide if treatment is truly right for you. The more informational and collaborative your meeting is, the more positive the rest of the process will be. A little bit of preparation can go a long way to creating a happy, satisfying experience.
No matter if you want a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or other plastic surgery procedure, our Orlando practice is excited to help you start your journey. Here are 5 important tips to help you feel as comfortable as possible before heading into your consultation.
Research Your Procedure
The best way to prepare for your plastic surgery consultation is to do a bit of research beforehand. You should know the basics about your procedure and understand what the surgery can realistically treat. Thanks to the internet, there are many blog posts and videos that explain what happens in the operating room. You don’t need to stress about knowing “everything,” however. Your doctor will explain more complex details once you arrive.
Learn About Your Doctor’s Credentials
You should only trust your health and safety to a certified professional you can trust. When looking for a doctor, read through their credentials and browse their CV and practice website. Look for doctors that are board certified, specifically from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is considered the gold-standard of certification. This means they have successfully completed years of training and education. You can also look at patient reviews to learn more about their personality and see if they have a kind bedside manner.
Collect Reference Photos
Plastic surgery can’t make you look like a completely different person, but it’s a good idea to have a few reference photos. Collect these images for your doctor so you can explain what your ideal look post-surgery would entail. Try to find pictures where the “before” photo is similar to your current proportions and body shape.
Understand the Recovery Process
Surgery is more than just a financial investment. It can take a toll on both your body and mind. Remember that you’ll need to take it easy the first days or weeks after surgery. During your consultation, learn what to expect from the recovery process so you can properly plan your time off from work or other commitments.
Prepare Thoughtful Questions
Don’t feel intimidated when heading into your consultation. The conversation should be a two-way street. Think over any questions or concerns you may have and write them down so you don’t forget to ask. This is the best way to get direct answers right from the source: your doctor. You can also ask questions that aren’t related to the procedure itself. Take a moment to learn more about your doctor and their plastic surgery philosophy.
If you’re interested in discussing your surgical options with an experienced plastic surgeon here in Orlando, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (407) 857-6261.