A consultation is one of the first step during the plastic surgery process. Once you are pretty much set on the procedure you want and when you want to get it done, the next step would be the consultation. This is a great chance for you to talk one on one with your doctor about every question, thought or even hesitation that has come to mind. Our amazing doctors here at Ohio Plastic Surgery Specialists truly value this time to get to know their patients and help them determine what is best for their bodies.
What to bring:
- Your medical history. This would ideally include medical problems that run in your immediate family. It is important to remember that elective plastic surgery is reserved for patients without a history of healing problems or other conditions that can lead to unwanted risks.
- Medications, including all vitamins and supplements that you are currently taking.
- If you are considering a tummy tuck or other form of body contouring surgeries, it may be helpful to bring along clothing that you typically wear, swimwear or types of clothing that will allow the surgeon to best position post-surgical scarring.
Questions to ask:
- Write down any and every question and concern that you have. Make a list that you can quickly note whenever one may come to mind. The doctors are here to talk about each one with you. Think along the lines of patient safety, preparation, post-surgery guidelines, recovery time, possible risks, anything like that.
- This is a great time to learn about our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, their background and their experience.
- Do not be afraid to ask difficult questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question either.
- The consultation is a great time to ask about financing options. If it an elective plastic surgery, note that they are not covered by insurance. Make sure you are examining your personal finances and seeing if you can afford the type of surgery that you desire.
- To avoid financial troubles, most doctors agree that you should have available funds twice as much as the actual cost of your surgery. That will help you be better prepared if your recovery process takes longer than normal and you have to take more time off work than expected.