If you’re considering plastic surgery, the consultation process is a critical step in achieving the results you desire. However, to ensure a successful consultation and get the most out of your appointment, it’s essential to be prepared. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a plastic surgery consultation.
Do Your Research
Before your consultation, it’s crucial to do some research to have a deep understanding of what the surgery entails, how it is performed, and the potential outcomes and complications involved. To achieve high-quality results, it’s recommended to choose a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
It’s also essential to review the doctor’s before-and-after gallery on their website and research the experiences of other patients at the plastic surgeon’s office. On our website, Radiance Plastic Surgery, we have all the information you need to do research on the desired procedure prior to your consultation.
Gather Your Medical History
Make sure you bring any medical information with you that might be useful to your surgeon, such as any scans, ultrasounds or x-rays. This will give your surgeon insight into the history of your condition and could save you time if your imaging is recent and reflective of your current condition. It’s also a good idea to bring information on your current medications or any conditions that might affect your suitability for surgery. You will be advised exactly what you need to bring to your consultation based on your desired procedure.
Prepare a List of Questions
Prepare a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon during the consultation. Here are a few recommendations you might consider asking:
- Where will my surgery be performed?
- What sort of anesthesia can I expect during my procedure?
- What are the risks associated with my procedure?
- How many of this type of procedure do you personally perform each year?
- Am I a good candidate physically and emotionally?
- What can I do to ensure I get the best results possible?
- What happens if I’m not satisfied with the procedure after surgery?
- Will the person doing my consultation be the same person doing my surgery?
- Can you explain the specifics of how the procedure will be performed?
Make Sure You Schedule Enough Time
To allow for a thorough examination and discussion of your options, ensure that you have enough time scheduled for your consultation. Rushing through the appointment can lead to misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations.
Preparing for a virtual consultation
If you’re considering plastic surgery but prefer the convenience of a virtual consultation, there are some essential steps to ensure your consultation is a success and all your questions are addressed.
To protect your privacy and facilitate an examination, our clinic will obtain your written consent and authorization for electronic communication, as required by provincial and federal privacy laws prior to the preliminary consultation. .
During your consultation, Dr. Laliberte will assess if you are a good candidate for the procedure you desire. It’s important to come with realistic expectations. If you’re considering a skin rejuvenation treatment, do make sure your skin is make-up-free so your provider can assess its natural condition. Additionally, make your call from a quiet, private area with good lighting.
Once your consultation is complete, we will provide you with an estimate of fees for surgery and answer any preliminary questions you may have. We will also suggest hotel or post-operative care accommodations and discuss your length of stay in the Canmore area if necessary.
Complete Due Diligence Financial Planning
Make sure you have the financial means to cover the cost of your desired procedure. Research financing options and payment plans. We are happy to inform patients interested in financing options that we have partnered with Credit Medical, Medicard, and Paybright. You can conveniently complete a finance application either in-office or through their online platforms.
Come with Realistic Expectations
Finally, it’s crucial to come with realistic expectations. Discuss with your plastic surgeon what results you can reasonably expect from the procedure and understand that plastic surgery is not a magic solution but a process that requires patience and commitment.
By following these tips, you can better prepare for your plastic surgery consultation and feel confident in making informed decisions about your treatment.