Making the Most of Your Facial Plastic Surgery ConsultationPosted on Monday, June 19th, 2017 by Douglas M. Stevens, MD
The first step toward facial rejuvenation is a one-on-one consultation with a prospective surgeon. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the surgeon’s background and approach to your desired procedure. A great consultation can help you feel confident in your choice to pursue surgery.
The team at Dr. Douglas Stevens’ facial plastic surgery practice in Fort Meyers encourages you to follow these tips to make the most of your consultation.
Go Into the Consultation Prepared
Prior to your consultation, research your desired cosmetic procedure or specific concern and what it involves. Having the right information helps make your conversation with the plastic surgeon more productive.
Prepare a list of questions to ask your surgeon, so you don’t forget anything in the moment. You might have questions about the surgeon’s background, your desired procedure, candidacy for that procedure, the pros and cons of the procedure and details about the day of surgery and the recovery period.
If possible, fill out any new patient paperwork ahead of time (check the website for applicable forms). On the forms, be forthcoming about your medical history and any medications or supplements you take, as that information helps the surgeon to properly plan for your procedure.
Pay Attention to the Office and Staff
When you arrive at the office, take note of how clean and organized it is, and how friendly and helpful the staff are. Feeling comfortable with the office and staff can go a long way toward making your facial plastic surgery experience a positive one.
Make Mental Notes during Your Conversation with the Surgeon
As you speak with the surgeon, try to be mindful of how professional and courteous s/he is. Is s/he taking the time to understand your needs and goals, and asking questions about your lifestyle and health? Does s/he explain all of your treatment options in detail? Does s/he seem patient and compassionate? If not, you might need to find another surgeon.
Inquire about Pricing
Don’t leave your consultation without getting information about the cost of your requested procedure. Is there an initial down payment due? Is payment due in full prior to the day of surgery?
Also, inquire about your payment options and any financing options that are available. Some doctors accept plastic surgery financing through CareCredit.
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Douglas Stevens
To meet with Dr. Stevens to discuss your personal facial plastic surgery goals, please give us a call or send us an email today.