Cosmetic surgery has always been popular, but in recent years, it has seen an unprecedented boom. Many people are opting for corrective or cosmetic surgery to change the way they look and feel. If your looks are in the way of you feeling confident and having a good self-image, you now have a safe and quick option to take care of it. Some people get cosmetic surgery to look good in front of others. Others opt for cosmetic surgery to look good for themselves. It could be anything from rhinoplasty to breast implants and everything in between. As technology advances, it is giving more benefits to people, especially in the healthcare business. Now surgery has fewer side effects than it used to have, with the procedures becoming safe. Some types of surgeries don’t even require you to spend time in recovery, and you can head home in a few hours.
WHAT ARE CONSULTATIONS?
When you decide to have cosmetic surgery, the first thing that you will have to do is to set up an appointment with your cosmetic consultant for a consultation. You can’t just walk into the clinic and ask to have the surgery done on you. There is a process to it, and the first thing that you will have to do is to go to the consultation. Consultations can be best described as a mixture of interviews, learning about each other, learning about your physician’s experience, as well as a way of finding out exactly what the surgery is all about and what you will have to go through to get it done. A consultation is a dialogue, and both sides are trying to figure out whether they are the right fit for each other or not. When you are done with the consultation, you will be sure that the surgery, as well as the doctor performing it, is the right one for you or not. You might walk away satisfied, or you might want to explore other options. This is why the consultation is so important.
What to Expect in a Consultation
Before you go for your consultation, make sure that you do your research and only choose the best cosmetologist for your breast augmentation or for any other type of cosmetic surgery that you have chosen for yourself. Most doctors nowadays have their websites where they display their credentials, talk about their experience, and share any photos or videos that they have so that you can find out if you want them as your cosmetologist or not.
Once the consultation starts, you can ask all kinds of questions, and a good doctor will answer all of them to satisfy your curiosity as well as put you at ease with their expertise. Not only questions, but you can also tell the doctor about your goals and your expectations with the surgery so that they can know what outcomes you are expecting. You can also review the doctor’s medical history and ask them about their credentials, their experiences, and their knowledge. You can tell them about your concerns and fears, and in return, they will do their best to put your mind at ease. You can also ask for their recommendations for pre and post-operation procedures and how you can make these times better for yourself. These will include the diet that you have to go on before and after the surgery. It can also include any day-offs that you have to take after the surgery so that you don’t get any side effects or face other complications.
At the Office
When you arrive at the clinic or the doctor’s office for your consultation, you will be received by the customer support staff or the patient administrator. They will provide you with a form that you will have to fill in. This form will contain many details, so make sure that you arrive at the office before the appointment time so that you can be free by the time the consultation starts. This form will include everything from your demographics, health, any previous surgeries that you might have had, any chronic conditions you are suffering from, and other information that can help the doctor consult you better.
When filling out the form, be completely and brutally honest. You cannot afford to give false information or keep some information from the doctor as that might lead to a complication during the surgery, and you definitely don’t want that to happen. Even if you are taking some supplements, you need to mention it in the form. Many vitamins and herbal supplements can have different effects on your metabolic system, as well as your blood pressure, and your doctor should know about them. The same is true for alcohol and smoking. If you do any or both of these things, then you need to come clean with your doctor. Usually, the doctors tell you to quit them a couple of days before the surgery. They might even recommend nicotine patches if the need arises.
Meeting the Plastic Surgeon
Once all the information has been given, you will get to meet the plastic surgeon who will be doing the procedure. If your surgery requires multiple surgeons, you might just get to meet one of them, so make sure that you ask about it, and if you want to meet all of them, that too can be arranged.
Here are some of the things that you can discuss with your plastic surgeon:
- The first thing that you should do is to tell them what changes you want to be made to your body and why.
- How you look at your body and feel about it, and what do you expect to feel once the surgery is done.
- What do you want to look like after the surgery? Be as specific as possible.
- Ask about the procedures that can effectively deliver the results and achieve your goals.
- Find out about the various types of costs that you will incur. These can include the actual surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, as well as other things. Also, ask about post-procedure expenses that might include medication, further visits to the doctor, among other things.
If your questions and discussion take longer than the appointment time, make another appointment so that you can discuss these things further.
When surgery is concerned, the more you research, the better your results will be. Getting everything right takes some time, so make sure that there is no haste and prepare yourself for it.