REASONS FOR RECEIVING COSMETIC SURGERY
Every person, at some point during their life, comes to the realization that they are not completely satisfied with their physical appearance. These perceived imperfections can range from simple stretch mark or acne which requires simple medications or procedures. However, some corrections necessitate more complex procedures such as breast augmentation, chin implants, or rhinoplasty. Those who consider cosmetic surgery to permanently enhance, reduce, or change their features should be comfortable with the surgeon who they have chosen to perform their procedure. Before the surgery can be performed, a consultation must take place in order for the doctor to explain to the patient the procedure, the risks, and the side effects.
THE PRE-SURGICAL CONSULTATION
Step #1 – Scheduling of the Consultation Appointment
Before making an appointment to receive the surgery in order to achieve the result that you desire, an initial consultation with the surgeon is required. The purpose of the consultation is for the doctor to explain to the patient the details of the procedure, the preparation which needs to be undergone, as well as the side effects and what to expect during recovery. Many individuals view the cosmetic consultation as a slightly nerve-racking experience. This is due largely to the fact that, if the patient agrees to undergo the procedure, not only will their physical appearance be altered but, in many ways, their life will change as well. Therefore, our office makes an effort to ease patients into the office dynamic and procedures by making them feel as comfortable as possible. Our office offers two options for these consultations. They can be conducted either in person or by Skype. In order to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please contact our office.
Step #2 – The Cosmetic Consultation
The average consultation usually lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours. When you arrive at the office, it will be necessary to initially complete some paperwork with the front office. Along with basic demographic information, the doctor requires a history of the patient’s health in order to ensure that the surgery is the correct option for the individual. After the completion of the paperwork, you will meet with one of the care coordinators. Our care coordinators are knowledgeable in cosmetic surgery as well as general beauty and image issues. The coordinator is responsible for going through the consultation process with you, as well as answering any questions that you might have. They will also make recommendations regarding the surgery and your personal needs. This includes providing you with the surgeon’s before and after photos as well as introducing you to the doctor who will be performing the procedure.
After meeting with the patient care coordinator, the patient will speak with the physician in private. There, the patient will be able to discuss their surgical needs and goals and the doctor will perform a physical exam to ensure that (1) the patient is in good health and (2) that the procedure will have the desired effect.
After the physical examination and the discussion with the surgeon, the cost of the procedure will be discussed with the patient and the patient care coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for answering any questions which you might have. She will also send you home with a cost estimate and speak with you about possible financing plans which the office offers as well as facilities which provide post-surgical care. The coordinator can also set up conversations between you and patients who have undergone the procedure in the past. The goal is to leave the consultation with a complete picture of the procedure and its effects as well as a firm belief that the correct decision has been made regarding the surgery. If you decide later that you require further information, feel free to either contact the office or set up another consultation.
THINGS TO REMEMBER BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY
Two Weeks Before and After Surgery
There are several precautions that should be taken two weeks before and after the surgery. Vitamin E supplementation should not be taken other than what is normally taken in a daily multi-vitamin, and no aspirin or products containing aspirin should be taken due to its blood thinning properties. In addition, you should not consume alcohol, especially red wine, or smoke during this period. Smoking has been shown to delay the healing process. You should also not use any anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil or any other products which contain ibuprofen. In addition, no herbs or recreational drugs should be used. Before the procedure, it is necessary for you to disclose any and all medications that you are taking, including any headache and cold medications. After the surgery, extra-strength Tylenol is permitted for pain and fever and it is recommended that you drink between 8 and 10 glasses of water per day.
The Night Preceding the Procedure
The night before the surgery, you should shower with an anti-bacterial shampoo or soap such as Phisoderm and thoroughly clean your hands and face. In some cases, the doctor might prescribe pre-operative drugs which should be taken as directed. Lastly, typically the doctor will direct you not to consume either drink or food after 11:30 p.m. the night before the procedure.
The Day of the Procedure
The day of the procedure, you should take your pre-operative medications and remove all cosmetics from you face using an anti-bacterial cleanser. Also keep in mind that hair spray and other hair products should not be used the day of the procedure and men should make sure that they have shaved. In addition, contact lenses should not be worn and valuables should not be brought into the office. On the day of the surgery, you should wear button down and loose fitting clothing. A friend or relative must accompany you to the surgery and pick you up afterwards and remain with you for up to 24 hours after the procedure. You should not drive after the surgery or make decisions of great important for 24 hours as post operative medications are able to impair your judgment and decision making abilities.