Before having plastic surgery, your surgeon will likely want to schedule a consultation meeting with you so you can get to know each other and decide exactly how to meet your needs and expectations when all is said and done. Here are a few important questions to ask your plastic surgeon during that consultation meeting:
1. How Is Scheduling Handled?
It's important to find out how appointment scheduling will be handled by your plastic surgeon so that you know what to expect as you get surgery to enhance your looks or correct a disfigurement. If you'll have to wait several weeks to have surgery after making an appointment to get the process started, you'll want to know ahead of time to avoid frustration–you may even want to find another plastic surgeon to work with who doesn't have such a busy schedule.
Find out how you can make appointments. Will you have to call, or can you schedule the time you need on a website or through email? And what kind of information will you need to provide when making an appointment? The more you know upfront, the easier it will be for you to manage your plastic surgery experiences as time goes on.
2. What Should Be Done to Prepare?
It's also a good idea to find out what you should do to prepare for your upcoming plastic surgery and any other surgeries you may decide to get in the future. Will the surgeon require a check-up from your healthcare doctor before any surgery is scheduled? Is there a special diet or liquid regimen that should be followed during the days leading up to surgery?
What kind of skincare treatments can you do at home, if any, before surgery to help optimize your results? And what can you do to prepare for the recovery process after your surgery takes place? Preparation is the key to a positive and healthy plastic surgery experience.
3. Is Post-Operative Support Offered?
Before leaving your consultation appointment, ask your plastic surgeon whether they offer any post-operative support options. They may offer pre-operative training programs to take advantage of that will teach you the skills you need to keep yourself healthy and happy while going through plastic surgery.
Or they might want to see you again soon after surgery to make sure you're healing well and to address any questions or concerns you might have. They may also be able to provide you with enhancement treatments after surgery, such as Botox, to optimize your overall results. If you don't ask about the support services that are available upfront, you might miss out on an opportunity that would benefit you.