When it comes to anything medical, most people experience some degree of anxiety. As we plastic surgeons in Louisville and throughout the world know, elective procedures are no exception. We see plenty of anxious patients daily, and there’s nothing we want more than to put their minds at ease.
If you’re new to cosmetic surgery, there are likely a lot of unknowns going through your mind, beginning with your consultation. Here, I’ll discuss what you can expect during a typical surgical consultation and share some tips you can keep in mind to help you get the most out of this important appointment.
- Be open and honest about your fears and reasons for undergoing surgery. Although it’s tempting to say what you think your surgeon wants to hear, your consultation is a time for openness. Share your concerns and motivations truthfully — believe me, we’ve heard it all! We understand that talking about our bodies and insecurities isn’t always easy, but I promise we approach every person with the utmost compassion and sensitivity. When we have an accurate understanding of why you’re considering surgery, we can better plan it to meet your specific needs.
- Explain why you chose to consult with that surgeon. Was it his or her stellar credentials? A strong Internet presence? Or his or her bevy of before-and-after photos? Explaining why you chose to schedule an appointment with him or her helps your surgeon understand which qualities are important to you so we can rise to your expectations.
- Bring a family member. In addition to providing moral support, a family member or even a close friend can be a valuable extra set of eyes and ears during your consultation. You’ll likely be fielding a lot of information, and it can be a big help to have someone you trust listening with you. Additionally, a friend or family member whose opinion you trust can be helpful when it comes to planning your surgery — but remember to pursue the results that are best for you, not someone else.
Do you have any other great tips for someone heading into a surgical consultation? Share yours in a comment below!