Making the Most of Your Consult
A consultation with Dr. Nein is the best way for you to find out everything you’ll need to know about plastic surgery. But how do you get the most out of your cosmetic surgery consultation?
Let’s assume you’ve already done your homework. You know that Dr. Nein is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). And you’ve no doubt done some research on the Web. Also, qualified plastic surgeons use a variety of techniques, and there may be different approaches to your particular problem that are equally valid. So come to your consultation with an open mind.
Many patients develop a list of questions to ask their doctor. Although most of your questions probably will be covered as a routine part of the consultation, having your own checklist is an excellent idea. Some of the points that you will want to be sure to cover include the following.
What are the benefits of the procedure?
The consultation usually begins with a discussion of what bothers you about your appearance. You should be as specific as possible about what you would like to change. Dr. Nein can help you determine whether your goals for surgery are realistic and which procedure or technique might be most beneficial in your particular case.
What are the risks and possible complications of the procedure?
Although millions of people each year successfully undergo cosmetic procedures, you should be aware that every surgery has its own risks. Find out what the possible complications are, how often they occur and how they will be handled if they do occur. If you smoke or are being treated for medical conditions by a physician, be sure to tell Dr. Nein. Such factors can increase the risk of complications associated with any surgical procedure.
What is the expected recovery time?
Inquire about postoperative restrictions on activity and typical time periods for resuming work and social activities.
How much will the surgery cost?
Cosmetic surgery typically is not covered by insurance and payment is usually required in advance. Costs include fees for the surgeon, the surgical facility and anesthesia.
Are there alternatives?
If you don’t have the time right now for a major cosmetic operation, there may be a less extensive procedure that can provide some improvement, at least temporarily.
What follow-up is required?
Find out how often your surgeon will want to see you following surgery. Maintaining your follow-up appointment schedule will help both you and Dr. Nein to evaluate your results over time.
Additional information about plastic surgery procedures may be obtained by calling our office at 615-327-0201.