Consultation: What To Expect
Arrive at your
consultation on time, and even a little early to fill out the necessary
paperwork. Do not be late for your consultation or you may lose your
appointment. When you fill out your paperwork,
please be completely honest when disclosing your medical history and the
presence or possibility of any disorder, whether it be physical or mental,
including any and all medications that you take.
list of questions to ask your surgeon
of yourself in a bathing suit or dress that you feel accentuates the problem
areas; or photos of what you looked like before weight gain.
Photos of other people's legs, abdomen
(whatever area you are wishing to have treated) to convey what you
would ideally like to achieve. This will help your surgeon gauge if your
expectations are unrealistic, as well as help you explain what your goal is
and if this goal is possible.
a pair of jeans, that you may wish to help convey what areas you would like
treated--for instance when explaining "muffin tops".
What To Expect When You Meet With The
The surgeon will usually ask you what
you want to change about your figure. You should address
the areas which you feel would benefit from liposuction.
The surgeon will then tell you what
areas he or she thinks will benefit from liposuction.
You will then discuss your options in
anesthesia, the liposuction method, incision placement and more. Anything
that you wish to know, you should discuss during this time.
You will discuss
the risks of liposuction, and you may be given an informed consent sheet as well as discuss the anesthesia risks.
You will discuss the approximate
volume removal projected for the procedure. This is usually
addressed in liters, or as cubic centimeters or cc's.
You should discuss touch-up
procedures, or revision surgery, if it may be necessary and your costs
if the need arises. Get this information in writing before
booking your surgery.
You will look at your surgeon's
before and after photos.
You may be given a referral sheet to
speak with a few of the surgeon's patents. If not, ask for one if
you wish to do this.
You may also
request to tour the facilities if your surgery will be performed on site.
You may receive
literature regarding the surgeon's education and training, curriculum vitae
or any other pertinent information.
You may be given a list of what you
spoke about at your consultation.
You may discuss costs and fees with
either the surgeon during your meeting or with a financial planner towards
the end of the consultation.
If the treatment area is covered by clothing, you will be asked to remove
your clothing and cover yourself with a
gown. After you are finished your surgeon and a female nurse or
assistant (this is common if the
surgeon is male) will come in
to examine your treatment areas, skin condition, type, thinness and elasticity.
The surgeon may pinch or tug on
your skin gently to test your laxity. You may feel awkward
during this time so prepare yourself for it.
Although this may be your first time, the surgeon has
performed this type of examination many times.
Scheduling Your Surgery
If you feel comfortable with the surgeon and are confident that he is the
one for the job, you may wish to schedule a surgery date before you leave.
This will require a deposit. If you are going to go on other
consultations before making your final decision, you can always call the
office and schedule your appointment later if you choose this particular
If you do schedule your surgery, you
will be given instructions on how to have the lab work performed which is
necessary for your surgery. You will also be given information on
how to prepare, what to purchase and sign additional paperwork.