Navigating your Plastic Surgery Journey: Steps After the Consultation 

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October 9, 2023

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Plastic surgeon discussing procedure options with a patient during a consultation.

Embarking on a plastic surgery journey is both exciting and transformative. Congratulations, you are already well on your way! After your initial consultation, a series of steps await. Here’s a quick guide to ensure you’re well-prepared.  

  1. Understanding Your Quote: Your surgeon will provide a comprehensive quote detailing the surgical costs. Assess your budget. If multiple procedures are recommended, prioritize based on personal and financial considerations. Talk to your surgeon about what surgical plan makes the most sense for you.  
  1. Financing Solutions: Many patients choose to use financing for some or most of the cost of surgery. There are multiple financing options out there, each with its own terms, interest rate, and payment duration. For example, CareCredit is one of the most popular companies for financing cosmetic procedures. Many companies have an online portal where you can enter the amount you want to finance and they can tell you the amount you are qualified to borrow, all within a matter of minutes. If you have a credit score that’s less than perfect, consider adding a co-borrower. The Patient Care Coordinator at your surgeon’s office will be able to expertly guide you through the financing process.  
  1. Scheduling Surgery: If the financial aspect looks doable, the next step is to schedule the surgery. Depending on the surgeon’s availability and the facility’s schedule, this could be soon or a few weeks to months out. Let the office know about any work schedule limitations and upcoming major events, such as weddings or vacations.  
  1. Pre-Operative Appointment: Once the surgery is “on the books”, you will be scheduled for the all-important pre-operative appointment. Here, the surgeon will discuss the details of the surgery, pre-surgery instructions, and post-op care, and answer any additional questions you might have. Take all your questions and notes to this appointment. Bring any photos you want to show your surgeon. This is your time to say, “I read this online, is that true…?”. No matter how off-the-wall or seemingly minor your thought is, we want to hear it! 
  1. Labs and Tests: Your surgeon may order blood work or EKG that you may need to have done prior to surgery. Sometimes, no labs are required. Depending on your other medical conditions, a medical clearance from your primary care doctor or specialist may be required. Each situation is different and will be specified by your surgeon. Your safety is paramount. 
  1. Physical Preparation: Depending on the procedure, you might be advised to make some lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, avoiding certain medications or supplements, and making dietary changes. 
  1. Emotional Wellness: Your emotional health is just as important as your physical health when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Make sure that you are mentally prepared for surgery and that you have realistic expectations. Designate a trusted family member or friend to be your “surgery buddy”. 
  1.  Post-Op Care: Make arrangements for post-operative care. This will include: 
    • Having someone drive you home after the surgery. 
    • Arranging for help during the initial recovery period. 
    • Setting up a comfortable recovery space at home with essential items within easy reach. 
    • Pick up all your medications ahead of time.  
  1. Second Thoughts or Questions: It’s natural to have additional questions or even second thoughts as the surgery date approaches. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon and their team to discuss any concerns — they are there to support you.  

In conclusion, your plastic surgery journey is unique and personal. Feel empowered to make informed decisions, seek clarity when needed, and prioritize your well-being. Wishing you a smooth and rewarding experience! 

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