Thinking About Cosmetic Surgery? Here’s What You Need to Know Before Your Consultation

If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery, here are some things you need to know before you go for your plastic surgery consultation.

April 27, 2022

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Cosmetic surgery can be life changing. With options ranging from subtle tweaks to major enhancements, booking a consultation with a plastic surgeon is the first step toward looking and feeling your best. As your consultation approaches, keep these tips in mind for a successful, comprehensive appointment that will leave you feeling confident and ready to make a change.

1. Have those important conversations before your appointment.

If you’ve booked a consultation, chances are you have an idea of what your cosmetic goals are. While presenting ideas and inspirational photos during your appointment is helpful, most of the time, your plastic surgeon isn’t the only person who should be part of the conversation.

Cosmetic surgery is a big decision, with factors to consider ranging from physical to psychological to financial. Make sure you’re discussing your goals and your options with those most important to you before your first appointment.

2. Interview your plastic surgeon.

During your consultation, you can expect a lengthy conversation surrounding your goals and your options. While your plastic surgeon will share insight into various procedures, risks, recovery and more, it’s also important to feel a connection with your doctor.

Does your surgeon truly understand your goals? Did they present a variety of options? Look at before and after photos. Were they honest about your realistic outcomes? All of these questions are imperative to confidently answer prior to booking your surgery with your selected doctor.

3. Know your options.

Cosmetic surgery is a diverse field. Depending on your goals, your surgeon may present you with options ranging from an injection regimen to a major operation. While researching options prior to your appointment is important, use your consultation time to learn from the expert in the room.

Your surgeon should take time to listen, ask questions and present a variety of realistic options, all with your personal goals in mind.

4. Understand your risk.

Cosmetic surgery is just that – surgery. Any medical procedure carries risks, and it’s important to understand those risks prior to booking your appointment.

Use your consultation time to ask those difficult questions: Am I a candidate for this procedure? What can I do about scars? What happens when there’s a complication?

Your surgeon should answer these questions thoughtfully and honestly, and you should leave feeling confident that in the rare instance of a negative outcome, you’ll walk your recovery journey together.

Taking your first step toward cosmetic surgery is incredibly brave, and your consultation is the perfect opportunity to learn how to make an informed decision. The team at Advanced Institute for Plastic Surgery is eager to welcome you in to begin exploring how to help you become exactly who you want to be.


We have two locations for your convenience. Our Temecula office is located off Winchester Road and Jefferson Avenue. Our Redlands office is at the corner of Cajon Street and Cypress Avenue.

To schedule your consultation, visit aiplasticsurgery.com/contact-us.

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