Starting the journey towards plastic surgery is a significant personal decision that requires careful consideration and thorough research. One crucial step in this process is your consultation with one of the board-certified surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis.
What does a successful consultation look like, and how can you ensure you’ll walk away feeling empowered to schedule your surgery? In this blog, we will guide you to making the most of your plastic surgery consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeon that you choose.
Research and Preparation
- Know Your Surgeon: Before stepping into the consultation room, familiarize yourself with the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis and our five surgeons. Carefully read each surgeon’s unique specializations, credentials, and patient reviews. This research will help you select the surgeon you’d like to work with for the procedure you’re interested in. At your appointment, this groundwork will empower you to engage and participate in a meaningful and informed discussion during your consultation.
- Know the Procedures: Getting to know the procedures that the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis offers will help you navigate the procedure protocol your surgeon recommends. Some of the surgery procedures the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis offers include:
- Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Nose Reshaping Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
- Facelift Surgery
- Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
- Breast Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Reconstruction
- BodyTite, FaceTite and AccuTite Radiofrequency
- Mommy Makeover Surgery
Know the Questions to Ask
Begin with You:
The best place to start is with yourself! This initial meeting is your time to introduce yourself to your surgeon. Share what brought you into their consultation room and what your expectations are. It’s important to be transparent when sharing your lifestyle with your surgeon, like your exercise and diet routine, health history, smoking history, and weight loss history. These can affect your experience and results, so honesty is crucial!
Experience and Expertise:
Now is your chance to learn about your PSG surgeon and their expertise on this procedure beyond what you found on our website. Ask them about their experience with the surgery, how they can tailor it to fit your needs and goals, and any other questions you have. The more you know, the more comfortable and confident you’ll be!
Understand the surgeon’s approach by asking about their techniques and how they might benefit you. Discussing the process is also an opportunity to learn what recovery time, results, and potential side effects might be for your desired procedure.
Request to see a comprehensive portfolio of before-and-after photos from previous patients who underwent similar procedures. A visual representation can provide insights into your chosen surgeon’s skill and the range of results achievable. You can also check out before-and-after images under the appropriate info pages or on our Instagram page, which we update daily.
Gain clarity on the postoperative care plan. Ask questions to understand what to expect during the recovery process, including any potential complications and the surgeon’s follow-up procedures. You can even start establishing your postoperative recovery plan with your surgeon and their team at your consultation by discussing post-op caretakers, appointments, incision and drain care, your work schedule, and childcare expectations.
Credentials and Board Certification:
Inquire about your surgeon’s credentials and certifications. Each of the five Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis surgeons is board-certified, which signifies the highest level of expertise and commitment to ethical standards in the field. Ask them any questions about their education or training that you would like! Remember, we want you to be comfortable and confident, and that starts with trust in your provider!
Alternative and Additional Options:
Be open-minded if your surgeon suggests exploring alternative and additional treatment options to assist in achieving your desired results. Just like you, we want you to look your best, and sometimes supplemental services can help maintain or improve your new look! For example, adding things like BodyTite, FaceTite, AccuTite, or Morpheus8 can enhance your long-term surgical results. Your Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis surgeon will discuss all available possibilities and help you decide what procedure plan is best for your body and goals.
Realistic expectations about what can be accomplished with a surgical procedure are the foundation for a positive plastic surgery experience. It’s critical to understand that plastic surgery is an art as well as a science, and results will vary from person to person. During your consultation, ask how to establish realistic goals for your procedure to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what you and your surgeon can achieve.
After meeting you, your surgeon will be transparent about potential limitations and discuss any factors that might impact the outcome, such as existing medical conditions or lifestyle choices. They will also explain postoperative instructions and give personalized guidance on how to accomplish the best results possible.
Ideal Candidates for Plastic Surgery
While plastic surgery is a transformative option for many, not everyone may be an ideal candidate. During your consultation, your surgeon will assess various factors to determine your candidacy, including:
- Physical Health: Good physical health is crucial for successful surgery and optimal recovery. Provide your surgeon with a comprehensive medical history, including any pre-existing conditions.
- Mental and Emotional Well-being: Emotional readiness is as important as physical health. Discuss your motivations and any mental health considerations with your surgeon to confirm that you are mentally prepared for the journey.
- Realistic Goals: Ideal plastic surgery candidates have realistic and achievable goals. After meeting you, your surgeon will work with you to define expectations and determine if your desired outcome aligns with what the procedure can realistically achieve.
The Importance of Choosing a Board-Certified Surgeon
Selecting a Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis board-certified surgeon is essential for a safe and successful plastic surgery experience. Board certification indicates that a surgeon has undergone thousands of hours of rigorous training, demonstrated exceptional skill, and adheres to ethical standards in plastic surgery.
The board-certified surgeons at the Plastic Surgery Group continually update their knowledge and skills, staying abreast of the latest advancements in the industry. Their commitment to ongoing education and adherence to the highest standards instills confidence in patients, assuring them that they are in capable, trustworthy and qualified hands.
Book Your Consultation Now
The Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis has the expertise to guide your plastic surgery journey. By preparing thoughtful questions, understanding the importance of realistic expectations, and recognizing the qualities of an ideal candidate, you can make the most of your consultation. Remember, the decision to undergo plastic surgery is personal, and a well-informed consultation is the first step towards achieving your aesthetic goals with confidence.
To book your consultation, call 901-761-9030 or click here!