Tips that can be useful when meeting with your cosmetic surgeon for the first time:
In this day and age, we want to go for a cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons, to improve one’s appearance, to improve one’s self esteem or even to improve one’s career. Now once we have made the decision to actually book for an appointment to meet with your chosen surgeon – here are nine useful tips to make the most out of your consultation.
- Be prepared. Have some sort of a presentation (more in your mind than an actual power point presentation) of exactly what bothers you in your look, how you would like to improve it and what your specific expectations are. Do this than rather wasting time talking about irrelevant life stories that will waste time during the consultation.
- The discussion. Don’t be shy to ask your surgeon to explain the medical jargon. None of us are expected to know all of the medical terms of cosmetic surgery.
- Physical examination. Do not be alarmed if the doctor asks you to get undressed and to take photos those specific areas that you would like changed.
- Before and after photographs. This is a very good tool that you can insist on.
- Different surgery options. Depending on what surgery you have chosen, the surgeon will give you different options of how that specific surgery can be performed. For instance, inserting breast implants through under the armpit or having them inserted through a cut under the breast. It is always best to do a bit of your own research here about the procedure you are going for as well as the surgeon giving you the best option for you and your body in that time.
- Be specific. Ask the surgeon to be more specific as to your preferred method. And explain exactly how the procedure takes place including estimated time of recovery etc.
- Q & A. Don’t be shy to ask questions that you think might sound silly. They could be of extreme importance.
- Time frame for recovery. If you are doing a treatment for a specific occasion or only have a certain number of leaves days to have a full recovery in. You should ask your surgeon whether your time frame is realistic for recovery.
- Surgery Costs. Most of the plastic surgeons in South Africa part of the Association, APRSSA, have payment plans in their surgeries. Don’t be shy to ask if they have a payment plan available for you. This way you can get the body you want now rather than waiting.