What to Expect during a Plastic Surgery Consultation
Every patient interested in a cosmetic procedure at our office must meet with Dr. David Passaretti for an initial consultation. This meeting is critical, both for you to determine if the doctor is right for you and for him to understand your cosmetic goals. During your plastic surgery consultation, Dr. Passaretti will evaluate your health at our Darien, CT, practice and walk you through all of your surgical options so that you can make an educated choice about your treatment.
Why Do I Need a Consultation?
The purpose of any plastic surgery consultation is to determine if the procedure you are considering is right for you and if the surgeon is the best choice for your treatment. If you come in for a consultation with Dr. Passaretti, you are not expected to commit to treatment with him. A consultation is simply a discussion typically lasting no longer than an hour or two. It is your opportunity to ask about a doctor’s experience, education, and certifications, as well as any other questions you may have about the treatment.
What to Do and Bring before Your Appointment
In order to get the most out of your first meeting, it is essential that you research your options beforehand. Investigate the procedure itself, when it is recommended and who it is recommended for, and the doctors in your area who provide it. Write down any questions you have during your research. You may also wish to bring pictures that show the results you hope to achieve. These photos allow your doctor to better understand your goals and explain the results you can achieve.
Once you have scheduled a consultation with a potential doctor, you will need to assemble your medical history and fill out any associated paperwork. It is important that you are completely honest when disclosing this history. A number of factors can affect your candidacy for treatment. Certain drugs can interact dangerously with anesthesia and some conditions can undermine the safety of the procedure. Dr. Passaretti must be aware of such factors in order to make the best recommendation for your goals and health. Whether you commit to treatment with Dr. Passaretti or not, all of your medical information will be kept private.
During the consultation, patients typically undress the relevant parts of their body so that the doctor can examine the area during the consultation. Consequently, we highly recommend that you wear clothes that are easy to take off and put on the day of your visit.
Whether you commit to treatment with Dr. Passaretti or not, all of your medical information will be kept private.
What to Ask During Your Consult
It can be hard to know what to ask during a consultation, especially if you have never undergone cosmetic treatment before. In general, patients should inquire about a doctor’s education, verify that they are board-certified, and determine how often they have performed the specific procedure. Other potential questions include:
- Do they have photos and testimonials from past patients?
- Do their results line up with the aesthetic you are hoping for?
- Are their results consistent from patient to patient?
- How much does the procedure cost?
- Do they require initial down payments?
- Do they have any financing options?
- Where is the procedure performed? Do they have hospital privileges?
- If they work at an operating facility, is it accredited?
- Have they completed a fellowship in cosmetic surgery?
- How current are their techniques?
- Do you personally like this surgeon and are you comfortable with them?
During or after your consult, it may help to takes notes about the answers you receive. This often makes it easier to compare your experiences with different surgeons and narrow down the selection process.
Research Your Options Today
Before pursuing any cosmetic treatment, it is essential that you research your options and meet with the potential doctor. Contact us online or at (203) 656-9999 to schedule an appointment and meet with Dr. Passaretti.