Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation: Making the Most of Yours
Are you considering facial plastic surgery? Facial plastic surgery is more common now than ever. In 2017 there were 1,790,832 plastic surgery procedures undertaken in the United States. Thirty-one per cent of those were facial plastic surgery procedures. You probably talked with trusted family and friends, did some research online, and are ready schedule Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation appointments with the surgeons you are considering.
The Consultation Appointment is a powerful tool in selecting your surgeon. A Consultation helps set clear expectations. Patients that take the time to make the most of their consultation and educate themselves, and prepare for all aspects of the procedure, have higher post-operative satisfaction levels.
Dr. Robert Woods, of Woods Facial Plastic Surgery, has 20+ years of experience. As a specialist providing facial plastic surgery and other head and neck surgical care, he offers expert advice on making the most of your facial plastic surgery consultation.
Determine Your Personal ‘Why’ Before Your Plastic Surgery Consultation
Ask yourself: Why am I choosing to have this plastic surgery procedure now?
There is no right or wrong answer to the ‘Why’ question. It is important that you are honest with yourself. This answer more than likely predicts how satisfied you will feel with your results later on. If you are choosing plastic surgery as a quick fix response to a major life event, such as a divorce, or a break up, or maybe even to please someone else in your life, you might be setting yourself up for frustration later.
The best reason for electing to undergo a facial plastic surgery procedure is to feel good about your appearance and increase your self-confidence. Having grounded reasons for your surgery increases your post-surgery happiness with the results. Facial plastic surgery is a very personal decision. Be sure you are doing it for the best reasons.
Mirror Time Before Your Consultation
Here is your homework: before your facial plastic surgery consultation look in the mirror and evaluate your facial features. This is called Mirror Time or the ‘Mirror Test’.
Look at your face with a fresh perspective. Consider your face from a structural viewpoint.
- List your favorite features
- Which features are your least favorite?
- What would you like to change?
- Describe the results you expect from your facial plastic surgery.
As you think about your idea of a ‘best result’, ask: will that change complement my face? Is this change realistically achievable?
During this exercise, focus on the possible feature changes you would like that are best suited to your unique facial composition and bone structure. That ‘perfect nose’, for example, on your favorite movie start may look great on her or him, but it would look out of place on you.
Write down your thoughts and bring them to your facial plastic surgery consultation. These notes provide the surgeon with a good idea of your likes and dislikes. Discuss with your surgeon whether these outcomes are realistic and possible. Your surgeon should provide an expert and honest opinion as to how they will suit your features. The surgeon should make the best, most realistic recommendations to create the result you desire, not tell you only what you want to hear.
Honesty is the Best Policy
During your facial plastic surgery consultation be forthright and honest about your medical history, past surgeries, current drug or narcotic use, if you smoke, recent or planned weight loss, vitamins you’re taking, and any other medical concerns. These all affect your healthcare, the surgical plan, even potential outcomes of your facial plastic surgery. This is not the time to keep secrets.
Questions for Your Surgeon During Your Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation
Making a detailed list of questions prior to the consultation helps ease any anxieties you might have. Also, a written list ensures that you won’t forget key questions, and it keeps you on track to thoroughly discuss each point with each prospective surgeon.
9 Questions You Should Ask the Surgeon:
- How long have you been doing this?
- What surgical approach do you think would work best for me given my circumstances and desired outcomes?
- How many of these procedures have you performed?
- Do you have before and after pictures of your work?
- Describe possible bad results from this procedure?
- Suggest what I should do before surgery to help optimize my aesthetic results after the procedure?
- What can I expect during the procedure?
- Tell me about the recovery period.
- Are there lifestyle changes I should make for after my surgery?
Listen & Have an Open Mind
Selecting a facial specialist for your facial plastic surgeon means you are working with a surgeon that has received many additional years of specialized training in head and neck surgery, and that they have received extensive training and experience dedicated solely to facial plastic surgery.
Facial Plastic Surgeons are the experts. During your facial plastic surgery consultation, listen and keep an open mind to suggestions given by the doctor. Your surgeon might have a surgical strategy different from what you expected. The key to a good patient-doctor relationship and to patient satisfaction with surgical outcomes results from the patient having a clear understanding of the procedure, risks, the recovery process, and realistic expectations.
As mentioned earlier, it’s important to disclose your medical history with your surgeon. This includes, all previous surgeries or injuries (especially any previous facial surgeries and injuries), all current and past medications, and any other lifestyle practices that might influence your health. Disclosing this information with your doctor is important to achieve a safe and successful procedure.
Some Things to Remember
Be Realistic About Your Surgery
Keep in mind, facial plastic procedures are surgeries. Bluntly stated, facial plastic surgery is a “No pain. No gain.” undertaking. Of course, your surgeon and the medical staff will make every effort to minimize discomfort and facilitate your recovery. But be realistic and know that every surgery has discomfort, risks, and recovery time.
Optimizing Your Unique Beauty
Everyone is unique and that is what creates beauty. There is no one exactly like you. Each patient is unique, thus each surgical circumstance and the outcome is unique to that individual. Avoid the pitfall and expectation that your surgery will have the same results as your friend’s similar surgery. Additionally, remember that what you see in the magazines and on T.V. is not reality. Reality is real people presenting their best selves on a day to day basis without the benefits of hair and make up crews and photoshop.
Choose Your Surgeon Based on Experience and Results
The purpose of a Facial Plastic Surgery Consultation is to help you choose the most qualified and experienced surgeon that is best suited for you and your procedure. Don’t fall victim to the flash of excellent medical marketing. And, know that the most expensive surgeon doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the best quality results.
Use these tips to select an experienced facial expert, one who is candid about realistic best outcomes for you. Prepare and keep an open mind.
With this approach, you and your facial plastic surgeon can successfully achieve the best results possible. It all starts with your facial plastic surgery consultation.