Two Steps to a Better Plastic Surgery Consultation

Posted on November 17, 2009 | by

A surgery consultation is not a job interview, but it does represent an opportunity. There are things you can learn and potential relationships you can develop.

We want Dr. Samaha’s patients to have consultations that are productive, so here are two steps they can take to make sure that happens.

1. Prepare for it: ask questions and know what you want

If you’re seeking information and can’t find it on our website, email us and we’ll respond in a timely manner.  Then if there are more specific facts that need to be clarified, the consultation offers the perfect opportunity for us to do that for you.  Before you come, just jot down a list of important questions.

Part of being prepared is simply knowing what you want to achieve with plastic surgery.  Many patients research a procedure off and on for years before they schedule an appointment, so it is common to see patients that know what they want.  However, that’s not a requirement; if you are just curious about plastic surgery and want honest information from a professional that’s perfectly fine.

2. Communicate: Be open and if needed, be creative.

Good communication is important from the first call all the way through the recovery period.  If it’s difficult for you to communicate your goals, use pictures or other visual aids.  You can view our before and after photos or bring examples that you think are appealing.  Better communication about your desires and specific needs will help Dr. Samaha ensure that they are fulfilled, so use whatever tools you think will aid in that process.

You should not hide your medical history, past procedures, goals or motivations for surgery.  There’s no commitment during a consultation, so you don’t need to be defensive.  After the consultation, you can take as much time as you need to consider your options.