Preparing for a plastic surgery consultation is crucial when considering a cosmetic procedure. During the consultation, patients are able to communicate with a plastic surgeon, ask questions, and address any concerns they may have. By knowing what to expect and being well-prepared, patients can make the most of their consultation.

Why is a Plastic Surgery Consultation Important?

  • Evaluate Suitability: During the consultation, the plastic surgeon examines the patient's overall health, medical history, as well as their goals and concerns to determine if he or she is a suitable candidate for the procedure.
  • Discuss Expectations: The consultation provides an opportunity to have a discussion about the desired outcomes, allowing the patient to understand what can realistically be achieved through the procedure.
  • Learn About the Procedure: The surgeon takes the time to explain the procedure, including the steps involved, potential risks, and the recovery process, to ensure that patients understand what to expect and make an informed decision about their treatment.

Tips on Preparing for a Plastic Surgery Consultation

  • Understanding The Procedure: Read up about the supposed benefits, risks, timelines and limitations associated with the procedure you are interested in.
  • Bring Your Medical History and Information: To ensure a seamless evaluation, compile all relevant medical records, including previous surgeries, any pre-existing medical conditions, allergies, and current medications.
  • Schedule Your Consultation In Advance: Plan ahead by scheduling a consultation in advance, bearing in mind the waiting time required for the consultation and surgery, and the amount of time you have on hand.
  • Prepare A List Of Questions: Write down a list of all the questions that the plastic surgeon can address, such as:
    • Am I a good candidate?
    • What are the potential risks and complications?
    • What type of anaesthesia is required for this procedure?
    • What aftercare do you provide?
    • Have you helped patients with similar physical attributes and concerns?
    • Can you show me before and after photos of their results?
    • How much do you charge for a case like mine?
  • Discuss the Recovery Process: During the consultation, ask the surgeon about the expected recovery time, any postoperative restrictions, and the level of discomfort you may experience. This helps you to plan post-surgery needs and make the necessary arrangements.
  • Financial Planning: Discuss the financial aspect of your procedure to get an overview of the cost of the surgery, including any additional expenses. You should also check if your insurance policy covers the procedure.

Should I Consider A Second Opinion Before Plastic Surgery?

By seeking a second opinion, you can gain valuable insights and perspectives from different plastic surgeons, which can help you make an informed choice:

  • Obtaining Peace of Mind: By seeking an additional evaluation, patients can gain a clearer understanding of the procedure, potential alternatives, the recovery process, and any associated risks.
  • Mitigating Surgical Risks: Different plastic surgeons may offer alternative approaches or highlight risks that were not previously discussed. By obtaining a second opinion, patients can weigh the potential risks of the procedure more effectively and thoroughly.
  • Aiming for Optimal Results: Consulting multiple plastic surgeons enables patients to evaluate different expectations, options, and outcomes; and select a surgeon who aligns best with their goals and needs.

How is a Virtual Reality Simulator Used to Preview Your Results?

A virtual reality simulator is used by many plastic surgeons today to help patients visualise their post-surgery appearance and preview their results through three-dimensional (3D) simulation before undergoing any procedures. The simulator allows patients to see different shapes, sizes, and contours that can be achieved through cosmetic surgery.

For instance, it can simulate breast lift or implant results and help choose the right implant size. The software can accurately calculate how the implants will appear once placed and determine whether other areas of the body require lifting as well. This is also beneficial for other procedures, such as rhinoplasties, body contouring, and fillers. By using this technology, patients can establish realistic expectations and communicate their goals to their surgeons.

By following these steps and preparing for a plastic surgery consultation, patients can be well-equipped to make informed decisions and embark on their plastic surgery journey with confidence and peace of mind.

At SW1 Plastic Surgery, our team of plastic surgeons is committed to providing personalised guidance and solutions to help patients achieve their desired look. Contact us today at 6690 2472 for enquiries and to schedule a consultation.

With our attentive approach, experienced staff, diverse areas of expertise and all-in-one facilities, we are sure that you will be well taken care of. We warmly welcome you to our plastic surgery clinic for a personalised consultation.
Our Established Plastic Surgeons
Dr Tan Ying Chien - Plastic Surgeon
MBBS (S'pore), MMed (Surgery), MRCS (Edinburgh)
FAMS (Plastic Surgery)
Dr Tan has practiced across Singapore, Taiwan and Japan, building up a solid reputation particularly in the fields of cleft, jaw, ear and aesthetic surgery.
Dr Chia Hui Ling - Plastic Surgeon
MBBS (UK), MMed (Surgery), MRCS (England)
FAMS (Plastic Surgery)
Dr Chia’s diverse experience spans across the United Kingdom, Singapore and South Korea. She has also received numerous industry awards – a testament to her skill.
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