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What to Expect at Your Consultation

A consultation is equal parts interview, learning experience, and time to see the possibilities of what cosmetic surgery can achieve for you. It’s a two-way conversation that should help you answer three big questions:

  1. Is cosmetic surgery the right option for me?
  2. If so, which procedure or procedures are appropriate?
  3. Which surgeon do I want to perform my procedures?

You get these answers by meeting with Dr. Rieger and his staff and asking more detailed questions. Expect each consultation to last 45 minutes to 1 hour. Here’s a basic rundown of what a plastic surgery consultation should include.

 

Step 1:

Check in with the front office staff

First, you’ll check in with the front desk. If you received paperwork in the mail ahead of time, they will collect it now, or you may spend a few minutes filling out forms.

 

Step 2:

Meet with the medical assistant

When you are called back to begin your appointment, you will first meet with a medical assistant (or a nurse in some practices), who will review your medical history with you and help you get settled. Be thorough and honest about your medical history, as well as any medications, supplements, or recreational drugs you are taking—it’s crucial that we have an accurate picture to ensure your safety.

 

Step 3:

Meet with the plastic surgeon

Now it’s time to meet the plastic surgeon. If you are visiting a multi-surgeon practice, confirm that you are meeting with the surgeon who would be performing your procedure. Expect to talk about:

  • What you want to change about your body, and why you want to change it
  • How you feel about your body now, and how you would like to feel after plastic surgery
  • Your goals: what do you want to look like after surgery, what specific changes would you like to see
  • Which procedure(s), if any, can help you achieve your goals
  • What results you can expect from each procedure
  • What’s involved in the surgery (anesthesia type, incisions, recovery timeframe)
  • The risks and possible complications from surgery
  • Your medical history (be open and honest for your safety)

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In addition, Dr. Rieger should answer questions you have about the procedure and his credentials and experience. You’ll have your own questions, but here are a few to ask every surgeon:

  • Are you board certified? If so, from what board? (American Board of Plastic Surgery is what you want)
  • How long have you been performing plastic surgery?
  • How many times have you performed the procedure(s) I am having?
  • How frequently do you perform these procedures?
  • Where will my surgery be performed, and who will administer anesthesia?
  • Are there any other options to address my issues? If so, what results can I expect?

Check out the key questions to ask yourself when you meet a surgeon »

Step 4:

The surgeon will examine your areas of concern

You’ll remain in your own clothes for most of the consultation. If your area of concern is on the breasts or body, the surgeon will leave the room while you change into a robe and return to examine the area following your initial discussion. Your medical assistant will remain in the room during an examination.  Examinations may involve measurements and “before” photos but you won’t have to complete any blood work.

 

Step 5:

Meet with your patient coordinator

Your patient coordinator is your liaison between you and the practice. She makes sure your questions are addressed quickly as you consider your options before surgery as well as throughout your surgery and recovery process. She will also help you with scheduling pre-op appointments, your surgery date, and post-op appointments.

 

Step 6:

Discuss pricing and financing options

The practice should provide a detailed price quote for the procedure you are considering at the conclusion of your consultation. Verify that this quote includes every cost you’ll incur:

  • surgeon’s fees
  • operating room costs
  • anesthesia fees
  • devices such as breast implants or compression garments
  • follow-up appointments

Also, ask how long that quote is valid. Most surgeons allow a few months so you have plenty of time to think about your options. You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss payment and financing options with the practice’s financing specialists and place a deposit on your procedure if you’re ready to move forward.

 

Step 7:

Find out the next step

The staff should let you know what your next steps are before saying goodbye. If you are ready to schedule surgery by the end of your consultation, that’s great. But don’t feel obligated to make a decision immediately—if you aren’t sure, go home and think about what you want.

Sometimes one consultation isn’t enough to feel 100% ready to move forward. New questions may arise as everything you discussed at the consult sinks in. If so, call and speak with the Patient Coordinator and if you still aren’t sure, ask for a second consult. If or when you do schedule surgery, write down all of the questions that pop up and bring them with you to your pre-op appointment to address with your medical assistant, nurse, and/or patient coordinator.

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