If you do not live near Tampa Bay and would like to work with Dr. Rieger, the first step is to request an online consultation by calling Dr. Rieger’s office at (813) 254-7600. Our cosmetic patient coordinator will go over the details of the online consultation process, including how you should send photos to Dr. Rieger for review and evaluation. You will be requested to send recent photos of yourself along with additional details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please look within our photo gallery to get a better idea of what to send. The photos will be reviewed by Dr. Rieger prior to your virtual consultation.
Online Skype or Phone Consultation with Dr. Rieger
After contacting us, we will determine which type of consultation is best for you whether by phone or video conference such as Skype. During your consultation, we will get a better understanding of your goals and expectations. Our staff will also discuss a pre-surgical assessment and cost expectations.
Once you and Dr. Rieger have agreed on the procedures that would best suit your needs and Dr. Rieger has determined you are a good surgical candidate, our surgical coordinator will help you schedule your procedure and will go over the fees with you. She will be able to suggest post-operative care accommodations and hotels nearby to ensure you are comfortable and taken care of. Once your surgery is confirmed, we will provide you will a pre-operation informational packet. A non-refundable deposit will be required to book surgery.
Preparation and Planning for Your Procedure
Once you have planned and scheduled your procedure, there are several aspects that must be addressed in preparation for your visit to Tampa. First, if you have any medical issues or if you are over the age of 40, it may be required that you to get several routine blood tests and medical clearance from a doctor to ensure you are strong enough and healthy enough to undergo cosmetic surgery. Standard medications for post-surgical recovery will be prescribed and these should be picked up at least one day before surgery. Time permitting, it may be easiest to fill your prescriptions in Tampa once you arrive. It is advised to arrive at minimum 48 hours before your surgery date so that you can meet the doctor and have a proper evaluation. This should be worked into your overall schedule in advance. Typically, patients need at least a week of recovery time before they return to normal activities and before they return home. The exact time recommended for your stay depends on how far away you live from Tampa and the procedures you are undergoing. Recovery time should be discussed with Dr. Rieger and your patient care coordinator.
As mentioned, it is customary for patients who fly in to Tampa for procedures with Dr. Rieger to stay in Tampa for 7 to 10 days after surgery. If you will need additional help after your surgery, we can arrange for a nurse to assist you in your hotel room or through a recovery center. The amount of time you will need to stay in the Tampa Bay area varies depending on the procedure. There are numerous options for your stay while in Tampa and Dr. Rieger has partnered with some of the best hotels in the area to offer special rates to his patients.
Nearby Airports: Tampa International (TPA), Peter O. Knight, St. Pete–Clearwater International are the nearest airports to our facility.