The 3 Most Important Parts of a Plastic Surgery Consultation
Finding the right facial plastic surgeon is no easy task. If you start by doing online research, you are met with an onslaught of information about every doctor from here to Timbuctoo. After you are able to narrow down your list, you are most likely left with a few doctors who you want to meet in person or via Skype for a consultation. It’s a common misconception that you would be in good hands with any of the doctors who made the cut and ended up on your “list of surgeons to consult with”. Although they meet you initial criteria on paper, there are a few important things to be on the lookout for during your consultation. Expert facial plastic surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh believes that being aware of these things during your consultations will put you at ease and help you decide what doctors to seriously consider to have perform your surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh is a leader in the field of facial plastic surgery and has been recognized as a Top Doctor by US News and World Report. He completed his fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Harvard Medical School and is the author of five best-selling books including Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation and Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the prestigious USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program and the director of the world renowned Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium. He has been recognized by many media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, and the LA and NY Times.
Time is the absolute most important thing that a doctor should give you during a consultation. Patients are often nervous going into their appointment and usually have a mental list of things to discuss with the doctor, so it’s easy to lose track of how much time the doctor actually spent with you. You should never feel rushed or hurried, and should be given the opportunity to ask all of the questions that you have throughout your appointment. Dr. Azizzadeh always creates a relaxed atmosphere and values the consultation as a time to get to know his patients and discuss potential treatment options.
A consultation is all about gathering information and getting the doctors recommendations for you. You should never feel pressured to commit to a surgery date or put a deposit down on the spot. If this is the case, it should raise a red flag for you moving forwards. This is something that should be mutually understood as it benefits both the patient and the doctor. From the patient’s perspective, a consultation can be overwhelming and provide a lot of information that should be digested over the following day or so. Surgeons want their patients to be completely ready for surgery (both physically and mentally) to provide the best possible outcome. Dr. Azizzadeh never expects a patient to walk away from their consultation knowing immediately how they would like to proceed. He actually prefers that patients go home and think about everything that they discussed during the appointment before making their final decision.
The consultation is over, but after thinking things through, you realize that you have additional questions for the doctor. Any surgeon who you consult with should be available for any follow up questions. Sometimes it’s as simple as answering a few questions over the phone, and other times it may require a second appointment to go over things in person. Either way, you want to find a doctor who is available and willing to answer questions that you have throughout the surgical process. Dr. Azizzadeh understands that the consultation can be overwhelming for patients, and it’s not easy to remember to ask every single question that you may have had going into your appointment. Dr. Azizzadeh is available to answer these follow up questions that come up, and often has “follow-up to consult” appointments for patients who would like to come and meet with him for a second time.
If you are considering a facial surgical procedure, call The CENTER for Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with world renowned surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.