3 Tips for a Successful Consultation

St. Louis plastic surgeon gives 3 tips for a successful consultation.

Before their first consultations with our plastic surgeons in St. Louis, MO, patients often wonder how they can prepare. We make sure never to rush these initial appointments so that you have time to cover all your questions and concerns, but there are definitely some things you can do in advance to get the most out of your time with us.

1. Get your questions ready.

It is a great idea to educate yourself on your procedures of interest before you come in. When doing your own research, we suggest you write down any questions that pop into your mind. It’s easy to forget something once we get talking, and most patients find that having notes really helps. Typical questions cover topics such as surgery vs. non-surgical alternatives, what to do before your procedure, and how we help facilitate your recovery, as well as questions about our team’s experience and credentials. This is your opportunity to ask us anything you want. A great resource for coming up with questions is the Q&A section for each procedure on RealSelf, a hugely popular online plastic surgery forum.

2. Bring pictures.

Bringing images to your consultation is a great way to help our surgeons visualize your ideal outcome after the procedure. You can choose from the before-and-after pictures in our photo gallery or from any other source. Try to choose images of people who have a similar body type or facial structure to yours, as well as the results you’d love to have. Using these visual aids, we can discuss which procedures could bring those results to fruition for you.

3. Have an open attitude.

We want to encourage everyone to come into these consultations with an open mind and an understanding that you can speak freely. For all our patients, we always want to emphasize that our office is a safe environment, and your privacy is legally protected by HIPAA laws. The more information you can give your surgeon about your medical history, goals, and, yes, insecurities, the better we are able to help you. Our objective is to give you the look you want while still considering your safety and quality of life. It’s also good to have an open mind about which procedures might work best for you. Using our decades of experience, we will be honest and open with you to help you achieve the best outcome possible. That may mean considering an option you didn’t expect before coming in. When both our hearts and minds are open, we find the best solutions.

We want you to feel as comfortable as possible and look forward to having a private and professional consultation that helps you get excited about your potential. Please call us at (636) 530-6161 or contact us to schedule your appointment.

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