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What happens at my Cosmetic Surgery Consultation?

 A lot, really. Your Louisville Cosmetic Surgery consultation is a key exchange between you and your surgeon. It is your opportunity to explain what you hope to accomplish and learn what options are available to treat your area of concern. From the surgeon’s point, we are working to make certain we understand your goals and then, based on your starting point, make a reasonable determination as to whether your goals are realistic and achievable. Most consultations will start out with a review of your medical history. It is crucial that you be thorough chronicling your history. It is best to tell your doctor everything, and let him or her decide if it pertinent to your care. Your doctor will then ask what your concerns are. This is not the time to hold back! Tell your doctor exactly what you hope to accomplish with surgery. We are not going to think you are being too vain, unreasonable etc…We need to know what you want. Perhaps surgery can produce the results you desire or maybe it cannot, but this is best determined before you have surgery. Trust me, it is every Plastic Surgeon’s goal to never hear a patient come back after surgery and start a sentence with“I thought….”  Unmet expectations are bad for all involved. You will then be examined and then your treatment options will be explained. Your surgeon will likely tell you what surgeries will benefit you, the details of the procedures and how they are different, your recovery, treatment alternatives, and the potential risks and complications that can result. In most cases your photo will be taken focusing on your problem area and if you request most Plastic Surgeons will have before and after photos of other patient’s who have had the procedure you are entertaining. Your final step is typically to meet with the Cosmetic Surgery coordinator who will explain your fees. The cost of the surgery is usually broken down into Surgeon’s Fees, OR fees, and Anesthesia fees. When you leave you should have a solid idea of the costs involved. So, in the end, a tremendous amount of information should be exchanged. If successful, you will leave your consultation well informed and more confident about your decision to undergo your procedure.

Lee Corbett, MD


All posts on this blog are authored by Louisville cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Corbett. Dr. Corbett specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery including facelifts, browlifts, blepharoplasy, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, body lifts, liposuction,  and tummy tucks.

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