Preparing for your initial consultation
If you’re considering treatment at our cosmetic surgery practice in Manchester, you’ll be invited to attend what we call an ‘initial consultation’. This is a really important first step in your cosmetic surgery journey as it enables us to understand what you want to achieve, and it gives you the opportunity to ask lots of questions. The whole aim is to give you the detail you need in order to make a properly informed decision.
Having carried out thousands of procedures over the past 12 years we appreciate the sort of worries and concerns our patients have, so during the initial consultation you’ll be given lots of information to digest in your own time. We’re always available for further questions and information after the initial consultation, of course, and are always happy to meet again before you decide whether surgery is right for you, should you wish to do so.
This article should help you begin to think about the sort of preparation you could do for your initial consultation so that you get the most out of the meeting.
Preparing for your initial assessment
Set aside half an hour to think about what you want to ask in the meeting and write some notes. Take a good look around the relevant sections of our website, watch the video on our home page and read our case studies to find out about the experiences of other patients.
Think about the results you want to achieve. We want to achieve a good result for you – the clearer you are in articulating what you want from your cosmetic surgery procedure, the better. Also, it may be worthwhile thinking about what you don’t want!
Critical discussion points
No two patients are the same so the discussion during the initial consultation will be very much tailored to you. However, there are some key themes which we always cover with patients. It’s worthwhile thinking about any questions you may have around these topics:
- Surgical techniques – the technique we use will depend upon your face/body and the result you want to achieve. We’re always keen to go into detail about what will happen during surgery – the more you know the better prepared you are.
- Preparing for surgery – we’ll help you understand what you’ll need to do before you undergo your surgery. From skincare routines (if necessary) to what to pack, the more organised you are in advance the better your recovery will be.
- Post-surgery – even if you’re having a relatively minor procedure you’ll need to take good care of yourself in the recovery period. We’ll help you understand what will be involved in a successful recovery so that you can book time off work, enlist the support of friends and family etc. We’ll also tell you what’s involved in managing wounds and dressings to help your body get back to normal as quickly as possible while minimising scarring.
- Follow-up appointments – all patients are seeing within one week of surgery to ensure the healing process is going as planned and to enable you to ask questions about your results. You’ll be offered further appointments as necessary (the frequency of follow-up appointments will depend upon the procedure you’ve had – facelift patients may, for example, have 6 post-operative appointments while breast implant patients may have three or four). The important point is that patients have access to as many appointments as they need in order to ensure a satisfactory outcome.
Ultimately, your cosmetic surgery procedure is all about giving you a good result to enable you to like your appearance more and to live with greater self-confidence. As such, we’re happy to answer all of your questions – never feel afraid to ask about any aspect of cosmetic surgery or your treatment procedure. We want you to be well-informed to enable you to know you have made the right decision to have cosmetic surgery, and to rest assured that you are in safe hands.
This article was originally published on our main website: http://www.jamesvmurphy.com/questions-to-ask-at-your-initial-cosmetic-surgery-consultation/
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