Considering plastic surgery after an injury or for cosmetic reasons? A consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons is an important first step.
What does a plastic surgeon consultation involve?
A consultation with one of our plastic surgeons is a chance for patients to ask questions and raise concerns about their needs, and to learn about what’s involved with plastic surgery. It’s also an opportunity for the surgeon to talk to you in detail about your medical history and other relevant factors, as well as tell you about what the surgery involves and expected results.
What does a plastic surgeon specialize in?
Plastic surgeons focus on reconstructive surgery to restore the appearance and/or function of a part of the body after an illness, such as cancer, an accident, or for another reason. They can also perform cosmetic surgery, such as a ‘nose job’ or breast augmentation. Plastic surgeons are highly experienced, qualified specialists who are dedicated to meeting your needs.
A plastic surgeon consultation is often recommended in cases of:
- Injuries to the hands, legs, skull, and face, often after an accident
- Large wounds
- Skin cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cleft lips and other congenital deformities
What does the plastic surgeon want to discuss?
During the consultation, the surgeon may want to discuss the following:
Your medical history and lifestyle
The surgeon will want to discuss your complete medical history. This may include:
- Any medications you take or have taken
- Your lifestyle, such as whether or not you smoke and how active you are, as well as information relevant to your problem, including sports and fitness activities and what your work involves
Pre- and post-plastic surgery care
The surgeon will give you information on what to do to prepare for surgery. You will also receive information on what happens after surgery, including the recovery period, how long you will stay in our hospital, and when you can expect to be able to resume work and other activities.
Potential risks and complications
The surgeon will also go through any potential risks or complications relevant to your medical history, lifestyle, and specific plastic surgery needs.
Why consult with a plastic surgeon?
Consulting with a plastic surgeon lets you better understand what can or cannot be achieved, as well as what the surgery involves and why it might be required. From the surgeon’s perspective, they can better understand your needs and make sure you both have the same understanding of what’s involved and the potential outcomes, risks, and other factors.
Plastic surgeon consultation outcomes
The surgeon can recommend next steps, which may include a particular surgery.
Preparing for a plastic surgeon consultation
Before the consultation, we recommend that you gather together the information the surgeon might need, think about what you want to get out of the consultation and prepare any questions.
The surgeon will want to collect basic personal information, including name, age, and health care number, as well as the name of your family doctor if you have one, or any other health professionals you are working with. This is in case they need to discuss the surgery.
Questions to ask the plastic surgeon
Asking questions will help you understand what plastic surgery involves and helps the surgeon feel confident you know what to expect. These could include:
- Specific questions relating to the nature of your condition or needs.
- Whether or not surgery is needed.
- Any risks and whether they are worth it or not.
- Expectations around short-term and long-term outcomes.
- Viewing before and after photos of similar surgeries.
Get a plastic surgeon consultation with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for plastic surgery consultations. Our plastic surgeons have years of experience and excellence in surgery and specialist consultation. They are committed to helping you to understand your options and advising you on the best course of treatment. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your Plastic Surgeon Consultation today
If you are ready to discuss your plastic surgery needs with our plastic surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a plastic surgery consultation today.