On your first visit, you will receive an initial consultation and evaluation by one of our plastic surgeons. The surgeon and you will decide if surgery is necessary and if so, what treatment is required. Your evaluation may include computer imaging or diagnostic x-rays. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete necessary paperwork or you may access patient paperwork by clicking here and completing it before your arrival.
If you choose to have surgery, the next step is scheduling the procedure with the doctor’s secretary. Prior to your operation, you will meet with the doctor for a pre-operative history and physical.
Our Atlanta Plastic Surgery doctors provide quality, customized treatment to all patients. They always consider, not only the unique anatomical features of each individual, but also their goals. We provide sufficient knowledge and detailed explanations to enable patients to make informed decisions for their plastic surgery experience.
How can I be sure that my plastic surgeon is qualified?
While any licensed physician can attempt to perform basic cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, each of our seven providers is board certified in plastic surgery, a distinguished honor that not all surgeons possess. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery requires that a doctor undergo extensive education and training beyond medical school and surgical residency, including years of experience performing highly specialized plastic surgery techniques. Looking for board certification is the single best way to ensure that a doctor has expertise in a particular medical or surgical specialty and adheres to the highest standards in patient safety.
What can I expect to happen during my plastic surgery consultation?
The purpose of a consultation is primarily to make sure that the surgeon understands exactly what the patient is trying to achieve and that the patient understands exactly what they can reasonably expect from their procedure. Each of our board-certified plastic surgeons have their own personality and individual approach, so it is important that you seek out a provider who makes you comfortable and with whom you can openly communicate. Some of our doctors use advanced plastic surgery technology, like the Vectra® M3 imaging system, which gives patients a chance to view possible surgical outcomes on a three-dimensional virtual model generated from digital photographs. Many also make use of TouchMD software that allows consultation notes, educational content, before and after photos, and procedural videos, to be securely saved and privately accessed outside the office from any computer, tablet, or mobile device, putting all of the information from the consultation at your fingertips.
Are plastic surgery consultations provided free of charge?
It is only in the very rarest of cases that a plastic surgeon will be able to perform a consultation free of charge. There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” plastic surgery and every patient has their own very specific needs and expectations. This is why a complete consultation is much more than a quick conversation. Your surgeon will perform a thorough medical examination, which will likely include taking photographs for analysis with advanced imaging programs and, in some cases, even complete additional diagnostic testing to determine whether you are a candidate for a specific procedure. Only then will they use their years of experience and training to determine exactly the approach that will provide you with the best possible plastic surgery results.