Summary: How many questions should you ask during your plastic surgery consultation? That depends on your desired results–and on your surgeon and your own comfort level. The goal should be to feel comfortable with the amount of information you obtain. And you shouldn’t move forward until you’ve achieved that level of comfort.
How Many Questions Should You Ask During Your Consultation?
Your plastic surgery consultation is incredibly important. It’s your opportunity to voice your opinions, concerns, and vision for your plastic surgery procedure. It’s also a good time for your surgeon to get a feel for you and what you’d like to accomplish with plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures. But just how many questions should you ask during your consultation?
That’s going to depend on you, your procedure, and your surgeon. One thing is for sure, though: you should not move forward with any procedure until you feel completely comfortable with your choices and your projected results. (We should note that we aren’t surgeons here, so this article is not intended as medical advice–always talk to medical professionals about your surgical options).
Question Asking Tips
Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment and, when you got home, remembered a question you were going to ask? That can be a frustrating experience. Or maybe you just haven’t been able to articulate your question in just the right way.
During a consultation, any number of things may be happening at once, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why it’s nice to have some consultation question asking tips before the appointment gets underway. You may want to try:
- Writing down your questions beforehand. It also wouldn’t hurt to prioritize those questions–underline the most important ones before you begin.
- Do some research ahead of time. Check out commonly asked questions regarding the procedure you’re interested in. You can usually find these pretty easily online.
- Take notes during your consultation. This will help you remember what you discussed and what you may have missed.
- Don’t be afraid to send your surgeon a list of questions ahead of time. Email is great because it lets your surgeon get to those questions in a timely manner–but not feel rushed to do so.
The more information you have ahead of time, the better your consultation will go. You can even ask to see before and after photos and develop a list of questions based on that information. It’s also not unusual to ask for multiple consultations (though there may be charges involved in that–it varies from office to office).
A plastic surgery consultation is designed to do two things: gather information about your procedure and get a feel for your plastic surgeon. You can ask all kinds of questions about your procedure and your projected results. Some surgeons will even employ sophisticated imaging software that will enable you to “see” what you might look like once your procedure is complete.
When you gather this information, it’s important that you be sure to state what your goals are. There are multiple ways to achieve any given objective or perform any procedure–so many of the options available to you will depend on your preferences.
During your consultation, you will also often get a feel for your surgeon. How easily does your surgeon answer your questions? What is the overall mood of the office like? Does the surgeon seem distracted? Sometimes the answers to these questions may matter. Sometimes they won’t–it all depends on your preferences.
A Very Personalized Process
Plastic surgery is an incredibly personalized process. You’re at the center of the process! But that’s because achieving your results is all about making you happy. So how many questions you should ask during your consultation will depend on how comfortable you feel. Some patients need to ask very few questions to achieve that level of comfort; other patients are very interested in all the details of the procedure.
There’s no wrong way to approach a consultation, as long as you’re getting the information you need and you’re comfortable with moving forward.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for almost five years. He’s constantly in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he gets the latest and most accurate information possible.