Summary: We talk quite a bit—and rightly so—about what plastic surgery results tend to look like. How does a facelift change your wrinkles, how does a breast augmentation change your bust? But we don’t really talk about your first interaction with your surgeon and the space that takes place in: the plastic surgery clinic.
What Does a Plastic Surgery Clinic Look Like?
We spend a lot of time talking about plastic surgery procedures and how they’ll make you look or feel. But we don’t spend much time discussing how those plastic surgery clinics actually look themselves. On the one hand, it’s easy to dismiss such a conversation as somewhat trivial—it looks like a doctor’s office, right?
But on the other hand, there is some evidence to suggest that the appearance of a space can have some bearing on the outcome (or, at least, on the way you feel about the outcome). Surgeons, of course, know this too. That’s why they put considerable time and effort into what your plastic surgery clinic will look like.
So let’s take a look at some of the plastic surgery clinics around and see what they might look like.
The Interiors Reflect the Surgeon
In many cases, surgeons will work hard to ensure the interior of the clinic reflects the values of the surgeon. Or, put another way, surgeons will hire an interior designer. (And let’s be glad that they do—surgeons have more important things to worry about, though they may have some specific ideas.)
The role of an interior designer is pretty simple: make the interior of the place reflect the values of the surgeon (like we said). But an interior designer will also (likely) want to make the place look, well, nice. Patients will often expect a certain luxurious, high end finish to a surgeon’s office.
And that makes sense, to a certain extent. Think about it this way: plastic surgery can be expensive. You want to make sure that your surgeon is worth it, and one of the ways that surgeons can show off success is by having a nice office. In other words, a luxurious office setting can communicate success.
Many plastic surgeons are also now investing in on-site surgical suites for the improved comfort of patients. In the past, the vast majority of actual surgical procedures were performed off site, in a hospital setting. While that’s still true today, many procedures are now performed in these high-end surgical suites.
These surgical suites offer most of the comforts and capabilities of hospitals, allowing complex procedures to be performed in a more comfortable setting.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Of course, designing these offices is just the first step. In most cases, surgeons will need to hire a contractor to make these dreams a reality. In some rare cases, an exterior contractor may even be required.
Let’s put it this way—and this is especially true if a surgeon wants to construct a surgical suite—the stakes are very high. Yes, building a reception desk probably isn’t high stakes work. But ensuring the wiring in a surgical suite is to code just might be.
Any office that a surgeon takes over can expect to undergo significant modifications. This is done to ensure patient privacy, comfort, and safety during any plastic surgery interactions with the surgeon.
Sending a Message
In many ways, the construction of any type of clinic setting is sending a message to patients: you’re in good hands. There are definitely many ways to send such a message, starting with the first set of interactions (phone calls, websites, etc) and continuing through the first office visit.
There is also the matter of having a highly trained staff. The better trained a staff (including service people) is, the better they will be able to convey that message of success. Trust us, having highly trained and incredibly polite staff will go a long way in creating patient trust.
But that also has to be reflected in the surroundings. Again, surgeons probably aren’t going to spend a ton of time thinking about all of these little things, like the color of the walls or how tall the reception desk should be.
Instead, surgeons will surround themselves with people who do think about these things and people who are good at making those kinds of decisions.
All About the Patients
As cliché as it may sound, the end goal of all of this is to give the patient the best possible experience during his or her plastic surgery journey. Making the patient feel more comfortable with the process and more elated by the results—believe it or not—can all start with the color on the walls. As such, it’s not a decision to take too lightly.