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What can I expect in a Medical Evaluation?

The first appointment or evaluation appointment for plastic surgery can be just as exciting as the day of the procedure, it is for this reason that it is recommended to be prepared for this moment. The first thing you should know is that each consultation is different and that it can be in person, however, thanks to the advancement of technology, it can also be carried out online. Although each visit is different, you usually get 45 to 60 minutes for it.

It is important that, as a responsible patient, you speak the truth, regarding your state of health, physical condition and aesthetic goals, since these aspects will give clarity to the specialist, in knowing if you are a candidate and your possibilities. This way, the doctor can give you actual information regarding the expected results, risks, alternative or additional treatments that may be considered for you.

Here is a breakdown of what you can expect your surgeon to talk about or ask about:

  • Procedures of interest and objectives (Liposuction, abdominoplasty, fat transfer, etc.).

  • Ideal weight and current weight, the doctor may suggest a weight loss program before surgery.

  • Previous surgeries, family history, illnesses, allergies and current medications (Diabetes, blood pressure, etc.).

  • Daily habits (consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, exercise).

Based on this information, and current photos requested by the plastic surgeon, he may share information with you, for example:

  • Type of procedure or combination of recommended procedures.

  • The results that can be expected.

  • Associated risks or complications.

  • Anesthesia options.

  • What to prepare or consider for surgery (pre- and postoperative care).

  • Let you know if you are a candidate or not.

In the consultation, you should ask any questions you have, no matter how simple they are; (See: Suggested Questions for Plastic Surgery). Likewise, remember that patient safety is of paramount importance, therefore, although sometimes the answer that the doctor gives you is not what you expected (he invites you to lose weight or says that you are not a candidate), remember that, if the surgeon recommends modifications in weight or lifestyle is so that the best results are achieved, and complications are reduced. Take it easy and think that there may be alternative solutions or treatments that help you achieve your goals, so this is the opportunity to meet them.

I hope this information is useful and you connect with the surgeon of your choice!

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