By Edward M. Piña, MD, FACS
Choosing to have Houston plastic surgery is a big decision, so it’s important you consider it thoughtfully. Taking a few steps before your consultation can help you determine whether a cosmetic procedure is right for you. In addition, it’s important to understand who is a good candidate for these procedures and what happens during a consultation. If you think you’re ready to take the next step, here’s a guide for what you should consider before your procedure.
Personal Considerations for Houston Plastic Surgery
Before scheduling your Houston plastic surgery consultation, you should consider your overall health. Being in good overall health helps reduce the risks associated with any surgical procedure. Therefore, it’s important to decide if you’re healthy enough physically, mentally, and emotionally to take the next step.
In addition, you should also examine your reasons for wanting Houston plastic surgery. This is a personal choice that requires quite a bit of thought. Do you want to change your appearance for you or for someone else? While cosmetic procedures can help you feel more confident and enhance your natural beauty, it’s important to understand that they will not solve life problems. You should never choose to have surgery for someone else, like a spouse or partner.
Also, taking time to do some research about the procedure you want can help you determine whether Houston plastic surgery could be a good choice for you. For example, research typical results for people with a similar body type to yours and what recovery usually looks like. Often, you may need to take some time off work or limit your activities. Therefore, you should also consider whether you’re ready to take those steps during your recovery period.
Finally, you should also consider your budget and the costs of surgery. Generally, the costs for your procedure will include a surgeon’s fee, the cost of supplies, facility fees, preoperative labs, and follow up visits. Depending on the procedure you choose, there may also be anesthesia costs. The cost of supplies may also differ depending on the options you choose. For example, silicon Houston breast implants usually cost more than saline implants. Understanding the financial side of your procedure in relation to your own finances can also help you as you consider cosmetic procedures.
Who is a Good Candidate for Houston Plastic Surgery?
In addition, not everyone is a good candidate for Houston plastic surgery. You should be in good overall health before choosing surgery. Many health conditions and lifestyle choices can increase your risk for surgical complications. For example, nicotine from smoking, vaping, and even many smoking cessation products, like nicotine gums and patches, can decrease blood flow which can cause surgical or postoperative recovery complications. Also, uncontrolled high blood pressure or high cholesterol can increase the risk for issues during surgery. Your health and safety is our main concern, which is why we recommend you’re in good health before a cosmetic procedure.
Additionally, you should be in a good emotional and mental state and have realistic expectations for Houston plastic surgery. Studies show that people who receive cosmetic surgery are more satisfied with the results when they have realistic expectations and are in a good state of mind. We want your procedure to be a positive experience, which is why we want to talk about your mental health, emotional health, and your expectations for your surgery.
Finding the Right Surgeon for Your Houston Plastic Surgery
Also, after considering these factors, you’ll also want to find a surgeon that is right for you. Two things you should check for is board-certification and facility accreditation. These standards are designed to improve patient safety, quality of care, and other factors that are important for your Houston plastic surgery procedure.
Board certification goes above and beyond the minimum requirements for practicing medicine. Board-certified surgeons must go through additional training in the field and also show they adhere to strict patient safety standards. For your cosmetic procedure, American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) certification is important. To receive ABCS certification, surgeons must show that they’ve received specialized training for cosmetic procedures. By contrast, in many states almost any surgeon can claim to be a cosmetic surgeon, even if they lack the training and practical experience of performing these procedures.
In addition, you should also consider whether the facility where you’ll receive Houston plastic surgery is accredited. Accredited surgical facilities are also held to higher standards than minimum requirements. These facilities must meet standards for their staff, equipment, sanitation, and patient care. Once again, this is a way to vet dedication to safety for your procedure and reduce risks for your surgery. Accredited facilities hire qualified staff, provide a clean surgical environment, offer a fully equipped operating room, and the personnel and supplies needed to respond to emergencies. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) conducts surveys at least once every three years for its accredited facilities to help ensure they meet these guidelines and standards.
Preparing for your Consultation
A consultation appointment helps you understand and discuss your options before scheduling surgery. There are some steps you can take to prepare for this consultation. We will need to evaluate your overall health and medical history, so gathering that information is a good place to start. Assemble your medical information, such as your history, family health history, as well as a list of medications and supplements you take. It’s important to include dietary supplements, herbs, vitamins, and other things you take, as they can also affect your surgery. For example, vitamin E and fish oil supplements may increase your risk for bleeding. Therefore, it’s important to list everything you take.
Also, you should know your goals for Houston plastic surgery and be able to communicate them. A great way to help prepare to do this for your consultation is to write down what you would like from your surgery. For example, do you want your Houston breast implants to just increase size, or would you like to enhance your breast shape as well? Having clearly defined, realistic goals helps us understand what you’re looking for and which options might be right for you.
Depending on the type of cosmetic procedure you’re looking for, you may need a physical examination of the area. This is especially true for breast and body procedures. These exams usually involve having you undress and wear a surgical gown. Therefore, you may also want to wear clothes you can easily remove. Also, if a certain outfit can help you explain your cosmetic surgery goals, then you may want to consider wearing that for your consultation.
Questions to Ask
In addition, you also likely have quite a few questions you want to ask. Preparing a list of questions can also help during the consultation appointment. While your questions may differ from someone else’s some common questions to help you start your list might include:
- Am I a good candidate for surgery? If not, how can I become a good candidate?
- What are the benefits of this procedure?
- What are the risks of this procedure?
- How much does this procedure cost?
- Do you have financing options available?
- What are the typical postoperative recovery instructions?
- How many follow up appointments, if any, will I need after surgery?
- What type of anesthesia will I receive?
You may also want to bring a pen and notebook to your consultation so you can jot down notes. These notes may come in handy if you forget some of the details and want to reference them later.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
While each consultation is individualized to your needs, there are a few things you can expect during your Houston plastic surgery consultation. We will review your medical history and help determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure you want. This may also involve a physical exam. In some cases, this means undressing and wearing a gown so we can evaluate the area of the body you would like to enhance.
Once we’ve discussed your health, expectations, and other vital information, we may offer recommendations for your procedure if you are a good candidate for surgery. We’ll also answer any questions you have and discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure. In addition, we may provide before and after photos for you to look at to help you see some typical results from the procedure you’re considering. By the end of your consultation, you should leave with a clear understanding of your options so you can make an informed decision. If appropriate and if you want to move forward, we’ll discuss next steps for your procedure.
At Piña Cosmetic Surgery, we offer quality, individualized care to help you enhance your appearance. We are dedicated to our patients and provide a warm, caring environment. Whether you’re looking for a breast augmentation or skin rejuvenating services from our Houston medpsa, our team is here to provide advanced care. Call us today at 1-800-544-1269 to schedule a free consultation. We are here for you!