What Should I Expect?
Your first appointment at Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons will consist of an initial consultation which will include a complete medical history and exam. During the consultation, you will be asked about your reconstructive and cosmetic concerns. You may be asked to look into a mirror and point out the areas that you would like to see improved.
You should be very frank in discussing what you hope to achieve with surgery. This will help us understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. Other options available to you will be discussed along with risks and limitations.
The location where the surgery will take place, the estimated duration of the procedure, the type of anesthesia required and the costs of the surgery will be explained during this initial consultation.
“Before and after” photographs of patients will be available for your review. Your photograph will be taken and can be viewed with the computer imaging system if you wish.
At the conclusion of your initial consultation, next steps will be discussed including possible scheduling for your surgery.
Once surgery is scheduled, you will be asked to complete a Patient Pre-Registration Form.
Preparing for your surgery
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Certain medications, such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and many vitamins and supplements, can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. If surgery is to be performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
What can I expect after surgery?
You will be provided with pain medication during the postoperative period. There will be bruising and swelling which will start to improve after 3 days. We will prescribe supplements that will help minimize the bruising and swelling.
You should avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. In many instances, however, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities in 10 days or less. You will be advised to wait several weeks before resuming strenuous activity and exercise.
Ready for your initial consultation? Submit your request online or call us at (888) 284-1488.