A walkthrough of the cosmetic surgery process
Many patients find it helps with anxiety to gain a better understanding of the surgery process.
In this post, we’ll give an overview of the cosmetic surgery timeline from initial consultation to full recovery.
The initial consultation
The first step in the process is to sit down with the surgeon to discuss your goals. The doctor will conduct a physical examination and make recommendations based on your wishes.
You will learn of the benefits and risks and be prepped on setting realistic expectations with regards to final results. This includes looking through before and after photos from previous patients to get a better idea of what is or isn’t feasible.
The initial consultation is all about education, setting expectations and covering the costs of different procedural options.
Setting a surgery date
Once you decide to move forward with a cosmetic surgery procedure, you will set a surgery date. Take note of recovery times and any post-op restrictions in order to schedule around work and other responsibilities.
Depending on the procedure, you may be required to undergo bloodwork and further examination to ensure you are healthy enough for the operation. For all but the simplest procedures you will meet with the surgeon for a second consultation prior to your surgery date.
The second consultation
Two to three weeks before the operation you will return to the office to reaffirm your surgical goals and make any necessary adjustments. You will also go through oral and written instructions for post-op care and take pre-op photos.
The surgeon will examine your anatomy once again and run through a final question and answer session.
The day of your surgery
Most facial cosmetic surgery procedures are outpatient and do not require you to stay overnight in a hospital. On the day of the procedure you will come to the office and undergo anesthesia.
Following the procedure, you will wake up in a recovery room and be monitored by nurses until you are fully awake. Depending on the nature of your operation, you will need to meet certain medical criteria before you can be discharged to go home with the help of a friend or family member.
Post-op care and recovery
The type of post-op care and rest time will vary depending on the procedure. Carefully follow the written instructions provided by the surgeon.
Follow up consultations
The number of post-op checkups required will vary depending on your recovery time and the type of operation performed. During the initial consultation your surgeon will go over the post-op consultation schedule and give you an approximation of how long it will take you to fully healed.