What To Expect During Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

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What To Expect During Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

Are you considering moving forward with your plastic surgery plans? Whether you're considering reconstructive plastic surgery or cosmetic plastic surgery, your initial consultation kicks off the entire process. 

As an award-winning and published plastic surgeon, Tarik Madni, MD, prioritizes patient education. During your consultation, you discuss your goals and gain a thorough understanding of the plastic surgery process here in Southlake, Texas. 

Here’s what to expect during your plastic surgery consultation.

What to expect during your plastic surgery consultation

When you first arrive in our inviting Southlake, Texas, office, our friendly staff welcomes you. Once you’re in our treatment planning suite, you can expect the following: 

Discuss your goals

The first rule of plastic surgery is to have realistic goals. Plastic surgery can transform your body and boost your confidence, but it's still important to be rooted in reality and know the limits and capabilities of plastic surgery. It’s also important to choose plastic surgery for the right reason 一 because you want it.

That’s why Dr. Madni begins the consultation by listening to your goals and expectations. This is your chance to express what you hope to achieve through the surgery, whether it's enhancing your appearance, restoring a more youthful look, or addressing specific concerns such as tummy pooches or loose, flabby skin. Don’t hold back! The more open and honest you are, the more Dr. Madni can tailor your plan to address your exact concerns.

It’s also a time to bring up any concerns or worries you have. Dr. Madni takes his time to answer all of your questions thoroughly and address any concerns you have about your procedure.

Medical history review

You can also expect a medical history review. This is a time to discuss any pre-existing health conditions, allergies, medications you're taking, and previous surgeries. Be transparent about your medical history as it can impact your suitability for surgery and the anesthesia used.

Even if plastic surgery isn't right for you,  you’re not out of options. Dr. Madni may walk you through your nonsurgical options,  too.

Physical exam

During your physical exam, Dr. Madni assesses the area (or areas) of concern. He notes your skin's quality, muscle tone, and any asymmetries. Clinical photography can also help with treatment planning. Your physical examination helps determine the best surgical techniques for you and your needs.

Discuss your plastic surgery options

Once you explain your aesthetic concerns, Dr. Madni explains the available procedure options and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each. For example, if you’re not happy with sagging breasts, post-pregnancy loose skin, and stretched abdominal muscles, you might consider a mommy makeover. Dr. Madni explains each procedure 一 whether that’s a breast lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or liposuction 一 in great detail so you know exactly what to expect. 

Review all risks

Plastic surgery, like any medical procedure, comes with potential risks. Dr. Madni provides a detailed overview of the risks and benefits associated with your chosen plastic surgery procedures. He also discusses the expected outcomes and recovery process, so you have a realistic understanding of what to expect and how to plan for it. 

Outline your plastic surgery plans

Based on your goals, medical history, physical examination, and the procedure discussions, Dr. Madni creates a personalized treatment plan. This plan outlines the surgical techniques, anesthesia type, and any preoperative and post-operative instructions. Your pre- and postoperative plans are all tailored to you so follow them as thoroughly as possible. 

Financial details

The cost of the procedure is likely on your mind, and your consultation is a good time to ask about your financial responsibility. Dr. Madni’s team provides you with a breakdown of the fees, including surgeon's fees, anesthesia, facility costs, and any associated expenses. You can also explore payment options and financing plans.

Discuss next steps

If Dr. Madni determines that plastic surgery is right for you and if you determine that you’d like to move forward, it’s time to discuss your next steps. This may include:

  • Scheduling any pre-operative tests 
  • Scheduling your surgery 
  • Preparing for the recovery period at home 

Ultimately, your consultation is about four things: making sure that plastic surgery is safe for you, making sure your aesthetic goals are detailed thoroughly, making sure that you choose the right procedures to achieve those goals, and giving you the confidence to make informed decisions.

Thinking about scheduling a consultation for plastic surgery? Give us a call at 817-518-7983 to book your consultation. Or, simply try our online booking tool.