Introduction The consultation at the plastic surgery clinic is a good opportunity for you to evaluate the plastic surgeon, extensively discuss the treatment options presented, assess the equipment and facilities of the clinic, and weigh the benefits of each surgical intervention. You can also deliberate on the potential risks and possible complications and judge the way the clinic would manage and reduce these risks. Going to the plastic surgery clinic for the first time can be a challenging and daunting task. You would want to get as much information necessary to be able to properly prepare for the surgery as well as to determine if you have chosen the right plastic surgeon for your particular intervention. Here below are a few tips for getting the most out of your plastic surgery consultation: How to prepare for a consultation at the plastic surgery clinic? The general rule is to know your family medical history since the plastic surgeon will need to be aware of any significant medical problems in your family line. It is also essential for your surgeon to know if you had any past or current medical issue. Obviously, before any surgical intervention you will go through a battery of medical tests to ascertain your physical fitness and get cleared for surgery. It bears repeating that you need to make sure your doctor is fully aware of all the relevant details regarding your health condition. Prepare some questions for your plastic surgeon When you start considering a plastic surgery procedure and before scheduling the first appointment with the plastic surgeon, be an informed patient first. Do complete staff work, conduct online searches, get referrals and testimonials and write down all your concerns, your worries about the procedure, especially the ones related to your safety as a patient, questions about how and what to prepare for the intervention, the potential risks that are associated with the procedure, what to expect in terms of recovery after surgery, your ultimate goals, desires and overall expectations. When you meet the plastic surgeon, make it a priority to ask all the questions you want to ask without holding anything back. No question is off limits if it concerns you in any way. The consultation is also a good opportunity to find out more about the qualifications of the plastic surgeon. It is very important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon that is highly skilled and experienced and regularly performs the procedure you are interested in. Don’t hesitate to ask “difficult” questions such as “what is the emergency plan in case complications occur during surgery?” or “what is the complication rate for the plastic surgery I am interested in?” Make sure to steer clear from arrogant plastic surgeons who tell you that the interventions they perform are risk-free. There is no plastic surgery intervention that comes without risks. It is a surgery therefore there will always be attendant risks and possible complications. To make it easier for you and to ensure you don’t leave anything out during the consultation, we have prepared a list of questions that you can use as your guide and reference to help you, wisely and productively use the time spent with the plastic surgeon. Before leaving home: Research online any and all information you can find about the plastic surgery intervention you are interested in. Our site, for example, is a good place to start the research. If you are planning to ask about a procedure for the breasts or the body, make sure you will be wearing comfortable clothing and underwear to the meeting with your plastic surgeon. You will be required to take off some of the clothes so the plastic surgeon can assess the areas targeted for the intervention.Review the medical history of your family and also write down the medical conditions you are suffering from. When you get to the plastic surgery clinic pay attention to the following things: Is the reception area clean and well organized? Is the medical staff friendly and accommodating? Is the atmosphere warm and welcoming? While you are filling in the blanks on the forms provided: Pay attention when you fill in the blanks on the forms provided by the medical personnel. Giving complete and detailed info will enable your surgeon to better plan the intervention most suited for you. Give to the plastic surgeon a complete list of medication, natural supplements, including the herbal infusions and vitamins that you consume regularly or currently. The meeting with the plastic surgeon: Is the plastic surgeon making you feel welcomed and relaxed? Does the plastic surgeon carefully listen to your concerns and provide satisfactory answers that put your anxieties at rest? Does the plastic surgeon understand your expectations from the plastic surgery interventions? Does the plastic surgeon exert effort to help you understand the treatment options available? Important questions to discuss with the plastic surgeon: Am I a good candidate for the procedure I want? If I am not, what prevents me from being a good candidate? How many times in the past two years have you performed the plastic surgery intervention I am interested in? What are the benefits of this procedure? What are the risks associated with the procedure? What are your qualifications? Where will the plastic surgery be performed? Will I need anesthesia during the procedure? What type of anesthetic will be used? Can you show me pictures of similar interventions performed by you on other patients? During the physical examination: Did the plastic surgeon show professionalism and deference? Did he understand what your concerns are? Did the doctor mention all the available surgical options that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals? Did the surgeon help you understand the results of the procedure? Do you have realistic expectations from the surgery? Do you feel confident enough to take the next step towards the surgical intervention? Conclusion Keep in mind that selecting the plastic surgeon solely on the price factor can lead to disappointing results after the surgery. You are perhaps familiar with the idiom, “ if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys?” That about sums it up. A smaller fee can be a sign that your plastic surgeon lacks the experience and qualification to ensure the safety and success of your plastic surgery. In the end, if you have a botched surgery, it will cost you more money, not to mention, more pain to go through revision surgery to correct the mistakes of an unqualified surgeon. Even worse, you may be gambling away your life. When going to the plastic surgery clinic for the initial consultation with your surgeon, being prepared is crucial. Write it down so you do not forget anything.