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10 Questions to Ask A Plastic Surgeon Over the Phone
(that is if you can get them to take your call)

Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery

article courtesy Eric Desman, M.D.

CLICK HERE to visit the website of Eric Desman, M.D.

At the Virginia Center For Plastic Surgery, we do something very unique for our patients. We offer pre-scheduled, FREE, 15-minute phone consultations, with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon!

We understand that if you've been thinking about whether or not plastic surgery is right for you, you no doubt have dozens of questions. Many offices want you to come into their office for a ÏfreeÓ consultation. Often, you'll have to take time off of work, fight traffic, park and sit in the waiting area. Chances are you're going to be feeling a little uneasy and nervous about the whole process.

You may spend most of your time talking to a nurse or a patient coordinator. Then the doctor will see you.

We believe that one of the major factors to achieve the results you're looking for is that you feel good about the doctor doing the procedure. The best way to get to know a doctor is to actually talk to the doctor BEFORE you take the time out of your busy day to commit to an office consultation.

Then, and only then, should you take the next step and schedule an office appointment, where the specifics of your procedure can be discussed.

Questions to ask your plastic surgeon:

1. When did the American Board of Plastic Surgery certify you? When are you required to recertify? If you are not required to recertify, will you take the recertification exam as soon as it is available any way?

2. Do you have hospital privileges to perform this surgery? If so, at which hospitals?

3. How many procedures of this type have you performed?

4. Where and how will you perform my surgery?

5. Is the surgical facility accredited were in the process of being accredited by a national or state-recognized accrediting organization?

6. What are the risks involved with my procedure?

7. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

8. Will I need to take time off of work? If so, how long?

9. How much will my procedure cost?

10. Are payment plans available?


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