Spending time listening to your concerns is an essential part of the consultation. Dr. Sclafani believes that the surgeon must understand exactly what features the patient is seeking to change or restore. Together, patient and physician will discuss the most appropriate methods for achieving this goal.
Patients frequently have preconceived notions about a particular procedure, when a different, often less invasive, method can achieve the desired, or better, result. Using diagrams, photographs and often simply a mirror, Dr. Sclafani will explain the anatomy of area of interest and describe the proposed procedure. Learning about the basic anatomy and techniques helps the patient understand how the results are produced, as well as understanding the other factors associated with the surgery such as dressings, medications and post- operative recovery.
Any cosmetic procedure must be tailored to the individual patient. A thorough medical history is essential to ensure that treatment is safe as well as effective. If you are taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter) routinely, bring a list of these (including dosages) with you to the consultation. This will help the doctor better care for you and avoid any untoward drug interactions.
Think about any adverse reactions you have had to any medications; which medications, and what happened. Write these down, so the doctor can better plan his treatment. If you use any tobacco products, there are many health benefits to quitting; improved skin and healthier facial tissues are but a small part of the benefits you will reap by stopping smoking.
Bring any pertinent medical records, as well as your primary care physician's name and address. Dr. Sclafani will work with your general physician to ensure the safety of your procedure.