WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR CONSULTATION
Our goal at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery is to make your visit as enjoyable and educational as possible. After you check in with our friendly staff, you will find that our waiting area has plenty of comfortable seating and complimentary coffee and flavored water. If you have not already completed forms on our patient portal section of the website, you will be asked to fill out some brief paperwork. In addition, we will take a complete set of facial photographs as a reference during your consultation.
You will then be escorted to a private consultation area where you will be provided with a complimentary copy of Dr. Garcia’s book, The Art of Facial Aesthetics. The book is an invaluable resource to our patients who are considering any type of cosmetic procedure. You are encouraged to peruse its pages and gather insight into the world of facial aesthetics. We are confident that you will find a large number of before-and-after photographs, therein, an important tool in your decision-making process. Best of all, the book is yours to take home – read it at your leisure and feel free to refer to it often!
It is our strong belief that the focus of the consultation should be on visiting with Dr. Garcia and feeling comfortable with him. We want to remove all of the anxiety associated with a cosmetic consultation, make the experience as stress-free as possible while maintaining the focus on education. Furthermore, we are so confident in Dr. Garcia’s abilities as a physician and a surgeon that we know it will translate to a positive and educational experience for the prospective patient.
Meeting With Dr. Roberto Garcia
Dr. Garcia will visit with you and provide you with a very comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Garcia has a passion for teaching and feels that an educated patient will have the best outcome. He will also review your medical and surgical history in detail. He will then make the appropriate recommendations to achieve the results discussed. He will discuss your procedures, outcomes, benefits, risks, as well as a timeline for returning to work and resuming social activities. You will leave your visit with a clear idea of the options available to you.
After you visit with Dr. Garcia, you will have the opportunity to sit down with our patient care coordinator. She will give you detailed information on the fees for the procedure(s) that you and Dr. Garcia decided upon. If you are interested in financing, she will assist you with that option as well. Finally, our patient care coordinator can look at available openings in the schedule for your procedure. If you are ready to schedule your procedure, you can do so right then or go home and give her a call when you are ready.
For those patients unable to meet personally in the office with Dr. Garcia, we have the availability to consult with you virtually via Skype or Facetime. Ask one of our representatives for more details.
If you would like a consultation in Spanish, Dr. Garcia is fully bilingual and can discuss all the information in Spanish.
After my consultation, how soon can I have my procedure?
We tell patients to plan on 4 – 6 weeks after the initial consultation. If you would like a sooner date, our patient care coordinator will try her hardest to accommodate your request.
After my consultation, will I have other appointments before my surgery?
Yes, if you are scheduled for a cosmetic procedure, you will have a pre-operative appointment. At this appointment, you will be given detailed instructions on the day before, the day of, and what to do after your surgery. You will be provided with written instructions you can take home and review well in advance of your surgery. You will also be provided with all necessary prescriptions to have filled prior to your surgery.
What arrangements are made for me the night after my surgery?
If you are having a facelift, you will be provided with a dedicated sitter who will transport you from our surgery center to our private aftercare facility. This sitter will remain with you for the evening until Dr. Garcia comes to see you the following morning personally. She will closely monitor you throughout the evening and will contact Dr. Garcia with any concerns. You are welcome to have a family member or a friend stay the night with you as well.
What will my aftercare appointments be like?
After your surgery, Dr. Garcia will personally want to see you on a regular basis. Your appointments will be conveniently scheduled to follow a certain timeframe. If however, you would like to see him between appointments, there is never a problem to be seen. We always encourage our patients to call our office with ANY questions or concerns. If it is a question our clinical staff can answer, they are very capable in doing so. Otherwise, Dr. Garcia is personally available to all of his patients.