You’ve researched the chin implant procedure, visited surgeon websites and narrowed down a list of San Francisco cosmetic surgeons you may want to work with. Now comes the best part: meeting potential surgeons and their teams face-to-face.
With thousands of board-certified cosmetic surgeons practicing worldwide, * it might start to feel a little bit overwhelming trying to find the right one to perform your chin augmentation procedure. If you have never had a cosmetic procedure, and you don’t know anyone who can recommend a good surgeon, you must rely on online information and a face-to-face meeting to make this critical decision. That’s why evaluating whether a plastic surgeon is a good choice for you should start long before you enter the operating room, during your initial chin augmentation consultation.
Why Pre-Surgical Consultation Matters
A consultation is an essential component of your chin implant surgery journey. This in-person meeting is your opportunity to discuss your expectations and goals, as well as any concerns you may have. Choosing to undergo any type of plastic surgery is an extremely personal decision, and your surgeon should be willing to tailor your procedure to meet your specific needs and desires.
Your consultation serves two very important purposes: it gives you the opportunity to assess the surgeon, while you learn more about the chin augmentation process and what options are available to help you achieve your goals. During your chin augmentation consultation, you’ll also get to ask questions, have personalized recommendations for treatment and determine whether the surgeon’s communication style and aesthetic approach are well-matched with yours.
Chin Augmentation Consultation FAQs
Q: How long will my consultation take?
A: The length of your consultation will depend on how much you have learned about the procedure beforehand, which will influence how many questions you need to ask. Typically, you should plan to set aside at least an hour to spend with each cosmetic surgeon you’re evaluating. It’s important both you and your surgeon have enough time to get to know each other and discuss your options. You want to learn as much as possible about the surgeon’s experience, background and aesthetic approach, so you shouldn’t feel rushed.
If an hour seems like a lot of time out of your day, consider how much ground you’ll have to cover, which includes items such as:
- Surgery timeline. Your surgeon will talk to you about your personal scheduling needs and the amount of downtime you’ll need. While you won’t need to book your procedure during the consultation, you should at least have a good idea of what to plan for when you get a chin augmentation surgery.
- What to expect during recovery. It’s important to have realistic expectations for your healing and recovery period. Your surgeon will provide you with a general recovery timeline and information about any activity restrictions you’ll need to follow as you heal from chin implant surgery.
- Your payment and financing options. You’ll also get a quote for the cost of your chin implant surgery. This includes surgeon’s and facility fees, anesthesia, price of the implant itself and any additional items such as prescription painkillers. You will also be able to ask about what financing plans are available through the practice.
- Can I see potential outcomes of my chin augmentation? Yes, computer morphing will allow you to see potential results. While not an actual representation of your final result, it will allow you to see various options using your own profile to view what may be done without you having any cosmetic surgery performed.
Q: What else will my appointment include?
A: During your consultation, you will meet with your surgeon and his/her team to discuss a customized treatment plan. You will need to be prepared to answer questions about your health history, including any prescription medications, supplements or recreational drugs you may take. This will allow your surgeon to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for the chin implant procedure, and if you have any risk factors that would impede your healing or increase the risk of adverse effects during your surgery.
Certain supplements and medications, including psychoactive drugs, ** can impact how your body responds to anesthesia and surgery, which can compromise your health or ability to heal. It’s crucial to make your surgeon aware of anything that may affect the safety of surgery or put you at risk.
Q: What questions should I ask the surgeon?
A: All of them! Your consultation is your best opportunity to find out exactly what you want to know about the chin augmentation procedure, your surgeon’s experience, the surgical facility and patient care coordinator who will be checking in with you. It’s a good idea to write down a list of all your questions and bring it to your consultation to ensure you cover everything.
To get you started, here are a few very important questions you should include:
- Are you board-certified? Not all Board Certifications are the same. Look for certification from ASPS – American Society of Plastic Surgery.
- Are you a member of the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery – ASAPS?
- How often do you perform chin implant surgery?
- Where will you perform my chin augmentation procedure?
- What kind of anesthesia will I receive?
- What will you do if a complication arises during my surgery?
- What can I expect as I recover from my chin augmentation?
- Do you have before-and-after images of your chin implant patients?
When it comes to your health, there’s no such thing as a silly question. The best cosmetic surgeons are also excellent listeners who show interest in your concerns and treat you with respect.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Michael Kulick
Over his 20 years of experience, Dr. Michael Kulick has built a reputation as one of the best-respected cosmetic surgeons in the San Francisco area. As a skilled and board-certified plastic surgeon, he has made chin augmentation one of the focal points of his practice. Contact his office to make an appointment for your consultation today.
* Source: plasticsurgery.org
** Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov