Your initial cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Slenkovich is the best way to gather information regarding any cosmetic procedure you may be considering. We always encourage patients to see several doctors to determine which the best fit is for them. Since comfort and confidence in your surgeon are extremely important, we always encourage patients to visit multiple doctors in order to find a cosmetic surgeon who is a fit for them.
As Dr. Slenkovich’s patient coordinator, I’ve learned what patients can do in order to enhance their consultation experience.
- Do your research before coming in for your initial appointment. It helps patients get a feel for the doctor’s beliefs and preferences, such as the types of incisions they use or their board certifications, as well as helps in putting together a detailed list of questions.
- Create a list of questions or concerns to discuss with Dr. Slenkovich. Oftentimes a patient will forget all of the questions they had before their appointment. Having certain questions in mind can give the appointment more direction and patients leave with the most information about their desired cosmetic surgery procedure.
- Try to schedule your consultation on a day where you will be able to devote an hour and a half to be in the office. We want to be sure to give you adequate time to ask all of your questions and get the information you desire.
- Bring photos that represent what you are looking to accomplish. This may mean photos of you when you were younger or before you had kids. This helps Dr. Slenkovich understand your goals and will allow the two of you to come up with a plan to give you the best result. For facial rejuvenation patients, Dr. Slenkovich recommends bringing photos of yourself during a time when you felt the most beautiful. This will help to get you the most natural result.
- Breast augmentation patients will do initial implant sizing at their consultation, so we recommend bringing in bras or swimsuit tops to help better predict your size outcome.
- Bring a supportive family member, spouse or friend to your appointment if you are comfortable. It can make you feel more at ease, as well as serve as another source for questions, and that person gets a better idea of what to expect during your recovery period.
- We frequently hear from patients who bring their children to their consultation that they wished that they hadn’t because of the distraction. Children are always welcome to come to your appointments with you, but it does make it difficult to completely focus, especially during your first visit.
- If you are considering a procedure that might be covered by your health insurance (i.e. breast reduction or septoplasty) it is helpful to contact your insurance company to see if it will be covered and what the requirements are for medical necessity. Typically a letter from your primary doctor or physical therapist (in the case of breast reduction), or proof of breathing difficulties, is necessary to help support the need for medical necessity. Gathering those items before your initial appointment saves time and allows us to submit your claim to your insurance company faster.
- We will mail or e-mail your patient intake forms a week prior to your appointment. Filling those out beforehand saves time once you arrive at the office and makes your wait time much shorter.
- Consider any possible lab work or tests. Dr. Slenkovich requires an EKG for all patients over the age of 50 and a mammogram for all breast surgery patients over 30. If you would like to have surgery soon after your consultation, it is a good idea to schedule those beforehand.