Now that you’ve researched your procedure and decided cosmetic surgery is for you, you’ll need to contact Dr. McDonald’s office to schedule a consultation. There is no charge for the consultation as it is considered part of the cosmetic surgery procedure. During your consultation, Dr. McDonald will listen to your goals, explain what the procedure involves and set realistic expectations. This is the time to ask the doctor any questions you have, discuss medical history and past surgeries, as well as let him know all medications and herbal supplements you are taking. After the examination, the doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for the desired procedure or offer alternatives that may be more beneficial.
In order to schedule a surgical procedure, you will need to complete required lab work. This can include but not be limited to: EKG, CBC/Chem7, INR/PT/PTT, and a chest X-Ray. Plan for the results to take 48 hours to receive. These should be completed 2 weeks prior to the surgery.
Dr. McDonald may want to see you for a final pre-op consult before the surgery day, but it is not always necessary. Plan to arrive 1 hour prior to the surgery. Surgeries and patients are all different so there is only an estimated length of time. If you are undergoing a procedure requiring anesthesia, have comfort in knowing your anesthesia will be provided by a board certified Anesthesiologist.
Once the surgery is complete, and you are awake and up, you’ll need to have someone with you to drive you home from the surgical center. Post operative, you’ll come in to see Dr. McDonald for removal of sutures or drains. When and how often depends on the cosmetic procedure you had done. No matter how small you feel your surgery is, surgery is still surgery. You will need to rest and recover. For many procedures, like tummy tucks and neck lifts, you need to plan to not drive for at least a week.
Schedule your consultation today at (305) 381-8900.