First Time Visit
If you are a new patient, please arrive 30 minutes early. This will allow you time to carefully and thoughtfully fill out required paperwork.
Please bring all of you medications, past medical history and surgical history—we recommend you keep this updated and available for all of your physicians and visits.
Please let our front office know that you are here for a cosmetic consultation rather than a medically necessary visit.
Changes or Cancellations
Please be aware that our office charges a fee for missed appointments or cancellations less than 24 hours in advance. For a medical appointment, a fee of $30.00 will be added to your account if an appointment is not cancelled within 24 hours of a scheduled time.
Please be advised if you cancel less than 48 hours prior to your scheduled time for a procedure, we reserve the right to keep your deposit or bill your account $150.00 for cosmetic appointments/procedures.
Preparing For Your Cosmetic Consult
Cosmetic consults have a $135.00 nonrefundable fee. $50.00 does not go toward any procedure. The difference of $85.00 will go toward any procedure you may elect to undergo in the near future. The consult includes photos for your pre-operative discussion and record. There will also be a skin care regimen that will be discussed at the consult as well as recommendations of cosmetic procedures.
What Are My Goals?
What would you most like to improve? On your initial interview with our technician it is very helpful to have already created a list of the features you would like to address or the procedures you are considering. Bring a flattering photo of yourself from five to 10 years ago, if you like.
What Is My Budget?
Consider the amount you are prepared to invest in yourself. Once you decide on a potential course of action, ask your doctor if it’s realistic to accomplish your goals on the budget you have in mind.
What Are My Expectations?
It’s important to recognize there are limitations to surgery, treatment regimens or procedures. Our goal is to make an improvement from where you are currently. Our goal is to enhance your own features and beauty so that you appear healthy and natural.
What Are My Fears and Appetite for Risks
The most common fears we run into are 1) fear of an unnatural or overdone appearance; 2) fear of not making a significant difference; 3) fears that are unfounded or unreasonable based on the experience of friend/relative/acquaintance that had a “bad laser job,” “bad chemical peel,” “bad facelift” when the procedure was performed in another place by another person who may or may not have had the knowledge and experience to properly care for the patient.
Recognize, that in the hands of the very best physicians and surgeons, there are risks and limitations of surgery. The most sure-fire way to avoid a complications or undesired endpoint is to not undergo a procedure or treatment in the first place. Although this may sound unreasonable, since you may not be able to make the improvements you want without a procedure; we want you to know that there is no cosmetic surgery that you have to have and you can always choose not to proceed.
How Long Will the Results Last?
This is a very good and common question. It really depends on the procedures/treatments being selected, as well as the physiology and characteristics of the patient for the most part. Nothing lasts forever; although, frequently, patients will not need additional surgery in their lifetime. The results of surgery, ideally, set the clock back. As soon as surgery is over, the clock starts ticking again. Nevertheless, most people’s appearance will remain improved at 1, 5, 10 years (depending on the procedure) than had they not undergone the procedure or treatment altogether.
It’s best to achieve a natural result that will be pleasing for several years than to be “overdone with an unnatural look” initially, just so the results will last longer.
Cosmetic Surgery/Procedure Policy
Our office policy requires that patients pay the total cost of their physician fee up front. The facility at which you have your procedure and the anesthesia team involved may have the same requirements. No date will be scheduled or tentatively held without full payment in advance.
We recognize that unfortunate and unavoidable circumstances may arise in which you may need to reschedule or cancel your surgery/procedure. If you must reschedule or cancel a surgery/procedure, at least one-week notice is required. If notice is not given one week in advance, 50% of the procedure/surgery fee will be retained. It is your responsibility to document the date, time, and the name of our office staff member who received the notice of cancellation. A physician must confirm last minute cancellations, due to illness, in writing.
Once your payment is made, your procedure will be scheduled. We reserve the time, operating or procedure room, schedule anesthesia and or the RN (if necessary) and prepare the several documents that are required. If the procedure is cancelled more than one week in advance and not rescheduled at that time, we reserve the right to charge an office charge of $125.00.
Our staff routinely telephones patients two to three days prior to any cosmetic procedure/surgery. If we are unable to reach you, we kindly request you telephone us 24-48 hours prior to surgery to confirm your scheduled procedure/surgery. Thank you for your understanding and consideration in this matter.
The following forms can be downloaded to your computer and printed at home. By filling out these forms ahead of time, you will save a significant amount of time during your visit. Please be prepared to provide this information to our office along with your current medical insurance information.