While the popularity of cosmetic surgery continues to climb, a virtual component to it has begun to take shape. No, this is not referring to cell phone apps where one can alter their photos and erase years. Instead, this is actually having a virtual consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon either living in a different state or abroad.
In the United States, there is an array of plastic surgeons which skill sets are specific to specialties. It appears that a new trend is not only locating a top-tier plastic surgeon but finding one that is out of state. For example, a New Yorker may want to flee the bitter cold and come to sunny San Diego during the winter months for a brief vacation and a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Progressive plastic surgeons are affording patients advanced websites where virtual consultations can be done with ease.
For patients it begins with researching a board certified surgeon in a particular state and/or city. Once one has reviewed top doctors listed regionally along with locating any accolades, they can begin to narrow their search more sharply.
Once a person has assessed that they have found a great candidate, it’s suggested they visit their website to ensure there is a virtual consultation feature. Normally on the website, one can download pictures of the area(s) they are interested in cosmetically changing or enhancing. Along with the photos, there is an area where a potential patient can convey their aesthetic wishes.
Following this submission, the plastic surgeon’s patient concierge will step in to help this navigation process. They will be in touch with the individual usually within a 24-hour period.
When the doctor assesses the photos and the patient’s “cosmetic wish list,” it is at that time when a decision is made as to whether or not to proceed with a virtual consultation. This can be done via Skype or even by phone.
During this meeting, the doctor will offer ample time to discuss the procedure in detail while answering any questions one may have. Just like a traditional in-person consultation, it is important for a potential patient to establish a nice rapport with the surgeon. Indeed, this can be done virtually.
Every step of the way, the plastic surgeon’s patient concierge will be by a patient’s side. They will assist with travel and hotel suggestions and arrangements, help coordinate any bloodwork or medical screening, and schedule a nurse to stay with a patient the first night or two after surgery.
While having a nurse isn’t mandatory, it is highly suggested. The nurse will drive the patient back to their hotel suite or other residential choice following the procedure and drive them back to the office for their first preoperative appointment the very next day. The nurse will also serve as the doctor’s primary point of contact after surgery giving the doctor frequent updates.
Listening to the doctor’s suggestions and recommendations, the patient concierge will also be able to give patients a recovery timeline and when it would be best for them to return home.
Additionally, if the patient is traveling with family members who may want to do a little sightseeing, the concierge will ensure they receive information on the top places to visit and dine.
Generally, doctors do like their patients to arrive a few days before the preoperative appointment.
In the digital age, so much has changed for the better. People are now empowered to pick the right plastic surgeon, undergo the cosmetic procedure they always wanted, and combine a mini vacation for themselves and family.