Just like shopping around for a beautiful home or a great car, consumers often shop around for the ideal cosmetic surgeon. This makes sense if the goal is to find just the right person for the job. Initial consultations, many of which are free, are a great first meeting for doctors and patients and allow for both evaluation and conversation. When the time comes to show up for the appointment, there are three things that need to be addressed before moving ahead with a procedure.

Can the Change Be Made?

Patients walking into an appointment usually have a general idea of what they want to transform. Some are looking for a little help with wrinkles while others are looking for more of a larger body makeover. The first question should center on whether or not something can be done about the problem area. There are some things about the body that can be changed permanently and others that can only be changed temporarily. There are some areas that are going to require more work than others. Start out by finding out if the desired look is a reasonable expectation.

What Procedures are Available?

Sometimes there are multiple ways to achieve the desired look. For example, injectables can reduce wrinkles and smooth out the skin. At the same time, a facelift can offer similar effects with more of an overall improvement to the area. Ask the surgeon about the different options available. Armed with this information, it’s easier to think about the various results that can be achieved and think about how much the different options are going to cost. Cosmetic surgery is customized for the patient, making it possible to take different routes with different people to achieve the transformation.

What are the Pros and Cons?

At first glance, the difference between a facelift and injectables may seem simple. But a surgeon can provide valuable information that will help a patient make an informed decision that is best for his or her lifestyle and budget. Some things don’t require much downtime but the upkeep means multiple visits over the course of several months. Other procedures take time to heal but are going to last for years before they need some additional attention.