Plastic Surgery Consultations in Orange County and Los Angeles
The consultation appointment is a very important appointment for the patients. Upon deciding that a patient would like to see Dr. Bandy, it is recommended to either call the office or send a consultation request from Dr. Bandy’s website and have the office contact the patient through email or by phone. Our friendly and informative office staff will be more than willing to help schedule a time for future patients to meet with Dr. Bandy at either our Newport Beach or Torrance office. Consultations are offered Monday through Friday and times range from 9:00AM to 3:30PM depending on Dr. Bandy’s surgical schedule, and existing pre operative, post operative and treatment appointments.
Prior to meeting with Dr. Bandy it is important to have all patient paperwork filled out, as this paperwork lets us know who the patient is, how to contact the patient as well as informs us of a patients previously medical and health history which is essential in Dr. Bandy making informed and accurate recommendations for future procedures. Paperwork is available to print out on www.drbandy.com under the patient forms tab. Paperwork is also available in each of our offices, and it is recommended for patients to arrive 15 minutes prior to their appointment if they wish to fill their paperwork out in our office. Once paperwork is received a member of our staff will take the patient to a room designated solely for consultation appointments, as this room will allow patients the privacy to watch videos pertaining to their specific procedure or treatment of interest, as well as view several before and after photos of Dr. Bandy’s patients. Melissa, our patient coordinator, meets with each patient to gain a general understanding of what procedure each patient is interested in, answer many questions that a patient may have and review a patients health questionnaire with the patient.
Dr. Bandy will then meet with the patient and get into detail about the procedure of interest, what options are available to the patient, what she recommends for a patients best results, possible complications and risks as well as provide the patient with a detailed education and understanding on the procedure. During the physical examination, Dr. Bandy may make measurements or take photos that she can enhance to show patients a realistic expectation of results. We never feel that a question is “silly” or “stupid” and we encourage patients to ask as many questions as they would like.
It is our goal to ensure that patients leave each consultation feeling completely comfortable and confident with Dr. Bandy’s recommendations and ability as a plastic surgeon. Whether recommendations are in a patients favor or not, a patient will never be given false information or lack of information as we feel it is in a patients best interest to make decisions with the most information at hand.
Once a patient feels that all of their questions, comments and/or concerns have been addressed, a quote for the procedures discussed will be prepared for the patient. If a patient feels that they would like to move forward with the procedure, scheduling information, payment options, and how to move forward from the consultation will then be discussed with Melissa.
After meeting with Dr. Bandy for a consultation, if a patient decides that they would like to move forward with scheduling their procedure or treatment, they should first select a time range that they would be able to have their procedure. It is recommended to make sure that time off from work has been approved, appropriate childcare has been coordinated and payment and/or financing options have been taken into account and prepared for scheduling.
It is important to understand our payment policy as well as have a realistic expectation of a recovery time prior to scheduling a procedure or treatment. Recovery times can vary and will be discussed during a patient's consultation appointment. In order to schedule a procedure or treatment, a deposit is collected, which allows our office to schedule a patients pre-operative appointment and surgical or treatment date as well as schedule the anesthesiologist (if necessary), the operating room nurse and recovery room nurse and the operating or treatment room.
Once a surgical date is scheduled, a pre-operative appointment is made for 1-2 weeks prior to a patients surgical date. During this appointment, a patients blood will be drawn (required if a patient is having general anesthesia), before photos are taken, surgical/treatment consents are explained and signed, the remaining surgical balance is paid, a patient is sized once more with implants (if requiring implants).
The patient will meet with Dr. Bandy again to review and finalize the course of action to be taken as well as discuss any questions, comments or concerns. Also at this time, pre and postoperative care will be discussed, and prescriptions for medication are given as indicated. The pre-operative appointment is typically 1-2 hours in length and allows for any questions, comments or concerns not previously discussed in a consultation to be addressed.
We want every patient to have all of their questions answered thoroughly so that they have a clear understanding of the procedure and what is to be expected prior to surgery, immediately after surgery and for the post operative recovery time. Patients over 50 are required to have an EKG (within the past 6 months) and/or have medical clearance by their primary physician prior to a pre-operative appointment if they will be having a general anesthesia. This will all be discussed and confirmed during a consultation appointment. Additional testing and/or retesting is rare, but is a possibility and will need to be completed with results produced and available to our office prior to surgery.