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Considering Treatment

Let’s talk more about elective surgery, where you weigh the factors and decide to schedule an operation. Undergoing an elective plastic surgical operation to improve yourself should be a conscious decision, made only after you are well informed and agree to be a partner in your care.

Even mustering up the determination to have a consultation with Dr. Downey may take a while to do. During this time, many people talk to friends and family, learn from the experiences of others who have been treated by Dr. Downey, and research treatment options on the Internet. Dr. Downey and his staff want to make the treatment experience as smooth and predictable for you as possible, so by the time you schedule a surgery date, you understand what you need to know about the procedure, the alternatives, the anticipated results, the recovery, and the possible risks of the surgery. These elements are called the Informed Consent. You will become familiar with all the elements of the Informed Consent as part of your preoperative teaching and preparation.

Scheduling an Appointment – Once you’ve decided that you want to explore elective cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, the first step is to call our office at Proliance Surgeons in Edmonds at (425) 778-8116 to schedule a consultation. During the call, our staff will ask you some questions about the operation you are interested in and about your basic health. We will offer you an appointment at your convenience for a consultation long enough for you to get to know Dr. Downey, and to completely discuss the facets of your plastic surgical goals. Some insurance plans require that your primary care doctor refer you to us before you come in for your consultation and we will help you determine this. We can also help you review your insurance benefits.

Your Initial Consultation – The next step in your treatment journey is for you to have a consultation and physical examination with Dr. Downey. During this initial visit, you will engage in a detailed discussion of your condition and your goals for surgery so he can learn more about the changes you desire. The various treatment options available and the anticipated results of those options will be discussed with you, as well as the alternatives and the risks. If you are under treatment for any other medical conditions, their potential impact upon the operation will also be discussed with you. If you are considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, you will also receive an estimate of surgical fees during this visit. This time and careful planning before the procedure helps ensure that you are entering surgery with a full knowledge of what to expect.

Speaking of what to expect, you should complete your consultation with Dr. Downey having a clear understanding of your choices. You won’t be pressured to decide to have an elective operation such as cosmetic surgery or a breast reduction, and you will always be treated with respect and a sense of welcome. At Downey Plastic Surgery, Dan will help you understand that for elective conditions it is okay to take your time and consider your options, but at the same time you will have the knowledge and resources to make a sound decision when you are ready. However, some serious medical conditions such as skin cancers, melanoma, or infections do require more rapid action, and he will always make it clear when there is an urgent situation.

We also encourage you to ask questions and to carefully weigh the emotional and physical considerations for the type of service you choose. It is important to have an open conversation where you share your desires and concerns prior to surgery. From his experience with patients in similar situations, Dr. Downey understands the physical and emotional issues surrounding such operations – even those that are difficult to share with friends or relatives. This clarity of communication will enable your plastic surgeon to work with you on a treatment that’s right for you.

Please note: We understand your time is valuable and we will make every effort to remain on schedule. In the event you are unable to keep your appointment, we require 24 hours notice of cancellation so that we may offer that time to another patient. We understand that occasionally a situation may arise that would prevent a patient from keeping an appointment.