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Questions to ask during your consultation

It's extremely important to have confidence in your surgeon and in your decision to have a procedure. Here are some questions to consider asking Dr. Johnson during your consultation to become well-informed about your options and decision.

  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • Which surgery would you recommend to best give me the result I’m after?
  • Are other options available to me – surgical and/or non-surgical?
  • If I request to have multiple operations, can they be safely performed at the same time, or do I need to have them scheduled separately?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Is there anything I need to do prior to getting the procedure?
  • Where will the procedure be performed?
  • Does this procedure require sedation or anesthesia?
  • Will I need to stay overnight, or will this be an out-patient procedure?
  • What kind of pain should I expect, and how will this be managed?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How long will it be before I see the final results?
  • How long do the results typically last? Will I need “touch-up” treatments in the future?

Am I a good candidate?

If you're thinking about plastic surgery, there are several factors to consider about your desired outcomes and your current health. Here are some items to consider:

You must be a good candidate for the specific procedure you desire: Patients may desire a specific plastic surgery procedure, but for one reason or another, they aren’t yet good candidates for the procedure. Take, for example, the Mommy Makeover, which typically includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and/or breast lift. This is a great procedure for mothers who are done having children and whose weight has stabilized. But, if you think you might want another baby in the future, or you are still losing weight, now might not be the right time to get a Mommy Makeover as additional pregnancies or significant post-op weight loss can negatively impact your results.

Your overall general health: Before you undergo an elective procedure like plastic surgery, Dr. Johnson wants to make sure that you are a healthy candidate. This means that you’ll need to be in good overall health before getting a tummy tuck, breast augmentation or other plastic surgery procedure. If you have any chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, they’ll need to be stabilized, and you’ll need to be cleared for plastic surgery by your primary care provider.

Your expectations for your procedure: Plastic surgery can produce dramatic results, but it’s important that your expectations of those results are realistic so that you won’t be disappointed with your plastic surgery procedure. This is why Dr. Johnson spends so much time with her patients during consultations explaining what type of results she expects to be able to achieve based on each patient’s individual, unique physique and goals.

Your tobacco use: Smoking isn’t just bad for your health, it can also complicate both plastic surgery procedures and recovery time. For these reasons, Dr. Johnson requires that her patients are non-tobacco users. However, if you do smoke, Dr. Johnson may consider working with you if you quit smoking 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after your plastic surgery procedure, to aid in a safer surgery and faster recovery time. If you need help quitting smoking, talk to us about getting enrolled in a smoking cessation program.

Your psychological health: Dr. Johnson cares about her patients’ whole selves – mind, body, and spirit. For this reason, she screens her patients to make sure they are in good psychological health before undergoing plastic surgery. Sure, it’s reasonable to expect that a plastic surgery procedure like a tummy tuck after pregnancy or a breast augmentation to correct asymmetrical breasts will boost your confidence. But if you are expecting plastic surgery to solve all of your life’s troubles, now might not be the right time to undergo the procedure.

Financing Options

We strive to give you the best care possible and we also work to provide you with a variety of option for paying your balance. You may pay your balance now, or make monthly payments over time without any fees or interest. See below for more details to find the option that works best for you.

Short Term Financing Options

Reasonable payment plan options are available. Please contact an account representative to discuss terms & options for establishing a short-term monthly payment amount.

Long Term Financing

Want more time to pay for your care? We partner with Commerce Bank to offer Health Services Financing (HSF®) Accounts enabling a simple, affordable way to pay your medical bills over a time period of up to 60 months. Patients and families are eligible for HSF® regardless of whether they have insurance, and without requiring a credit check. There are no set-up fees, charges or penalties for early payoffs, and patients can consolidate charges to one account with one monthly payment.

  • Peace of mind: multiple care charges can be financed on one open line of credit
  • Convenience of one monthly payment
  • Reduced confusion: a single consolidated statement

Call us to learn more or use this link to self-enroll for an HSF®.

Other Options

We also offer CosmetAssure, the Gold Standard in helping patients of elective cosmetic surgery avoid the financial burden of unexpected post-surgery complications. CosmetAssure is endorsed by the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and is an Alliance Partner of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The CosmetAssure program is exclusively available to ASPS and ASAPS members.