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What to Expect During Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation in Chattanooga or North Georgia

Posted by Jennifer Deal on Feb 8, 2012 6:05:00 PM

Now that you've decided to enhance your beauty with cosmetic surgery, the next step is to call our office and schedule your complimentary consultation. Once your appointment date is set, our staff at Southern Surgical Arts will make the process easy for you to meet with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Carey Nease or Dr. Chad Deal.

Consult

Because we are a practice committed to the latest tools and technology, we have two ways to have a consultation with Dr. Deal or Dr. Nease: (1) online for our out-of-town or busy patients or (2) in-the-office for a personal, confidential discussion of each patient's goals and surgical and non-surgical options. Also, before each consultation, you have the option of choosing to complete your health history ahead of time online at your convenience or to do it in our office the day of your appointment.

Our staff will contact you before your appointment to so that you will be able to complete your health history information before your appointment using a secure portal that stores your information in our electronic medical records privately. You will have access to iPads and and other Apple technology to assist you during your appointment, and we will also research financing options available to you.

1. The in-office consultation
This is the traditional consultation at our practice.You should expect to spend 1-2 hours in our office. It is our goal to exceed your expectations during the entire appointment from the time you arrive by greeting you with a warm, sincere welcome. Our staff will check you in and offer you a beverage while you wait.

Chattanooga's reception desk
Above photo: Southern Surgical Arts, Reception Desk, Chattanooga

Next, you will be escorted to one of our comfortable consultation rooms. A nurse or medical assistant usually meets with you first to discuss your cosmetic surgery goals. Once she has documented your desires, either Dr. Deal or Dr. Nease will meet with you. Although, there are many questions you should ask your surgeon, we suggest to start with:

- What kind of surgery do I need?
- How many times have you performed this surgery?
- Will I need anesthesia?
- How long will it take me to recover?
- What will happen after the surgery?

After your consultation with one of our board-certified cosmetic surgeons, you will meet with our patient coordinator who will present a quote with recommendation from the surgeon. She will also discuss any questions you have about scheduling and financing. Once you decide to schedule surgery with us, we require a 10% deposit to schedule a surgery. Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal  usually require 4-6 weeks on average from the time of your consultation.

Post consultation room
Above photo: Southern Surgical Arts, Post Consultation Room, Chattanooga

2. The online consultation
This process allows you to complete your health history online and upload pictures. One of our surgeons will review your information, pictures and provide recommendations and a quote to you. The surgeon will also make time to talk to you over the phone about your goals. Although you will still be required to see one of our surgeons before your surgery, this process allows you to get a quote with the doctor's recommendation without having to drive to the office. This process is excellent for patients who cannot meet during office hours, live out-of-town, or just want an idea of what their surgery will cost before committing to an in-office appointment.

After your online consultation with one of our surgeons, you will meet with our patient coordinator who will present a quote with a recommendation from the surgeon. She will also discuss any questions you have about scheduling and financing. Once you decide to schedule surgery with us, we require a 10% deposit to schedule a surgery. Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal  usually require 4-6 weeks on average from the time of your consultation.

We are committed to ensuring you receive excellent service. We want to meet you where you are and believe using technology to help make the process easier for you. If you have any questions about our consultation process or if we can help answer any questions for you while you are researching your procedure, we want to help. Call our office today:

Chattanooga, One North Shore: 423-266-3331
Calhoun: 706-629-8622

Topics: In The News, Face, Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon, Patient Care & Experience, Body, Breast