An initial appointment is the opportunity for you and Chris to meet in person. This appointment lasts for 40 minutes and during this time Chris will ask you about your medical concerns/requirements, your general health and any predisposing factors that might affect the treatment options available to you. This of course, is also an opportunity for you to ask Chris any questions or concerns you have.
You should also expect a brief examination of the relevant body area/s. For any facial assessment, we request that all make-up is removed prior the consultation to enable to accurately assess the skin pigmentation, texture and quality.
Virtual Consultations: As London is an international centre for plastic surgery, Chris recognises the demand for virtual appointments. It should be noted that there are certain limitations to this type of consultation. Although Chris can give an opinion on the appearance of a problem, not being able to physically examine it, does limit the ability to diagnose and/or advise treatment completely. If surgery is advocated and a provisional plan made, then an additional pre-operative consultation will be organised prior to surgery, in order for the surgical plan to be confirmed and the patient appropriately consented.
Plan and quote: After an initial appointment, a plan will be constructed that best suits your medical and logistical requirements. This will always be devised with safety the priority. An assessment by a consultant anaesthetist is occasionally necessary. It can usually be decided how best to control your current medical situation to reduce the risks around the surgical date. If a decision cannot be made, more information from your other specialist doctors will be sought, with your permission and/or an anaesthetic assessment organised.
If you feel comfortable having minor treatments in the clinic on that day (such as a steroid injection or Botox) and Chris feels that it is appropriate, then this can be arranged.
Cooling off period and second appointment: Most commonly, for self-pay consultations and following the initial appointment, a ‘cooling off’ period of time is left in order for you to reflect on the options available and make a decision. If you do decide to proceed with the surgery, a second appointment should be made to answer any further questions that need answering in person. For insured patients, please clarify with your provider whether your policy covers the costs associated with this follow up consultation. If surgery is advocated following a skype consultation and a provisional plan made, an additional pre-operative consultation in person will be organised prior to surgery, in order for the surgical plan to be confirmed and the patient appropriately consented.