Why you should have no obligation consultation before cosmetic surgery

Consultation is an important part of your treatment. The first meeting with your surgeon is very important and you will be able to evaluate whether the surgeon is the person whom you can trust before deciding to proceed with the surgery.

What can you expect during the consultation

  1. A detailed medical history including your concerns, expectations and aim for the surgery, as well as your allergies, previous health problems, and medications you are taking.
  2. A careful clinical examination and evaluation is then carried out by the surgeon. You should feel free to raise any concerns you may have at this stage.
  3. Clinical photographs are obtained with your consent, as a record of your pre-operative status and as a basis for discussion. You will also be counselled with regard to the best approach and procedure for your requirements.
  4. A planning session may or may not be required at this point, with possible review of photographs of recent similar procedures.

At the end of your consultation, you should have a realistic appraisal and a clear idea of which procedure would be best suited for your purpose.

It is useful to allow a patient manager who understands your requirements to accompany you, as she may help you remember your questions and discussion.

You should be aware that a consultation does not mean that you will proceed automatically to surgery, or that you are committed to having the procedure you sought information about.

You will have a discussion about whether the proposed procedure will meet with your expectations, and whether this can be carried out with the maximum safety for you and minimal disruption to your life.

It may be that the surgeon decides that a particular treatment is unsafe or will not provide the best results for you, and decide not to proceed, or that alternative approaches may be more effective.

Whatever the outcome of the consultation, rest assured that your safety and well-being is our primary concern, and we will work with you to ensure a positive, efficient and beneficial outcome for your stated aims.

How to choose the right surgeon for your Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is considered an elective procedure which means it’s not an immediate requirement and therefor you get to choose what, when, where and who should perform your surgery. 

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a life changing event. While the cost of surgery is an important factor to consider, it is also crucial to remember that you will live with the outcome of the surgery for the rest of your life.

Since no two persons are the same: each patient therefore needs an individualised treatment plan. Your highest priority should be on finding the best provider for your specific needs.  

It is always advisable for you to take as much time as you need before making a decision by doing lots of your own research.

  1. Choose a surgeon with an abundance of experience and documentation of previous surgeries and if possible request to speak to at least one patient who have had the same surgery you have chosen. For a plastic surgery procedure, choose a plastic surgeon rather than a doctor from another specialty that performs plastic surgery. 
  2. Look for a surgeon that you are comfortable with and who listens and explain to you the procedure in the language you understand. 
  3. It is important to ensure that the surgeon you choose understands your expectation and agrees that they are realistic and attainable. 
  4. Make sure your surgery will be performed in an accredited medical centre with  properly credentialed operating room and supportive medical staff. 
  5. It is important to select a surgeon who is  able to offer a range of procedures and treatments so that your treatment is the most appropriate and who is using high quality products (such as implants) from a reputable manufacturer.
  6. Be weary of surgeon who offer pricing significantly lower than national or regional averages or bargain prices.
  7. Be certain that the quoted procedure price you receive are explained to you clearly (i.e no hidden fees).

Getting the best cosmetic surgery quotation can be complicated and time consuming when you plan it yourself. Many patients turn to Facilitators for help. 

Why You Need Destination Facilitators

One of the greatest factors in the popularity of medical tourism is cost. You are able to access the highest calibre of surgeons and facilities at a cost that would not be available in your country.

The cost differential is not due to lack of quality because every country has different levels of pricing structures no matter what you are purchasing.

Travel is much cheaper these days also, so because of the reduced costs overall you are able to bring along a friend or family member. 

Can you do it yourself? 

Deciding which cosmetic surgery procedure you would love to have is the easy part. What comes next are generally the biggest stumbling blocks and considerations for potential patients, as it will primarily involve hours of time spent researching the destination, hospitals, surgeons, bookings and appointments with hospitals and surgeons, paperwork, sending medical records (if applicable) and photographs, payments, how much time to allow away, flights and accommodation (pre and post /recovery accommodation), handling any travel mishaps, post surgery activities, transfers etc. 

Medical Travel can be complicated and time consuming if you make your plans yourself. Many potential patients turn to Facilitators for help. As Malaysia destination facilitators we are able to help you with your journey whilst always keeping your best interests and safety in mind.

Why is smoking bad for cosmetic surgery?

Cigarettes contains nicotine and according to research nicotine tend to shrink down the size of small blood vessels and therefore reduced the oxygen supply to the operated area.

Cosmetic surgery technique is very different from General surgery. 

In general surgery eg. in appendectomy the surgeon normally cuts straight down deep to the site to remove the appendix and closes the site with sutures.

However when a cosmetic surgeon does a facelift, a tummy tuck and many other procedures the surgeon uses his artistic skill to cuts through the top layer, then turning the knife sidewise so that he can lift the top layer. Once the skin has been lifted he can manipulate the tissue by pulling, stretching, move it around and remove the excess skin in order to enhance the patient’s feature. In doing so the surgeon is able to leave some blood vessels untouched, and those vessels could serve the entire top layer of the tissue. 

The vessels that are intact will supply oxygen to the skin that has been elevated after a facelift, tummy tuck etc. Unrestricted blood supply will in turn nourish the tissue and remove the byproduct of cell healing. This will inturn speed up the healing process and minimise scarring.

Why is  nicotine bad for cosmetic surgery?

According to research nicotine tend to shrink down to the size of blood vessels. Small blood vessels mean less blood flow, and less blood flow means less oxygen, and less oxygen can mean tissues die. Mixing nicotine with cosmetic surgery can result in other problems such as:-

  • Loss of cheek skin after a facelift, nipples after breast lift/breast reduction, tummy skin after tummy tuck surgery.
  • Infections, increased pain and delayed wound healing
  • Thick, wide scars
  • Permanent small vessel damage adding risk even if you quit
  • Death of fat cells (fat necrosis), causing hard lumps
  • Loss of breast implants
  • Blood clots, which can be fatal
  • Life threatening complications like stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and pneumonia.

How can you prepare yourself?

If you smoke and you’re planning to have plastic surgery, quit. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s recommendation, which may be to quit three to six weeks before surgery through three to six weeks after.

Even if you don’t smoke cigarettes, you’re not off the hook if you smoke e-cigarettes or chew nicotine gum! Stop any form of nicotine, including secondary smoke. If you’ve scheduled surgery in the near future be honest and inform your surgeon. It’s better to delay surgery than to risk having your tissue die.