The Importance of Patient/Doctor Relationships

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | February 3, 2011 @ 09:00AM

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If you are considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure, the most important factor to take into account is the doctor who will perform the procedure. It is highly suggested that you meet with more than one doctor in order to determine if you are comfortable with him/her performing your procedure. Having a positive, strong relationship with your physician will allow you to better communicate with him/her throughout your entire surgical experience.

When a patient feels that his/her doctor is someone who can be trusted, results are often that much more satisfactory. In addition, being able to comfortably ask questions regarding any aspect of your procedure can help reduce the risk of complications and/or infection. When you are upfront with your surgeon both before and after your procedure, you are more likely to get honest responses from your physician.

When you meet with a doctor you should:

  • Feel at ease during a consultation
  • Have all of your concerns/questions addressed in an understandable manner
  • Be able to comprehend the procedure details that are explained
  • Not feel rushed or pressured
  • Be able to read patient testimonials
  • Feel comfortable with his/her staff

Furthermore, patients who are not “sold to” throughout their consultation are less likely to feel any remorse after their procedure. Those who feel that they were pushed to undergo additional or alternative treatments that they were not at ease with often feel remorse post-surgery. This, in turn, can lead to secondary and/or repair procedures that could have been avoided.

It is also imperative that you view several examples of previous patient results. (Many doctors have before and after photos posted on their websites). You may wish to ask about cases that were not successful, and inquire about the steps that would be taken should you have less than desirable results. An honest and ethical surgeon will discuss these procedures and how he/she would help prevent unsatisfactory outcomes.

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