You will meet Dr. Tehrani for a relaxed yet thorough discussion of all aspects of the problem under consideration. A completely interactive experience, Dr. Tehrani will start by reviewing your goals. He will go over your medical history and lifestyle, conduct a physical examination, and assess whether plastic and reconstructive surgery is a good fit for you. He may suggest tests before making a definitive recommendation. He will aim to educate and inform you about the area of concern. He will then go on to explain the different ways in which plastic and reconstructive surgery could attempt to improve it. Based on what he learns during the consultation, he will recommend what he considers to be the best procedure for you. He and his staff may supply literature for separate study and your review.
When appropriate, Dr. Tehrani will use visual aids and computer imaging to realistically portray your expected post-operative outcome. He will explain what the operation involves, including the pros and cons, the risks involved, the use of anesthesia, and the hospital or surgery center where the operation will be carried out. Dr. Tehrani also takes the time to review what your recovery will be like, including how long it will take and how you are likely to feel at each stage. Finally, the office staff will cover fees—his, the hospital’s, and the anesthetist’s.
The goal of the consultation is to develop a mutual understanding of what you want and what can be achieved. Dr. Tehrani will invite you to ask all your questions and air your concerns. He is well known for being frank and clear, as he wants you to make an informed decision.
Remember that plastic and reconstructive surgery can achieve a great deal but it is not a perfect science. The ideal candidate for plastic and reconstructive surgery is healthy, self-confident, well-balanced, and realistic in her (or his) expectations. In the unfortunate cases in which patients are not completely happy after procedures, the problem usually lies not with the success of the operation but with the patient who may have expected too much. Over-anxious, highly nervous patients who believe a different nose shape or slimmer thighs will save their marriage or land a better job are unlikely to ever be satisfied by what a plastic surgeon can achieve.