The Consultation Process
The consultation process at Song Plastic Surgery is personalized and informative. Although we have access to so much information online – there is still nothing like experiencing an in-person consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Song’s number one goal is to address his patients’ concerns and provide treatment options tailored to each individual patient. In addition to receiving reputable and authoritative advice from Dr. Song, you also get the opportunity to meet his awesome staff. Because plastic surgery is so personal, it’s not only important to get an idea of what the practice is like, it’s necessary to investigate who your prospective surgeon might be and what his clinic is like.
In addition to meeting with Dr. Song, you will meet with Andi, our patient care coordinator. Andi is a highly-experienced professional and knowledgeable staff member that recognizes the importance of accurate information, skilled care, and close personal attention.
As Patient Care Coordinator, Andi is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals by being a loyal patient-advocate through the surgical and non-surgical process. She will help guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have, so that you can feel as reassured and relaxed as possible.
Andi will go to great lengths to ensure that your specific needs are met, that your consultation is highly informative, and, should you decide to proceed that you feel comfortable and confident during the entire experience.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
If you find that you have questions and/or concerns arise after you have returned home, rest assured that Dr. Song is available via cell phone, email, or by scheduling another consultation. He personally reads each email and accepts calls at all hours of the morning, during the day, and at nighttime.
THE BENEFITS OF MEETING WITH A BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
Although plastic surgeons provide both plastic and cosmetic surgery there is a significant distinction between the career of a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. Reality TV has made it difficult for the general public to notice or even care that there is a difference, but it’s true nonetheless. It’s legal for any board certified physician to practice the art of cosmetic surgery. The downside to this legality is that there are a number of physicians who claim to be cosmetic surgeons even when their background could possibly be in the field of emergency room medicine or podiatry.
In many states, including California, a licensed physician may perform cosmetic procedures without being board-certified in plastic surgery. And just because a doctor is board-certified does not necessarily mean he or she is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
The ABPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. The ABMS was established to protect patients by monitoring and regulating the quality of medical education.
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that is unique and requires dedicated training. It is not to be confused with other specialties or subspecialties that are confined to a particular region of the body or organ system. Plastic and cosmetic surgery requires physicians to be trained rigorously, starting in general surgery where they remain for 3 to 5 years until they advance to plastic surgical training. The kinds of surgical procedures that are performed during training include but are not limited to the following:
- Reconstructive surgery following cancer ablation or traumatic injury
- Pediatric surgery for a wide range of birth defects
- Surgery of the hands and upper extremities
- Burn surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
It is also important to confirm that your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest and most respected organization of plastic surgeons. The ASPS also requires a plastic surgeon to regularly attend continuing medical education courses and to adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics.
By ensuring that your surgeon is both ABPS certified and a member of the ASPS, you are ensuring that you have selected a surgeon who is highly educated, ethical, safe, and trained in all matters of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
*All consultations are subject to a $100 fee which may be used towards your procedure, should you choose to book with our practice.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Song, contact us by completing our convenient online request form or by calling our office at 949-701-4454.