Are Virtual Plastic Surgery Consultations Okay for Out-of-state Patients?

I am considering the Brazilian Butt Lift, I know I have enough fat in the abs, back, and sides. The issue is that the surgeon I am considering practices in Florida, however I live in Baltimore metropolitan. Instead of traveling twice, is there such a thing as them considering accepting photos to look at your body? I know when I was thinking about going to Columbia, South America they would, but I do not feel safe going all the way over there no matter what the price and reviews are. But will most doctors consider this?

Doctor Answers 7

Electronic Communications are useful tools, but not substitutes for a consultation

Hi there-

In my Orlando Plastic Surgery, Skin Care, and Hair Restoration Center, we have many patients who come to us from out of town, and frequently use technology to assist both the patient and ourselves in the evaluation and planning of the procedure, as well as in the education of the patient.

The most important thing is to be sure that technology is used responsibly...

It would be appropriate to ask questions via email (as you do on this site), send photos for preliminary opinions (understanding this may not be totally secure), and make travel arrangements and plans electronically...

You should still expect any responsible surgeon to require that you visit for an in-person consultation prior to allowing you to schedule a specific procedure, and you need to understand that the details of the procedure cannot be understood prior to the examination and consultation.

When dealing with a responsible and Board Certified Surgeon, technology can assist you in achieving the outcome you want, and doing so safely. 

Virtual consutlations

There is nothing like having an in-person consulation!  However, because of travel constraints certainly a preliminary discussion can be made on the phone and with good photos.  But prior ot any surgery an in-person consultation should be performed.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Virtual consultations

Certainly there are preliminary steps that a virtual consultation can satisfy. Some patients can be immediately eliminated from being an good surgical candidate. Broad options might be entertained and patients educated. However, a surgeon should never give recommendations or a promise to perform surgery without a comprehensive physical examination. For this reason, while you can travel wherever you want under the pretext of having surgery, neither you nor your surgeon should be committed to this and you should be prepared to have the surgery postponed or cancelled. I always meet and consult with a patient a minimum of two times  plus a pre-op visit prior to surgery.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Brazilian Buttock enhancement

Contact by  e mail, looking at pictures on the internet are introductory conversations , and should not be considered as a  medical consultation.

Nothing replaces personal consultation and physical examination, amount of fat, quality of skin , expectations, expected results, potential risks and how are they dealt with, level of comfort with the physician.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Some do, some don't

Virtual consultations are new. They are better than nothing, but still leave a bit to be desired. At least the doctor can see what you have and they can give you their opinion over the internet and you can meet the doctor; however, face to face consultations are the best. Also, today, there are MANY competent surgeons in your location - so see someone locally first. You are correct in not wanting to go out of the country, I have seen many horror stories come from cosmetic surgery in South American countries.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Are Virtual Consultations Safe

There is NO substitute for a face to face consultation and examination. Can a car mechanic accurately diagnose every egine problem with a "virtual consultation"? Obviously, not.

Depending on the quality of the visual images, simple issues can be consulted on virtually but with everything else this is a lower compromise and trade off. Once you start trading off you are potentially compromising your safety and long term appearance.

Finally, remember that you are not the only one audiotioning here. Just as you may want surgery from one plastic surgeon you should be equally focussed on reading him and his office staff and ask yourself: is he comptenent? is he nice? do you feel comfortable with him and his staff? Let them impress you equally well before you entrust yourself to him.

Good Luck.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

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