FYI: I plan on having my procedure done in June...
FYI: I plan on having my procedure done in June or beginning of August(whichever works with scheduling).
I am currently looking for a PS in Rockville, MD location. One PS I have a consultation with on 5/3/13 is telling me there is a $125 consult charge and that it is non-refundable/will not be put towards the cost of the surgery. I was told that there is a charge because I'm "paying for the doctors time and experience." I have found no pictures and only 2 reviews of this doctor online. His website claims that he is "the best, done work on senators, been voted top surgeon many years, and even has done work at the white house." My question is, if this is the case, then why do I not see any reviews, etc about him?
Another doctor in the area that I hope to do a consult with does not charge consult fees and I have found tons of reviews/photos about him (including this website). I am trying to decide if I should follow my gut instinct about the doctor I have my consult with or believe them that he is worth the fee.
I would love any info/suggestions about doctors in the Rockville/Bethesda region.
I Finally Did It and my doctor was amazing
I must first start by saying Dr. Gregory Dick, his office manager Caroline and his other office staff are amazing! They made the whole process very easy, stress-free and accommodating. An example of this is, I have a 3-hour drive round trip when I go to his office and they work with my very difficult schedule. Plus he gives all his patients his cell phone number.
The day of my consult, which I was able to get within 2 weeks of calling for one, was great. His office is very discreet and well put together. It felt like they wanted to make the whole process of plastic surgery a luxurious experience. I was the only patient there and Dr. Dick spent over an hour and a half answering all my questions. He went in very specific detail about the procedure and what he suggested would need to happen since one of my breasts was a tuberous breast. I tried on sizers, but he would not disclose the size I liked. He believes that often times people get stuck on the number and not necessarily about what looks best. He is known and prides himself on natural looking implants. I never did find out what size I went with until after the surgery. After talking with Dr. Dick I met with his office manager, Caroline, to discuss financing, cost, etc. She was amazing! I left the consultation positive I was going to go with him for my surgery, but decided to go to the other consult I had scheduled to see what the other doctor had to say, etc. Within 2 weeks of my consult with Dr. Dick, I scheduled my surgery for June 5, 2013.
Pre-op: I met with Dr. Dick one more time before my surgery to discuss sizing again, any concerns etc. and to go over the pre-op instructions. The office staff and him were once again very accommodating and pleasant. I also was able to email his office manager Caroline any other questions or concerns I had. (Being a Type-A personality and a worrier, Caroline was a true blessing on easing my worries!)
Day of Surgery: The day of surgery was very smooth and the Montgomery Surgery Center in Rockville, MD was great. The staff there did everything they could to make me comfortable and confident since I was very nervous. I tend to get very sick from anesthesia normally and I had over an hour drive home after my surgery. They did all they could to make sure I didn't get sick. They were on time and very discreet.
Post-op: After surgery I was in less pain than I had imagined. I had my mom(since I live by myself) stay with me the first 3 days to help out. On the 3rd day, I went back to his office so he could see me again and how I was progressing. Everything looked great. The anesthesia was lingering and I was feeling nauseous. By midnight that night, I was vomiting and had a migraine headache. I knew I was most likely severely dehydrated but called him and left a voice mail on his cell phone. He called me back immediately, in the middle of the night, and we talked for about 5 minutes on my symptoms and what I should do. I went to the ER to get fluids and by the next afternoon was doing much better. I was extremely impressed that when he said to call him on his cell phone at any time of day or night, that he answered and wanted to make sure he could help anyway he could.
Day 8: Today I had an appointment, showed up 45 minutes early and they saw me immediately, since they knew I had such a long drive and the weather was bad. I apologized for calling him at midnight and he said he expected me to feel comfortable calling at anytime day or night if I had a question or concern and he was glad I had called. He said everything looks great and I agree completely. The ends of my stiches were trimmed and we talked about the changes over the next few months I'll experience since one was a tuberous breast. (honestly I can't even tell a difference between the 2 breasts, they look so good already!) I am so thrilled with the outcome and would recommend him to anyone. He was very thorough and straightforward about everything. His bedside manner is wonderful too!
He did have a consult fee and the surgery was slightly higher in cost than many of the other doctors, but I honestly feel you get what you pay for. They whole experience so far as been great and I love my new look.