Sometimes life creates a situation that requires you to seek the advice of a plastic surgeon, and sometimes you come to that decision all on your own. The underlying cause can be either simple or complex. You may be looking for a licensed, professional facility for optional beauty treatments, or you may need medical advice and assistance for something more serious. No matter what may be urging you to make that appointment, there are a few fundamentals to understand before you go so that you can get the most from your experience.

First of all, a plastic surgeon is more than your average medical doctor. As with most physicians, plastic surgeons need to work in two worlds at the same time – that of the body as well as that of the mind. Most clients come to an appointment full of expectation and hope, and a good plastic surgeon will find a way to speak to both the individual’s emotional needs as well as the physical ones. When you have your consultation appointment, be as forthright and honest as you possibly can. It’s not always easy to do with someone you’ve only just met, but it can have a profound effect on your outcomes.

And speaking of that consultation appointment, come prepared to listen with an open mind too. While your expectations may seem reasonable when you’re looking in the mirror at home, they may not be quite based in medical reality. Your plastic surgeon is a talented professional, but he or she cannot perform miracles. What you can expect to hear is how to achieve a better version of yourself through his or her intervention.

Probably the most important thing to understand before going to your appointment is that no matter what treatments you may ultimately elect to have, they won’t fix your life. Only you can do that. You’ll look better and will most likely be healthier too, but there are some issues that you’ll just have to work out whether or not you decide to have those cosmetic services. Hopefully the increased confidence and self-esteem that results from your treatments will go a long way toward helping you achieve your goals.

When you’re in need of cosmetic advice, come see us here at the Golla Center for Plastic Surgery & Spa. With nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at