First Quarter 2010, Volume 24, Number 1

Get educated on your options with The Face Book


Get educated on your options with The Face Book

Revamping the windows to your soul, cosmetically

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Facial plastic surgeons heed the call, Faces of Honor

Studies have shown that an educated patient is a more satisfied patient. Take the time to get information from authorized sources. As you gather the information, write down any questions you have and then make a consultation appointment to discuss your options.

Collect information
There are a number of ways to assemble information about a particular procedure or treatment. You should start by calling your physician’s office and asking if they can provide resources. Check your facial plastic surgeon’s Web site for specific information on what procedures and treatments are available and how he or she approaches enhancements or reconstructions. Your facial plastic surgeon will have brochures, journals, and books, such as The Face Book—a comprehensive guidebook on cosmetic and reconstructive treatments and procedures-available in his or her office for you to peruse.

Of special interest to patients, The Face Book is published by the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). First printed in 1988, hundreds of readers—patients and surgeons alike—have contacted the AAFPRS commenting on how helpful the information is, along with requests for more updated material. In 1998, a second edition was published and over 30,000 copies were sold. The positive feedback and suggestions for additional content on the innovative techniques and new technology has led to a third edition of the book, published in the fall of 2009.

This publication includes three new chapters on the latest officebased procedures: neurotoxins, injectable fillers, and non-ablative laser and light therapies. There are many before and after photographs, detailed illustrations, and patient testimonials. You will find this resource in-depth, yet easy to understand and very helpful. To order your copy, ask your physician or visit:

Consult your physician
Once you have researched the procedure or treatment and composed some questions about it, you are ready to meet with your facial plastic surgeon. Be prepared to talk about how you feel regarding your facial features, the procedures or treatments you are interested in, and your motivations for seeking your physician’s services. As you go through your questions, make sure you understand your doctor’s responses. Keep asking questions until you do understand and take notes. This will be very helpful when you arrive home and start processing all of the information you discussed. Some patients feel more comfortable bringing a friend or family member with them.

Decide next steps
Whether you formulate a treatment plan at the consultation appointment or at a later time, you can expect that your physician will provide you with detailed instructions and resources. Taking the time to get educated, formulate questions, and speak with your physician will ensure that you are making the right decision for you.

Compile questions
As you gather and review the information, make a list of questions. The following should get you started:

  • What are my options?
    What are the benefits of each treatment?
  • How many times has your physician performed this treatment or surgery?
  • What are the risks and side effects associated with this procedure?
  • How long is the recovery?
  • Are there any foods, drugs, or activities that should be avoided?
  • Will this treatment require any lifestyle changes?