How Long Before Surgery Should I Begin Consultation Visits

By: Karen Butcher



Selecting the best surgeon for any facial rejuvenation procedure is not only crucial but can also be quite daunting. At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Sean Delaney and Dr. Russell Kridel recommend starting your selection process, including consultation visits, about 3 to 6 months before your target surgery date. This timeline allows ample time for thorough research, in-person consultations, and securing your surgery date. Keep in mind that surgeons' schedules are typically booked several months in advance.

Key Questions for Selecting a Specialist

To ensure you choose the right specialist for your consultation it is important to go beyond positive online reviews. Here are 10 essential questions to ask:

1. Are you board certified in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery?

2. Did you complete a fellowship specifically in Facial Plastic Surgery?

3. Have you performed a significant number of this procedure in the past year?

4. Do you have before and after pictures of patients who have undergone this procedure?

5. Have you published more than five peer-reviewed scientific journal articles or textbook chapters specific to this procedure?

6. Have you been an invited faculty member at a major course in facial plastic surgery in the past three years?

7. Have you performed similar surgical procedures on a doctor or a member of a doctor’s family?

8. Have you received special honors related to your specialty?

9. Can you provide references from patients who have had a similar procedure?

10. Do you offer extensive post-operative care?

Making an Informed Decision

By asking these questions, you will be equipped to make an informed decision when selecting the best facial rejuvenation surgeon for your consultation and surgery. During your consultation, it is also important to ensure that both you and the surgeon have aligned goals for your aesthetic surgery and post-operative care.

Surgeons who can affirmatively answer these questions are highly regarded by their peers and within their specialty. They are considered the best in their field, and their prices may reflect their extensive experience, skill, and expertise. Although their fees might be higher, the investment is worthwhile for the quality and peace of mind they provide.

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklin

Why Choose Dr. Sean Delaney or Dr. Russell Kridel?

Dr. Sean Delaney and Dr. Russell Kridel can confidently answer "Yes" to each of these critical questions. Recognized by both peers and patients as premier facial plastic surgeons in Houston. You can feel rest assured that you will be in the best hands for your facial rejuvenation procedure.



* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.