If you are considering cosmetic surgery, you should be comfortable with the doctor you have chosen. Here at the Clevens Face and Body Specialists, Dr. Clevens wants you to know that you are important to him and that your face is special. He believes that the time you spend with him in your cosmetic consultation should be both thorough and informative.
There are many steps to the consultation process:
STEP ONE- Scheduling your consultation
In order to make your dreams become a reality, you must take the first step – contact us to make an appointment for your private consultation with Dr. Clevens and his knowledgeable staff.
The cosmetic consult is an important step in the process of considering cosmetic surgery. We understand more than anyone that a cosmetic consultation can be seen as an intimidating or daunting experience. Because of this, we take special care to ensure that our patients feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible in a professional, yet friendly atmosphere.
The goal of a cosmetic consultation at Clevens Face and Body Specialists is primarily to educate the patient about the procedures available to address their concerns, the process of preparing for the procedure(s), and the recovery period involved.
A consultation at Clevens Face and Body Specialists generally takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will check in with our front office staff, and fill out all necessary paperwork. This will include a brief health history, giving Dr. Ross A. Clevens the information he needs to determine that you are a good candidate for elective surgery. Prior to meeting Dr. Ross A. Clevens you will have the unique opportunity to browse our Cosmetic Library where you can learn first hand about the procedure(s) you may be considering.
STEP TWO- Meeting with Dr. Ross A. Clevens
Next, you will be introduced to our patient care consultants. They are experienced in beauty analysis, image consulting, and cosmetic surgery. Our patient care coordinators will personally take you through the consultation process which includes state-of-the-art computerized video imaging of our patients who are considering cosmetic procedures. This state-of-the-art video imaging offers you a visual image of yourself before and after having your selected cosmetic procedure(s). They are available to answer all your questions and show before and after photos of actual patients of Dr. Ross A. Clevens. Our staff is here to help you and to guide you through your facial surergy.
You will then meet with Dr. Ross A. Clevens in a private, comfortable consultation room where you will spend time communicating your specific desires and wishes. Dr. Ross A. Clevens will examine you and give you his advice based upon his experience on how to best achieve the results that you desire and your new look.
After meeting with Dr. Ross A. Clevens our patient care consultants will discuss cost with you. They will ensure that all your questions and concerns are answered. You will receive a precise fee quotation that you can take home with you that day.
At Clevens Face and Body Specialists, we hope that you leave our office an informed patient, excited about the future and its many possibilities. We are available for any follow up questions by phone or email and many patients visit with us on a second occasion to further clarify their concerns.
To schedule a consultation, click here.
Choosing a Surgeon
Choosing to have facial cosmetic surgery is an important and highly personal decision.
Highly trained members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) are also board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery (ABFPRS) to perform all facial and eyelid surgery.
AAFPRS members are qualified to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures – everything from facelifts and laser surgery to intricate reconstructive microsurgery.
Trust your face to a specialist.
To be certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, the members have met all the following criteria:
- Graduation from an accredited U.S. medical School
- Five years of residency AND board certification in Head & Neck Surgery, focusing on Facial Plastic Surgery
- One year of Advanced Fellowship training in the specialty of Facial Plastic Surgery.
- Two years of private practice
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams administered by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery.
And remember: Just because a surgeon says he or she is board-certified doesn’t mean they’re a specialist in facial plastic surgery certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Your face is special, that’s why it’s our only specialty.
For more information, call the ABFPRS at 1-703-549-3223 or visit the website for a list of board-certified facial plastic surgeons, their credentials and types of procedures at www.abfprs.org or www.aafprs.org.
Your Surgeon’s Credentials
Your surgeon’s certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- You have found a “board-certified facial plastic surgeon”.
- Your surgeon has med the rigorous standards of the ABFPRS.
THE ABFPRS CREDENTIAL
SIGNIFIES THAT YOUR SURGEON:
- Has completed an approved residency after medical school in one of two surgical specialties focusing on facial plastic surgery (otolaryngology-head and neck surgery or plastic surgery)
- Is double boarded, having earned prior certification in one of those specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada
- Has successfully completed a two-day examination
- Has submitted for peer-review an acceptable record of at least two years’ clinical experience, including operative reports of a minimum 100 facial plastic surgeries; and
- Holds proper licensure and subscribes to the ABFPRS Code of Ethics
BOARD CERTIFICATION IS JUST THE BEGINNING
A patient choosing a surgeon for plastic surgery must take the responsibility for asking questions and choosing the right surgeon. Ask the surgeon for names of patients who have had the surgery you have in mind and who have given the surgeon permission to provide their names to prospective patients. Check those patients’ experience. Make sure the surgeon you choose is one you can relate to and who answers your questions. Also, not every surgeon performs every plastic surgery procedure. Some focus on specific procedures. Make sure your surgeon is experienced in the procedure you want and regularly performs that procedure. No medical or surgical certification board, including ABFPRS, guarantees competency or results.