Consultation & FAQ

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Consultation & FAQ 2017-05-18T00:24:13+00:00
What to Expect

Determine if cosmetic surgery is an option for you by scheduling a consultation and meet with our cosmetic surgeon and team. During this first consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and expectations and also:

  • Review your complete medical history (including past and current medications)
  • Discuss and evaluate the part of your body you’d like treated
  • Give recommendations
  • Answer any questions you have
  • Any medical conditions that could affect your procedural outcome
  • Surgical risks and benefits
  • A typical timeline for resuming normal work and social activities
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What Happens After Consultation?

You will leave your consultation equipped with the information to help you decide your next steps and clearly understand your procedure.

When you decide upon a procedure, our concierge team will take care of all the details to schedule your surgery – a date, time, location, what to bring with you to help make your brief stay more comfortable, any dietary restrictions prior to surgery, arrangements to discharge you safely after your procedure, and post-operative instructions and follow-up appointments with our concierge clinical team.

The best way to start planning for your surgery is an official consultation. This can be done on the phone or in person at our office. If by phone, you will fill out your medical history in our electronic patient portal (we will send you the link) and e-mail us front and side snapshots of the areas we will be discussing before the appointment. I do charge $100 for the initial consult which is subtracted from the price of your surgery. This allows us to spend as much time with new patients as needed-typically an hour or more. This is paid on the day of your consult.

Feel free to give us a call at 980-938-0459 to schedule your consultation or if you have other questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WE OFFER THE TWO FINANCING OPTIONS:

Care Credit- Potentially full financing with no down payment. Uses your credit score. For folks with lower credit scores (below 650); it helps to apply with a co-signer with higher credit score if available. You can apply directly from the link at the bottom of our website.

United Medical Credit- Also uses credit score; but has some lenders who are more liberal with approvals, but charge higher interest rate. Also potentially full financing with no down payment. Can also apply from link at bottom of our website and can apply (or reapply) with a co-signer.

For any of those options, it does not matter if the person taking out the loan or financing plan is the actual patient as long as the person taking the credit submits the application and agrees to the financing terms.

We are not in network with any insurance providers; but we have been successful in helping our clients get reimbursed by their insurance providers if the procedure is covered by their policy.

If you want to pursue insurance reimbursement, start by calling one of your policy representatives (use the number on the back of your card) and tell them you are seeking authorization for surgery with us. They will ask you about your diagnosis and the type of procedure and they will send us a form to fill out. We are willing to speak with your insurance provider and to provide the necessary codes and information.

Please note that if you are seeking pre-authorization from your insurance provider that they often have their own requirements and may include therapist’s letters or a certain time on hormones, etc., which we do not require.

BUTTONHOLE TECHNIQUE

Our Buttonhole Chest Technique surgeries are $8,500 if paying cash, check, or personal credit card; and approximately 10% more if using one of our financing programs.

KEYHOLE/PERI-AREOLAR SURGERIES

Our Keyhole/Peri-areolar surgeries are $6,000-$6,500 if paying cash, check, or personal credit card; and approximately 10% more if using one of our financing programs.

DOUBLE INCISION WITH NIPPLE GRAFTS

Our double incision surgeries with free nipple grafts or without nipples are $7,500 if paying cash, check, or personal credit card; and approximately 10% more if using one of our financing programs.

We no longer require a therapy letter or specific time on hormones prior to FTM or MTF top surgery or body sculpting. We use the informed consent model for those procedures. One letter of recommendation from a licensed mental health provider is requested prior to orchiectomy.

When considering gender confirming procedures for patients under the age of 18, we do require the consent of a parent or guardian along with the recommendation of a therapist. For patients 18 years of age and older, we use informed consent.

If there are any doubts about someone’s ability, emotionally or mentally, to give informed consent for a procedure I will ask them to see a licensed mental health provider prior to considering an elective surgery–whether they are gender variant or not.

We can help make arrangements for lodging and a caregiver if needed for our out of town patients and will work with you to arrange your postoperative visit(s) around your travel and work schedule.

A family history of breast cancer does not prevent you from having FTM chest reconstruction. If you have a first degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer you should have a mammogram ten years younger than they were when they were diagnosed or between 40-45 years old–whichever comes first.

There are several breast cancer risk assessment tools you can use to estimate your overall risk. This is an easy one (Cancer.gov) It may help you determine if you want to get a mammogram prior to top surgery. There is also the possibility of sending the tissue from both breasts to pathology for examination. We can get you a price estimate for that. However, it is rarely indicated.

Dr. Sherie’s recommendation for Breast Cancer Screening After Breast & Chest Surgery