The CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery offers a virtual consult to any patient interested in undergoing a cosmetic or rhinoplasty procedure. During an online consultation, a patient meets with expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, who performs an evaluation and offers a personalized treatment recommendation.
Benefits of a Virtual Consultation
There are many reasons why a patient may prefer a virtual doctor consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh in place of an in-person session, such as :
Whereas an in-person appointment requires a patient to visit our Beverly Hills office, a patient can join a virtual consult from the comfort of home. Plus, after a virtual consultation is finished, a patient can resume their normal activities — and won’t have to worry about traveling home from our office.
2. Real-Time Engagement
A virtual consult enables patients to receive real-time responses to their cosmetic or rhinoplasty treatment concerns and questions, regardless of their location. The consult provides a patient experience that is nearly identical to that of an in-person appointment — the only difference is that an online consultation is held remotely.
All information shared during a virtual medical consultation remains secure and confidential.
4. Ease of Use
A patient only needs a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device to join a virtual consult.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Virtual Doctor Consultation?
The ideal candidates for a virtual consultation include patients who are considering a cosmetic or rhinoplasty procedure but are unable to travel to our office. In these instances, patients can meet remotely with Dr. Azizzadeh to review their treatment options.
How to Prepare for an Online Consultation
Dr. Azizzadeh offers the following tips to help patients prepare for virtual consultations:
1. Provide the Necessary Documents and Photographs
Dr. Azizzadeh requires patients to complete a telemedicine consent form and share their medical history before a virtual consult is held. In addition, patients must provide their address, date of birth, and a copy of their identification.
Along with the documents mentioned above, Dr. Azizzadeh requests patient photographs prior to a virtual consultation. For virtual consults for cosmetic procedures, Dr. Azizzadeh requires the following photographs:
- Front of the face
- Profile (left and right)
For virtual consults for rhinoplasty procedures, Dr. Azizzadeh requires the following photographs:
- Front of the face
- Head tilted back (showing the bottom base of the nostrils)
- Profile (left and right)
After Dr. Azizzadeh receives the requested information, he notifies a patient to schedule the virtual consultation. At this time, a consultation fee ($400) is required to book the appointment.
2. Prepare Questions
Cosmetic and nose surgery procedures are complex, and patients need to plan accordingly. Before a virtual consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends patients write down any questions they have regarding treatment. That way, patients can receive answers to their questions during the appointment.
Dr. Azizzadeh believes there is no such thing as a “bad” or “wrong” question to ask, particularly when it comes to cosmetic and rhinoplasty procedures. Therefore, if patients have questions, they can use a virtual consultation to share their questions with Dr. Azizzadeh, who will provide honest, unbiased responses.
3. Test Your Video and Audio Connections
Download the required video consult software and test it before the meeting. This ensures a patient will be able to access the consultation on their preferred device and hear and see Dr. Azizzadeh throughout the appointment. Also, patients should test their internet connection prior to a virtual consultation.
4. Arrive on Time
Log in to the online consultation on schedule. If patients arrive early, they will remain in a virtual waiting room until Dr. Azizzadeh arrives.
What to Expect During a Virtual Consultation
A virtual consultation is similar to an in-person meeting. During a virtual consult, Dr. Azizzadeh learns about a patient and conducts an evaluation. Dr. Azizzadeh reviews the patient’s medical history and photographs. He also asks questions to understand why the patient is considering a cosmetic or rhinoplasty procedure.
Once the patient evaluation is complete, Dr. Azizzadeh makes his recommendation and provides a custom treatment plan. Dr. Azizzadeh tailors a treatment plan to his patient and responds to the patient’s concerns or questions about the plan.
Following a virtual appointment, a surgical consultant will create a treatment quote based on Dr. Azizzadeh’s recommendation. The quote is then finalized and sent to the patient within one to two weeks of the appointment.
Schedule a Virtual Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh
Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to meet with a patient virtually to discuss cosmetic and rhinoplasty treatment options. To learn more, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.