The Consultation – Making the Right Choice
The consultation serves multiple purposes. It provides you with an introduction to Dr. Friedlander and her staff, and it allows you to find out more about the procedure you are interested in. It is important to find a surgeon in whom you have the utmost confidence and with whom you have an excellent rapport, someone with excellent listening skills, who will openly and honestly discuss your concerns and particular needs, and advise you on the best way to achieve your goals, even if it means referring you to other specialists.
Our staff strives to make all of your encounters pleasant and comfortable, even for the most shy or discerning individuals. Cosmetic surgery gives you the ability to do more than simply change your appearance. It can transform the way you feel about yourself, providing a more positive and self-assured attitude and greater self esteem. You have taken the first set of steps intended to empower yourself. This journey begins the moment you walk through the door.
From Consultation to Surgery – What to Expect
Your consultation is an opportunity to meet Dr. Friedlander and discuss your individual needs. She will perform a medical history and then spend time listening carefully to you describe your surgical goals. Dr. Friedlander understands that there are some anxieties about elective surgery and makes it a point to get to know you in a comfortable setting before examining you. She will take the time to understand what your objectives are and then outline an approach to achieve your goals. It is important to have a realistic understanding of what can be achieved. She will help you create a foundation by discussing diet, exercise, skin health, and other basics before proceeding with the building blocks of surgery. You will have the opportunity to view photographs of others who have undergone surgery, and you will see what results can be achieved.
After meeting with Dr. Friedlander, you will meet with her surgical care coordinator, who will review the cost with you and discuss scheduling options. Once you have decided to proceed, a preoperative appointment will be scheduled 2-3 weeks before the surgery. Dr. Friedlander will answer any additional questions you may have at that time. You will also be given all preoperative and postoperative instructions, as well as prescriptions. Photographs will be taken at that time.
Why your Experience Here will be Different – The Art of Beauty
Beauty is a joy forever, or at least it should be. It is not vain or foolish to want to look as good as you feel. In fact we try this daily with makeup, hair color and style, padded/push up bras and choice of clothing. These are excellent techniques for short term improvement. Dr. Friedlander understands this, performing many of the same rituals herself. Some people wonder whether cosmetic surgery will be right for them, they question how it affect their family and professional life, and are hesitant to dive right in. She discusses the importance of a healthy lifestyle, but knows firsthand that professional and maternal responsibilities sometimes overwhelm us, preventing us from taking care of ourselves. Plastic surgery, no matter how big or small a procedure, can make all the difference in how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with those around us.
Qualifications, credentials, and certificates are very important, but they can be hard to relate to. It is your relationship with the surgeon that counts. Dr. Friedlander takes sincere interest in her patients, and it shows in her ability to understand your concerns. She uses her more than 25 years of experience to advise you and help you to arrive at the decision that is best for you. No question is too small or unimportant. You are welcome to return as many times before and after surgery as needed so she, or her nurse, can address your every concern. You will find that she explains things clearly and patiently. You will also find our staff very attentive, providing unexpected personal touches. These are the characteristics that will make your experience special.
If you wish to make an appointment to meet with Dr. Friedlander, please call 973-912-9120 or complete the e-mail consultation request. Dr. Friedlander also offers a private and secure online consultation. If you would like to find out if you are a good candidate for a procedure before coming in, please complete our online consultation form on the left.