How Can I Get An Online Plastic Surgery Consultation From Overseas?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would love to know how to book appointments for people outside the U.S. I plan to come to the U.S. and have some work done. Can a consult be done without actually having to visit you first? I obviously want to minimize my travel due to the cost and my work schedule. Thanks.

A: Thank you for your inquiry. I have many patients that come from all over the world so plastic surgery consultations are done by numerous convenient methods. Usually we start by having the patient send some photos of their concerns. Then we can consult by phone or Skype video to discuss their concerns and treatment options. Much can be accomplished by this form of  indirect consultation as almost everything in plastic surgery is visible to the eye. If one develops confidence and is comfortable, a surgery date and all the details involved can be done from afar. The patient then arrives the day before surgery where an actual hands on consultation is done to review and/or modify the next day’s surgical plan. Surgery is done (e.g., sutures and any dressings) to try and ensure that the patient does not have to return for any regular follow-up care. Any postoperative concerns or questions can be handled similarly by sending photos and discussing by phone or Skype.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana