The Capizzi Experience
For many patients, taking the first step towards cosmetic surgery can cause anxiety and hesitation. After all, this decision may be one that involved months or years of research and planning, and one that promises to greatly affect all areas of life, both professional and personal. That’s why choosing the right plastic surgeon is so important. The doctor must have the highest credentials for training, experience and skill. They must also be able to create an atmosphere of trust and ease. Patients need to feel comfortable to ask questions, voice concerns and discuss dreams for their appearance. Dr. Peter Capizzi fulfills these requirements and many more. His number one focus is providing an outstanding patient experience, start to finish.
Below is a step-by-step guide to what you can expect when you book a procedure with Dr. Capizzi:
Step 1: Getting Started
Research is the best place to start. Using the internet as a tool to read about doctors, procedures, and view photographs is a great place to begin your journey towards a new, improved you. You will feel more comfortable moving forward as you read and understand all that is involved with your desired procedure. With all the facts, you can proceed towards your goals with appropriate expectations.
Step 2: Choosing Your Doctor
Choosing the right surgeon can make or break your experience and results. It’s important that you select a doctor that is board certified. Meaning they have undergone rigorous training, examinations, residencies, and peer reviews. Dr. Capizzi is double board-certified in general surgery and cosmetic surgery. He possesses the artistry to create breathtaking aesthetic outcomes. Also, he has the medical expertise to handle any complications that may arise in the operating room. While exercising extreme compassion and empathy. Dr. Capizzi is a born listener who is present and available to each client he treats.
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Step 3: Scheduling A Consultation
This is your chance to work with Dr. Capizzi in advance of the actual procedure, so you can get an idea of how he operates, his techniques, preferences, objectives and approach to recovery. The consultation is confidential and discreet. At no time will the doctor share any of what transpires without your expressed consent. That said, partners, spouses, relatives and good friends are always welcome to be present. At the time of consultation, Dr. Capizzi will review photographs with you to establish clear visual guidelines for your procedure. This is also a time to review medical history and past surgeries. He will take your measurements to explore the pros and cons of the options available to you for improvement.
Step 4: Formulating A Treatment Plan
Dr. Capizzi’s clients walk away from their consultation with a clear plan for what to expect from their procedure. Expectations are realistic and aligned with the doctor’s recommendations. It is a common experience of many patients to feel excitement and anticipation. The once elusive physical ideal is at last attainable.
At this stage, Dr. Capizzi’s dedicated Patient Care Coordinator will guide you through every detail of the upcoming surgery, from the type of anesthesia your nurse will use, to the shape and style of your implant (if receiving breast augmentation), to the type of medications available to you for managing postoperative pain. They will also discuss your payment options with you and make sure that you understand all your obligations.
Step 5: Preparing For Surgery
Proper preparation for your procedure can both enhance your outcome and hurry your recovery. You will receive specific instructions from the doctor about eating, drinking, smoking and medications in the days before treatment. If you are undergoing any type of sedation, you will need to arrange for someone else to drive you home. It is advisable to ask for help with physical activity and childcare for several days following your procedure. Refrain from using creams, ointments or lotions on the part of the body where treatment will take place. Wear loose clothing that can button from the front, so that you don’t have to pull anything over your head. And last but not least, make sure you get a good night’s sleep on the eve of your big day!
Step 6: Arriving On The Day Of Your Surgery
On the day of your procedure, you will arrive at least 45 minutes early. This helps you to feel calm and grounded, and will give you time to make any last minute arrangements or fill out paperwork. Everything thus far in your experience has been an intelligent and supportive prelude building up to this exciting time. Dr. Capizzi’s award-winning medical team, including his surgical nurse and the nurse anesthetist, will prep you for surgery. All details of your treatment will be confirmed and double checked before sedation. On average, most of Dr. Capizzi’s procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, are completed in under an hour and a half.
Step 7: Recovering From Your Procedure
As sedation wears off and you come to, you may feel disoriented or “heavy chested.” This is normal, and the doctor as well as his nurses will be on hand to reassure you everything went according to plan. Medical tape and gauze will cover any incisions. Dr. Capizzi’s precise surgical skill, honed almost 20 years of successful practice, expedites patient recovery. The doctor does not over operate, believing that a small and focused surgical site facilitates the fastest healing times. Dr. Capizzi’s patients rarely use the narcotic pain medication offered, usually opting for Ibuprofen instead.
Before the discharge time, Dr. Capizzi will ensure that you receive a personalized aftercare plan. This includes specific instructions about how to care for your skin and/or incisions. The plan will also detail when you can expect to begin exercising again, how soon you can expect to see best results, and how to cope with any side effects or pain. A spouse, friend or relative is required to drive you home if you received any type of sedation. Plan to spend the balance of surgery day resting. You will see Dr. Capizzi again for your post-operative appointment approximately 4-6 days after your surgery.
Having been through the Capizzi experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.