Your Consultation Visit
Double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, Gregory D. Lewen, M.D., is one of a select few plastic surgeons who specializes in plastic surgery of the eyes for men and women in Miami, Aventura, and the surrounding areas of Florida. Here is some information to help you prepare for your consultation visit.
What happens during a consultation?
During a consultation, you will first meet with our nurse or medical assistant, who will go over some basic medical history, including your past ocular (eye) history. You will then meet with Dr. Lewen for a minimum of 30 minutes, at which time you will discuss your desired cosmetic goals. During your time with Dr. Lewen, you will create an individualized and customized plan together to ensure that you will receive the best approach to achieving your cosmetic goals. After meeting with Dr. Lewen, you will meet with his patient coordinator, to talk about the financial aspects of your surgery or procedure, as well as what to expect before, during, and after. We ask all new patients to allow about an hour and a half for the entire consultation process.
Dr. Lewen and his staff are committed to being with you from the very first contact with the office and along the way through every post-operative appointment! You are highly encouraged to ask questions at any point in time through the process.
Do I need to schedule/make a decision right away?
Absolutely not! Dr. Lewen and his staff encourage all patients to make the decision about surgery and/or procedures at their own pace. At Lewen Cosmetic Center, our top priority is to assist you in making the decision that is best for YOU, when YOU are completely ready and comfortable.
What if I have additional questions?
Dr. Lewen and his staff are always here to answer any questions that you may have during or after your consultation. Dr. Lewen’s patient coordinator, is available by email and phone and will assist you with any questions you may have. If desired, Dr. Lewen will also be happy to meet with you again in order to ensure that all of your questions are answered thoroughly so that you are able to make the best decision possible for your surgery or procedure. We want you to be comfortable with your decision first and foremost.
When will I need to schedule pre- and post-operative appointments?
You will need to schedule a pre-op appointment approximately two (2) weeks before your surgery. At that appointment, you will meet with Dr. Lewen and his staff again to ensure that all questions have been answered and the proper surgical clearance has been obtained. At that pre-op appointment you will also schedule your first post-operative appointment, which is typically within one (1) week after your surgery, although this can vary with the individual patient and surgery.
How much will my procedure cost?
Dr. Lewen’s approach to all surgery and all procedures is entirely customized for each individual patient’s condition and cosmetic goals. During your consultation, you will meet with Dr. Lewen’s patient coordinator, to discuss costs for the surgery or procedure that will best address these goals. Dr. Lewen and his staff always take extra time to make sure that the financial aspect of surgery is clearly defined, understood, and agreed upon by both parties.
Will it be covered by insurance?
In some cases, some surgeries can be deemed to be medically necessary and may be covered in part or whole by insurance companies. Dr. Lewen will discuss with you during your consultation if he believes that your surgery could potentially be deemed medically necessary. If this is the case, Dr. Lewen may recommend additional testing to determine your eligibility for coverage. Dr. Lewen and his staff will assist you in submitting all proper documentation to your insurance company. However, it is important to remember that Dr. Lewen is not able to make any final decisions regarding insurance payment for your surgery. These decisions are made solely by your particular insurance company and plan. Dr. Lewen and his staff will make every effort to help and support you through this process when necessary.
Can I finance my procedure/products?
Of Course! Dr. Lewen accepts a few financing plans including CareCredit and options through our affiliate, Shorr Solutions. Please visit our financing page for additional information. During your consultation, Dr. Lewen’s patient coordinator, will assist and explain all of our options for financing.
Do I need this surgery/procedure?
This is a very personal question, which Dr. Lewen will be happy to address with you individually during your consultation. In cases of medical necessity, Dr. Lewen will inform you if it is in your best medical interest to have the surgery or procedure. For cosmetic surgeries or procedures, a good rule of thumb is to think about whether your condition is something that bothers you on a frequent basis, prevents you from doing normal daily activities to the best of your ability, significantly affects your normal functioning, or is something that you feel is quite noticeable and affects your confidence levels. In such cases, it is likely a good time to consider having your surgery or procedure.
What if I’m scared or anxious?
Dr. Lewen and his staff understand that surgery and procedures are very personal decisions. We are absolutely committed to providing our full help and support to each and every patient to make these decisions based on your comfort level. We are dedicated to make every effort to answer all of your questions in order to make the process as informative and comfortable for you as possible. We will be with you every step of the way through this process.
Dr. Lewen is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Miami and Aventura, Florida area who specializes in plastic surgery of the eyes. To schedule your consultation visit, contact us today to learn more about our services.