Your First Visit

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During your initial consultation, Dr. Steinwald will first introduce himself to you and then ask you about your desires and priorities regarding plastic surgery on the North Shore of Chicago. The cornerstone of his approach is to start by listening to your motivations and concerns, and then individualize a potential treatment plan specific to your circumstances and goals. He also strives to ensure that you have an adequate understanding of the issues involved, so that you are empowered to make a fully informed decision.

He knows that when it comes to cosmetic surgery, Chicago is an area of the country replete with options and approaches - which can make your selection process downright confusing. This is why he tries to clarify issues for you as best possible in a confidential, unpressured environment. You are also encouraged to bring your spouse, significant other, family member or a friend to your consultation, to provide support - as well as a different perspective for you - or perhaps to ask questions you may have forgotten or may not be entirely comfortable asking.

He will then inquire about your medical history, prior procedures, medications and allergies. It is very important that you be thorough when providing your medical history, as this information helps to prevent complications during your care. When asked about medications, be sure to include any vitamin or herbal preparations, as these can affect your blood pressure and clotting ability. Honesty regarding your use of tobacco and alcohol is also very important, as these may have a profound impact on your recovery period and your ability to heal following your procedure.

Meet Dr. Steinwald

Paul M. Steinwald, M.D. is one of the few plastic surgeons in Chicago who is double-board certified in both plastic and general surgery. Read On

After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Steinwald will perform a focused examination, after which he will be able to offer specific advice and options to help you achieve the appearance you desire. He will usually diagram schematics of the techniques discussed, and will often present "before-and-after" photographs of prior patients who have undergone similar plastic surgery before you. Dr. Steinwald will explain the advantages and disadvantages as well as the potential risks of the different options you have available to you. His believes in utilizing an extremely open and honest approach regarding the possibilities and limitations of plastic and reconstructive surgery in Chicago. Dr. Steinwald's primary goal is your satisfaction after surgery. If this may not be achievable, he will certainly explain this to you.

At the completion of your consultation, we will give you a written estimate of the cost of your procedure and review financing options. At this time, you will also have the option to schedule your cosmetic surgery procedure if you so choose. The decision to undergo surgery is a very important one (especially when it comes to elective cosmetic surgery; Chicago-area patients are very educated about this), and your final decision should be given very careful consideration. We realize the importance and personal nature of these deliberations, and at no time will you be pressured or rushed to make such a decision. If you need more time, you are also welcome to call or e-mail with further questions in the meantime, and "secondary consults" to further discuss your options are always complimentary.

"Dr. Steinwald is very comfortable to talk with and very forth-coming with answers to any questions asked. He appears to be honest and straight-forward to any or all information you need to be aware of. I would request his services again without hesitation."

– "Mommy Makeover" breast reduction/tummy tuck patient

All of your questions will be answered to the best of our ability, and all of us here at will certainly respect the sensitive, emotional, and personal nature of your concerns throughout your experience with us. Once good communication and rapport is established, many prospective patients become much more comfortable with the idea of actually going through a plastic surgery procedure. In fact, we hope you become enthusiastic about the idea, as long as this enthusiasm is tempered by realistic expectations. Ultimately, it is our goal at Lake Forest Plastic Surgery to minimize your anxiety and exceed your expectations in what is often a thrilling and potentially life-enhancing endeavor.

Your Next Step

It's easy to learn more about cosmetic surgery in Chicago with Dr. Steinwald. Simply request a consultation online and save $50 off the regular cosmetic consultation fee. Or, call the Lake Forest (303) 278-2600, or Chicago (303) 278-2600 offices to schedule your visit. Dr. Steinwald looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your optimal appearance.

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