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What is a Virtual Plastic Surgery Consultation?

Many of our out of town patients schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Andrew T. Lyos, Triple Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who has been in private practice for over 15 years. This allows you to discuss your goals with Dr. Lyos and gather information regarding the enhancement you desire. For the Virtual Consultation we will usually follow up by phone, but in some instances we can arrange for an iChat or video chat. A phone consultation usually lasts 20-30 minutes. Dr. Lyos has been providing virtual consultations for years and patients have contacted him from all over the world.

To make the most of your virtual consultation, you will need to fill out our patient information form and take photographs of the area you would like to enhance. You will upload your photographs after answering your questions. Dr. Lyos will review your photos while he discusses the treatment options with you. Please be assured that your photographs are highly confidential and will become part of your private medical record. Following the virtual consultation, you will be able to schedule a tentative surgery date pending a regular consultation in our office. A regular office consultation is still required prior to your surgery. Many out of town patients schedule their regular consultation 1-2 days prior to their scheduled surgery.

Confidentiality of Medical Information and Photos

All medical information and photos shared with Dr. Lyos are highly confidential and are part of your medical record. Our office staff continually undergoes training so that we may understand and comply with government rules and regulations regarding the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with particular emphasis on the “Privacy Rules”. We strive to achieve the very highest standards of ethics and integrity in providing services for our patients. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

After your new patient forms and photos are received, we will contact you to schedule your Virtual Consultation. Please make sure you send us accurate and current phone numbers and times at which you can be reached. During the consultation, you will speak with Dr. Lyos as he reviews your photos with you. Together you will discuss your goals, questions, and concerns. Dr Lyos will provide you with treatment options to meet your objectives. The Virtual Consultation is considered a confirmed appointment with Dr. Lyos and must be treated with the same respect as an office consultation. If you need to cancel or reschedule this appointment, please call our office at 713-799-8989 at least 48 hours prior to your Virtual Consultation to cancel or reschedule.

Photo Instructions for the Virtual Consultation

Take a look at the before and after photos on our website to see the views to take for the procedures you are interested in. This will give you an idea of the positioning, distance from the camera and lighting we use for our in office photography. The photos do not need to be perfect but providing photos demonstrate your areas of concern and will enable Dr Lyos to provide you with all of your treatment options.

Facial/Rhinoplasty Photo Instructions

  1. Please take photos in front of a plain background. For example, use a plain-colored wall or plain-colored sheet (white or blue is preferable) hung on a wall.
  2. Please take photos in front of a plain background. For example, use a plain-colored wall or plain-colored sheet (white or blue is preferable) hung on a wall.
  3. Keep the camera angle straight forward. Do not angle down or up as this will also create an unnatural view of the facial features.
  4. A total of 6 images/views are needed: 1 front shot, 2 quarter turn shots, 2 side views and 1 front view with chin tilted slightly upward to show the nose and cheeks.

Breast Photo Instructions and Photo Samples

  1. Please take photos in front of a plain background. For example, use a plain-colored wall or plain-colored sheet (white or blue is preferable) hung on a wall.
  2. You will need to take your photos without any garments on; for example, no bras or shirts.
  3. Photos should be taken from just below the neck with shoulders visible to just above the belly button. Hands and arms should not be raised as this lifts the breasts to an unnatural position. Hands can rest on your hips with elbows bent naturally to the sides. Stand as straight as possible for the best photo outcome.
  4. Keep the camera angle straight forward. Do not angle down or up as this will also create an unnatural view of the breasts.
  5. A total of 5 images/views are needed: 1 front view shot, 2 quarter turn shots and 2 side views.

Body Procedures Instructions and Photo Samples

  1. Please take photos in front of a plain background. For example, use a plain-colored wall or plain-colored sheet (white or blue is preferable) hung on a wall.
  2. You will need to take your photos without any garments on; for example, no shirts covering the abdomen area.
  3. Photos should be taken from just below your chin to your feet. The whole torso area should be visible with no undergarments obscuring the area to be examined. Hands and arms should not be raised as this lifts the abdomen to an unnatural position. Avoid sucking in your tummy as this also creates an unnatural flat appearance. Inhale and exhale out to completely relax your abdomen. Hands can rest on your sides; stand as straight as possible for the best photo outcome.
  4. Keep the camera angle straight forward. Do not angle down or up as this will also create an unnatural view of the abdomen area.
  5. A total of 8 images/views are needed: 1 front view shot, 2 quarter front turn shots, 2 side views, 2 quarter back turn shots, and 1 full back shot.

After Your Virtual Consultation

Pre-op & Surgery Schedule

Once you and Dr. Lyos have decided on a tentative surgical plan, Dr. Lyos’ Patient Care Consultant & Coordinator Lourdes Salazar, will help you to coordinate all of your travel and surgical plans. She will also assist you with finding local accommodations near our office. A deposit for your surgery will be required to secure your pre-operative and surgical dates. The balance is due one week prior to your scheduled procedure.

Pre-operative Visit

Your first visit with Dr. Lyos in our office will include your initial office consultation with a physical health and history and your physical examination. Pre-operative and post-operative forms, instructions, and consent forms will be sent to you prior to your surgery. Your Pre-operative Packet will contain copies of surgical consents, pre-operative and post-operative forms and instructions. Please review this packet in its entirety and bring with you to your appointments. We schedule ample time for your first visit so that all questions and concerns can be answered.

Surgical Visit

Your elective cosmetic surgery will be performed at a Medicare Certified Out-Patient Surgical Center. The surgical center is certified to administer both IV and general anesthesia and has overnight stay facilities available. The facility is staffed by Board Certified Anesthesiologists.

We have a private waiting area with flat screen TV and wireless Internet for the comfort of you and your family. The recovery room is designed for your private care and you will have one R.N. dedicated to your recovery. We can arrange for a private nurse or medical personnel to transport you to your hotel following discharge.

Post-operative Visits and Recovery

Surgical patients generally plan on staying in the Houston area for approximately 7-10 days. Occasionally the stay is longer and some less. You will be seen during your stay and always on the day prior to your departure. The complexities of each patient’s surgery will determine this timeframe. Dr. Lyos will discuss your personal recovery timeframe with you during your Virtual Consultation so you can plan accordingly.

Virtual Consultation Print & Mail Form

Step 1 Fill out, fax or mail our patient information form

To begin the process, download the form here (PDF). Combine with photos (see below) and mail to:

Andrew Lyos, MD ATTN: Virtual Consultation Spring Valley Medical Center 6560 Fannin, Suite 1530 Houston, TX 77055

Step 2 Take Your Photos

See instructions on how to take your digital photos.

Step 3 Send your photos to Dr. Lyos.

Combine with patient information sheet (see above) and mail to:

Andrew Lyos, MD ATTN: Virtual Consultation Spring Valley Medical Center 6560 Fannin, Suite 1530 Houston, TX 77055

Step 4 Your Virtual Consultation with Dr. Lyos

After your forms and photos are received, we will contact you to schedule your Virtual Consultation. Please make sure you send us accurate and current phone numbers and times at which you can be reached. During the consultation, you will speak with Dr. Lyos as he reviews your photos with you. Together you will discuss your goals, questions, and concerns. Note that this Virtual Consultation is considered a confirmed appointment with Dr. Lyos and must be treated with the same respect as an office consultation. If you need to cancel or reschedule this appointment, please call our office at 713.799.8989 at least 48 hours prior to your Virtual Consultation to cancel or reschedule.

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