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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.

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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.

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