First Visit

Selecting Your Plastic Surgeon

It is important for anyone seeking plastic surgery to ensure their surgeon is Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery (or in the process of actively obtaining their Board Certification), experienced in the procedure(s) they are seeking, meticulous in the operating room, and above all, a safe surgeon.

Your doctor should have a good artistic sense, compassionate and sincere bedside manner, and consistent, beautiful surgical results. There should be a good fit in personality between you and your surgeon. It is important to develop a strong sense of trust and the feeling of “partnership” between you as doctor and patient. You should feel comfortable in the office setting, in your interactions with the office staff, and that you have found a good personal “fit” for you. Browse our patient testimonials to hear some of our patients’ experiences in their own words.

What Can I Expect at my Plastic Surgery Consultation?

Visiting a plastic surgeon for the first time can be intimidating or nerve-racking. It is often something patients have been wanting for a long time, which can be an emotional moment. Rest assured that you will a wonderful experience with Dr. Szpalski and her team. Your visit to our office will be a warm, welcoming, and positive experience. You will leave your consultation feeling educated, informed and empowered wondering why you didn’t come sooner!

Please bring your New Patient Intake Forms and your health insurance information with you to your first visit. After you have completed your paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by Dr. Szpalski and escorted to her office for your private and personal consultation. You can expect to spend at least an hour in our office during your first visit. We will take a complete medical history and explore your reasons for seeking surgery, your specific aesthetic goals, and address each of your questions and concerns about surgery. There are no silly questions, and we want to make sure we cover everything you have in mind. Bring a list of questions you would like to have answered, and feel free to bring a friend or your spouse/partner along with you as another “pair of ears” at your visit. We will examine the area(s) of your body you are interested in discussing and determine whether you are a good and safe candidate for surgery. If surgery is appropriate, we will then fully review details of the surgical procedure(s) you are seeking, potential risks and complications, and show you before and after photos of typical surgical results.

Dr. Szpalski is known to take her time to chat and get to know you. We will get to know each other extremely well. Please see our online reviews section to hear some of our patients’ experiences in their own words. Free valet parking is available at the office for your convenience.

What Forms Do I Need to Fill Out Before My Office Visit?

The New Patient Intake Form should be completed Before you arrive to our office.  If you print these forms out at home and completing them using pen and paper, please bring them with you to your consultation. This will streamline your visit and make the best use of your time at the office. They can also be found on our EMR website and you can complete them online.

Jane is an online platform that makes it simple to schedule your appointment and communicate with the office. You will need to create a profile which will give you access to your chart and documentation that the office will share with you.

The New Patient Intake Form includes:

  • Demographic form
  • HIPPA Consent Form
  • Medical Image Consent Form
  • Cancellation & No show Policy Form
  • Fee Disclosure Form

What Happens at My Pre-op Visit?

Dr. Szpalski will review with you the surgical plan. She will explain the procedure as well as the risk and complications in great details. Additional photographs might be taken. You will also receive the preoperative package with post operative instructions and adequate scripts.

What Actually Happens During Plastic Surgery?

It is normal to feel anxious and excited about it. It is a major milestone in your life and often something you waited a long time to do for yourself. Dr. Szpalski easy and calm demeanor will put you at ease right away.

Any plastic surgery procedure is a major operation and many are optimally performed under general anesthesia. It is normal to feel anxious and excited about it. It is a major milestone in your life and often something you waited a long time to do for yourself. It is possible to perform some procedures under local anesthesia with an oral anti-anxiety medication and inhaled laughing gas for many procedures as well.

Either way, safety is the number one priority for each of our patients! Surgery will be recommended at a fully accredited hospital or surgery center based on your need and preference. Most procedures will be scheduled as outpatient surgeries (home the same day), but an overnight’s stay or several nights in the hospital may be recommended for complex reconstruction surgeries.

Once you are asleep, your chest (for breast surgery procedures), abdomen or other body areas (for abdominoplasty and liposuction), or face and neck (facial surgery procedures) are prepped and draped using a sterile technique. Your head and arms are gently secured to enable changes in position from lying down to sitting upright during the procedure, helping to ensure the best possible result in all positions.

At the end of your procedure, a drain will be inserted if necessary. Incisions are closed using dissolving “sutures” (stitches), and soft dressings or garments are placed while you are asleep. When you become aware, you will be in the recovery room and your procedure will be complete.

Meet Caroline Szpalski, MD

Female Plastic Surgeon in New Jersey

Rediscover your identity with the help of Dr. Caroline Szpalski, a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon in New Jersey. With a unique multicultural upbringing and a European flair, Dr. Szpalski crafts elegant sophistication into every natural-looking patient transformation. Dr. Szpalski takes a less-is-more approach to plastic surgery to help patients maintain and appreciate their unique appearance and cultural beauty. No matter your aesthetic goals, start your journey toward a more confident you by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Szpalski and her expert team today!

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