Virtual Consultation

What is a Virtual Plastic Surgery Consultation?

Many of our out of town patients schedule a Virtual Consultation with Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who has been in private practice for over 20 years. This allows you to discuss the procedure with Dr. Rodriguez and gather information regarding the enhancement you desire. The Virtual Consultation is usually done by phone, but in some instances we can also arrange for a Skype chat. A Virtual Consultation usually lasts 25-45 minutes. Dr. Rodriguez has been doing Virtual Consultations for years and patients have contacted him from all over the world.

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Before your Virtual Consultation, you will need to fill out our new patient paperwork and take photographs of the area you would like to enhance. Your photographs are then sent to our office for Dr. Rodriguez's reference when he discusses the procedure 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. Rodriguez are confidential and are part of your medical record. We want you to know that all of our employees continually undergo 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 performing services for our patients. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

Virtual Consult Fee Payable thru Paypal

The cost of the Virtual Consultation is $75 and is payable thru PayPal.  You may pay it prior to sending your photos, or at the same time. Please note that the Virtual Consult fee is non-refundable. However, you may reschedule your Virtual Consult with 4 hours notice with no penalty, and the ability to reschedule. 

Online Patient Forms

Print & Mail Form Online Form

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. Rodriguez as he reviews your photos with you. Together you will discuss your goals, questions, and concerns. Note: This Virtual Consultation is considered a confirmed appointment with Dr. Rodriguez 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 410-494-8100 at least 48 hours prior to your Virtual Consultation to cancel or reschedule.


Photo Instructions for the Virtual Consultation

Facial/Rhinoplasty 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. Photos should be taken from top/crown of head to just below the neck with collar bones visible. Facial features should be relaxed. No smiling or frowning, just a relaxed natural position. Keep jawline in a relaxed natural position; do not try to push jaw out or "pose" as this will only obscure your natural jawline. Be as relaxed as possible for the best photo outcome.

  3. Keep the camera angle straight forward. Do not angle down or up as this will also create an unnatural position/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 view with head tilted slightly downward of the facial features.

 

Breast 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. 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 or rest naturally straight back. Be as relaxed as possible for the best photo outcome.

  3. Keep the camera angle straight forward. Do not angle down or up as this will also create an unnatural position/view of the breasts.

  4. You will need to take your photos without any garments on; for example, no bras or shirts.

  5. A total of 5 images/views are needed: 1 front view shot, 2 quarter turn shots and 2 side views of the breasts.

 

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. 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. Do not "suck in" the abdomen as this also creates an unnatural position. Inhale and exhale out to completely relax your abdomen. Hands can rest on your hips with elbows bent naturally to the sides. Be as relaxed as possible for the best photo outcome.

  3. Keep the camera angle straight forward. Do not angle down or up as this will also create an unnatural position/view of the abdomen area.

  4. You will need to take your photos without any garments on; for example, no shirts covering 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. Rodriguez have decided on a tentative surgical plan, Dr. Rodriguez's Patient Care Consultant & Coordinator, Kelly Warner, will help you to coordinate all of your travel and surgical plans. She will also assist you with finding local hotel accommodations near our office. A deposit for your surgery will be required to secure your pre-operative and surgical dates. The balance will be collected at your pre-operative visit.

Pre-operative Visit

Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez office BaltimoreYour first visit with Dr. Rodriguez in our office will include your initial office consultation with a physical health and history and your surgical 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.

Day of Surgery

Baltimore Plastic Surgery Operating RoomYour elective cosmetic surgery will be performed at our Medicare Certified Out Patient Freestanding Surgical Center located next to our office suite. We are located just 3 miles from GBMC hospital, where Dr. Rodriguez has admitting privileges and served as Chief of the Plastic Surgery Department for many years.  Our surgical center is  AAAASF Accredited and Medicare Certified  to administer both IV and General Anesthesia.  However, more than 95% of his cases are performed with IV anesthesia to give patients the quickest possible recovery. For your utmost safety, our facility uses only Board Certified Anesthesiologists.

We have a private surgical 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. Following your surgery, you will be given direct access to Dr. Rodriguez via his cell phone number.

Post-operative Visits and Recovery

Surgical patients must plan on staying in the Baltimore area for approximately 7-10 days or 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. Rodriguez will discuss the your personal recovery timeframe with you during your Virtual Consultation so you can plan accordingly.


Schedule your Virtual Consultation now: 410-494-8100