About Our Plastic Surgery Office
Dr. Swail is proud to continue a tradition of excellence in patient care that has served the Boulder area for more than 30 years. Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery is more than your average cosmetic surgery provider. Our facility also boasts a state-of-the-art surgical facility certified by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF). In addition to traditional cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, we offer a full range of less invasive treatments including laser skin resurfacing, Botox® treatments, other injectable soft tissue fillers (Restylane®, collagen, Juvéderm®, etc.), and a full-service skin care center.
We do not charge a fee for our cosmetic surgery consultations. This is because the great majority of patients who see Dr. Swail end up booking surgery with him. A refundable scheduling fee may be charged in order to discourage “no-shows” that prevent other patients from being seen.
A personal consultation with a plastic surgeon allows a patient to determine if he or she feels comfortable with the surgeon and his or her office staff. In order to allow enough time for your consultation, please plan to spend about an hour at our office. Please also plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to complete your registration paperwork.
You will then spend approximately 30 minutes with Dr. Swail. He will explain the details of the surgical procedure, the risks involved, and the probability of success. He will also review your medical history to evaluate any health conditions that might affect your surgical results. Your expectations and goals will also be discussed to make certain that the desired surgical outcome is realistic. After meeting with Dr. Swail, you will have the opportunity to sit down with our patient care coordinator to discuss scheduling and cost of procedures.
We will provide you with educational brochures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). These brochures have clear explanations and pictures that cover details of many common cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients are encouraged to bring a list of their own questions and a notepad to write down any information that is not included in the take-home reading materials. Often, it is difficult to digest all of the necessary information in one visit and we encourage patients who have further questions to schedule a second appointment, if needed.
No ethical or wise surgeon will try to tell you that they never have complications. The key is to avoid serious or life-threatening complications and to deal with the less serious complications appropriately. Serious and life-threatening complications are usually the result of overly lengthy surgery, overly aggressive surgery, or inadequate precautions. I do not perform eight to 12 hour total-body makeovers. All of these procedures can be performed in separate surgeries without the risks of a prolonged anesthetic. In any individual case where the choice is between a more aggressive technique and a lower risk of serious complications, I will recommend the safer course to you. When less serious complications occur (as they inevitably do in all surgeon’s practices), I will manage them appropriately. When I operate on you I make a commitment to your safety and satisfaction. I will not abandon that commitment.”
-Jeff Swail MD FRCSC