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Patients Traveling from Out of Town
Dr. Jimerson is known as one of the most skilled plastic surgeons worldwide for unparalleled results that only he provides in the cosmetic surgery realm. This draws patients from all over the globe here to our state of the art facility in Johns Creek, Georgia. For this reason, we have developed a system that accommodates patients traveling in to have procedures. We go above and beyond to make your travel and stay here as comfortable as possible.
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The following are some of the most common questions we get from our out of town patients:
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Do we accommodate out of town patients?
Absolutely! We welcome all patients whether they are local, from across the country or from the other side of the world. We have patients who fly in for consultations or procedures on a regular basis.
Do I need a consultation first?
Yes, in virtually every case it is required to have a consultation prior to your procedure. This is because the consultation allows Dr. Jimerson to come up with a customized plan for your specific procedures. We offer 2 types of consults, A Personal Phone Assessment, and an In-Office Consultation. There is a consult fee, $50 for the personal phone assessment and $100 for the in-office consultation. They are non-refundable fees, however, they will go completely toward the cost of your procedure.
What is the closest airport?
The Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) airport is the ideal option to fly into. Driving from their airport to our office will typically take between 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.
How early should I arrive for my consultation?
Ideally, you will want to fly in the day before your consultation. If that is not possible, allow yourself at least a few hours from the landing time to your appointment to help avoid potential problems related to flight delays or traffic. If you are driving, take into account that Atlanta traffic can be very unpredictable and you should plan for unexpected interruptions in your travel.
What is needed to have surgery?
You must have any health conditions under control.
All patients must be medically cleared by a primary care physician within 30 days of surgery.
If you are seeing a specialist for any health conditions, you will need each physician that you see to clear you for surgery.
Your BMI must be within the requirements for the procedure.
You must stop smoking 6 weeks before surgery and maintain 6 weeks after. This is vital to the body healing appropriately.
You must stop drinking alcohol 2 weeks before your procedure.
Birth control should be discontinued 30 days prior to surgery and other contraceptives used.
Discontinue any of the following medications 2 weeks before surgery. Taking these medications can increase the risk of bleeding and other complications: Aspirin and medications containing aspirin, Ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory agents, vitamin E, St. Johns Wart, garlic supplements, green tea or green
tea extracts, estrogen supplements, any other indicated medications.
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How do I pay for my procedure?
We accept multiple forms of payment: outside financing companies (one example is Alphaeon, CareCredit), American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, wire transfers, cash, money orders, and cashier’s checks. You can pay by phone or online. Payment is due in full 60 days prior to your procedure. Your financing is typically processed in person, within 30 days of your procedure depending on which company you use for financing.
When coming for my actual procedure, do I need anything special for my recovery?
Some patients will be required to stay for overnight observation at the center. These patients will receive care throughout the stay at the facility and will not need to bring a caretaker. Additional nights are available to stay at the facility as well. If you don’t have a caretaker you will need to stay at the facility until you are able to care for yourself without assistance.
If you are not staying at the facility you must be accompanied by a caretaker that is 18 years or older on the day of surgery. Patients having single surgeries must have a caretaker accompany you from surgery and monitor you closely around the clock for a minimum of 48 – 72 hours but preferably the duration of your recovery period.
Patients having multiple surgeries and combination surgeries will need a caretaker around the clock for 1 week. If you don’t have someone that can care for you, you will need to make arrangements at our aftercare facility.
If you are traveling by car from a driving distance of more than 1 hour but less than 3 you must stay a minimum of 48 hours within a 10-mile radius. After 48 hours if you are not experiencing any complications, your caretaker may drive you home, however, they must be able to drive you back to the office for your 1-week post-op visit.
If you are traveling by car more than 3 hours driving distance or flying you must stay the required number of days (typically 10-14 days) within a distance that you can readily be driven to our office or a local emergency room in case of any complications. You will be able to purchase all of your supplies at the facility and do not need to bring supplies with you for your post-op care.
A complimentary compression garment will be provided for certain procedures. Medications will be prescribed and can be picked up at several local pharmacy locations. Prior to arriving, make sure you download and read through the entire pre-procedure and post-procedure instructions, which will have been provided to you.
Is it required to schedule follow up appointments?
We would like you to come in for at least one follow up appointment before you leave town. In some cases, however, it may not be required, depending on the specific procedures you are having. If this may present a problem, talk to the doctor about it during your initial consultation. Surgical patients are expected to schedule follow up appointments at 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 1-year post-op.