Plastic Surgery Virtual Consultation Northern Virginia
The Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery offers convenient virtual consultations for those considering plastic surgery or cosmetic enhancements. From the comfort of your own home, you can get access to informative plastic surgery advice tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Making the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery requires careful consideration. But for many patients, especially for those not in the Northern Virginia area, they simply don’t have the time to come into the office for an initial consultation. While a plastic surgery virtual consultation doesn’t replace an in-person consultation, it allows Dr. Desman to evaluate your candidacy before you need to make further arrangements. To learn more, read on to discover how to take advantage of Dr. Eric Desman’s plastic surgery virtual consultation service.
If you’re ready to get started, fill out the information below for your plastic surgery virtual consultation with Dr. Eric Desman of the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery in Alexandria, VA.
VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE!
We are open and can see patients in the office, but for your convenience, we offer virtual consultations with Dr. Desman as well. We have to thank our practice management software team at Modernizing Medicine, who created this HIPAA compliant solution in response to the COVID-19 crisis in just two weeks. They have created an iPhone app, android app, and an integrated solution into their web-based electronic health record software.
You can do your virtual appointment from your iPhone, Android phone, or compatible desktop/laptop computer that has a webcam and microphone. Please reference these helpful how-to videos, and be sure to read the detailed instructions below for more assistance:
At the time of your appointment, simply open the app and follow the directions. You will also receive an email notifying you the Telehealth visit has started. You will have 10 minutes from the time you get the email to join the visit.
Before Continuing, Please Note:
The process may take about 10 -15 minutes to set up, as you will need to verify your identity and reset passwords as part of the normal process. Please do not wait until the last minute to try to set things up.
You will need to have your patient portal set up and active before you can install and configure the app for your virtual appointment.
Your username for setting up your portal is your email address, and the practice URL is mapsva.ema.md.
The link in the email is only good for 24 hours, for security purposes.
You must use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser if you are going to use the Telehealth option through the patient portal.
If you have any trouble getting things to work, do not hesitate to call the office so we can step you through the process.
Detailed Instructions are as Follows:
Schedule an appointment using the form at the bottom of the page.
You will receive an email with step by step instructions, which follow what is detailed here. Please ignore our corporate headquarters address that may be at the bottom of your email. Our correct address is 6355 Walker Lane Suite 510, Alexandria, VA, 22310
Activate your patient portal through a link that we’ll send you. If you already have access to your patient portal, you can skip this step. Detailed instructions on activating your patient portal can be found here
There will be a link in the email to click so you can download the app. That is step one. It will take you to either the Apple Store or Google Play. Download the PocketPatient™ app and install it as directed.
Go back to your email and go to step two, which instructs you to click on the same link again. This time it should open the app you just installed.
You will need to verify your identity by confirming your last name and date of birth.
You may get a message that your password has expired, even though you never set one up. Ignore this and keep going.
You will be instructed to create a new password. This will need to be different than your patient portal password. When you create the password, you will get an email that has a link to click on to continue the process.
For the PocketPatient™ app, your username will be your email, and the practice URL is mapsva.ema.md
Your Plastic Surgery Virtual Consultation
The form below allows potential patients to directly upload photos of their areas of concern, and they can provide detailed information about what type of procedure they’re interested in, their medical history, and what their cosmetic goals are. From the information provided, Dr. Desman will give you a better idea of what you can expect from your desired procedure. He can also make recommendations about additional procedures that may be beneficial. Using the contact information that you submitted in the form, Dr. Desman will contact you to discuss your potential options before you make the decision to come in for an in-person consultation.
Benefits of Having a Plastic Surgery Virtual Consultation
Dr. Desman understands that sometimes, life can just get hectic. And if you’re not local to the Alexandria, VA, area, it can be burdensome to schedule a trip for your first plastic surgery consultation. Even if you’re local to the area, many patients simply don’t have the time to take off work or be away from family obligations. Fortunately, Dr. Desman’s plastic surgery virtual consultation is a convenient way to be initially assessed for your procedure of choice without having to travel anywhere. While you will still need to have an in-person meeting, a virtual consult offers the following benefits:
Get a realistic idea of the costs involved
Receive a personalized, detailed plastic surgery assessment
Allows you to have a better idea if plastic surgery is for you before having an in-person consultation
Tips for a Productive Plastic Surgery Virtual Consultation
When submitting your information in the form below, be sure to be as detailed as possible. This will be beneficial to both you and Dr. Desman. When Dr. Desman has detailed information, he can better assess your candidacy for your desired procedure, recommend appropriate related procedures, and provide an accurate estimate of the costs involved. During his in-person consultations, Dr. Desman focuses on giving patients detailed, honest advice, and he strives to provide patients with this same level of detail during virtual consultations.
It’s best to take photos specifically for your plastic surgery virtual consultation, instead of uploading photos that happen to show the areas you’d like treatment on. Also, all photos should be taken in front of a plain background, preferably a white wall or sheet.
For patients who are interested in rhinoplasty or other facial cosmetic surgery, the photo should show your full face down to your collar bones. Your facial features should be relaxed and neutral, without smiling or making other expressions. Be sure to take several photos, including at least one from a straight-on perspective and a few of your profile and other angles.
For patients seeking breast augmentation, your photo should show the area below your neck to just above your belly button. Keep your arms either relaxed and to the side, or rest your hands on your hips. But don’t raise your arms, because this will cause the breasts to lift. Take several photos, including straight-forward shots and some from the side. In order for Dr. Desman to see the natural shape of your breasts, you should not wear a bra or any other undergarment for these photos.
If you’re interested in plastic surgery of the body, like abdominoplasty or liposuction, the photos should show your potential treatment area clearly, without clothes or undergarments obscuring the view. Try to keep your body in a relaxed, standing position, without tensing your muscles, raising your arms, or “sucking in” your abdomen. It’s best to take photos showing several views, including from the front, side, and the back, if needed.