There is no city quite like Scottsdale, Arizona, and if you are traveling here for cosmetic surgery, you will want to make sure you plan. Scottsdale, in particular, has some of the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions in the world. We will work with you to plan your trip and arrange accommodations by creating a travel package that meets your needs.
About Your Consultation
We can provide an informative, comprehensive consultation process, no matter where you reside. Depending on your circumstances, Dr. Gruszynski and our staff will work with you to determine the best plan and be with you throughout the entire process.
- In-Office Consultation
- Phone Consultation
- Before & After Photos (tips)
- Scheduling Your Surgery
- Preparing For Surgery
- Precautions & Safety
- Aftercare & Recovery
- Planning Your Visit
- Common Recovery Timelines
For patients who choose to visit for an in-office consultation, Dr. Gruszynski will meet with you to discuss your areas of concern and help develop a treatment plan that best suits your unique anatomy and individual goals. As a traveling patient, you will need to consider some additional requirements and precautions. Dr. Gruszynski and our staff will walk you through any necessary aftercare or recovery guidelines that are pertinent to your ability to travel.
If you cannot travel to meet with Dr. Gruszynski in person, your first step to having plastic surgery in Scottsdale is to schedule a phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable staff members. This will help us to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your goals and medical history. If so, we may also request that you share “before” photos of yourself with our team ahead of arrival to assist in communication and planning.
To make the process efficient and timely, you can download all patient forms from the website and submit them in advance. Dr. Gruszynski will review them to determine if you are a candidate for your desired procedure(s). Generally, you can schedule your consultation and surgery to occur during the same trip, if desired.
If Dr. Gruszynski has requested “before” photos, take your photos from the following angles for each area of interest:
- Facing the camera
- The left side towards the camera
- The right side towards the camera
- Body angled 45 degrees to the left
- Body angled 45 degrees to the right
Depending on the procedure you seek, Dr. Gruszynski may suggest additional angles or areas of focus for you to photograph.
Contact us today to schedule your initial phone consultation. We look forward to working with you.
If you travel from out of state or out of the country, Dr. Gruszynski encourages you to contact us to arrange procedures well before your desired treatment date.
Please allow two to three months of lead time to guarantee we can schedule your procedure during your preferred travel window.
The length of postoperative stay in the area will depend on the procedures performed. During your consultation, Dr. Gruszynski or a staff member will provide you with specific information for your chosen procedure(s).
Follow-up appointments are arranged on a flexible schedule.
Taking the time to prepare for your surgery properly can make a difference, particularly when you are undergoing a procedure away from home.
Patient safety and satisfaction are of the utmost importance to Dr. Gruszynski.
Providing a full list of medications and supplements is crucial for a safe surgery and smooth recovery period. Although specific instructions may vary based on patient and procedure, there are some standard things you should do before surgery:
- You must cease smoking at least two weeks in advance if you are a smoker.
- Avoid taking vitamin supplements for at least ten days before and after surgery.
- Do not take supplements or ingest food or drinks that contain ingredients that slow blood clotting or thin the blood, such as aspirin or green tea.
- Create a comprehensive list of medications, vitamins, or supplements you regularly take, including dosages, to share with Dr. Gruszynski.
Your procedure and healing time will determine when it is safe to resume normal daily habits.
Dr. Gruszynski takes every precaution to ensure you are as comfortable as possible after surgery. Some postoperative soreness, bruising, and swelling are normal.
Wound care, nutrition, and medication can all contribute to the healing process.
We can recommend services such as a private chef to cook or assist with meal prep, allied healthcare providers such as in-home nursing staff, lymphatic massage technicians, in-home IV therapy, etc., to assist in your recovery.
We recommend traveling with a spouse, friend, or family member for most surgeries, particularly for any procedure requiring general anesthesia.
You will need someone to drive you back to your hotel and stay with you for the first evening while the effects of anesthesia wear off. If you are traveling alone, inform one of our patient care coordinators, who will help arrange postoperative care and assistance.
Additionally, we offer car service and overnight nursing care should the need arise.
We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions appropriate to your procedure.
We recommend planning to get the most out of your visit to Scottsdale. Our staff is glad to help with your arrangements so that you can focus on preparing for your surgery.
Although your procedure and recovery timeline will vary based on your circumstances and chosen procedure(s), you can review average recovery times to get a rough idea of how long you should plan to stay:
Facial procedures: most facial surgery patients are allowed to travel within seven days of surgery
Breast surgery: most patients can travel within seven days of breast shaping procedures
Body contouring: we typically ask patients to stay for ten days after a body contouring procedure
Follow-up appointments are arranged on a flexible schedule.
PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to travel more than 4 hours, it is important to communicate your plans to Dr. Gruszynski.
Extended air travel may pose additional risks.
You may need to follow special instructions to minimize the risk of complications and ensure comfort during the trip.
For most procedures, you will need to walk for at least 5 minutes per two-hour period and ensure proper circulation by flexing and pointing your toes and bending and extending the knees.
In order to get the most out of your visit to Scottsdale, we recommend making plans in advance. Our staff is glad to offer help with your arrangements so that you can focus on preparing for your surgery.
Once you are ready to be out and about, you may want to enjoy some of our excellent retail areas. Just be sure to keep your pace leisurely. With plenty of places to rest and restaurants between stores, browsing one of Scottsdale’s shopping districts will allow you to walk at your own pace and keep circulation up as you recover. Be sure to check out these local favorites:
Museums, Galleries & Performing Arts
Once you’re ready, strolling through a museum or gallery is a great way to get out of the hotel room and stretch your legs post-surgery. With more art galleries per capita than any other US city, Scottsdale has much to offer a lover of the arts.
Downtown Scottsdale Arts Districts & ArtWalk
Right in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, you can find an array of galleries. If you happen to be out and about on a Thursday night, you can experience ArtWalk: a long-running Scottsdale tradition and one of the best ways to see all downtown offers.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
If you’re ready to get out of the hotel room but still need to take it easy, check in with the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. You will surely find something to enjoy with various quality shows year-round.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
It’s easy to while away a relaxing afternoon amongst thought-provoking art exhibits from local and national artists. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art offers a sophisticated range of compelling modern and contemporary art.
Golfing is a popular Scottsdale pastime, and our abundance of golf courses reflects that. Below are some of the local favorites;