Choosing a plastic surgeon whose skills, experience and qualifications you trust is essential. Not only are you making a serious financial investment with your plastic surgeon, you are also entrusting the surgeon with your health and the appearance of your body. You want to be sure that the plastic surgeon is appropriately qualified.
Patients travel from across the globe to visit Dr. Ronald Schuster for plastic surgery. No matter where you are traveling from – locally, the next town over, out of state or internationally – we can help you sort out the details to ensure everything goes smoothly. To learn more, please call us at 410-902-9800.
Traveling to the Baltimore Area for Plastic Surgery
The airport nearest to our practice is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. This airport is most likely where you’ll be traveling from. Our practice is about 22 miles north, or anywhere from a 30-minute to 1-hour drive depending on traffic. Whether you are planning to rent a car, take a shuttle or have other transportation in mind, our staff can help you choose the best way to get here.
Arriving a few days early? Baltimore has so much to see and do, you could spend many days here and never get bored. If you have the time, you may want to check out the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor, the Walters Art Museum or the American Visionary Art Museum. Call us for staff recommendations on more local attractions.
Lodging and Restaurants in Our Area
Lodging: A good night of sleep is so important prior to your surgery day. Call and let us know your budget and expectations, and we will recommend a few lodging options within those parameters. Our staff has a few favorites which are conveniently located near the office:
- Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson
- Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore North/Timonium
- The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore
- DoubleTree Baltimore North/Pikesville
You may prefer to stay somewhere more private, that feels more like a home. In that case, you may want to check out rentals on Airbnb® or Vrbo®. This option offers the comfort and privacy of someone’s residential home. We’ll help you narrow down the search area so that you aren’t far from the practice.
Restaurants: You won’t be able to eat anything after midnight the night prior to surgery, but you should have a normal dinner earlier in the evening. If you arrive to the Baltimore area more than a couple days prior to surgery, we encourage you to check out one or two of the many fine restaurants in Baltimore and north of Baltimore. Some of our local favorites include:
Talk to our staff about healthy meal choices in the 48 hours or so leading up to surgery. It’s important to eat well so that your body is prepared for the procedure. Drink water in the 24 hours prior to surgery. Don’t consume alcohol for at least those 24 hours, and preferably for longer so that your body isn’t tired and dehydrated. You should consider choosing meals that are bland and easy to digest in the 24-hour window, which means avoiding normally healthy foods like vegetables, fruit, whole grains and other high-fiber foods. Good choices include toast, white rice, bananas, eggs, chicken and sweet potatoes. You may want to prepare a meal from the grocery store the night before, and enjoy a night out at least two nights prior to your surgical appointment.
Getting Ready for the Day of Surgery
Our team will provide you with complete instructions for preparing for surgery. You’ll need to shower beforehand, wear loose clothing, and leave all jewelry and accessories off. You will have a spouse, loved one, friend or family member with you. They will need to drive you back to your lodging and stay with you to help out. We’ll make sure they know all of the aftercare instructions since you’ll be groggy and sleepy after the procedure. We can also help you to arrange bedside assistance with a nurse or aide as you desire. You will focus on resting only.
How Long to Stay?
How long you need to stay in the Baltimore area depends on the procedure that is being done. Sometimes you will be very mobile after just a few days and can visit nearby Washington D.C. or Philadelphia. In general, Dr. Schuster will want to see you approximately one week after surgery to check on you and make sure everything is healing well before you return home.
What about Follow-Up?
Follow-up appointments will be made using Facetime or Skype. We also encourage you to directly email Dr. Schuster any questions you may have, no matter how large or small.
Contact Us Now for Help with Your Travel Plans
The experienced team at Dr. Schuster’s Lutherville-Timonium plastic surgery office is ready to help you with your travel plans to the Baltimore area. While we can’t arrange the actual itinerary or book anything for you, we can certainly tell you about the best areas to stay, where to eat, what to do and what to expect on your surgery day. To learn more, please call the team at 410-902-9800.