Before your surgery, a breast augmentation consultation is a must. The consultation gives you a chance to meet with a plastic surgeon, learn more about the procedure, and ultimately determine if it’s the best choice for you. It’s important to understand that a breast augmentation consultation isn’t meant to be your first introduction to the surgery. Instead, it should be the final step you take before you decide to move forward or not. Before your consultation, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
Learn About Your Implant Options
Although your plastic surgeon will go over the types of implants available, it helps to have a basic understanding of the difference between saline and silicone implants. Silicone implants are often more popular, but that doesn’t mean that some women aren’t better candidates for saline implants. One of the major advantages of saline implants is that they can be filled after insertion, meaning the surgeon can make a smaller incision. The two types of implants also have a different feel once placed in the body. Understanding the major differences between the two can help you be better prepared to ask your surgeon questions and to pick the one that’s right for you.
Make a List of Questions to Ask During Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
Speaking of questions, it’s a good idea to make up a list to bring along with you to the breast augmentation consultation. Having a list in hand will reduce the chance of you forgetting to ask something important. Your questions should cover the basic expectations for the surgery, details about the surgeon, and what you can expect afterwards. Good questions to ask include:
- Are you board certified?
- How many years of training do you have?
- How many breast augmentations have you performed?
- Where do you perform the surgery?
- Do I seem like a good candidate for breast surgery?
- Can you explain the risks of the surgery?
- What do you do to minimize risks?
- What happens after surgery?
- How long will I need for recovery?
- Will I able to breastfeed?
- What happens if I am unhappy with my results?
- What happens if I don’t want my implants any more, after several years?
- What are my other options?
- Can I see before and after photos of past patients?
- Can I speak with past patients?
Pick Out Tops to Bring
Part of the breast augmentation consultation involves trying on sizers to get an idea of what size and shape of implant best meets your needs and wants. The sizers will give you an idea of how your implants will look, as well as what they will feel like. It’s usually a good idea to pick out a few shirts to bring along with you to the consultation, so that you get a good idea of how having implants will change your silhouette. For example, it’s usually a good idea to bring a fitted T-shirt, so that you can determine if you feel comfortable with the size and appearance of the implant. You might also want to bring a blouse or button-front shirt and a bikini or swimsuit top.
Review Your Medical History
Your overall health will determine if you’re a good candidate for breast surgery. While your plastic surgeon will perform a physical exam during the consultation, it’s often a good idea to review your medical history before it, so that you have all the information and details ready. For example, make a list of any medications you take regularly, even vitamins and herbal supplements, plus a list of any current or past medical conditions you have dealt with, such as heart disease or diabetes. If you have a history or a family history of a reaction to anesthesia, your surgeon needs to know that, too.
You’ll most likely need to have a blood test performed before surgery, to make sure you don’t have any lurking medical issues. Depending on your age, your surgeon might also request you have a heart exam. You’ll also be asked to stop smoking and to avoid certain medications. Being upfront with your surgeon is essential for minimizing the risks of breast augmentation surgery.
Figure Out Financing
Your surgeon will review the costs of breast augmentation and your financing options with you during the consult. But, it’s helpful to have a general idea of how you plan on paying for the surgery before you visit the doctor. For example, you might want to pay for the entire procedure in cash, upfront. Depending on your financial circumstances, you might prefer to finance the surgery. Knowing what financing options are out there, from using your credit card or getting a personal loan, to getting medical financing or borrowing from a relative, can help you make the most informed decision.
Think of your breast augmentation consultation as the next-to-last step on your journey before surgery. It’s an opportunity for you to really get to know the surgeon and learn as much as you can about the procedure. If you’ve been considering breast augmentation for some time now and are ready to take the next step, call (281) 484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, Houston’s leading breast augmentation surgeon, today.