To ensure good results, it is vital your surgeon has years of experience with breast augmentation. Dr. Vitenas has been performing breast augmentations, with both saline and silicone implants, for over 25 years.
2. Are you board certified?
Make sure your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This fact tells you the doctor has gone through rigorous and extensive training, is in excellent standing with the medical board, and keeps up with yearly continuing education. Dr. Vitenas is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and holds many other prestigious medical affiliations.
3. How can I prepare for my surgery?
For the best results, you may need to stop smoking or lose weight, so ask your doctor what you can do to get ready for your breast augmentation. Discuss your allergies, prescription, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or supplements you are currently taking.
4.What are the risks involved in breast augmentation?
Every surgical procedure comes with potential side effects and risks, so discuss these with your surgeon. Weigh out the benefits and risks completely, before deciding on your surgery.
5. How will you help me manage my post-surgical side effects and complications like nausea or bleeding?
Your doctor can explain any side-effects and complications that may arise, as well as how these will be treated. He may prescribe medications to control the pain and nausea; he may also recommend other techniques to ensure your comfort and safety.
6. What kind of anesthesia will be used?
For a breast augmentation, you will more than likely being going under full sedation. Your surgeon should tell you who will be administering the anesthesia and what their qualifications are.
7. What can I expect after surgery?
Find out what is normal, and what is not, during those first few days. Understand how much swelling to expect, if you will see bruising, and if there may be some bleeding and draining.
8. When can I resume normal activities?
On average, you should wait a few days before returning to work and about a week before resuming normal daily activities. Hold off on strenuous activities and exercise for about 4-6 weeks.
9. Where and how will you perform my breast augmentation?
The hospital or surgical center where your breast augmentation is performed will be very important to know. The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires its doctors to perform their procedures in an accredited facility; another good reason to make sure your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS).
10. What do I do if there are complications after I get home?
Ask your surgeon what complications will require a doctor’s intervention, and which you can deal with at home. Also find out who you should call in an emergency, and keep this information handy after your procedure.