Breast Augmentation Consultation
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that is done to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. During a breast augmentation consultation, patients meet with a plastic surgeon to determine if they are good candidates for the surgery and to discuss the details of the procedure.
The initial consultation is a crucial step for individuals considering breast augmentation. It provides an opportunity to learn about the surgery, ensure it is the right choice, and ask the surgeon important questions. Thoroughly researching the procedure beforehand and being prepared with questions can help patients prepare for the procedure.
Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States, with thousands of procedures performed annually. As breast implants have risks and benefits, it is essential to understand both before deciding to have breast augmentation surgery. Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon and having an in-depth discussion during the consultation can give patients the information needed to make an informed choice.
Below are 11 key questions that patients should ask their surgeon during a breast augmentation consultation.
1. What are my options for implant type, shape, and size?
There are important decisions to make regarding breast implant options. Your surgeon can explain the differences between saline and silicone implants, different breast shapes, and various sizes.
When opting for breast augmentation, it’s vital to understand the truth about breast shapes. There is no one “ideal” breast shape, and all breast shapes are natural and beautiful.
Discuss your goals and preferences to determine the right options for the implants.
2. How many breast augmentation procedures have you performed?
Ask your potential surgeon about their experience level specifically with breast augmentation. An experienced surgeon will have performed hundreds or even thousands of successful breast augmentations. Opt for a surgeon who regularly performs this procedure.
3. Are you a board-certified plastic surgeon?
It is crucial to choose a plastic surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This indicates the surgeon has undergone extensive training and meets high patient safety and care standards. Be sure to ask about board certification and verify it.
4. Where will the incision be placed?
Breast implants are inserted through incisions typically located around the areola, in the armpit, or underneath the breast. Ask your surgeon to explain the pros and cons of each incision option to decide the optimal placement for you.
5. How long is the recovery period, and what can I expect during recovery?
Understanding the recovery process, including expected timelines and side effects, is important. Swelling, bruising, numbness, and discomfort are common during the first week. You may need to take 1-2 weeks off work and avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks. Clear expectations help with recovery.
6. What are the potential risks and complications?
While breast implants are safe, potential risks include infection, capsular contracture, implant rupture/deflation, rippling, and asymmetry. It is essential to understand the risks before surgery. Your surgeon should explain complication rates and how risks can be minimized.
7. Can I see before and after photos of your previous patients?
Reputable surgeons will have breast augmentation before and after photos you can review during your consultation. Seeing your surgeon’s past work helps you understand and visualize potential results. Be sure the photos accurately represent what you can expect.
8. Will I need future surgeries or replacements?
Breast implants do not last forever. Ask your surgeon how long results typically last and if/when replacements may be needed. Also, understand if revisions or other surgeries like a breast lift may be recommended later to maintain results.
9. What is the total cost of breast augmentation?
Get a breakdown of all costs, including the surgeon and facility fees, anesthesia, implants, and any other expenses to avoid surprise charges later. Find out if financing options are available. Be sure you understand the full cost before moving forward.
10. What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?
Your surgeon will provide pre-op instructions, such as getting lab testing done, avoiding certain medications/supplements, arranging a ride home, and more. Make a note of all preparation requirements for a smooth surgery experience.
11. How much time should I take off work?
Recovery times vary, so get guidance from your surgeon on how much time you’ll need off work or school after surgery. Most patients need about one week off, but this depends on the physical demands of your job. Plan ahead to optimize your recovery.
Selecting the right plastic surgeon and using your consultation effectively is key to achieving your goals with breast augmentation. Thoroughly researching the procedure, asking the right questions, and developing a trusting relationship with your surgeon leads to the best experience and outcome. Keep this list of 11 essential consultation questions handy as you take the next steps in your breast augmentation journey.