What to Expect During a Breast Surgery Consultation
Breast surgery or a breast augmentation procedure involves using implants or fat transfer to enhance the breasts. The surgery can help improve the size and shape of your breasts, boosting your confidence and body image. To get the desired results, an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon should perform the procedure.
A consultation is the first step in the process, so it is essential to learn what to expect.
Preparing for the Appointment
To ensure that the surgery consultation goes well, it is essential to prepare for the appointment. It will help alleviate stress while ensuring that you ask all the relevant questions. It is helpful to formulate a list of the topics or questions you would like to discuss.
Write down your goals and desired results, and carry images of what you want. You can expect a physical examination, so you should dress with this in mind. A two-piece outfit may be more appropriate than a full dress.
The Discussion Topics
During the consultation, the surgeon will ask a wide range of questions. Some of the topics of discussion include your health or medical history, previous surgeries, your lifestyle, and your expectations.
The surgeon will want to know about your breast biopsy history, mammogram results, allergies, medications, and current health. The surgeon will need to ensure that you are physically and mentally fit and that your goals are realistic.
Details of the Surgery
During the consultation, the surgeon will discuss the details of the surgery. You can learn more about the surgical techniques and the types of implants available. The surgeon will offer recommendations about the size, type, and placement of the implants based on your anatomy and goals.
You will discuss different implant textures, compositions, profiles, and shapes. You will learn how to prepare for surgery and the recovery timeline.
Breast Exam and Selection
After the discussion, the surgeon will conduct a physical exam to understand your breast anatomy. You will feel the various types of implants and try out several implant sizes. The surgeon will explain each option and make recommendations.
You are free to offer your opinion on the implants you would prefer. The surgeon may create a 3D image to show you what you can expect from the options. You can make your choice then or take time to decide.
Scheduling Your Surgery
If you decide to go ahead with the surgery after the first consultation, you can schedule your surgery. If you need more time to think about it, you can schedule a second consultation. You can work with the surgeon to choose a date for your surgery. Having your calendar handy is helpful.
You need to think about the recovery timeline and consider how much time you can take off work. You also need to discuss the issues of cost and financing. Getting a complete quote will help you work within your budget.
The consultation will offer you the chance to discuss your hopes and concerns. It is vital to be open and honest with the surgeon about your lifestyle and health. It will help prepare for potential complications.
For more on what to expect during a breast surgery consultation, call Jason K. Potter, MD, DDS, at 214-892-2474 to reach our office in Dallas, Texas.