Sometimes people feel nervous before their first consultation. Our breast augmentation patients often have questions about breast implants, recovery, and more, but they are unsure of how to start the conversation.
Viewing before-and-after photos and doing research on the procedure are good first steps. But knowing a few more specific details early in the plastic surgery journey is particularly helpful to patients. In this blog post, we’ll outline some useful discussion starters so that you can feel more confident at your initial consultations.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
Your surgeon will need to assess your medical history and current health status to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will also need to discuss your goals for the surgery and make sure that they are realistic.
How often do you perform breast augmentations?
Plastic surgery is a wide and diverse field. Some surgeons are generalists and perform many different kinds of treatments, while others choose to specialize in a particular category. At our Atlanta-area practice, we often perform breast augmentation surgeries. A facial plastic surgeon, on the other hand, won’t have the same kind of breast enhancement experience.
To find a skilled plastic surgeon, ask your doctor how often they perform breast augmentations in a given day, week, or month. This will give you an idea of how much experience your surgeon has in the procedure.
What are my options for breast implants?
Breast augmentation is a very customizable procedure. Depending on your specific body shape, bigger isn’t always better. Patients can choose from different implant choices and profile types to create unique and personalized results. Talk to your doctor about which implant materials and sizes would work best for you.
There are two main types of breast implants: saline and silicone. Saline implants are filled with saline solution, while silicone implants are filled with silicone gel. Each type of implant has its own advantages and drawbacks, so it is important to discuss your options with your surgeon to decide which type is right for you.
No matter if you’re seeking a natural appearance or a more dramatic look, your surgeon can help find the implants that suit your shape and your goals. Together, you can find the right combination to create your ideal look.
What can I do to recover as safely as possible?
Any surgery carries some risk of complications, and breast augmentation is no exception. Some of the most common (but rare) complications include infection, bleeding, and scarring. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon in detail before making a decision about the surgery.
Recovery isn’t a “fast-track” process. To get the best possible results, you need to take care of your body and follow your surgeon’s advice closely. All patients are excited to see their results after surgery, but the healing process requires some dedicated downtime. Be sure to take it easy during your recovery period, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
Ask your doctor how to make smart, healthy choices after surgery that will benefit your long-term goals. By learning how to best support your body, you can help your results develop as nicely as possible.
More Questions To Consider
In addition to these questions, you may also want to ask about the following:
- The cost of the surgery
- The type of anesthesia that will be used
- The expected results of the surgery
- The availability of support after surgery
It is important to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable with the decision to have breast augmentation surgery. Your surgeon should be willing to answer all of your questions in a clear and concise way.
Are you ready for a consultation?
Your first breast augmentation consultation doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. By researching the procedure beforehand and knowing which questions to ask, you can lay the foundation for a great surgical experience.