When you choose to undergo a breast augmentation, an in-person consultation with your plastic surgeon should be the first step before scheduling your procedure. Many clients are nervous before this important meeting. Perhaps it is the first time you are meeting your surgeon in person, or perhaps you have some personal concerns to discuss. But your consultation should not be a worrisome experience — it is an opportunity to learn more about your breast augmentation, to ensure that you are informed and prepared for your upcoming surgery. While the specifics of your consultation will depend on your surgeon, these are a few of the topics you can expect to cover during your breast augmentation consultation.
Meeting Your Surgeon
If your breast augmentation is your first procedure with your surgeon, then your consultation may be the first time you are meeting with them face-to-face. Since you will be working closely with your surgeon throughout your procedure and recovery, it is essential that you feel comfortable and cared for — your surgeon should be attentive to your questions, responsive to your requests and constructively honest about your expectations and possible results.
Your surgeon’s bedside manner is not all that matters when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Breast augmentations can be performed in many different ways and styles, and you should make sure that your surgeon’s preferred technique will deliver the kind of results you want. If after your consultation you do not feel as though your surgeon’s personality or methods are right for you, you should feel free to schedule other consultations until you find someone who is a better fit.
Discussing Your Details
Your consultation will be the meeting where you will discuss your concerns and where your surgeon can make recommendations for you based on your anatomy and your desires. Your surgeon should discuss his or her recommendations for the type, size and placement of your implants. You will talk about your health history and your lifestyle so that your surgeon can account for any potential problems during your procedure and recovery.
You will also talk with your surgeon in depth about the kind of results you want. This can include your shape preference, the approximate cup size you are hoping for and whether you want saline or silicone implants. Your surgeon should have sample implants that you can touch and hold to get a feeling for the type and size you prefer. You should expect to have some “before” photos taken, and your surgeon may use these photos along with markups to project your outcome. Your surgeon should have photos of other patients who are similar to you so that you can get an idea of what you can expect. Your surgeon should be reviewing with you all aspects of what is involved in achieving your results: your footprint, your breast shape, your natural breast volume and padding, your skin quality and your nipple position.
Booking your surgery
You should leave your consultation with a complete quote and a sense of when you can book for the procedure if you decide to proceed. This is an important decision and you should not just be looking for the lowest price. What kind of follow-up care is provided? Will your surgeon be available if you have any problems or concerns? You should not feel under any pressure to make a commitment.
A proper surgical quotation should be inclusive: it will not just include the fee for the surgeon, but also the cost of the implants, the fee for the anaesthesiologist and the fee for the facility costs.
At Banff Plastic Surgery, we do our best to make the consultation process simple and worry-free. We believe that the more you know about your procedure, the more empowered you are to make the right decisions about your body and your health. We are dedicated to our clients’ comfort and we make it our goal to meet and exceed your expectations. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay, has years of experience performing breast augmentations and other cosmetic surgeries. To learn more about a breast augmentation at our offices in Banff, Alberta, contact us today at 403-762-2055.