A breast augmentation procedure is not a life-threatening operation. However, it is still a serious medical process. For this reason, before an augmentation surgery is performed, each patient is provided with a consultation. While every provider has different specifications when it comes to the expectations of a consultation, there are some standard things to expect.
Medical History Questionnaire
Breast augmentation procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Consequently, the medical provider must have a complete medical history on file for you. During the consultation, the provider will ask about any existing medical conditions you have, past procedures, hospitalizations, your current prescriptions, and even questions about your exercise and diet habits. The surgeon uses this information to assess whether or not a patient is healthy enough to have the procedure performed.
Need vs. Want Expectations
Breast augmentation can be an elective or non-elective procedure. An elective augmentation is solely for cosmetic reasons, and non-elective procedures are used to satisfy a health need, such as back strain. A surgeon needs to ask a lot of questions to determine where you fall on the spectrum. This process can feel slightly invasive, but you should expect the surgeon to ask you a lot of questions. It is the goal of the surgeon to ensure each patient has realistic expectations.
If your procedure will involve inserting an implant, the surgeon will also likely discuss with you the different types of implant options available to you. This part of the consultation is important because the type of implant used will affect the shape, feel, and longevity of the implant, in terms of the need for future procedures. The surgeon will also likely give you the pros and cons of each option based on your specific factors.
The procedure itself is important, but the recovery process is equally as important. Poor recovery can impact how well the procedure heals and open the door to infection. You should expect the surgeon to discuss with you, in detail, what the expectations of recovery are to ensure you are prepared. You can use this information to determine the best time to schedule your surgery. However, do not worry, you will be provided with this information and more, once you have the augmentation performed.
The consultation is one of the most important parts of the process. Be certain you come prepared and do not hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to.
For more information on breast augmentation, reach out to a local cosmetic surgeon.Share
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