The number one rule in a breast augmentation consultation is to listen to what the patient expects to get out of the surgery. After my patients have had the opportunity to tell me their goals for undergoing breast surgery, I talk to them about potential risks and benefits of the procedure, healing times, and potential need for future surgeries. Future plans of pregnancy and breast feeding are also addressed, as is a history of breast disease and a personal or family history of breast cancer. This initial part of the interview generally takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
Following the initial proceedings, I perform a thorough examination of the patient. The examination will elicit any asymmetries in the breasts and any abnormal lumps or masses that need to be addressed. During the exam, measurements are taken to document the natural dimensions of the breast, chest cavity, and shoulder breadth. All these measurements are used during the breast implant selection process to determine a list of implants that will fit the patient. It is important to make sure an implant fits the patient and not make the patient fit a particular implant. This ensures that the ultimate results are natural-looking. Additionally, it helps reduce any long-term complications that can result from breast augmentation surgery. Once an implant has been selected, I will help the patient determine ideal incision locations and optimal implant placements in relation to muscles and tissues, all based on their unique goals.
At the end of the consultation, I will answer any further questions or address any concerns the patient may have. It is my goal for every patient leave my office with a comprehensive understanding of what a breast augmentation entails, as well as what it can achieve for them.
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