Plastic Surgery Procedures

Breast Lift Consultation

The initial breast lift consultation for surgery, your surgeon will review important information with you. In order to be prepared for the consultation, you should bring a list of questions to the appointment so you don't forget to ask an important question. You will also need to bring a list of current medications you are taking. It also may be helpful to bring some photographs to provide your surgeon with a visual of what you want and don't want.

There are several relevant questions you should ask your surgeon, not only about the surgery itself, but also about his or her experience and qualifications as a plastic surgeon. Some questions you may want to ask are:

How long have you been practicing as a cosmetic plastic surgeon?

Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and if so, for how long?

Has any disciplinary actions ever been taken against you by the board or state?

How many breast lift surgeries have you performed?

Of the surgeries you perform, how many require revisional surgery?

Am I a good candidate for breast lift surgery?

What are the risks of breast lift surgery?

Are there newer procedures for this type of surgery?

Do you have before and after photographs of previous surgeries you've performed that I may view?

Should i expect to have scarring, and if so, how severe will the scarring be?

How long after surgery will I see results?

How long will recovery take?

Do you have any suggestions for pain management after surgery?

What types of anesthesia might you be using for my surgery?

Will there be any diet restrictions either before or after surgery?

Will my current medication use have adverse reactions with medications used during and after surgery?

What will happen to me if a complication arises during or after surgery?

If I am not satisfied with the results of the surgery, what is your policy regarding revisional surgery?

If I should decide to not go forward with the surgery, will my money be refunded?

How soon after surgery can I expect to resume normal activities?

Do you offer financing or will you accept incremental payments?

These are only some questions you may want to ask your surgeon. Be sure to make a list of the questions you have so you don't forget to ask about something. Also, you should remember you have the right to ask your surgeon about his or her qualifications and experience because it is as important for you to be comfortable with your surgeon and trust him or her completely as the surgery itself.

In addition to answering your questions, your surgeon will thoroughly discuss your expectations of the surgery and ensure that you have realistic expectations. You will also discuss the possible risks and complications associated with breast lift surgery, as well as the procedure itself, recovery and follow up.

Your surgeon will perform a physical examination which will include examining your skin type, thinness and elasticity. This examination can be uncomfortable as your surgeon may pinch your skin around the breast to test its looseness. He or she will thoroughly review any pre-existing medical conditions and previous treatments or surgeries you've received. Your surgeon will measure your breasts and take photographs for your medical records.

Your surgeon may or may not schedule the actual surgery date at the end of the consultation. You will also receive instructions for the day of the surgery. You will also receive literature that highlights some of the information explained to you by your surgeon. You should leave your consultation with enough information to decide if breast lift surgery is right for you.

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