February 2020 Procedure of the Month: 3 Tips When Considering Breast Surgery
Posted January 29, 2020
Consult with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon should be your first step when considering a breast procedure. Talk openly with them during your consultation about the look you would like to achieve and bring any questions you may have about the procedure with you to discuss directly with the surgeon. The consultation is important as it allows the surgeon to review your medical history and discuss with you any concerns you may have. The surgeon should examine you to determine the shape and size of your breasts as well as the position of your nipples. Implants may be used in the office by the patient to determine approximate sizing and shape. This can be done by wearing a sports bra with the clothing the patient wore to the consultation. Review before and after photos both in the office and online to see the surgeon’s results. Occasionally you can request to speak to a previous patient and hear about their experience with the procedure you are interested in. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon and the office staff as they will be an important part of your experience.
Follow All Post-Operative Instructions
These instructions are important as they will guide you through your recovery process. If you are instructed to “take it easy”, then you need to do just that! Allowing time for your body to heal after a surgical procedure will help speed the process along. There is no heavy lifting or exercise for 3 weeks which is important to allow for adequate muscle and tissue repair. Achieving your desired result is a team effort so do your part and follow instructions.
Communicate With Your Surgeon Post-Op
Your post-op appointments are important as they allow for the surgeon to evaluate your recovery. This also gives you the opportunity to discuss any concerns or problems you may encounter during the process. Communicating with your surgeon is key, alert them to any changes with the surgical site so that they can follow up immediately if needed.