Phase 3 of Your Breast Augmentation Journey: Consultation
Your consultation is exciting and possibly a little nerve wracking – this is really happening! Not only will you gather all the details and get your questions answered, you will meet your surgeon and see a 3D rendering of yourself. It’s your first look at the new breasts you will soon have and you’ll get to see yourself with various sizes and shapes.
The consultation should not be rushed; you should have time to determine what surgical option is right for you to accomplish your goals.
The day of your consultation…
It all starts at the front desk when you check in with reception. This is your opportunity to determine whether the support staff is friendly and helpful. They should ensure everything is in place for your consultation.
Next you will meet with a Nurse Consultant and afterwards your surgeon.
When you sit down to chat be thorough and honest about your medical history as well as any medications, supplements, or recreational drugs you are taking—it’s crucial that your surgical team have accurate information to ensure your health and safety.
You can expect to talk about:
- What you don’t like about your breasts
- How you feel about your body now, and how you would like to feel after plastic surgery
- Your goals: What do you want to look like after surgery? What specific changes do you want to see?
- What’s involved in the surgery (anesthesia type, incisions, recovery timeframe)?
- The risks and possible complications from surgery
- Your medical history
- Your questions and concerns
Your surgeon will examine your areas of concern. If a physical exam is needed, a nurse will remain in the room with you.
Examinations may involve measurements. You don’t have to complete any blood work at this stage.
You will discuss pricing and financing options including an overview of all fees, such as:
- surgeon’s fees
- operating room costs
- anesthesia fees
- devices such as breast implants or compression garments
- follow-up appointments
Ensure you inquire how long the quote is valid. Most surgeons allow a few months so you have plenty of time to think about your options.
If you are ready to schedule surgery by the end of your consultation, that’s great. But don’t feel obligated to make a decision immediately—if you aren’t sure, it’s fine to go home and think about what you want.
You are about to make an investment in yourself and before any smart investment, there is always due diligence. In this case, your due diligence includes a “try before you buy” opportunity.
Vectra 3D takes 3D photographic images of you and allows the doctor to manipulate them, showing you what you look like with various breast sizes and shapes. The 3D rendering is very detailed and gives you a realistic look at your new breasts.
Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the consultation day:
- Have a list of questions you want to ask your plastic surgeon. If you have any concerns or hesitations, let your surgeon know so you can make the most informed decision.
- Your goals for the procedure should be addressed. It is best to come into the consultation with realistic goals. Look at women who have similar height and build as examples to show your surgeon.
If you would like to read the most comprehensive Consult Checklist, including questions you must ask, request our free Breast Enhancement Guide.
Check back the day after tomorrow for our next post, Decision Making Time! We want to outline the things to consider when it’s time to decide. You are in control of your journey and do it in the time frame that works for you.