Preparing for a Breast Augmentation Consultation

It is important to get the most out of your breast augmentation consultation by preparing beforehand. It is a chance to meet with your plastic surgeon and decide whether he or she is the right person to help you achieve your goals and someone you can trust and be confident in.

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The consultation typically lasts 45 minutes if done properly. Here are a few things to think about:

Beforehand:
•    Learn about the procedure - implant insertion/placement techniques and breast implant types. This information will help you get the most out of your consultation and help you make informed choices. It is always best if the patient is involved in the decision making process!  
•    Check the credentials of your surgeon . In the UK, it is best to see a fully accredited Plastic Surgeon who is a member of either BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAPRAS (British Assoication of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons). Be aware that some ‘cosmetic’ surgeons may offer this procedure but are not trained in Plastic Surgery! 

What to bring to the consultation
•    A list of questions
•    Goal photos – this is important to guide expectations - as what one patient thinks of as a ‘natural’ look may in fact be overinflated and fake-looking to another! My special interest is in delivering natural, proportional and beautiful breasts but some surgeons specialise in very large implants!
•    A spouse, family member or friend for support – someone to help remember what has been said (there is often a lot of detail to digest) and to help advise.

What to expect during the consultation
•    Questions about any medical illnesses and medication you take.
•    An examination of the breasts with a chaperone breast (always) – the measurements help determine what the best range of implant shapes/ sizes are for your particular frame and goals.
•    A trial of implant sizers – trying on different sized implants in your ‘goal bra’ (provided by the surgeon). This helps refine decisions about implant selection. It is helpful to bring eg a top to get a feel for how the chosen implant size looks in your natural clothing. 
•    A detailed discussion about the best surgical plan in your situation including risks and complications.
•    A chance to review the surgeon’s portfolio of before and after photos. Ask about patients with a similar frame/ stature to yourself.

Finally, if you are keen to proceed, ask to meet up again before surgery to go through the details of the procedure and sizing again.

Preparing for a Rhinoplasty Consultation

rhinoplasty surgery consultation

It is best to be prepared for your consultation to get the most out of it. Here are a few things to think about beforehand:

1. Be clear about what changes you are hoping for - what part of your nose you are unhappy with (tip, side profile, size, crookedness). Goal photos can be helpful as articulating your goals can be difficult as the terminology is often quite confusing.

2. Think about how surgery may impact your life and have a list of questions relating to recovery/ time off work.

3. Be confident in your surgeon. Ask to see a portfolio of before and after photos and make sure this is a routine part of their practice and therefore and area they have genuine expertise in.

4. Consider a follow-up consultation if you are keen to proceed with surgery. It is often helpful to go through the plan again and provides a chance to mop up any unanswered questions.