The first step to getting any sort of cosmetic surgery like a breast augmentation is to meet with your surgeon for a consultation. During your consultation, your surgeon will do a brief exam to take a closer look at your breasts, they will answer any questions, and then you will discuss what kind of implants are going to give you the results that you want. To make sure that you get the most out of your consultation, there are a few different questions that you may want to ask them.
1. How Long Is Recovery?
The last thing you want to do is not prepare for your recovery. For instance, if you have young children you will want to make sure you have someone to take care of them while you recover. Also, you will want to arrange for things like someone to pick you up from surgery and take you home so that you can rest. Depending on the type of augmentation you get, you may need to take off several days to recover or you may be able to go back to work after only a couple. Asking ahead of time about recovery time will help you better prepare.
2. How Can You Prepare for Surgery?
Typically, general anesthesia will be used during a breast augmentation which means that you will usually have to fast for about 12 hours before surgery so that you don't get sick during surgery. Also, you should avoid taking blood thinners like ibuprofen before because this can cause a lot of bleeding during and after surgery. Make sure that you get a detailed pamphlet laying out exactly what you should and shouldn't do before surgery.
3. Is There Special Financing?
If you don't have the cash to pay for your breast augmentation then you may think that you will have to put it on your credit card, but make sure to ask about in-office financing. A lot of offices will offer some sort of financing to patients at a lower interest rate than a credit card which can help you save a ton of money.
4. Where Are Incisions Made?
You may not know this, but your surgeon can insert your implants underneath the breast, through the nipple, or by the armpit. While some surgeons prefer one type of incision site to another, knowing where they are going to insert the implant ahead of time will help you make a more informed decision. For instance, if the implant is inserted through the nipple, you may lose some sensation in that area which may not be something that you want. Talk to your surgeon about all of your options so that you can weigh the pros and cons.
To learn more about getting a breast augmentation, reach out to a surgeon in your area today.