Breast augmentation is a procedure that we undertake every day at Queensland Plastic Surgery, but it’s a major decision that leaves a lot of women not knowing where to begin.
The first step on this journey is to book an initial consultation with a surgeon. This can be a very daunting meeting if you’re not prepared! Here are some common questions to ask to make sure that you feel comfortable with the process and achieve the outcome you’re looking for…
- What implants should I get?
Understanding what you’re looking for is the most important outcome for us from your first consultation. If you know the look that you’re after, your surgeon can help you figure out what implant is right for you. Don’t be afraid to bring photographs of the look that you want so that we can help you identify the right cup size and type of implant for you.
- How long do I need to take off work?
Everyone’s recovery is different. Your surgeon will talk you through what to expect and can give you an idea of how long you will be out of action, including from work.
- What will the recovery process and timeframe be like?
The more you understand what to expect in the initial stages after your surgery, the more prepared for it you will be. Make sure that you discuss this with your surgeon, and ask any follow up questions that you have related to your lifestyle.
- What will the scarring be like?
Any major surgery will result in some initial scarring and this is understandably a concern for our patients. Your surgeon will explain the procedure to you in detail, including where incisions will be made on your body, and give you an idea of the extent of potential scarring and how long it will take to heal.
- When can I go back to exercising?
This is an important one for a lot of people, but it varies from person to person. Make sure you bring it up with your surgeon so that you can get an idea of the timeframe for getting back into different levels of physical exercise.
And preparing for that first meeting…
- What should I bring to my consultation?
Make sure you bring your Medicare card and any health fund or medical concession cards that you have.
Importantly, think about bringing a friend or family member as well! Your initial visit can be overwhelming; a lot of people like to have someone there for support and our surgeons encourage this. It’s good to have somebody else to listen, ask questions and discuss the process with you afterward.
Above all, bring a list of questions – like these – to make sure you get all of the information you need.
Preparing for surgery can be overwhelming, but our surgeons have performed this procedure on literally thousands of women! Come prepared to get all the information you need so that you leave understanding every aspect of the procedure.
Remember, our surgeons are there to make you feel as comfortable as possible as you embark on this life-changing surgery!