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    How to Prepare for Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

    How to Prepare for Your Breast Augmentation ConsultationPre-operative consultation is an important part of breast augmentation plastic surgery. It is not an informational session, but creates the basis for the breast enhancement surgical plan. Therefore, the patient should be prepared to be actively involved in this process for her own benefit.
    Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody provide breast augmentation to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and surrounding locations.
     

    What to Discuss during Consultation

    The patient should preferably come prepared to make the most out of the breast augmentation plastic surgery consultation. She should be prepared to discuss key issues such as:

    • Why the patient wants to undergo breast augmentation, what are her expectations and what kind of results she is looking for
    • Any current medical conditions, previous medical or surgical treatments, and drug allergies
    • Current prescribed or other medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins that she may be taking
    • Current and past history of smoking, alcohol and drug use
    • Family history of breast cancer
    • Results of previous mammograms or biopsies

    The patient should also be prepared for the surgeon’s questions regarding her health and risk factors, and make sure to provide accurate answers. She will have to go through a breast exam, including detailed measurements of their shape and size, skin laxity and skin type, and position of the areolas and nipples.
    The initial consultation may also include taking of photos of the breasts. Experienced plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredricksburg, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
     

    Understanding the Options

    During the consultation, the surgeon will explain various aspects of breast augmentation surgery. If at this time, the patient clearly understands her options, she can make well-considered choices in consultation with the surgeon. It is natural to feel anxious or concerned about the new look or experience pre-operative stress. The patient should share her thoughts and feelings clearly with the surgeon so that best decisions can be taken.
     
    Some of the key options in breast implant surgery include:

    • Silicone implants vs. Saline implants vs. Ultra Cohesive Silicone implants
    • Round shaped vs. Tear shaped breast implants
    • Smooth vs. Textured implants
    • Size of implants – from 120 cc to 960 cc
    • Implant over the muscle or under the muscle
    • Location of incisions

     

    Review Before and After Images

    Prior to the consultation, the patient should try to review as many breast augmentation ‘before and after’ photos as possible from the Internet.
    As a first step, she should check out the surgeon’s website to learn more about the procedure, and look for a Photo Gallery on the site. Even during the consultation process, the surgeon may present before and after photos, which she should go through carefully.
     

    Check Own Breasts

    Prior to the consultation, the patient should take a good look at herself in the mirror. With a clear idea about her own breast anatomy, she will be in a better position to understand the surgeon’s perspective and recommendations about breast augmentation.
     
    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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