The pre-operative consultation process is an important part of any cosmetic surgery procedure, including breast augmentation. A major benefit of breast augmentation is that it is a highly customizable surgery.
For this reason, the plastic surgeon will focus on creating a surgical plan that is personalized to the patient’s unique cosmetic anatomical needs.
An in-depth and meticulous consultation process is the foundation for an effective breast enhancement procedure. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove provides breast augmentation surgery and other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding locations.
Vital Decisions during the Consultation
Breast augmentation surgery planning involves a few vital decisions such as implant choice, the type of surgical technique, and the need for breast lift in combination with the augmentation procedure. The patient should be an active participant in the consultation process to experience a satisfactory and successful surgery.
The final outcomes of the procedure will be impacted by the type and size of breast implants chosen for the plastic surgery. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the breast surgeon will explain the differences between silicone, saline, and ultra cohesive breast implants.
They will also discuss the advantages and limitations of each implant type. The surgeon and the patient will need to determine the implant size, shape, texture, and profile.
Implant Placement Position
Breast implants can be inserted submuscularly (placed beneath the pectoral muscle). The implants can also be placed subglandularly (inserted in front of the pectoral muscle and right behind the breast tissue).
The degree of invasiveness for each of these options is different, and the surgeon will help the patient in making a suitable choice regarding the placement of the implants.
The surgeon may undertake breast enhancement by placing an incision right beneath the breast crease at the base of the breast, along the border of the lower half of the areola, or in the armpit. In rare cases, the surgeon will make the incision through the navel.
The patient should unhesitatingly and openly ask the surgeon any questions or express doubts regarding the surgery.
Establishing a patient’s candidacy for breast augmentation surgery is a key priority for the surgeon during the consultation process. The surgeon will perform a general medical examination and review the breast anatomy, skin texture, and elasticity.
In addition, the surgeon will evaluate the patient’s medical and surgical history and may order tests if required. They will include the patient’s inputs in the individualized breast augmentation plan.
Guidelines for Preparation and Recovery
The patient will need to quit smoking for several weeks before and after surgery. The surgeon will provide them guidelines on this aspect during the consultation process. They may also change the patient’s schedule for prescription medicines, blood thinners, and herbal supplements in discussion with their doctor.
The consultation process will also involve various other facets such as the estimated breast augmentation costs, financing options, before and after photos, and patient testimonials.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Colgrove receives patients from Atlanta, Marietta, Georgia, and nearby areas for breast augmentation and other aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures.
Vinings Surgery Center is taking patients from Greater Atlanta Georgia, Buckhead, Marietta, Roswell, Dunwoody and surrounding areas.