Questions to Ask During Your Breast Augmentation Consultation
By Julio Clavijo-Alvarez M.D. on October 22, 2015
Your breast augmentation consultation is a time for you to voice your concerns and ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your breast augmentation procedure. Because there are many factors to consider before undergoing surgery (e.g., choice of implant size and type, the procedure itself and what it entails, what to expect after surgery), it is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. That is why Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez recommends that his patients bring a list of questions and topics they’d like to discuss for their consultation; he has included a few questions in this post as an example of important topics to cover during your consultation.
Am I a Candidate for Natural Breast Augmentation?
At Re-Nova Plastic Surgery, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez offers patients the choice of natural breast augmentation (using the patient’s own fat injected into the breasts) as well as the traditional breast augmentation procedure using breast implants. Good candidates for the natural breast augmentation procedure are typically women who have excess fat stored in another part of their body, such as the stomach or thighs. Women who are looking to drastically increase the size of their breasts are generally not considered good candidates for this procedure.
If I Decide to Use Implants, What Size Would You Suggest for My Frame?
Whether you want a significant size increase or a modest one, Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez will help you to determine a breast implant size that will fit both your frame and body shape and meet your esthetic goals. Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc’s) and not cup sizes.
What Should I Consider When Choosing Between Silicone and Saline Implants?
Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez uses both silicone and saline implants at Re-Nova Plastic Surgery. There are advantages and potential drawbacks of each, and these vary greatly depending on the patient’s physicality and their expectations for surgery. For example, some patients prefer silicone implants because they look and feel the closest to natural breasts. Other patients, however, might consider the smaller incision needed to place a saline implant to be an advantage. These and other factors to consider when choosing an implant type will be discussed during your consultation.
What Can I Expect from the Procedure and During Recovery?
Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can give you an idea of what to expect during your surgery, including what kind of anesthesia he will use and how long the procedure will take. Details such as what you will wear (such as bandages or a surgical bra) the first few days after surgery and how to best alleviate swelling and discomfort during that time can be discussed. You will also get an idea of how long you will have to be off of work or school, and when you can resume normal daily activities after surgery.
What are the Risks Involved with Surgery?
As with any other surgical procedure, there are inherent risks involved with breast augmentation. Though rare, it is important to get an idea of the potential complications so that you can know what to look for, and so that you can make sure you are healing properly. Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez can give you details on the most common risks involved with this surgery — including capsular contracture, excessive bleeding and infection of the incision sites — so that you can be alert to the signs.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
With these questions fresh in your mind, why not schedule your breast augmentation with Dr. Clavijo-Alvarez today? Call Re-Nova Plastic Surgery at (412) 638-2391.
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