I help patients like you every day and can guarantee that everything you’re feeling, questioning, or curious about has run through the minds of many patients. It has also be on my mind before my breast augmentation. So, take a deep breath, grab your favorite notebook, and remind yourself why you’re starting this journey and what you hope to achieve.
Second only to your consideration of making a change, your breast augmentation consultation is one of the most important steps. You get to know your potential surgeon, discover if she is the right match for you, and decide if you want to move forward. With that in mind, it’s natural to feel nervous or unsure.Understanding what will happen during your breast augmentation consultation before arriving can help you feel a lot more confident going into it, as well as make the most of your time. Here I would like to give you insights into what to expect and how to prepare ahead for your cosmetic surgery consult.
While consultations may be routine for me, I understand how vulnerable my patients feel discussing insecurities with a stranger often feels unnatural. I felt that too. It can help to come prepared with a list of questions, examples of your goals, and your personal calendar so we can go over scheduling and recovery timeframes.I also would recommend my patients to prepare themselves emotionally. While your surgeon should be reassuring and help you feel comfortable, if you feel especially nervous at the thought of discussing your breast concerns with a doctor, consider rehearsing your questions ahead of time with a friend.
While you will remain fully clothed for most of your consult, your cosmetic surgeon needs to perform a physical exam at some point so she can understand your specific anatomy and make appropriate recommendations.
Thus, the first rule in dressing for a breast augmentation consultation is to choose an outfit in which you feel totally comfortable. Wearing clothes you feel at home in can help you feel more at ease. Your choice of outfit ideally shouldn’t impede your physical examination.
Your consultation is an opportunity to get to know your surgeon and her staff, as well as take advantage of getting expert insight into the realities of breast augmentation. Before your appointment, jot down questionsyou have about the procedure, your unique circumstances or concerns, or what the time after surgery will be like.
Ultimately, this decision is up to you. Many of my patients are comforted by the presence of a partner, friend, or loved one, who can also help you remember what questions you wanted to ask. If this person also happens to be the one who will be helping you the first few days after surgery, they can also ask any questions they may have about how best to assist you as you recover.
Alternatively, the personal nature of a breast augmentation consultation and examination means that you may prefer to come alone. Whether you’re flying solo or bring support, my staff and I will make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your visit.
The big day has arrived! Whether you’re nervous, excited, or some combination of both, you’re one step closer to your goals.
At Dr. Kelly®, you’ll be greeted by our friendly receptionist staff on arrival. They’ll sign you in, work with you on patient forms, and make sure you’re comfortable as you wait for your appointment. We want to make sure that you arrive and feel at home. We ensure you a safe and intimate journey to your new breast.
Next, our nurses will work with you for taking pictures. This is a very crucial part before you meet me, Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou. Our specially trained staff will take a series of pictures with our breast augmentation simulation app of your body which allow Dr. Kelly to study them before the consultation. This might make you at first a bit uncomfortable. Rest assured our staff has been specifically trained for this situation and to make you feel comfortable.
Now it’s time to meet with your cosmetic surgeon. We’ll talk about your main concerns, what you hope to see in the mirror after surgery, and any worries or special considerations you have. After the physical examination, I’ll start formulating a surgical plan and discuss closely with you to determine which options and techniques will give you results you’ll love.You’ll also have the opportunity to seeing and feeling different types of implants.
Many of our patients are excited to move forward after their first consultation, but it’s normal if you feel like you need more time or information. I spend as much time as I can with you during our first consultation to make sure you leave feeling well-informed and comfortable. But I understand that the experience can be overwhelming. That’s why my team and I are happy to answer any follow-up questions you have by phone or schedule a second in-person consultation appointment if you like.
If you are consulting with a surgeon you’re not sure is a good fit for you, spend time consulting with other cosmetic surgeons until you find the right match. Not only is it crucial to your health, safety, and the quality of your results that you work with a surgeon who is experienced and well-qualified, it’s also important that you feel comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon and her team.
Still undecided? Questions?
Absolutely not. And I mean that in the best possible way. You will receive a lot of information during a consultation with me and might need time to process all that. You also may find that, after getting all of the details, you simply aren’t ready for surgery, you need time to budget, or you want to speak with people you trust before finalizing your decision.
You will receive a detailed quotation a few days after your consultation from our patient coordination team. Here you will see the services and prices associated to them. A first overview of the costs of a breast augmentation can be found here.
This depends on a number of factors, including your cosmetic surgeon’s surgical calendar and your own personal schedule. Depending on the time of year, we are often able to schedule surgery within a few weeks of your consultation.
Because breast augmentation will require you to take a few days off of work and rest, you may need to plan your procedure around when you are able to take vacation, the availability of your chosen designated driver, or when you’ll have extra help with the kids, for example.
If you feel ready to move forward after meeting with the surgeon, your patient coordinator will work with you to find a surgery date that works for you.
It’s normal for a down payment to be due at the point of scheduling your procedure, though how much will vary depending on the practice’s policy. Reserving the operating facility and specialized support staff time has a cost, hence the typical deposit requirement for scheduling surgery. This portion of your final fee secures your surgery date and goes toward your final cost.I hope that I could give you some better view on what to expect in your breast augmentation consultation. Now that you are feeling more prepared for your breast augmentation consultation, please address us at any time with your concern and contact my office to book your appointment. I can’t wait to meet you!