HOW TO PREPARE FOR A
The consultation is a very important step in the process of having a breast reduction. It is your opportunity to learn as much as possible about the surgeon and the procedure. The better prepared you are for the consultation, the more you will benefit from it. Below is a list of things we recommend you do before your consultation so you can ensure it will be a great experience.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A CONSULTATION
THINK ABOUT YOUR GOALS
Having a breast reduction can be one of the most life enhancing decisions you will ever make. A breast reduction can alleviate symptoms associated with large breasts, like back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and skin rashes. Alleviating these symptoms often allows patients to exercise more and lead healthier lifestyles. Patients also report feeling more confident and more comfortable in all types of clothing. It is worth thinking about your goals after breast reduction surgery to make sure you are able to communicate them during your consultation.
RESEARCH THE SURGEON
Once you have decided to have breast reduction, it is now a good time to research potential surgeons. Make sure the surgeon or surgeons you are considering have the proper credentials to perform breast reduction. They should be not only Board Certified, but board certified specifically in Plastic Surgery. You will be surprised by how many surgeons claiming to be "Cosmetic Surgeons" are actually NOT Plastic Surgeons. Some are actually Ear, Nose And Throat (ENT or Otolaryngology) surgeons, Gynecologists, Family Medicine doctors, or Emergency Medicine doctors! Only a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is qualified to do a breast reduction. Looking at doctor review sites and speaking to friends can also be very helpful.
Once you have found a qualified, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, take some time to review his or her website. Review their "Before and After" pictures to ensure that you like the quality of their work. A good plastic surgeon will have a significant amount of information, pictures and videos about breast reduction if they perform it frequently.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
At this point, you are ready for the consultation. Call the offices of the surgeons you have chosen. When you speak to the staff, make a note of how helpful they are. You want to make sure to go to a surgeon who has a caring and supportive staff because if you decide to have surgery with him or her, you will be forming a long term relationship with that office. It is also a good idea to ask about pricing and/or insurance payments. Be sure to have your insurance information handy so that the office may begin to determine your benefits elibility.
ARRIVE EARLY FOR YOUR CONSULTATION
Many offices are located in busy areas with heavy traffic. Beverly Hills is an example. Parking, sometimes, can also be difficult to find. Make sure to leave early enough to account for traffic and finding parking. Furthermore, every office will require you to fill out some paperwork prior to meeting the doctor. You want to make sure you give yourself enough time to complete all of this before your consultation. This way, you can spend the alloted time in the most productive way by asking questions and reviewing information.
Going through these steps before the consultation will make sure you are on your way to a great experience and beautiful results!