A breast augmentation mammoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, with thousands of women opting for this procedure every year. However, a breast augmentation mammoplasty is a serious surgical procedure that requires careful consideration and a thorough consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.
If you are considering a breast augmentation, it is essential to ask your plastic surgeon the right questions to ensure that you are making an informed decision and will understand the details of your procedure. In this blog, we will outline some of the key questions you should ask during your breast augmentation mammoplasty consultation.
- What is your experience with breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery? One of the most important questions to ask your plastic surgeon is about their experience with breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. You want to work with a surgeon who has extensive experience performing breast surgeries and who has a track record of delivering successful results. Before your consultation, you can also view their about page on their website to read about their education history and experience within the field of cosmetic surgery.
- What type of breast implants do you recommend? Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. You will be able to discuss your desired results, so that your surgeon can recommend the best type of implant for you. Implants are available in a range of sizes, in round or teardrop shape, silicone or saline fillings and smooth or textured outer shells. The ideal type of implants vary for each patient, so the consultation is the place to work out which ones you need.
- What are the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure? As with any surgical procedure, a breast augmentation mammoplasty can be associated with some possible side effects, although the level of these risks can be minimised by choosing an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon should be upfront and honest with you about the associated risks, which may include infection, bleeding, scarring, and implant rupture, as well as how they will work to prevent or minimise these. It’s important to ensure transparency, that you are fully informed about all aspects of the procedure and that you are in reliable hands.
Disclaimer: The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
- How long is the recovery period for breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery? The recovery time frame can vary slightly from patient to patient, depending on the specific details of the procedure. Generally, a breast augmentation mammoplasty typically requires a recovery period of several weeks, during which you will need to avoid certain activities. Part of the purpose of your consultation is to determine the personalised details of your surgery and provide you with an idea of what your recovery will look like, based on your procedure.
- Can I see before and after photos of breast augmentation mammoplasty procedures you have performed? Before and after photos are an excellent way to get an idea of what kind of results you can expect from breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. Ideally, your plastic surgeon should be able to provide you with some examples of their previous work, so you can see the kinds of results they have achieved for other patients. However, every patient is unique and results of other procedures should never be used as exact references for how your results will turn out, but as a guide only.
- How do I prepare for my surgery? Preparing for breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery typically involves making some lifestyle changes in the weeks leading up to your procedure, but each patient’s preparation steps may look a little different, depending on their personal health history, lifestyle factors and procedure details. Your plastic surgeon will outline what your preparation steps will entail. Usually, you will receive a detailed list of things to do (and things to avoid) in the days and weeks leading up to your surgery.
- What kind of anaesthesia will be used during my breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery? Breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery typically requires general anaesthesia, which means you will be unconscious during the procedure. So that you feel prepared, your surgeon can explain the anaesthesia process and answer any questions you may have, including the likelihood of any associated complications occurring and how you may feel after waking from the procedure, especially if it is your first time undergoing a surgical procedure with general anaesthesia.
- How much will my personalised procedure cost?The costs of your procedure will depend on a number of personalised factors, including the type of implant you choose and the amount of time that the procedure will take. One of the main purposes of your breast augmentation mammoplasty consultation is to calculate all of the fees and expenses associated with the procedure, and provide you with a personalised quote.
- How long will my breast implants last? Breast implants are not designed to last forever, and you will likely need to have them replaced at some point in the future. Your plastic surgeon will be able to provide you with information about the lifespan of the type of implant you choose, as well as recommendations for when you should consider replacing them.
- What kind of follow-up care will I need after my surgery? After your breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery, you will need to attend follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon to ensure that you are healing properly, monitor the success of your results according to your procedure goals and to address any concerns you may have. As part of your personalised procedure plan, any important post-procedure check-up’s can be scheduled, so that you will know well in advance when you will need to be seen again.
- What is your approach to minimising scarring after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery? Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, but your plastic surgeon should have a plan in place to minimise scarring as much as possible. They may use techniques such as placing incisions in inconspicuous areas or using advanced suturing techniques to minimise scarring.
Dr Tavakoli uses the most advanced techniques to minimise scarring as much as possible, and can inform you of how he will use these techniques in further detail, according to your personalised procedure. You should expect, however, that surgical scars will never completely go away.
- What happens if I am not satisfied with the results of my procedure? While most women are happy with the results of their breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery, there is always a chance that you may not be completely satisfied. Your plastic surgeon should be able to discuss your options for revision surgery and what the process would entail, outlining a plan for still aiming for your desired results should the procedure not achieve the outcome you had expected.
- Can I combine breast augmentation mammoplasty with other procedures, such as a mastopexy (breast lift)? If you are looking to address other concerns in addition to breast size and shape, you may want to consider combining breast augmentation mammoplasty with other procedures, such as a mastopexy. Generally, augmentation mammoplasties aren’t specifically designed to address excess skin or changes in the position of nipples that can sometimes occur due to the natural ageing process or due to other changes such as significant weight loss, so some women may benefit from undergoing a mastopexy as well, in conjunction with receiving implants, to address all of their aesthetic concerns at once. During you consultation, ask your surgeon what your options are.
Your breast augmentation mammoplasty consultation with Dr Tavakoli in Sydney
An obligation-free and cost-free breast augmentation mammoplasty consultation at our Sydney clinic is an opportunity to discuss your desired results, the details of the procedure, preparation and recovery advice, costs, and any personal concerns that you may have.
In a welcoming, supportive and empowering environment, you will be able to ask all of the questions above and any additional questions you want to ask. Clear communication and a mutual understanding is highly important when it comes to achieving your ideal results.
If you’re ready to book your breast augmentation mammoplasty consultation with a leading, experienced and qualified plastic surgeon, contact our team.