Your first visit with a plastic surgeon about breast surgery is an important one. During this consultation, you will be able to deduce whether the doctor is the right one for you, based on your assessment and impression of the breast surgeon’s experience and bedside manner.
During this visit, ask probing questions of the doctor. This is critical in order to help you evaluate the details about the breast surgeon, and whether they are familiar and ready to do exactly what you want done.
Let’s talk about what you can generally expect during your initial consultation with a breast surgeon, and where you can go in Atlanta for world-class plastic surgery.
Discussing Your Goals with the Breast Surgeon
You may assume that “every woman has the same goals” when it comes to breast surgery, but this is actually not the case. One of the primary purposes of the initial consultation is to discuss your specific goals with the breast surgeon – such as your purpose for wanting breast surgery, whether it’s a breast lift or breast augmentation or even a breast reduction.
A breast lift is done to raise and reshape sagging breasts, giving them a more youthful and perkier look. Breast augmentation will increase the size of the breasts using implants. A breast reduction is performed to remove excess breast tissue that is weighing down the woman’s chest, which often causes back pain.
Be honest and up-front with the breast surgeon about what you want changed in your breasts. Do not assume that the doctor knows everything that you want.
Breast Examination Before Planning Breast Surgery
The doctor will examine your breasts to determine what recommendations to make regarding your breast surgery. You will want a plastic surgeon who listens to you intently, understands what you want to do with your body, and recommends surgical approaches to help you get there.
Getting to Know the Plastic Surgeon
Asking questions in order to get to know the plastic surgeon, and to learn more about your breast surgery, is what the initial consultation is about. Below is a list of questions that you can and should ask the breast surgeon:
- What are your qualifications/what is your background in breast surgery?
- How much experience do you have with the specific breast surgery I would like to have?
- What is your approach to breast surgery?
- What are the risks and potential complications associated with this type of breast surgery?
- What happens if I am not happy with the results of my surgery?
- How long will it take for me to recover from surgery and to get back to work or other normal activities?
- What kind of post-operative care is required following this procedure? How do I manage pain during recovery?
In addition, do not hesitate to ask the plastic surgeon to clarify some terms or technical jargon that you do not understand. The doctor should be able to explain them to you in layman’s terms. Expect to be taken seriously, treated respectfully, and to have your confidentiality respected.
Experienced Breast Surgeon in Atlanta, GA
Dr. Gregory Mackay is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly experienced in breast surgery. Dr. Mackay can combine a breast lift with breast augmentation for the best results, depending on your cosmetic concerns.
Dr. Mackay maintains his own AAA-certified operating center, complete with an overnight recovery suite. If you would like to schedule a breast surgery consultation, call us today at (404) 255-2975 or use our convenient appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you love the way you look and feel!