I am considering a breast augmentation. What can I expect at a breast exam?

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I am considering a breast augmentation.  What can I expect at a breast exam? 

The plastic surgeon and his staff will see and evaluate you to see if you are a safe and reasonable candidate for a breast enhancement.

You will be asked to discuss your medical history including your family history of breast cancer. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments, and current medications you are on. Previous surgeries including any surgery of the breasts and the need or results of mammograms will be discussed. It is important for you to be honest and open and provide complete information.

In a private setting, customarily with a chaperone present, the plastic surgeon will perform a thorough examination of your breasts and torso, including measurements.  Confidential photographs are taken for your medical record and are used at the time of your surgery as a reference.  He/she will consider such factors as the size and shape of your breasts and the proportions between your breasts, waistline and hips.  Other considerations are the quality of your skin and the anatomic position of your nipples and areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples). If your breasts are sagging from childbirth, weight loss, or natural aging, a breast lift may be recommended in conjunction with your augmentation breast surgery.

From here, the plastic surgeon and staff members will assist you in determining what type of implants to choose (silicone or saline), including size and shape.  You will be able to ‘try the implants on’ by placing the implants inside your bra.  Looking in a mirror… feeling the different types of implants…and ‘trying on’ the various sizes and shapes of implants tremendously helps you in determining what implant is best for you. 

It is prudent to see a board certified plastic surgeon! 

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Englewood Plastic Surgeon