Cost and what to expect in a consultation?
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All offices are different in terms of cost as well as what the consultation involves. Some charge a fee (usually around $150) and some provide a complimentary consultation. As for the consultation, in my office you will be with us for about an hour. We will start by reviewing your medical history to make sure it is safe for you to have surgery. I will measure your breasts and show you in the mirror the things that I see that I am taking into consideration as we decide what will be best for you (ex: do you need a lift in addition to the augmentation to achieve your goal?). I then describe the advantages and disadvantages of the 4 different types of implants I offer and you will get to feel them. We discuss incision placement, whether you want the implants over or under the muscle and sizing. In terms of sizing I ask what cup size you would like to be, I ask you to bring photos that demonstrate your desired look and I have you try on implant sizers in a sports bra. We make sure all three of those things match to really get you the look YOU desire. We then discuss the risks of the surgery, the things to do or avoid before surgery, the surgery itself and the things to do or avoid after surgery. Finally, you will get to ask as many questions as you want. It is very important that ALL of your questions are answered and you feel comfortable with your surgeon before proceeding. Best wishes!
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Best of luck in your endeavors!
Sincerely, James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
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Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Cost and what to expect in a consultation?
When it comes to cost of surgery, there may be many “variables” involved. The specific surgeon's credentials/experience level (or lack thereof), the specific geographic area you are looking at, the different operations available, the location of the procedure ( quality of surgery facility), type/quality of anesthesia provider, type of breast implants… are some of the potential variables involved. You will find average costs of surgery listed on this website, and on individual plastic surgeon's websites as well.
I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask to SEE lots of examples of their work AND preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.
Be very careful with your decision-making. You will find, while doing your due diligence, that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you; again, I strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Generally speaking, the best online advice I can give to ladies who are considering breast augmentation surgery ( regarding breast implant size/profile selection) is:
1. Concentrate on choosing your plastic surgeon carefully. Concentrate on appropriate training, certification, and the ability of the plastic surgeon to achieve the results you are looking for. Ask to see lots of examples of his/her work.
2. Have a full discussion and communication regarding your desired goals with your plastic surgeon. This communication will be critical in determining breast implant size/type/profile will most likely help achieve your goals. In my practice, the use of photographs of “goal” pictures (and breasts that are too big or too small) is very helpful. For example, I have found that the use of words such as “natural” or "C or D cup” to "too big on me" etc means different things to different people and therefore prove unhelpful. Also, as you know, cup size varies depending on him who makes the bra; therefore, discussing desired cup size may also be inaccurate. Again, the use of computer imaging has been very helpful during the communication process, in our practice.
3. Once you feel you have communicated your goals clearly, allow your plastic surgeon to use his/her years of experience/judgment to choose the breast implant size/profile that will best meet your goals. Again, in my practice, this decision is usually made during surgery, after the use of temporary intraoperative sizers. I hope this (and the attached link, dedicated to breast augmentation surgery concerns) helps. Best wishes.
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