Breast Augmentation Consult Questions
Questions to Ask at Your Breast Augmentation Consult
This is a lengthy list of questions. During your consult, your surgeon may very well answer several of these without you having to ask. Print the PDF version of this list and fill in the answers so that you don't forget them. This is especially helpful if you are consulting with several surgeons.
About the Surgeon
How many breast augmentations do you perform each year?
Do you have hospital admitting privileges, and if so, at which hospitals?
Is your surgical suite accredited, and if so, by which organization(s)?
What percentage of your patients has complications?
What is the main complication you encounter with breast augmentation patients?
What is the percentage of capsular contracture in your practice?
How many revisions do you perform on your own patients, and what is the main reason for the majority of those revisions?
About the Surgery
What type of anesthesia will I receive, general anesthesia, or twilight anesthesia?
Who will administer the anesthesia, an board-certified anesthesiologist, or a CRNA?
Which incision do you recommend for me, and why?
Which breast implant placement do you recommend for me?
Do I need a lift, and if so, which type?
What are the risks of this surgery?
Where will my surgery be performed?
Should a serious situation arise during surgery, which hospital will I be taken to?
Do you prescribe antibiotics to be taken after surgery?
Which complications can be repaired through the incision I want to get? Which complications will require an additional incision in a different location?
About Breast Implants
Do you prefer saline or silicone breast implants, and why?
Do you prefer textured or smooth breast implants? Why?
Do you prefer round or textured breast implants? Why?
Do you see more complications with certain types of breast implants? If so, which ones?
What size breast implant do you recommend for me?
Do you overfill saline breast implants past the manufacturer's recommendation?
When will I receive the device cards for my implants?
How will my implants impact future mammogram screenings?
Will breast implants affect my ability to breastfeed?
Will I need to massage my breast implants after surgery? If so, for how long?
Preparing for Surgery
Should I take any special supplements prior to surgery such as vitamins, herbal supplements such as Bromelain and Arnica for bruising, etc.?
Which over-the-counter medications should I avoid prior to surgery?
How long should alcohol consumption be stopped prior to surgery?
Will you write my prescriptions prior to surgery day so that I can fill them ahead of time?
Do I need to purchase a bra to wear home on surgery day? If so, what type of bra?
How long should I wait until I return to work?
What is your fee for the surgery?
What is the fee for the anesthesiologist?
How much do the implants cost?
Are there any other costs I should be aware of?
What is your policy on revisions in the event that I have a complication? Will I receive a discount on a revision? Is this provided in writing?
In the event that I change my mind about the surgery, how far in advance must I cancel my surgery without losing any of my deposit?
Does your practice offer financing?
Do you take checks? Credit cards?
Is there a set amount of time before you start charging me for post-operative visits?