Before any type of breast procedure, you will need to meet with your plastic surgeon to discuss some personal factors that would be considered when creating your treatment plan. A breast lift consultation is also a great opportunity to receive thorough information about the procedure, receive personalised advice and to ask any questions you may have.
All factors of your procedure, from the specific surgery steps to your preparation and aftercare instructions, can be discussed during your breast lift consultation. However, before your consultation, it can be helpful to feel prepared for your discussion and know what to expect ahead of time.
In this blog, we’ll discuss five important things to know before your breast lift consultation, and how you can get prepared.
1. Your ideal results and expectations
Get clear about the particular concerns you would like to address with breast lift surgery and how you want your breasts to look.
To do this, have a good read about what breast lift surgery can achieve and consider if you have chosen the right procedure to suit your needs and achieve your personal goals. Examine your breasts and pin-point what you would like the procedure to focus on, so that you can clearly explain your ideal results to your surgeon.
Your surgeon needs to be able to clearly understand your personal goals for the procedure, to create an ideal treatment plan for you.
2. Your health history and details of medications
Reflect on your health history, such as any health conditions you may have had or any past surgeries you have had. You should also take a look at what medications you are currently taking.
To feel prepared, we recommend writing down any significant health factors that you would need to mention to your surgeon, so that you don’t miss anything during your consultation. We also recommend preparing a list of the medications you are taking, including what is in the medication and the brand name.
During your breast lift consultation, your surgeon will assess your suitability for the procedure, taking your personal health factors into consideration. Some medications can raise the risk of complications occurring during and after the procedure, so your surgeon needs to know exactly what you are taking, in case you need to pause or switch any medications. You will also be asked about any previous pregnancies, as pregnancy can alter the breasts.
3. What you will need to do to prepare for your procedure
It’s a good idea to know what the preparation for your procedure would entail, even before your consultation. Although you will receive personalised preparation instructions during your consultation, you will want to know that you will be able to follow the steps needed.
For example, smokers will need to quit for at least six weeks before the procedure. If you are a smoker, you must be willing to quit in order to be considered as a suitable candidate. You may need to stop taking or switch certain medications, if medically possible. You will be advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle before the procedure, to keep your body in good health.
If you are unable to follow these steps, you may not be deemed as suitable for the procedure during your consultation. If you are able to follow these instructions, it can be helpful to know what to expect ahead of time, so you can begin to make any arrangements needed.
4. What you will need to do after your procedure
Knowing what to expect after your procedure, including what steps you may need to follow during your recovery, can help you feel prepared for what your surgeon will outline during your consultation. Just like your preparation instructions, your aftercare steps will be personalised and provided to you during your consultation, but we recommend familiarising yourself with what recovery generally demands first.
You will need to take some time off work, usually about two weeks. You will also need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for about six weeks. Other instructions, such as wound care, wearing a compression bra for about six weeks, and getting plenty of rest will also be crucial to your recovery.
Suitable candidates will be able to follow these instructions and will be able to be away from work for the recommended amount of time. When it comes to actually taking steps to prepare for your recovery, you should wait until you have your breast lift consultation, as instructions can vary per patient.
5. What makes a suitable candidate
We have already mentioned some factors that would make a suitable candidate – non-smokers or those who are willing to quit, not taking any risky medications, being in good health and being able to follow preparation and aftercare instructions – but there are some more factors that can be helpful to know before your consultation.
Not only does discussing your expectations ensure that your surgeon can create a good treatment plan that addresses your concerns, but it will also let your surgeon know if your expectations are realistic, and if a breast lift is the right procedure for you. Suitable candidates will need to have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure, and have concerns that a breast lift is able to address.
Suitable candidates will also not be pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we recommend to wait to book your consultation.
Dr Bish Soliman: Patient-tailored breast lifts in Sydney and North Shore
If you think you’re ready to book your breast lift consultation, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Bish Soliman can listen to your concerns, provide you with personalised advice and create an ideal treatment plan to suit your needs.
During your consultation, you will be able to have all of your questions answered, discuss what you will need to do before and after your procedure and discuss what you can expect on your procedure date. You will also receive a personalised quote, detailing the costs of your procedure.
Contact our team today to book your breast lift consultation at our Sydney or North Shore location.