Breast Augmentation (or enlargement) is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed on women. It is not only a cosmetic procedure that requires thought and deliberation, but it is also a personal decision that may prompt a variety of questions for any woman. To ensure that you are aware of the benefits, potential results, associated risks, surgeon qualifications and more, it is important that you consult your surgeon and learn as much possible prior to moving forward with such a procedure.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Morris Ritz will ensure that you are well aware of the process, myths, misconceptions and reality of this procedure. Your consultation is the best opportunity for you to interact with your Dr Ritz, get a feel for his expertise and manner, and ask all of those questions that inevitably arise, when discussing the sensitive topic of augmentation.
So, to help avoid the concern of forgetting what to ask, or even not knowing what the best questions may be, here is a list of five important questions to discuss with your surgeon before breast augmentation.
1. Am I a suitable candidate for the procedure?
There are a multitude of factors that come into question when deciding whether you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation. Factors may include, your current physical and mental health, along with your age, previous health history and more. It is important when attending your initial consultation that you provide your surgeon with crucial information about your candidacy for the procedure. An ideal candidate for breast augmentation is not only looking for an enhanced breast size and shape, but also has realistic goals about the outcome of her procedure.
2. Are you qualified to perform breast augmentation?
It is always important to ensure that you ask whether or not your surgeon is qualified and look to find out more about the credentials that they have. A reliable surgeon and the practice of plastic surgery is regulated by organisations like the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr Ritz’s patients enjoy peace of mind knowing their surgeon is knowledgeable, experienced and carefully trained by accredited institutions to ensure a successful surgery.
3. What should I expect on the day of my surgery?
When you arrive you will change into a gown to prepare for surgery. The doctor may use a surgical marker to draw lines on your body while you’re still standing, before laying you down to administer a general anaesthesia. If you are receiving an anaesthesia or a sedative, a numbing agent will also be administered. If you do receive general anaesthesia, you will have no memory of the procedure from there forward, however, if you receive a sedative and/or a numbing agent, you will be aware and/or awake, but completely calm and restful, during the surgery.
During the actual procedure, your surgeon will then make an incision, depending on the type and size of the implant. Once your implants are in place, the doctor will stitch up the incisions. At this time, you’ll be moved into a recovery room, where a professional team of nurses will ensure you are as comfortable as possible, and fully informed of all post-operative procedures.
4. What are the risks?
In reality, all procedures and surgeries, involve risk. Whether it be numbness in the breasts, for some time after the procedure, potential saline implant ruptures, or occasionally, women experiencing capsular contracture, which is the development of scar tissue around the implant. Unfortunately, there is always a small involvement of risk.
5. What’s involved in the recovery process?
It is always ideal to have a friend or relative available to drive you home after the surgery and stay with you for the first 24-48 hours. During this time, you may feel a little uncomfortable, and if you do have any questions, it is important that you chat directly with your surgeon.
If you are choosing to undergo a breast augmentation, learn more about the procedure by getting in touch with specialist surgeon Morris Ritz. Complete a contact form or phone (03) 9508 9503 to schedule a consultation.