Important Questions to Ask Before Breast Reduction Surgery
Women with overly developed breasts may experience consistent back or neck pain, skin ulcers, poor posture, and interrupted sleep among other maladies. Every year thousands of women seek treatment and successfully undergo reduction mammoplasty, more commonly referred to as breast reduction surgery.
If you think you may be a candidate for breast reduction surgery, then your first step is to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. You’ll likely have a lot of questions swirling around in your head as you enter the consultation. As a plastic surgery office specializing in breast surgery, we wanted to offer this list of questions you should ask during the consultation as a helpful guide:
- Are you board-certified in plastic surgery? (Find out why board-certification is important.)
- Do you specialize in breast reduction surgery?
- What other types of surgery do you perform?
- What is your criteria for a successful surgery?
- How many years have you been performing breast reduction surgeries?
- How many breast reduction procedures have you done?
- Can I see before and after pictures of previous patients?
- Will I need a general anesthetic? What is that like?
- What are the risks associated with this type of surgery?
- Are there any non-surgical treatment options that I might try?
- Is there anything I will need to do to prepare for the surgery?
- How long is the recovery period?
- Will this surgery require an overnight stay in the hospital?
- Will there be any scarring, bruising, swelling, or pain? How long will it last?
- How long after surgery can I return to work, resume regular activities, and exercise?
- What are some common post-surgery complications, and how are those handled?
- How much post-surgical care do you provide?
- How soon after surgery will I have my first follow-up visit?
- What’s included in the price of surgery?
- Do you offer payment plans?
Be sure to print out this list and bring it with you to your consultation. Put a check mark next to each question after you ask it. Your potential surgeon should be courteous, professional, and happy to answer all questions. He or she should make it clear that your health and well-being are a top priority and offer alternatives if surgery isn’t right for you. If you feel like the doctor is being evasive or pressuring you to make a quick decision to have surgery, then look elsewhere. Remember, having surgery is a big decision. You owe it to yourself to take the time to find a surgeon you can trust.
If you’re considering breast reduction surgery, then be sure to consult with Dr. Fodero. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Fodero understands your desire for a beautiful, youthful looking body and facial appearance. He uses the latest plastic surgery techniques to produce outstanding results. He and his staff are friendly, helpful, and available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Northeastern Plastic Surgery today to learn more and schedule a consultation.