According to the annual statistical reports released by the ASPS, nearly 4.5 million breast augmentation cosmetic surgery procedures were performed between 1997 and 2012. The high safety and success rates have made it the most popular plastic surgery procedure today. Pre-operative preparation is a critical component that will contribute to the final outcome of breast augmentation.
Dr. Eugene Kim is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast augmentation and various other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kim will closely engage with the patient through the preparation process and other stages of the procedure. He provides breast implant surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
Examining Personal Goals
To begin with, the patient should carefully examine her reasons for seeking breast implant cosmetic surgery. She is in the best position to let the surgeon know about her innate aesthetic needs and aspirations, and what precisely bothers her about the existing breasts that she wants to improve.
Breast augmentation surgery is a highly personal journey, and the patient should not choose it just because someone else says so. She should review the practice website of the probable surgeon she may have chosen for the procedure to learn more about breast augmentation before she visits for a consultation.
Breast Augmentation Online Forums
The patient should ideally connect with other women who have undergone breast augmentation previously and are willing to share their experiences. The Internet offers this opportunity through major online forums such as RealSelf where a woman can find practical, real-world advice, and information about the procedure.
Gaining community support and listening to first-hand experiences of others will help a woman discover whether breast augmentation is the right procedure for her. She will be in a position to have a more meaningful engagement during her pre-op consultation.
Fulfilling Candidacy Requirements
The plastic surgeon would assess the patient’s candidacy before accepting them for breast augmentation surgery. The patient should have a stable body weight and should be in reasonably good health prior to the surgery. She should not have any near-future plans for a pregnancy or a major weight loss program.
The patient should develop realistic expectations by reviewing as many before and after photos as possible for this procedure. She can do this before and during the consultation process. She should also prepare a list of questions and concerns that she may want the surgeon to address during the consultation.
Before the Surgery
The surgeon will advise the following guidelines for preparation before the breast augmentation surgery:
Avoid the use of anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, vitamins, and herbal supplements for about two weeks prior to the surgery.
- Alter the schedule of any prescription drugs in consultation with the surgeon and the primary care physician.
- Refrain from smoking at least a month before the surgery to minimize the risk of delayed post-operative healing.
- Arrange for transportation and aftercare to ensure a comfortable post-surgical recovery phase.
Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for breast augmentation.
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