Pre-operative consultation lays down the foundation for a successful breast reduction cosmetic surgery procedure. The surgeon will have more clarity about the patient’s health and aesthetic requirements, and on the other hand, the patient will gain more confidence in the ability of the surgeon.
As part of the consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about all aspects of breast reduction and help her to make an informed decision.
The patient should be prepared to have a close engagement during the consultation and participate proactively. Following the surgeon’s instructions during the pre- and post-operative period will help the patient to minimize risk and achieve her cosmetic goals. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
During the consultation, the surgeon will try to assess the reasons why patient wants to undergo breast reduction, and what precisely about her breasts may be bothering her. Some patients may have concerns about pain, discomfort or limitations of movement, apart from cosmetic issues. Based on the patient’s inputs, the surgeon will be able to create a customized breast reduction cosmetic surgery plan.
The surgeon will conduct a review of the patient’s previous medical records, conduct a breast exam to check the anatomy and the skin laxity levels, and ask questions about her current health status. These issues must be clarified during the consultation to ensure the patient’s fitness for breast reduction surgery.
If the surgery is to be performed using general anesthesia, additional assessment may be required. The surgeon will also take a note of the patient’s history of drug allergies, if any. The consultation process will help to mitigate the risk of surgery and contribute to a safe and successful final outcome.
While preparing for the consultation for breast reduction, the patient should ideally make a list of all prescription and non-prescription drugs that she may be currently using. Any vitamins and herbal supplements should also be included in the list.
The surgeon may have to stop the patient’s use of certain medications, including blood thinners such as aspirin for a certain time period. The schedule of any prescription medication may be altered in consultation with the physician.
The patient will be required to abstain from smoking for a few weeks before and after the breast reduction procedure. Nicotine in tobacco can hinder the oxygen flow in the blood and pose risk during the surgery. The healing process after the surgery may also be slowed in case of smokers.
Some adjustments to the patient’s diet may be advised at the time of consultation. She may have to increase the daily intake of lean proteins for some time to support post-operative healing. Patients are encouraged to maintain a good fitness regimen prior to the surgery in order to have an easier recovery.
Dedicated plastic surgeon Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and other communities for breast reduction.
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