If you have been considering a breast procedure and finally feel ready to take the plunge, the first step is to meet with a plastic surgeon. This consultation gives you the opportunity to get to know the doctor, learn more about the procedure and get all the information you need to make your final decision. Here, Dr. A.J. Khalil, an award-winning plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, explains some of the ways you can prepare, ahead of your consultation, to make the most of this meeting.
Consider How You Want Your Breasts to Change
Many patients mistakenly believe that they need to decide what kind of procedure they are interested in before a consultation. Instead, you should focus on which aspects of your breasts you are dissatisfied with. Considerations include: Would you like your breasts to be a different size? A different shape? A different elevation? How about your areolas? Would you like your proportions to look natural or exaggerated?
Breast procedures can be combined or customized in many ways. Providing Dr. Khalil with detailed requests (rather than simply saying you are interested in a specific breast procedure) will allow him to devise a surgical plan that achieves the kind of results you envision.
Come Prepared with Questions
Plastic surgeons expect patients to have several questions about a procedure before making a final decision and they are happy to take time to answer these queries. Questions allow you to feel comfortable with your choice, plus they help you to set reasonable expectations about what a breast procedure can achieve.
It is a good idea to write down your questions before you arrive at the office, as nerves and excitement could cause you to forget some questions during your consultation. If you do forget a question, do not worry. You can always follow up with Dr. Khalil and his staff after your initial appointment.
Review Your Medical History
Safety is a top priority, which is why a plastic surgeon always reviews your medical history before surgery. This helps the surgeon to confirm that you are a good candidate to undergo this elective procedure with minimal risk. To expedite the process, it may help to remind yourself of your own medical history, including medications, past surgeries, mammograms and family history of breast cancer, so that you can report this information accurately.
Ready for Your Consultation?
Dr. Khalil is a beloved and respected plastic surgeon at the top of his field. He performs a variety of breast procedures, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift and breast revision. When you choose Dr. Khalil as your breast surgeon, you can be sure that you will receive great results and diligent care. To make a consultation with Dr. Khalil, please call (310) 385-8601.