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Preparing for Breast Implant Surgery

Preparing for Breast Implant Surgery | Houston | KatyFigures compiled by the ASPS reveal that more than 4.5 million breast implant cosmetic surgery procedures were performed in the US between 1997 and 2012.

Breast augmentation currently ranks as the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the country. To create the foundation for a successful surgery, the procedure should be preceded by a careful preparation process.

To help the patient prepare for breast implant surgery, the operating surgeon will provide detailed instructions and engage with her closely at the pre-op stage. Committed and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Fortes provides breast implant surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and surrounding locations across the landscape.

Assessment of Cosmetic Goals

To start with, the candidate for breast implant surgery must assess her reasons for seeking this procedure, and be sure of what about her breast appearance may be bothering her. Only the patient is in the right position to explain her innate cosmetic needs and goals. This feedback will help the surgeon create a customized breast implant surgery plan.

A major plastic surgery procedure such as breast implants is a personal journey for a woman. She should not choose it just because she is influenced by another person, but only when she has a genuine personal desire to augment her breast appearance.


Internet Forums and Websites

One of the things a woman may do prior to seeking breast implant surgery consultation is to review the practice website of the surgeon or surgeons she may have short-listed. She may also visit dedicated online forums and websites such as RealSelf to interact with other patients or learn from their experiences with breast implants.

A potential patient will typically feel more confident when she receives some community support as well as insights from other patients. This will help her make a better decision. A patient with clarity, confidence and prior information will be able to have a more productive consultation with the surgeon.


Meeting Candidacy Requirements

At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will determine the patient’s candidacy for breast implants. She should ideally start working on her diet and follow a regular fitness regimen in order to have a stable and moderate body weight. While she is considering breast implants, she should not plan for a pregnancy or a weight loss program.

To develop realistic expectations, the patient should review as many breast implant before and after photos, which can be accessed from the surgeon’s office. She should preferably prepare a detailed list of questions, which she wants to ask during the pre-op consultation.


Before the Surgery

Essential preparatory steps before the procedure may include:

  • If the patient is a smoker, quit the habit for at least a specified time period as advised by the surgeon.
  • Refrain from using blood thinners and NSAIDs as well as certain herbal supplements and vitamins as per the surgeon’s instructions.
  • Apply for a week’s leave from the workplace to have a safe recovery.
  • Arrange for transportation and aftercare as necessary.

Judicious and salient cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fortes receives patients from Houston, Texas, Beaumont, Port Arthur, TX, and other suburbs and areas in this region of the high flying state of Texas for breast implants.  

For more information about the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul F. Fortes please click here or call 713-354-5123. Serving patients in Houston, Katy, The Woodlands, Beaumont, Port Arthur and other surrounding areas of Texas.

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