Questions to ask at your consultation
Are you board-certified?
Board certification is one of the most important things to know about your plastic surgeon. The American Board of Plastic Surgery only provides certification to surgeons who have extensive qualifications in the field and are committed to the highest standards in health and safety. Board certification by the ABPS is not a requirement for performing cosmetic surgery procedures, but ABPS certification does let you know that your doctor is being held to the highest standards of education, training, practice, and continuing professional development.
How many breast lift procedures have you performed?
Dr. Rand invented and performs a specialized breast lift technique called the auto-augmentation breast lift in Bellevue. In his career, Dr. Rand has done many thousands of breast lift surgeries and is considered an artist at this operation. If you are looking to achieve a lift while still retaining as much of your existing breast tissue and size as possible, you need to look for a surgeon offering this specialized technique and only Dr. Rand does this auto-augmentation surgery.
Can I see actual before and after photos of your patients?
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, a picture says a thousand words. You likely already have an idea of what you want your end result to be but seeing images of real women that your surgeon has worked with can help you get an even clearer picture. We offer an online photo gallery (link to gallery) where you can see women who have had auto-augmentation breast lifts and other breast surgery procedures from Dr. Rand. During your hour long in-person consultation, Dr. Rand will also review a large number of before and after photos most relevant to your specific starting point and goals.
Am I a good candidate for the procedure?
Your suitability will be assessed at your consultation. As a general rule, candidates for the auto-augmentation breast lift procedure are in good overall physical and mental health as well as have realistic expectations about the results of their cosmetic surgery.
What questions should I ask?
At the initial consultation, you need to be ready to discuss important factors that can affect your candidacy including:
- Any medication that you are taking. You may be asked to stop taking certain ones before surgery, like blood thinners.
- If you do smoke or use any nicotine products, plan to quit at least six weeks prior to your surgery and not start again for at least six weeks afterward.
Should I wait until after I have children to have an auto-augmentation breast lift?
Pregnancy and childbirth can change the appearance of your breasts and most women considering a breast lift have already had at least one child. However, other women may choose to have the auto-augmentation breast lift procedure before having children, depending on their existing breast anatomy. This is ultimately a personal decision.
If you do decide to undergo the procedure before you have children, the result may change from pregnancy. If so, a revision surgery could be performed in the future to tighten the breasts again and add implants if you choose to go larger. Some women opt to undergo a mommy makeover after they are done having children to revitalize their figure and these usually include a tummy tuck and some form of breast enhancement such as an auto-augmentation lift.
What type of anesthesia will be used and how is it administered?
Knowing what kind of anesthesia is being used before the date of the procedure will allow you to make any relevant arrangements. The auto-augmentation breast lift procedure is performed using general anesthesia. You need to tell Dr. Rand if you have issues with or are allergic to any kind of anesthetic. Dr. Rand only uses board-certified physician anesthesiologists, who will remain with you throughout the procedure and the recovery period immediately following surgery so that your safety is ensured.
What if I’m not happy with my breast lift results?
This can be a hard question to ask during a consult, but it is important to know how your surgeon handles any issues that could arise. Every surgeon has a different policy on revision procedures. You will want to know in advance if there could be any additional costs and what they might be. Also, and maybe more importantly, your surgeon’s responses should help you feel more comfortable about the surgeon and their practice moving forward.