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what should i expect at a breast reduction consultation?

8 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Klink
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
A full evaluation: At any consultation for plastic surgery, you should expect a thorough history ( both general medical and specific), questions about what it is you want and a physical exam. You should then have a conversation with the doctor about his findings, the risks and benefits of the proposed procedure and how the procedure would be performed.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Precertification: Discussion of different techniques, risks and benefits, attempt to have health insurance company.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Consultation: At a breast reduction consultation you should tell your board certified plastic surgeon the symptoms you are experiencing, tests you have had, and any documentation of symptoms. You will have a full breast exam with measurements. The surgeon will then explain his technique, risks and complications, and postoperative care. Photos will be taken for insurance and documentation purposes.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
Very good response, thanks.
Jan 30, 2012
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Lots: You will meet the doctor, ask questions, be examined, surgical options explained, recovery, risks, costs, and be able to look at the surgeons before and after photos.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Breast reduction H&P: History and physical examination including breast measurements and possible photographic documentation. Review of breast cancer history as well as possible diagnostic imaging such as mammogram. A discussion of surgical risks, alternatives and benefits. Fee quote.
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenthal
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Open discussion: A consultation is an open discussion between you and your physician. The doctor is there to listen to you and what you expect and he or she is there to discuss the options, risks, complications and rewards of the procedure.
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Good discussion: Expect a lot of information. Discuss your symptoms, and what your goals are. Listen carefully to the surgeon's discussion of risks versus benefits. Look at before and after photos, especially the scars. You'll be measured, and if you are hoping to have insurance coverage for the operation, a pre-certification letter will be written.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Alot...: You can expect a complete history and physical to be taken. Your concerns regarding breast size/position will be discussed. Whether you are good candidate for breast reduction surgery will also be discussed. Potential risks/complications should be reviewed. Other concerns such as timing of operation and recovery considerations will be addressed. There will be alot of information transmitted.

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