If you’re planning a breast reconstruction consultation following a mastectomy, you’ve got many important decisions to make. Whether you’re looking to have an immediate or delayed reconstruction, the first step is scheduling a consultation. Choosing your surgeon is crucial, but your role during the initial consultations is also important. Here are five things to disclose at your breast reconstruction to ensure you find the right plastic surgeon for you.
#1 Your Surgical Goals
Breast reconstruction surgery is designed to help you feel more confident in your skin. This is why it’s so important to communicate your desired results to your surgeon. Be vocal about the size or shape you want for your breasts. Don’t hesitate to be straightforward about your ideal results.
#2 Your Vices
Be candid with your surgeon about your smoking, alcohol, or illicit drug use. Smoking can impair wound healing and increase the potential for scarring. Patients who are dependent on alcohol can experience tremors or seizures from withdrawal. Your surgeon may prescribe medications to relieve these symptoms and prevent more serious complications. Prescriptions and illicit drugs can interfere with how anesthesia affects patients, as well as how a patient returns to breathing on their own after being on a ventilator.
#3 Your Current Health Conditions and Medical History
Your surgeon should be aware if you have any current health issues (diabetes, heart disease, etc) so that he or she can better provide care for all conditions. You should also disclose any current medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking as they can interact with anesthesia.
Additionally, you should provide your surgeon with your medical records. This will help him or her make an informed decision regarding the right time for you to go forward with breast reconstruction surgery.
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#4 Your Surgical History
Surgeries can leave both internal and external scars, which can affect surgeries that follow. Past surgeries, as well as any issues or complications with the surgery or the anesthesia, should be discussed with your surgeon. Examples include bleeding after surgery, waking up during surgery, nausea and vomiting, or anything that was unusual.
#5 Your Concerns for Surgery
You shouldn’t feel pressured to go into surgery with a surgeon who doesn’t understand your feelings or concerns. If you’re nervous about the surgery or unsure of your results, you should be able to tell your surgeon. During your consultation, you should feel like your surgeon cares about your concerns and be reassured about whatever decision you make.
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Dr. Tenley K. Lawton, a board-certified plastic surgeon with a woman’s perspective, takes the time to answer your questions, provide information, and discuss likely outcomes and potential risks of breast reconstruction. With years of surgical experience, Dr. Lawton understands that this is a life-changing and emotional procedure.
“Dr. Lawton was highly recommended by my breast surgeon at Hoag when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Lawton performed reconstruction and reduction. I am so pleased with the results! She is a caring physician, very professional, and I would highly recommend her to anyone.” *
Take the Next Step
Would you like to learn more about breast reduction procedures? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.
*Individual Results May Vary.