A note from Tracey, our Office Manager and Patient Coordinator
I have been the Patient Coordinator at The Sullivan Centre for over a decade. The question I most commonly receive from breast augmentation patients is about size. It is obvious that breast augmentation patients are unhappy with their breasts; that is why they are consulting with Dr. Christine Sullivan. Many of the patients we see regarding breast augmentation, however, are not sure what they want in their new size. They are only certain that they are not happy with the current size of their breasts.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Sullivan spends the first part of the appointment discussing the patient’s concerns about her breasts. Is it the size, the shape, or the lack of fullness? Are the breasts sagging? Has the patient had children? Breast fed? The answers to these questions form a large part of the discussion portion of the breast augmentation consultation appointment. The second part of the appointment is made up of a breast examination. After examining the breasts and hearing the patient’s thoughts about her breasts, Dr. Sullivan may recommend a breast augmentation.
If a breast augmentation is recommended for you, the next step is to schedule the actual surgery and the pre-operative appointment, which is generally about three weeks prior to the breast augmentation procedure. At your pre-operative appointment, you will first meet with a member of our nursing team, who will obtain a detailed verbal medical history, explain in detail the breast augmentation procedure, secure consent forms, and give you any tips that we have learned from previous breast augmentation patients, so that you can recover as quickly and painlessly as possible.
After meeting with our nurse, you will spend the rest of the pre-operative appointment figuring out your new size. We call this the “sizing appointment.” We will lend you the world’s most unattractive bra and supply you with actual implants (the size of the implants are manufacturer’s recommendations based on measurements that we took during the initial consultation). You will then try on various sizes of implants until you find your idea of the perfect size.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sullivan asked you to bring to your sizing appointment some photos of breasts that you like from a size prospective. The purpose of the photographs is simply to get a better idea of your desired size. Prospective breast augmentation patients normally spend quite a bit of time searching for their ideal size. Dr. Sullivan will talk with you and look at the photos and discuss the size of the implant you are most comfortable with. This discussion leads you to your “ideal” breast size. While Dr. Sullivan will certainly offer her advice, the ultimate choice of a breast implant size is up to you. Our only goal, when it comes to breast augmentation size, is to give you what you perceive to be the perfect breast size for you and your body.
We hope this article helps you. Finding the perfect breast size for your body is a process; it is not something you have to decide on the spur of the moment.