The toolkit is for patients to utilise as a guideline for managing breast implants. The toolkit is meticulous and encourages the patient to make fully informed decisions. Within the toolkit is a consent checklist for the patient to utilise to ensure they fully understand their decision.
We believe these are not just suggestions but an essential part of your breast implant journey. One protocol outlined is the requirement for two surgical consultations before the procedure. We implement this practice at Absolute Cosmetic Medicine, but today we will explain why we choose to do this. In your first consultation with Dr Murray, he will take the time to go through all the basics, take all measurements and do all of the fittings. Of course, patients can often find this influx of information quite overwhelming and will leave the consultation still thinking of more questions they need to ask.
Before the second consultation, we have all patients view a video explaining again all associated complications. We provide slides on any potential complications as well. After watching, you will then have your second consultation with Dr Murray. During this time, you can go through any remaining queries or concerns you may have. The time between the two appointments allows for a cooling-off period. The cooling-off period provides time to consider anything further you would like to discuss and empowers you to decide if the procedure is suitable.
Having two consultations, while sometimes can seem like a lengthy process, is not just for the patient’s benefit. This process allows the surgeon to get to know you and understand you as an individual, both physically and psychologically. The psychological component is a huge factor nowadays as patients have more exposure to social media. With this exposure comes the reported growing feeling of needing to have them done.
We want to help you make a thorough and informed decision about if breast augmentation is in your best interests. Ultimately, we want to do what is best for you, and this requires that we take time to understand you. As with any surgery, there is the potential for complications and risks. A conscious understanding of the potential risks is integral in assessing if the benefit outweighs the risk.
If you would like to access the ACI toolkit, you can do so here. This document is available for download and is a resource to utilise in your decision making. If you would like to start your journey or discuss if breast augmentation is suited to you, contact us on 1300 – NEWYOU to book a complimentary consultation.