CHICAGO, IL, Jun 12, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) –At the Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, Dr. Brian Braithwaite saysthe most common question he receives from patients considering breastaugmentation relates to size. While most patients want to know whatcup size they will be after the procedure, he urges patients toconsider their decision from several different perspectives, asmaking a decision based on cup size alone does not take into accounttheir overall goals for pursuing cosmetic enhancement.
While cup size is often a predominant topic of discussion amongpatients at his Chicago plastic surgery practice, Dr. Braithwaitebelieves this question is rooted in their frustration with anill-fitting bra or clothing, not necessarily their expectations forthe breast augmentation procedure: “Whether women wear bras thatdon’t fit properly due to changes in their bodies or lack ofstandardization in the industry, answering questions about cup sizefollowing augmentation is not a straightforward approach toaddressing their concerns. this is why the initial consultation is soimportant with regards to patient satisfaction, as well as overallsafety.”
When patients approach him with this question, the Chicago plasticsurgeon says he explains that a cup size is roughly 125-150cc.However, he adds that the most revealing part of the consultationprocess is when he has a patient try on sizers, which are designed togive the patient an idea of what a particular implant size will feellike beneath their clothing and throughout their day: “We have ourbreast augmentation patients try on sizers to select the implant thatbest meets their goals. After implant selection, we are able toprovide a very good estimate of final breast size, including cupsize.”
regardless of the breast implant size and type his patients choose,Dr. Braithwaite says the initial consultation contributes to thesuccess of any procedure a patient is considering on several levels.
— Obtain thorough health history to maintain highest quality patient care and safety — Discuss all risks and benefits of procedure, including what the future holds — Conduct a breast exam to help guide the patient in breast implant selection
by the end of the consultation, Dr. Braithwaite says patients feelextremely knowledgeable about breast augmentation and possess theinformation necessary to provide informed, confident consent tocontinue with the cosmetic enhancement procedure. “I’m always happywhen a patient enters the consultation with a list of questions.However, I aim to educate each patient based on their individualgoals, whether they come in with questions or not, as I want them toleave the consultation feeling confident about their options, andlooking forward to their procedure.”
about Brian Briathwaite, MD
After completing his medical education at the University of IllinoisCollege of Medicine and a surgical internship in Chicago, Dr. BrianBraithwaite joined the US Navy to become a flight surgeon. Followingan active tour of duty with the Marines, he resumed formal surgicaltraining at Keesler Medical Center, and then went on to complete hisplastic surgery residency at the University of Louisville. Dr.Braithwaite is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery,and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
The Aesthetic Institute of Chicago is located at 601 W. Randolph St.,Chicago, IL 60661, and can be contacted at (312) 361-8108. Dr.Braithwaite and his team can also be found online atdrbraithwaite.com and their Chicago Plastic Surgery Facebook page.
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SOURCE: The Aesthetic Insitutute of Chicago
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