Can you afford the surgery that you want?

You’ve saved up enough money for the procedure you would like. You’ve done the research, you’ve thought about your motivation and you are confident you are ready for a consultation. What happens if something else is then thrown into the equation that you were not expecting? For example, if you attend a consultation for breast enlargement but your surgeon recommends you should also have a breast lift to achieve optimal results, potentially doubling the price, what should you do? Bearing in mind what we have said about expectation, could you expect great results by going against the surgeons recommendation and opting for just the breast augmentation alone. What would you do? Would you understand why the surgeon has recommended this? It may be that in his opinion by having the implants your nipples would look too low, therefore requiring an uplift. Patients sometimes say they do understand as they are simply just interested in having bigger breasts.

Your surgeon will explain what can and can’t be achieved by the breast enlargement alone, but would you honestly be willing to accept the results of this when you know yourself that you would not be completely happy. A surgeon could refuse to give you the implants as he knows, in his opinion, the result would look unacceptable, but would this be perceived as a judgement against the patient? Would this be right? If the patient makes the decision they want to go ahead regardless, that there will be no impact on anyone else and that it’s their body and their wishes, how can the surgeon object? It is ultimately the patient’s decision and it’s their responsibility to accept the consequences that have been explained to them. In circumstances such as these a patient may wish to consult another surgeon for a second opinion, which would strongly be advised.

What if you do understand and accept the advice but you just don’t have the money? Would you wait, save up and have the two procedures performed together, or would you go ahead with the implants then go back at a later stage and have the uplift? If this was your final decision then you would clearly have to accept and live with the outcome.

By having the two procedures performed together you would expect to pay an overall lower price than if you had them done separately. There would be less medical risk as you would only be having one anaesthetic. This would also have less of an impact on your life as you wouldn’t have to take time out to undergo further surgery with an additional recovery period. A good surgeon may reduce his fees in order for you to go ahead. You must always feel at liberty to discuss this with your surgeon. If he’s not just doing it for the money, but for the benefit of the patient he may offer you a reduction in his fees to ensure a good result.