What to bring to your sizing appointment
Hi, I’m Aggie Oakley. I tend to do a lot of the breast sizings for Mr Richards and the other consultants working in the practice, and I’d like to talk to you about breast sizing appointments.
When I actually do a breast sizing, I ask patients to bring lots of different tops along with them, tops that they don’t wear now but they’ve bought but won’t wear because of their shape. Tops they wear generally, for going to the gym, going out, wearing to work, etc, so that when we do the sizing, the patient can get a very good image of how they’re going to look in their clothes after the procedure.
With the sizing, I do actually ask patients to really read up on the information that Mr Richards has given to them at the first consultation so we can discuss any questions they’ve not spoken to Mr Richards about, or they’ve thought about after their consultation.
Also at the sizing appointment, we discuss all the risks of the procedure again because patients quite often on the first consultation don’t take in all the risks discussed at that appointment.
We also go through the whole journey of the procedure from being admitted to the hospital, right through to their six weeks discharge. That involves the patient when they come into the hospital, what to expect at the hospital, how they’ll feel post surgery, pain wise, how the breasts look swollen, etc.
We then go onto their post-op care when we get them back to clinic. We also discuss bras, what they can wear and what they can’t wear, the length of time they’ll be wearing some sort of surgical bra, etc.
So the sizing appointment is very important, because we tend to sort out any other queries for the patient at that appointment.
It’s actually a fun appointment as well! I tend to normally have groups of friends or partners, mums and daughters come in for those appointments and it tends to be a little more relaxed than probably the first consultation.
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