Summary: For many women, the breasts are central to their self-image. These most feminine of assets can bestow subtle confidence and bring balance to the female form. However, not all women are satisfied with their breast appearance, which is why breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Some women rely on breast implants to boost breast size, correct asymmetry or improve breast shape. Others find that pregnancy and breastfeeding have taken a toll on their breast appearance and opt for breast augmentation to rejuvenate their figure.
Breast augmentation can help to enhance self-confidence and make you feel sexy in your own skin. An important factor in breast augmentation success is your plastic surgeon. You want to select an experienced and talented plastic surgeon with proven results. Asking the right questions during your breast augmentation consultation can help you to select a trusted plastic surgeon.
1. Are You Board-Certified?
If you’re in the market for a breast augmentation, “board-certified” is a buzz word to pay attention to.
In the wide world of plastic surgeons, there are those who have board certification and those who do not. But what does this distinction mean, and why does being board-certified matter?
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is an organization made up of 24 member boards, including the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If a plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he has completed rigorous training, is held to the highest of medical standards and is engaged in ongoing professional development, which means he is continually updating his skills and is committed to lifelong learning. Given these specifications, you can understand why you want to know if your plastic surgeon is board-certified.
2. How Many Breast Augmentation Surgeries Do You Perform Monthly?
Practice makes perfect, as they say. Therefore, the more frequently your prospective plastic surgeon performs breast augmentations, the savvier he is. Each woman’s anatomy is unique, and a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implants will be able to adapt his technical skill and artistic touch to your individualized needs to offer you beautiful results.
3. How Many Years of Experience Do You Have?
When you’re considering surgery of any kind, do you want to entrust your wellbeing to a novice or a master? The answer is easy. An experienced plastic surgeon will have the benefit of years’ worth of breast augmentation surgeries under his belt. When he works with you, the many breast augmentations he’s done will help to inform his careful, crafted approach to bring out the best in your breasts.
4. Do You Have Hospital Privileges at an Accredited Surgical Facility?
A plastic surgeon with hospital privileges has been approved to perform surgery in a hospital or surgical facility which has been verified by an accrediting organization to be safe and staffed only by qualified, trained and experienced medical professionals. These privileges translate into top-notch treatment and care during your surgery.
5. Can I View a Before and After Photo Gallery?
Ask your plastic surgeon if he can provide you with real examples of the breast augmentations he’s done. This can help give you a sense as to the type of outcome you can expect.
6. If I’m Not Satisfied with My Results, What Are My Options?
It’s important to have clear communication and a trusting rapport with your plastic surgeon. Once your surgery is over, you’ll want to continue your relationship with your plastic surgeon so he can monitor your recovery and provide necessary support, even in the rare chance that means revision surgery.