As with any surgery, the single most important factor in achieving the results you desire is selecting the best physician for your breast augmentation procedure. Choosing the right surgeon is a responsibility that you shouldn’t take lightly. Never let yourself be pressured into making fast decisions. Instead, take as much time as you need to do your own research and check a surgeon’s training and experience very important.
In addition to medical experience, you should consider the physician’s personal communication skills as well. Make sure they take the time to answer your questions and that they speak to you in a patient, respectful manner that makes you feel comfortable. Also important is the quality of the office and the level of training of the staff. After procedures, you will possibly have a lot of questions, and it’s important to make sure that the staff is well-trained, pleasant, and responsive.
You’ll also be spending a lot of time interacting with your physician’s staff, so you’ll also want to make sure you feel comfortable with them. There are many ways to find a qualified physician. Referrals from friends or family members who’ve had breast augmentation is always a great way to start.
In addition you may also contact a number of respected professional organizations to ensure your plastic surgeon has the right education and training, such as:
- The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
- Your State medical society
Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon
Use this list to help your decision in choosing a qualified plastic surgeon at your consultation:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? There are many board that sound official and important, but there’s only one plastic surgery Board that matters (and is the hardest to attain, requiring years of training rather than just a simple application and payment of a membership fee).
- Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and or American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)? ASPS and ASAPS only allow board-certified plastic surgeons to join their organization.
- Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery? Or did you train in another field (for example general surgery, ENT, gynecology, family medicine, emergency medicine) and start performing plastic surgery without the necessary residency training?
- How many years of plastic surgery training have you had, and was it in a government approved plastic surgery residency? Real board-certified plastic surgeons have at least 5 years (and usually longer) training years in the surgical field.
- Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals? You should know that hospitals will NOT allow doctors to perform a procedure unless they are qualified to do it (meaning the right training, the right board certification, and good peer references). You can always use this question to find out who’s truly qualified, and who’s doing procedures they’re not well-trained for in the privacy of their own office. Although this practice is not illegal in most states, patients do not benefit from having the best training and best safety checks in the system.
- Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified? For your safety, insist on having procedures that require anesthesia only in a certified facility, and not in a non-certified office setting.
- How many procedures of this type have you performed? You should look for an honest answer. There’s no correct number as an answer, but you would not want to hear an answer that seems made up.
- Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Why do you think I’m a good candidate? What are my alternative treatment options?
- Where and how will you perform my procedure? Will someone assist you in surgery? Will there be other surgeons?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
- What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
- How are complications handled in your practice? Who’s financially responsible?
- What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome of my surgery? Are corrections and touch-ups included in the fee for my surgery?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for each procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
- These questions will help you vet your plastic surgeon but also get a feel of his or her bedside manner and if you feel comfortable with this physician as your plastic surgeon.
Whether you choose on of our surgeons or not, we want to be able to give you the tools for a successful and safe plastic surgery procedure.
Please always feel free to contact us for any questions you may have (908) 277-8759