Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation procedure sounds easy enough but this is one of the most important stages of the process and one that should be taken very seriously.
There will always be a number of surgeons who are more than happy to carry out your surgery but this doesn’t mean they’re the best professional for the job.
Your breast augmentation consultation will give you all the details you need to make an informed decision about a surgeon.
Key Questions to Ask a Breast Augmentation Surgeon
1. Are you board-certified?
According to Dr Peter Laniewski, this is one of the first questions you should ask a potential surgeon. Your safety should always be your top priority and finding out whether or not a surgeon is board-certified will already tell you a lot about their capabilities. Board-certified surgeons have gone through years of training and understand how to safely perform a breast augmentation procedure and achieve amazing results. If you want to take it one step further, you can ask about their specific training in breast augmentation.
2. Do you operate from an accredited facility?
Reputable surgeons operate from accredited surgical facilities or a hospital surgical suite. If your procedure won’t be performed in a state-of-the-art facility, you may want to rethink the surgeon you’re considering. A board-certified anaesthesiologist should also be present during your surgery. Most surgeons will give you the opportunity to meet the anaesthesiologist prior to your surgery.
3. What size implants would you recommend?
Implant size is very personal and should suit your body type. During your consultation, your surgeon should take several measurements that will allow him/her to provide you with implant size recommendations. Your surgeon should also take you through implants materials and the options that carry the least risk of post-op complications.
Ideally, you should also be given the opportunity to try on different implant sizes, so that you can decide what feels the best. Don’t forget to go through before and after photos that will show you what the surgeon is capable of.
4. How can we ensure the best surgical outcomes?
Next, you want to make sure that you’re receiving detailed instructions on how to prepare for both your surgery and your recovery. To ensure a positive surgical outcome, it’s important that you carefully follow all of your surgeon’s aftercare instructions. For example, there are certain types of medications you will need to cut out before your surgery and smoking and alcohol will need to be avoided for a time too. You will also need to wear the necessary post-surgical garments during your recovery to achieve the best results.
5. What can I expect in terms of scarring?
Even though everyone heals slightly differently, it’s still important to set realistic expectations about scarring before your breast augmentation procedure. An inframammary incision is the most common and creates a thin scar along the bottom of the breast. However, some surgeons may opt for a periareolar or axillary incision instead. Regardless of where the incisions are made, if your surgery is being performed by an experienced professional, scarring will be minimal.
Use your breast augmentation consultation to ask as many questions as you need to. The quality of your surgical experience starts with you making the right decisions.