As a woman, you probably need several doctors in your health arsenal: an ob-gyn, a dentist, an optometrist, and sometimes a dermatologist. These doctors provide fairly common services so they’re not hard to find.
But if you’re considering breast augmentation, the story changes. This is still a major cosmetic surgery, even though more women than ever are getting it these days. You need to choose your doctor carefully because when breast augmentation goes wrong, it’s expensive and highly inconvenient to get it fixed.
Here are some tips on how to choose a doctor for your breast augmentation surgery:
Find a Board Certified Surgeon
Technically, any legal doctor can do any procedure. That means a licensed dermatologist can legally perform cosmetic surgery. But since this is not what you want, you should look for a board certified cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon that can perform cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery is a subset of plastic surgery that’s focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance, whereas plastic surgery is an overarching discipline that focuses on repairing or reconstructing defects.
While the terms cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon are used interchangeably, it’s important to denote the difference and find the right type of board certified surgeon for your specific need.
Research the Surgeon’s Record
While it’s the age of the internet, this is one time you’re better off talking to real people about how they rate their satisfaction with a certain doctor. Ideally, this requires that you have a circle of friends or acquaintances that all underwent the same procedure.
Since this is not always the case, the next best thing you can do is researching the surgeon’s record. If he/she has malpractice judgments against him, you know to stay clear.
Always ask for before-and-after photos because that’s the best visual representation of the surgery you’ll have.
Establish Rapport with the Doctor
It’s likely that you’ll talk to more than one doctor when considering breast augmentation. One of the doctors will stand out more than others, whether it’s his/her charm, confidence, or friendliness. All these traits are important but the most important thing is whether you can establish trust with this person.
How do you know when to trust a doctor or not? If the doctor recommends multiple surgeries or tries to push you into something you don’t want, or if he/she doesn’t consider your mental and emotional state, you know to move on.
To streamline the process of “interviewing” doctors, you’d be best armed with some questions. You can usually gauge whether the doctor you’re talking to is right for you, by he/she handles your questions.
Ask how often the doctor performs breast augmentation. At least weekly is ideal because you don’t want someone who only does this procedure once in a while. Also ask whether the doctor will perform your surgery in its entirety. Some unscrupulous practices advertise with one doctor but do the bait-and-switch on you.
Breast augmentation is a highly emotional journey, so it’s to your benefit to research as much as you can and only work with the one you can trust.