According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape, typically through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants.”
Are you thinking about getting breast augmentation surgery? When it comes to this specific procedure, you’ll have numerous decisions to make. For example:
- How large would you like your breasts to be post-surgery? What is your ideal bra size?
- What shape do you want them to be?
- Do you want a breast lift also?
- Are you a mother? Would you consider a full mommy makeover with a breast augmentation included?
- What type of implants are you hoping for? Do you prefer a specific material?
- Would you like your own tissue to be used?
- Do you have a specific celebrity’s silhouette in mind?
… and these are just a few of the questions you should be asking!
Still, one other question is even more pressing:
How will you know when you’ve found the right plastic surgeon?
More when anything else, the plastic surgeon you choose will influence the outcome of your procedure and the way your breasts will look long-term. Allowing a medical professional to handle the reconstruction of your breasts is something you do not want to take lightly. You need someone you can trust and someone you feel comfortable with.
Therefore, to help you make the right decision, we’ve outlined the top 6 qualities you should look for in a breast augmentation plastic surgeon.
Getting a Breast Augmentation? Top Qualities to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon
1. Excellent referrals from past patients
If possible, get referrals for a plastic surgeon you can trust. Ask around to friends, relatives, coworkers, and others you know who have had plastic surgery. Find out where they have gone and what surgeons they’ve enjoyed working with. Depending on what area you live in, you’ll probably end up with several referrals to one doctor, and of course this is a good thing. This means that the doctor you’re consistently hearing about has a strong record of success and satisfied patients in your local area.
2. A strong portfolio of before and after photos
Before and after photos are a great resource when you’re looking for a breast augmentation plastic surgeon, so make sure you take time to look over the galleries of the potential plastic surgeons you are considering. Most plastic surgeons will have these photographs on their websites.
First, you’ll want to look for a relatively high number of before and after photos. For example, if there are only one or two before and after sets, this may be a red flag that the surgeon doesn’t have a lot of experience (or at least not a lot of experience they can be proud of). You’ll also want to look for breast augmentation results photos specifically. Moreover, look for the results that you would like to achieve after your own procedure. These photos are representative of what you may actually look like after undergoing surgery with this surgeon. Make sure the results look good to you.
3. Board certification
Board certification is absolutely essential when it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon. When a surgeon is board certified, it specifically means that they have been awarded a board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This says that they have undergone the full training and studying necessary to carry out your procedure. A large amount of hours go into achieving board certification, and you need to know that your surgeon has gone through these hours and developed the skill and expertise necessary to be amazing at what they do.
4. Experience in your chosen procedure
It should go without saying that you want your plastic surgeon to have experience with breast augmentation. But specifically, you want to know that they have experience doing the exact procedures that you hope to have done. For example, you might want to ask them the following questions:
– How did you precisely train in breast-related plastic surgeries and for how many years?
– For how many years have you been performing breast augmentation surgeries specifically?
– How many breast augmentation surgeries have you performed before?
Get an idea of where they did their residencies as well. In general, the more experience a plastic surgeon has, the better.
5. A friendly positive attitude
When you walk into your surgeon’s office for your consultation appointment, you want to feel comfortable and at ease. Your surgeon should be friendly and outgoing. They should not be judgmental or difficult to understand when they explain your procedure and what to expect. Your consultation appointment is an important time where you should be able to freely express the goals you have for your procedure. Your surgeon should be prepared with questions to ask you too, and they should have well thought out answers for all of your questions and concerns. You want to feel positive during your appointment as well as after it.
6. An aesthetic sense that resonates with you
Unlike most other types of surgeries, breast augmentation necessitates an artistic sense. Of course, more than anything, all plastic surgery procedures (including breast augmentation and other breast focused surgeries) require experience, skill, preciseness, and proficiency. But it’s also important to note that when it comes to augmenting the size, shape, and overall appearance of your breasts, your surgeon needs to have a specific aesthetic sense. Moreover, it’s important that his or her aesthetic sense resonates with you uniquely.
In order to see whether your aesthetic sense matches with your plastic surgeon, you should look at the before and after photos once again. Look for the types of procedures that he or she has performed in the past and whether they appeal to you on a personal level. While you’ll certainly want to take a look at the breast augmentation procedures specifically, you can also look at other breast procedures and face procedures as well. You want to see consistency and a unique aesthetic approach that you feel comfortable with. Numerous “results” photos that don’t appeal to you may tell you that your aesthetic sensitivities don’t match up.
What to Expect at Your Consultation Appointment
Undoubtedly, your consultation appointment will be the most important element of ultimately choosing a plastic surgeon. Remember that you will probably need to make consultation appointments far in advance before your surgery. You should also consider making more than one consultation appointment. It’s okay to go and come back to a plastic surgeon to make sure that they understand completely what you are looking for in the results of your procedure.
At your consultation appointment, you should be prepared with any and all questions and concerns that you have about the procedure. Furthermore, be prepared to answer any questions that your plastic surgeon may have for you (and they will likely have some). For example, you want to know exactly what you want your breasts to look like after your surgery. If you’re still not completely sure, you can at least pick out some pictures of celebrities or others who have a similar build as you and similar breasts as what you are hoping to achieve.
Remember to choose an outfit that is comfortable and one that has an easy to separate top. Even though most of the consultation will be spent talking, your surgeon will most likely want to conduct a short physical exam so that they can see your anatomy and assess what you are looking for in results based on your current physical state.
At the end of your consultation appointment, the surgeon will send generally prepare a fee quote for you. This will include how much your procedures are going to cost in addition to other details if you ask for them: dates available for your scheduled procedure, how to prepare for the procedure, any necessary medical supplies you will need to purchase, etc.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Appointment Today
Are you thinking about breast augmentation surgery? If so, Dr. Sieber would love to speak to you about your goals and what to expect.
Dr. Sieber is a double board certified plastic surgeon in the San Francisco Bay area. With extensive experience and expertise in the area of breast augmentation, Dr. Sieber has helped numerous women achieve the breasts they’ve always desired. Simply have your ideal physique and contour in mind when you enter Dr. Sieber’s office for your consultation, and he’ll do his absolute best to help you achieve your goals.
Make your breast augmentation consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber today!