Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Your Breast Augmentation

Once you’ve decided to undergo breast augmentation, your next step is to find the right plastic surgeon. This is a decision that requires plenty of thought and research, so it is wise to take your time, meet with any potential surgeon, and bring a list of questions to ask, including:

1. What are your qualifications to perform breast augmentation surgery? You should ask how long your surgeon has been performing breast augmentation and how many he or she performs a month, if he or she is certified by a plastic surgery board (and if not, why not), if he or she has been named in any malpractice suits, and whether he or she has hospital privileges and where. It is also prudent to ask what the surgeon’s revision rate on his or her own work is, on average.

2. Where can I look into your past work? It is important to see any particular surgeon’s work before you agree to a breast augmentation procedure. Many qualified surgeons will display before and after pictures on their websites, so check there first. You can also ask to speak with past patients or any current staff members who had been patients of that specific surgeon. Also, make sure you ask what your options are if you don’t like the results of your procedure.

3. What kind of breast implant is right for me? Talk to the potential surgeon at length about the type of implant you should get, such as whether it should be silicone or saline and what size is best for your body frame. You should also bring up important topics such as what will happen if an implant ruptures, if you lose any sensation after you heal, and if the implant affects your ability to breastfeed or undergo an accurate mammogram.

4. What risks am I taking by undergoing breast augmentation? A qualified surgeon will be frank with you about the possible risks and side effects of the procedure—beware of any surgeon who tries to brush off the topic as unimportant. Make sure to talk about the complications and possibilities of wrinkling, rupture, and rippling and if there are ways to prevent such occurrences.

5. How should I prepare for my surgery? In order to prepare for your recovery, you’ll need to know how long you should take off of work and if you should continue on any medications you may be taking.

6. What will happen after my surgery? Get the surgeon’s emergency contact information in case of severe complications after the procedure and find out what you should take to treat the pain and swelling after the fact. You should also ask how long you will take to heal and when you can return to your regular exercise routine.