Choosing the right plastic surgeon for your breast augmentation is an essential part of making sure you achieve the results you want. You need a surgeon with experience, vision and skill. Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable and cared for with outward dedication to your individual needs. Your surgeon is the expert, but you are their client; you are the most important person in the room, and you should not feel like you are being treated otherwise. One of the best ways to gauge whether a surgeon is a good fit for your needs is by asking questions during your consultation — you can learn more about the surgeon and their ideas for your surgery, and you can also get a feeling for how well they communicate with you. These four questions can be a starting point for getting to know your surgeon and learning more about what to expect from your breast augmentation.
1. Can you tell me more about your career and your experience with breast augmentations?
The first thing you should find out about your plastic surgeon is whether they have all the right credentials. Your surgeon should be fully licensed, board-certified and accredited through national and state organizations, especially the American Board of Plastic Surgery. If your surgeon cannot provide proof of their plastic surgery board certification, you should seek your surgery elsewhere. You can also ask about their education and training to learn more about how they developed their plastic surgery skill set.
Like other kinds of doctors, plastic surgeons can specialize in particular areas. Some surgeons are experts in facial surgeries like rhinoplasties, some are most experienced with body sculpting and others are known for their skincare procedures. You should make sure that you are scheduling your breast augmentation with a plastic surgeon who has performed many breast surgeries and has a record of success and satisfied clients. You can ask about how many breast augmentation clients your surgeon sees per year, what percentage of their total procedures are made up of breast surgeries and what kinds of augmentation techniques they use most frequently. If your surgeon is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which is the Mark of Distinction on Cosmetic Surgery ®, then your surgeon has additional credentials and focus in cosmetic surgery and is a member of a select group of surgeons in the world.
2. What makes me a good candidate for a breast augmentation?
Your consultation will include a thorough health examination and evaluation of your body type and your goals. Your surgeon will want to know about everything from your family medical history to your daily routine — it’s important for your surgeon to understand how your breast augmentation may impact your health and lifestyle. Your surgeon should also be able to explain whether your answers make you a good candidate for breast augmentation.
Breast augmentations are not the right breast surgery for everyone. Your surgeon should be open and honest with you about why they think a breast augmentation is the best surgery to give you the results you want, or whether they think a different procedure might be a better fit. They may also recommend that you choose a different size implant than you initially wanted, wait until you have met weight loss goals, finished having children or have more time away from work for recovery to ensure that your results will heal well and be long-lasting.
3. What kind of breast augmentation technique is right for me?
Breast augmentations can be highly customized to meet your needs and desired outcome. Implant size, type and placement will all influence the way your breasts look and feel when you are fully recovered. Remember that your plastic surgeon is as much an artist as they are a doctor — they will make specific recommendations to ensure that your new breasts are complementary to your body shape and help enhance your proportions beautifully and naturally.
Some of the topics you might cover will be the relationship between cup size and your rib cage, the pros and cons of silicone and saline implants and the difference between inserting an implant above or below your pectoral muscles. Depending on your implant type and size, your surgeon may also be able to recommend incision placements that will keep scarring to a minimum or more hidden.
4. What will my long-term breast augmentation outcomes be like?
Your surgeon can give you a clear picture of how your breasts will look after your procedure.. However, your breasts will still be susceptible to changes due to varying factors like age, time or pregnancy. Your surgeon should help you understand how your particular breast shape or skin type may act during the weeks, months and years after your surgery and how your initial results will change over time.
While your surgery and your recovery are the main breast augmentation events, the care and upkeep of your new breasts over time is also significant. It is important to remember that breast augmentations are not permanent — your breast shape or skin type may be prone to drooping, or your implant type may need to be replaced after a certain number of years. When you understand what the long-term commitment to your breast augmentation will be, it can help inform your decisions about your surgery.
If you are interested in a breast augmentation, Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman of Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa offer premier plastic surgery services in Jacksonville, Florida. Their years of experience include thousands of breast procedures with a track record of high satisfaction and low complication rates. The staff at Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center are ready to ensure that your breast augmentation is a comfortable experience, from answering all your questions to making you feel at home in our facilities. To learn more about a breast augmentation with us, schedule your consultation today by calling 904-388-6110.