Breast surgery requires precise execution. So before undergoing a boob job, it is important to ask your doctor these 10 questions to ensure that you receive excellent care and achieve the aesthetic results you desire.
- How often do you do this procedure?
It is very important to make sure you have a surgeon who does this procedure regularly. Although, it seems simple, there is a very complex analysis that goes into choosing the right technique, implant and size for each patient.
- What cup size will I be?
Actually, DO NOT ask your doctor anything about cup size. Although we all understand cup sizes, there is no industry standard and thus this is a very vague measurement. It is more important to make sure your doctor understands your ultimate goals, than worrying about the final cup size.
- Ask to see your prospective doctor’s photos.
Plastic surgeons have their own “aesthetic” and you will likely get that style of result. If their outcomes don’t represent what you’d like, then see another doctor.
- Once you find a surgeon, what type of plastic surgery do they perform?
Plastic surgeons are also hand surgeons, reconstructive surgeons, craniofacial surgeons as well as aesthetic surgeons. Make sure to find a plastic surgeon who routinely performs aesthetic/cosmetic surgery if you are looking to have a breast augmentation.
- What implant should you pick?
There are a number of reasons I recommend silicone in almost every case. The only reason to choose silicone today is cost, and your body is not the area where you should be skimping on products due to cost. Choose the softest, most natural and attractive option – silicone.
- How big is too big? And, how small is too small?
Your body can only handle so much volume and projection, and there are also some minimums your body needs. It is essential to make sure you don’t have a wide space or “refund gap” between your breasts. This is easily avoided by choosing the proper implant for your body’s measurements.
- Does your doctor have hospital privileges?
Hospitals are more discerning about who they admit to their staff, and this will help you know if your doctor has the proper credentials to practice. Some doctors only operate under local anesthesia in their office – frequently this is because they cannot get privileges to operate at a certified facility due to their history or are of training.
- Who is going to do my anesthesia?
During surgery you can have a number of options for how you are anesthetized. Some doctors perform this surgery under local anesthesia and IV sedation. When this happens there is no anesthesiologist present. Thus, you doctor is simultaneously doing your surgery and anesthesia. You can also have a nurse anesthetist, but they are under the supervision of the surgeon. Finally, the last option, and the one we prefer, is having a board certified anesthesiologist present for the entire case only monitoring you and your vitals and comfort through the entire procedure. That way your surgeon can focus on what you are there for – your surgery!
- In what specialty are you Board Certified?
In most states, ANYONE who is licensed to perform ANY surgical procedures can legally perform cosmetic surgery – as long as they went to a weekend course, pay a fee and have a couple procedures supervised. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons rigorously train for 6 years to learn the intricacies of these procedures, detailed anatomy, the proper finesse, and the management of any complications.
- Not all Board Certifications are equal.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is a board not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), but was formed to give those physicians not eligible for plastic surgery the ability to claim to be “board certified in cosmetic surgery.” Their name was designed to be purposely confusing to the public as the requirements and prerequisite training are far less stringent that those of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This Board is open to general surgeons, ENT, ophthalmologists, OB/GYN, orthopedics, surgical dermatology, even radiologists.
Do your homework before you decide to have a procedure.