Choosing to have breast augmentation should not be a process taken lightly. Often, the choice to have a breast augmentation procedure is a very personal decision that requires significant consideration as well as a monetary investment. When choosing a breast augmentation surgeon, the following five questions should definitely make it to your interview checklist.
Do You Have Any Professional Affiliations?
When interviewing your potential breast augmentation surgeon, it is important to find out if they have any professional affiliations. Most breast augmentation surgeons worth their salt are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest research in the field and often actively participate in membership with numerous associations within their field.
Are You A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
Board certification is a widely established measure employed by the majority of medical specialties in existence. Board certified Plastic surgeons who perform breast augmentation will often belong to one of three nationally known organizations which include: the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons.
Can You Provide Me with References?
When interviewing a medical professional of any specialty, requesting references is a vital part of the process. The refusal to provide references may be an indication that there are no references available. Without verifiable references, it is difficult to assess whether a medical professional has a reputation for quality healthcare practice.
May I See Before/After Pictures?
Many established breast augmentation surgeons are easily able to provide prospective clients with before and after photos of completed work, much like a portfolio for an artist or photographer. If a request for before and after pictures is declined this may be an indicator that this professional is either not very experienced, or that their work does not result in customer satisfaction.
What Percentage of Your Patients Have Had Complications?
Any surgery has a risk of complications. Any professional that denies having any history of patient complications is either not experience or not being truthful. When considering a breast augmentation procedure, it is important to know your surgeon’s complication rate and thoroughly discuss the risks associated with the procedure. Often, a medical professional’s willingness to discuss this topic can serve as a measure of their dedication to your safety and satisfaction.
While this list is not exhaustive, it is a good place to start for anyone seeking to interview a breast augmentation professional. Make sure to take time and think over other questions you might have, so that you can feel confident and assured when you make your final decision.