Breast Implants: 20 Must-Ask Questions For Your Surgeon

BethH on 28 Apr 2014 at 9:00am

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You researched (and researched and researched) and found the courage to take the next step. Your very first appointment to talk about breast augmentation is finally scheduled!

To help you in your quest for better breasts, we've compiled a checklist of 20 must-ask questions for your prospective plastic surgeon. Take 'em with you if you're so inclined! You can even use our list as a reference at the end of your appointment.

    Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? 
Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery must undergo strict certification that requires at least 3 years of general surgery training, 2 years of plastic surgery training, passage of written and oral exams, and adherence to a stringent code of medical ethics.
    Where will my surgery be performed?
Your surgery should be done in an accredited outpatient surgery center or a hospital. A surgery center that is accredited has met requirements for patient safety. Certification by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAASF), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), or Medicare are all acceptable.
    Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
Ask if your surgeon can also perform breast augmentations in the hospital, even if you're getting the procedure done in an outpatient surgery center. It's an extra layer of confidence for you! Hospital privileges mean other doctors have checked the surgeon's training and credentials.
    What sort of anesthesia can I expect during my procedure?
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   Will anesthesia be given by a board-certified anesthesiologist or nurse?
   What are the risks associated with my procedure?
   How often do you see breast augmentation complications in your practice?
   If a complication does occur during or after my surgery, how will be handled?
If you're getting breast augmentation in an outpatient surgical center, ask if your surgeon has admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of a serious complication.
   How many breast augmentations do you personally perform each year? 
   Am I good candidate physically and emotionally for breast augmentation?
   What will be expected of me to get the best results?
   How long will my recovery be and will I need help? 
   When can I return to lifting my kids, driving and working?
   Do you think silicone gel or saline breast implants are better for the look I want? 
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   Which implant size, shape (round or teardrop) and texture are best for me?
   Which incision locations do you suggest?
   Should I go for subpectoral (under the muscle) or prepectoral (over the muscle)? 
   What happens if I'm not satisfied with how my breasts look after surgery?
   Will I be able to breastfeed after augmentation?
   Will pregnancy and breastfeeding change the shape of my new breasts?

Lastly, insist on looking through as many before and after photos as you can, and make sure the person doing your consult is the same person doing your surgery. Dr. Richard Rand advises, "I do all my own consultations and you should look for this in a doctor." 

Happy doctor hunting, ladies!

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