How many consults?

Hi, im starting to consult with Drs. My question is how many Drs should I consult with before I decide on one?

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Breast augmentation consults

This is a great question! The first stage of booking your breast augmentation consultations should be online research for experienced board-certified plastic surgeons in your area. You should ONLY consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for this procedure, as they are the most qualified surgeons to perform breast augmentations. When you are researching a surgeon online here are a few things you should look for:

  • Surgeon's education and credentials
  • Before & after pictures (make sure there are plenty of before and after pics on the surgeon's website so you get a good idea of their work)
  • Reviews from other patients (make sure you find plenty very positive reviews about the surgeon on Yelp, RealSelf, Google, etc). 

Once you have found some qualified surgeons online, schedule consultations with 2 or 3 of them. When you meet the plastic surgeon in person you should feel very comfortable and confident with the surgeon. Make sure they let you ask all of your questions and are in fact listening to what YOU want. After meeting with a couple surgeons you will most likely know right away which surgeon is the best to perform your surgery. Good luck!


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Consultations

Hello,


Thank you for your question. The answer is entirely up to you but I would recommend meeting with more than one, even if you feel happy with your first appointment. Seek board certified Plastic Surgeons in your area who specialize in the procedure that you want and who demonstrate before and after photos of their work which appeals to you. At your consultation, be sure to ask all of your questions and share your desired look and goals clearly. Your surgeons should be able to provide detailed surgical plan, recommendations tailored to you and provide detail about surgical setting, full costs and plans for follow up care. If you are unsure about the exact procedure you want it can be helpful to compare this information from a few different surgeons.


All the best

Breast Augmentation - Finding A Surgeon

Thank you for your question. Finding the proper surgeon is critical to the success of your breast augmentation. You need to find a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specializes in cosmetic breast procedures. The ASPS website will provide a list of properly trained surgeons in your area. You should go on several consultations and see who you like best. Ask to see a lot of before and after pictures of their work. Hope this helps.

How many consultations?

The question is not how many consultations but rather, the qualifications of the doctor have that you are interested in.  Make sure he/she is  Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery NOT a Cosmetic surgeon.  Also, I would recommend choosing a doctor who has performed at least 500 procedures of that speciality area. 

Finding the Right Surgeon

As you begin to consider any cosmetic procedure, it's very important to find a board-certified plastic surgeon you are comfortable with. There are many other qualifications you should look for, including:

-Certifications

-Experience

-Years licensed 

-Patient reviews

There is not set number of doctors in which you should consult with. In other words, it's OK to look around to find the best fit for you. As you do this, be sure to ask plenty of questions during your consultation so you can get to know them and their practice better. Best of luck!

Finding the right surgeon

Hello and thank you for your question. It is very important that you thoroughly research your surgeon before committing to surgery. It is a good idea to research your surgeon's educational background, online reviews, before & after pictures, and speak with anyone who you may know who has had surgery with that surgeon. During your consultation, make sure that you don't feel rushed and make sure that you have adequate time with your surgeon and not just their patient coordinator or nurses. If the majority of your consultation is spent with someone other than the surgeon, this is usually not a good sign. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified expert surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

2-3

is probably reasonable depending on what your "problem" is. You need to find a surgeon who you trust and have confidence in to perform any surgical procedure on you. Best of luck

How to decide which Plastic Surgeon is best!

Thanks for your question. Considering at least 2 surgeons before making a decision is encouraged. Several factors regarding surgery should be discussed with the physician during initial consultation, including procedure, location, anesthesia, recovery, and cost. Each of these will be discussed. A clear understanding of these factors will help you to make a more informed decision. The surgeon should inquire about your concerns, priorities, and motivations for pursuing surgery, as well as your fears. The surgeon also should try to insure that you have reasonable expectations for the outcome, and, therefore, should explain what is possible and what is not possible. Avoid the surgeon who does things only one way. The beauty of cosmetic surgery as a practitioner is that there are many ways of accomplishing the desired result. Your surgeon should be able to discuss options with you, fully explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each and why one may be recommended over another. The Surgeon who makes you feel the most comfortable and reassured should be your 1st choice. Hope this information was helpful best of luck on your search.

Michael K. Obeng, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

How Many Consultations before deciding on your Plastic Surgeon

1. Select a surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

2.State your goals clearly and see if your surgeon can suggest a realistic approach to get you there. 

3.Inquire about the number of surgeries the surgeon has performed. 

4.Inquire about what implant is recommended and why. 

5.Lastly, feel comfortable with the surgeon and his ability to perform you procedure in a safe manner. 

Joseph Rucker, MD, FACS
Eau Claire Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

How many consults should one have?

Thank you for your question.

You want a surgeon who will artistically create aesthetic looking breasts that are there with you in the long-term.

You should find a surgeon who you can connect with, whose advice you can trust, and in whose work you can have faith, and when you do, you don’t need to look for any other surgeons. You should also look for a local board-certified plastic surgeon as it is easier to follow-up with them to make sure you are healing well without complications.

These are the steps you need to take to choose the right surgeon.

1) You should choose a surgeon who gives value to safety, and who does not rush you. This means that they shouldn’t necessarily agree to everything you say because you wouldn’t know what is best for you, so it the job of us surgeons to guide you to make decision that will minimize complications and allow you to have beautiful breasts.

2) You must verify their skills, education, and board-certification.

3) You must ask the surgeon about their experience with the procedure you want and ask to review photographic examples of the surgeon’s work. Check to see if the aesthetic ideal is consistent with what you are hoping to achieve. Make sure the before and after images have the same perspective, the same lighting.  

4) Read the surgeon’s reviews for the procedure you want on real-self and other online forums where applicable.

5) Share all your motivations for surgery, expectations and goals with complete honesty. Be as specific as you can about what you like regarding your breasts and what you don’t like. Based on this your surgeon will evaluate you as a candidate for the BBA. Ask the surgeon if your expectations are realistic and reasonable.

If they adequately verify their knowledge, skill, and level of expertise in the procedure you want, then you can be assured that you are in the right hands.

I urge you to also do your own research on the breast augmentation surgery to understand its risks and your various options with regards to implants, pocket, incision, etc.

Hope this helps.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 425 reviews

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