Choosing a Doctor 2 Years Ahead of Time - Too Early?

i am 20 yrs old but won't be getting a breast augmentation until i am 22( i would like to get it for the month of my bday.) i have thought about this long and hard and this is definitly something that i want to do! how early should i get my consultation? and since there are so many doctors how will i know who to go to without wasting a lot of time or money?

Doctor Answers 6

How to Choose your Plastic Surgeon for Breast Augmentation procedure

Hi Lolita;

You probably do not need two years to research for your plastic surgeon.

These are some of the most important factors for choosing Breast Augmentation surgeon,

  • Skill, training, experience and communication skill
  • Board certification by American Board of Plastic Surgeons
  • Membership in American Society of Aesthetic Plastic surgeon, ASAPS
  • Membership in American Society of Plastic Surgeons,
  • Membership In American College of Surgeons.
  • Review the before and after pictures
  • Read the testimonial of previous patients
  • Talk to previous patients

Hope this was helpful.

Dr. Sajjadian

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon for Breast Augmentation

Some people are very organized and like to start planning their Cosmetic Surgery early. But I think 2 years is a bit early. Depending on how quickly you assimilate information and reach decisions, you may want to start no earlier than 1 year

Start by checking out the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ( Every member is certified by the American board of Plastic Surgery, the only ABMS authorized to certify plastic surgeons.

Breast Augmentation is one of the most common operations we do and most Plastic surgeons should be good at doing it. Nonetheless, review the websites of several surgeons close to you and then visit 3 or so. See how you like them and their office personnel and narrow your list to the one you trust the most. Obviously, input from EDUCATED friends should guide you as well but you decide which surgeon is the best for you.

Dr. P. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Choosing plastic surgeon?

In general, the more "homework" you do the better.

Anyone considering plastic or reconstructive surgery should consider consulting a board certified plastic surgeon to achieve the best and safest results possible. Physicians who are considered board certified hold a certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This certification proves that the surgeon has graduated from an accredited medical school, has completed a residency of at least five years, has three years of experience in general surgery, is actively practicing plastic surgery for at least two years, and has passed mandatory comprehensive and written examinations. These surgeons are referred to as diplomats of the ABPS and have fulfilled the following requirements.  
It is in the patient’s best interest to choose a board certified plastic surgeon. It is vital to your safety and the success of your cosmetic surgery that the surgeon you choose has the right qualifications, ample experience, and documented results of his or her work. ABPS diplomats have extensive skill and experience in a wide range of plastic surgery procedures.
There are a number of advantages in choosing a qualified and highly experienced plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery. If there are any complications during surgery, an experienced plastic surgeon will be more adept at handling the situation. In addition, a plastic surgeon that has performed many cosmetic surgeries will have had more time to perfect his or her technique and results.

Reputable plastic surgeons should have privileges to perform cosmetic surgery procedures in the operating room at an accredited hospital, not just in the surgery center in their office. They work with a highly skilled team including, board certified anesthesiologists, nurses, and technicians to enhance patient comfort and to provide a peace of mind to the patient’s and their families.
During your consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, ask to see before and after photos of actual patients who have undergone cosmetic surgery. The surgeon may provide you with a list of patients you may speak to as a reference for the doctor. To enhance your education regarding the surgeon, you may be introduced to some post-op patients as well during your visit with the surgeon. Most patients are willing to share their experience regarding their surgeon, the staff, hospital, and recovery. 
Professional doctors will ensure realistic expectations and take the time to address your concerns. They will provide you with honest advice and encourage you to do your homework, talk to other patients, and make an informed choice. One of the most important factors in choosing a plastic surgeon is your personal comfort level with the doctor. You should feel comfortable asking questions about your cosmetic surgery procedure so that you can make an educated final decision on whether you would like to proceed with surgery.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,487 reviews

Selecting a plastic surgeon for breast implant augentation surger

Many things can change in two years that may have an effect on your decision to chosse a specific plastic srugeon. I would out off this searchunitl aobut 6 monts prior to surgery.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Breast augmentation consult

I think going about 6 months prior to your surgery would be a good idea.  At this point you will have time to go for a few consults and will ahve enough time to arrange for your surgery when you want to have it. Often patients come in a few weeks before their desired date and can not be booked for that time period.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Choosing a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation

Choosing a plastic surgeon for breast augmentation should be a well thought out and researched process, but it probably will not take 2 years to make a decision. There are a number of different factors that are important in making a wise decision, such as board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, training and experience, and patient recommendations.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

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