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BECOMING INFORMED

Choosing Your Surgeon

There are several important factors to choosing a surgeon, including recommendations from friends, personality, physician training and board certification, and experience.

Referral from Friends: Many prospective patients find confidence if they have a close friend or other trusted individual who has already undergone a successful procedure. This is often a good first step in making a decision. However, not all patients know someone who has had surgery. Most of our patients are referred by satisfied friends who have been our patients.

Personality: It is important to develop a good relationship with a surgeon, where communication is easy and trust can be developed. A patient needs to feel intuitively that they are in good hands with someone they can trust. Bedside manner is important.

Training and Certification: In years past, only plastic surgeons performed breast surgery. However, in recent years doctors from many different specialties are more commonly performing cosmetic surgery procedures, including ear, nose, and throat doctors (also known as otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons), dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and gynecologists. However, a surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has received the most extensive training in cosmetic surgery. There are many boards, and it is easy for patients to become confused or assume that when a doctor says they are “board certified,” it all means the same thing. BE CAREFUL! Learn more about the significance of board certification here.

Experience: Finally, consider the physician's experience, the most important factor in making a decision. As with all professions, expertise is directly proportional to experience, meaning the total number of procedures performed. Medical literature illustrates that biggest predictor of success in surgery is volume, in other words, the number of times that a doctor has performed a procedure.

If the doctor is recommending a specific procedure, how many has he performed? How often does the surgeon perform this procedure?

While board certifications and training are important, a surgeon's experience with the procedure itself is more important. Don't hesitate to ask pointed questions about recommended procedures.

For more information about our breast enlargement and lift procedures, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

THE CONSULTATION

To ensure the most natural looking results, Dr. Alexander will recommend the procedure that most appropriately matches your needs and to offer realistic expectations for post-surgery outcomes.

Breast size and shape are important, so be honest and open about your expectations when talking with your surgeon. Implant type and size will be determined not just on your desire but as importantly on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type.

The success and safety of your breast procedure depends very much on your being completely candid during your consultation. We will ask you questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want breast surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Your willingness to accept scars to achieve a better shape
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies

We may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts, and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of the nipples
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast augmentation surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast augmentation procedure

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURGEON

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally or state-recognized accrediting agency?
  • Am I a good candidate for breast enhancement?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my breast surgery?
  • What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site are recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How many additional implant-related operations can I expect over my lifetime?
  • How will my ability to breastfeed be affected?
  • How can I expect my breasts to look over time?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my breasts?
  • How will my breasts look if I choose to have the implants removed in the future without replacement?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?
  • How are complications handled?
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