Compared to previous generations, plastic surgery is no longer considered a taboo topic. Because of this, people are now open to talking about how they can improve or repair certain parts of their body through surgery. Aside from being able to talk about this option freely, people are now able to talk about their decision to go under the knife without worrying they’ll be judged for it.
But even though plastic surgery is no longer a topic that’s too sensitive to talk about, there are those who worry about what their friends might say. Without getting the proper advice, they are unable to get information freely on how best they can go about with their cosmetic procedure. And when working on a tight budget, this might pose a problem for the individual planning to get a breast augmentation procedure. This is because they aren’t able to freely talk about their options.
If you are planning to go through a cosmetic surgery procedure, you have to follow these tips to ensure that your operation does not end up a disaster like the ones you typically see on celebrities with botched procedures.
Get a recommendation.
If you have friends who previously had a procedure done, asking may be the best way you can find a surgeon who can help out with your breast augmentation. By working with a surgeon that was recommended to you by someone you personally know, you are more likely to trust that he will do a good job on you too.
Pick a surgeon that has been board-certified.
There’s a loophole in the medical field that a physician with a medical license may legally perform a cosmetic surgery procedure even without training. What this means is that a pediatrician or gynecologist can already perform a cosmetic surgery on a patient that approaches him for it. If you want to make sure that the breast augmentation process you take will not be a failure, you have to look for a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Apart from this certifying body, there are plenty of other organizations that are present. This is why you have to check with the American Board of Plastic Surgery’s website to make sure that he has been certified.
Research the surgeon’s record.
Just because an individual has been certified by the board, it does not necessarily mean that he is good at his job. Using the board’s website, try to look for any past complaints or malpractice lawsuits that the surgeon may be facing. If there is a lawsuit on the surgeon’s record, it also doesn’t mean that the claim was legitimate. The best thing you can do in such scenario is to calmly talk to your doctor so you can get more details about the claim. Since plastic surgery tends to be an emotional topic for patients, there may be instances wherein the claims were unfairly raised. By talking with your surgeon, you get to know his side of the story too.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Before you decide to pick out a surgeon, you have to remember to ask questions that you are curious about. The plastic surgeon you choose to handle your breast augmentation procedure should be able to answer your questions and appease your concerns. These questions will not only make you feel better about the procedure, they will also give you an idea of how well the surgeon knows about the procedure you are interested in. He should be able to answer your questions and give you some ideas on what to expect before, during, and after the operation.
If the surgeon seems irritated by your questions, it may be better that you choose another doctor to do the procedure instead of settling with him. After all, you have to pick out a surgeon whom you are most comfortable with.
Look out for common red flags.
There are certain red flags you should look out for. You will know you have picked out a good surgeon if he maintains a professional manner throughout the consultation period. If you feel like the surgeon disrespected or pressured you to go through a procedure you were not interested in, it might be a sign that he is trying to get you to pay for more procedures.
Another warning sign you should look out for is when the surgeon offers you a discount coupon or gives a very cheap price for the breast augmentation procedure you wish to get. You should also stay away from doctors who lack hospital privileges as these could be a telling sign that he is not able to do the right job.
Try to be open to talking with other people about your interest in going through breast augmentation. This will open you up for opportunities and other recommendations for a plastic surgeon who can do a good job on the procedure you want.
Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for tummy tucks in Columbia, MO.