Before your breast surgery, you are faced with many choices. The most important is choosing a qualified, experienced surgeon whom you trust. Your personal feeling is a valuable indicator - you should be comfortable with your decision. Here are some tips to make your search easier.
Finding the perfect surgeon for your needs may seem overwhelming. But with a targeted search you will surely make the right choice. Surgeons associations are a good starting point for searching. Friends and acquaintances often have a recommendation, patient review sites provide additional information from other patients. Inquire and share your experiences with others.
Before you make an appointment with a surgeon, review their website to gather information. You do not have to decide immediately. It is not uncommon to meet with different plastic surgeons and then choose at your leisure. In addition to qualifications and experience, aesthetic approach also plays an essential role.
Your gut instinct will often reveal whether you have found the right surgeon. If you feel well informed and motivated after a consultation, the surgeon might suit you. On the other hand, if you feel insecure and find the surgeon unpleasant, you should continue searching. Do not hesitate to ask someone to accompany you to the consultation. A second opinion can often help to reach a decision.
It is your body, your wellbeing and your health. Take the time you need. You alone decide if and when to take the next step.
Consultation prior to breast surgery
Medical consultation is the ideal opportunity for both sides to get to know each other. Just as your surgeon will judge if and for which procedure you are a suitable candidate, you can judge if you have made the right choice.
Good plastic surgeons will always explain as much as possible, convey realistic expectations, and help you form your own well-founded opinion. Nevertheless, every woman's body is unique, and not all measures are suitable for all patients. Your surgeon should always consider your individual needs, health conditions and medical history, and decide what works best for you. This may mean rejecting you as a patient.
When making your decision, consider whether the aesthetic approach of a surgeon corresponds to your personal taste. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and everyone experiences it differently. In this area you and your surgeon should share the same views.
The closer you work with your surgeon to define realistic goals, the happier you will be with the outcome of your surgery.
When it comes to finding a reliable and competent surgeon, you should pay particular attention to his/her qualifications and work experience. Please consider the following factors:
Qualifications and experience should always come first when choosing your surgeon. Not the price. Because your health is your most valuable possession.
- Ensure your surgeon is a member of a recognised association. At the same time, you should check the surgeon's qualifications. There are also less credible associations.
- On average, it takes more than ten years for a surgeon to be a truly experienced surgeon. Make sure your surgeon is also experienced in the surgery you are seeking.
- Where does your surgeon operate? He/she should only use accredited medical facilities.
- Question the statements of your surgeon. Your surgeon should be honest with you and not promise unrealistic results.
Recognised associations for plastic surgeons
Unfortunately, there are surgeons offering cosmetic surgery without surgical qualifications. On the websites of reputable associations of aesthetic plastic surgery, you will find lists of competent plastic surgeons around the world.
Ten questions you should ask your surgeon before breast surgery
This questionnaire will help you clarify important points in advance.
Before / after pictures
Everyone has their own definition of beauty. That's why it is important for a surgeon to share your aesthetic sense. Before / after pictures of previous patients show you the work of a surgeon and shed light on his/her vision of a beautiful body. In addition, these photos also help you gain a realistic picture of the result of an intervention.
Of course, a surgeon will only ever show you the most flattering results. Make sure that the photos show patients with a physique similar to your own.
Breast augmentation abroad
Considering plastic surgery abroad can be very tempting, especially during the holiday season. Bear in mind that health and safety standards are not the same everywhere. Find out which policies apply and whether your rights are protected. Make sure all costs (pre and post-surgery) are covered.
Should you decide to undergo surgery abroad, to ensure no misunderstandings arise between you and your surgeon, choose only a surgeon who speaks your native language. Comprehensive advice and an open dialogue are crucial for a good result.
Trips involving cosmetic surgery, such as breast augmentation, are often advertised as vacations. However, post-surgery, your body needs rest and relaxation. Typical holiday activities such as dancing, swimming, sunbathing or drinking alcohol are prohibited during that time.