If you’re planning breast augmentation and there happens to be a plastic surgery practice down the street, be advised that proximity shouldn’t even be on your list of criteria for choosing a plastic surgeon! There are several criteria to have on your checklist, and today’s information-gathering techniques can help you evaluate candidates wherever they may be located. If the plastic surgeon who's right for you turns out to be in another county, or even state, so be it.
As you’re getting started with your research, the first thing you should do is talk to women who have had breast enhancement surgery. If you don’t know someone personally who has taken the plunge, never fear. There are many online forums you can visit where women discuss their experiences with surgeons and lend advice to others. Just Google “breast augmentation forum” and you’ll find over a dozen places to browse.
When you start developing a list of plastic surgeons to investigate, make sure each one is just that: a plastic surgeon. The easiest way to tell that your candidates have been trained specifically in plastic surgery, and not in another medical discipline, is to consider only surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons’ Web sites should tell you these kinds of details.
In fact, that’s the next step: spending plenty of time on each candidate’s Web site. Make sure you read all the pages devoted to breast surgery and all the information about the doctor and his or her practice. Keep in mind that Web sites are marketing tools for physicians, so it’s understandable that there may be beautiful images to entice you and text to attract search engines. But there should also be plenty of information that truly helps you learn. A plastic surgeon’s Web site is very often the first time they have an opportunity to reach out to you. They should invest in making this contact as worthwhile for you as it is for them.
Spend time browsing the photo galleries of your prospective plastic surgeons. Look at the before and after images presented online with a critical eye.