Breast augmentation is a major procedure, and women should take every possible step to go into the surgery feeling as confident as possible. That confidence begins with your surgeon.

A good surgeon will meet with you in person at least once before surgery. Here are some questions you can ask when you do meet:

Are You Certified By The American Board Of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)?

Your surgeon should have earned board certification from the ABPS. Some surgeons receive additional certification from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, showing that they focus heavily on cosmetic surgery. The ASAPS has a searchable database of its own. This certification will denote that, more than being just a doctor, the person performing your surgery is trained and experienced in plastic surgery.

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How Long Have You Been Performing Breast Augmentations?

Did your surgeon attend a top medical school? Where did he perform his residency? How long has he been working at or running this private practice? Additionally, has the state medical board ever disciplined him? You have a right to know your surgeon’s history and experience.

Are There Any Hidden Or Auxiliary Costs I Should Be Aware Of?

Sometimes, the price tag you first hear only covers part of the total cost. In addition to the surgeon’s fee, the patient must also cover some or all of the following: anesthesia, facility fees, prescription antibiotics and painkillers for after the surgery and any other costs for preliminary or follow-up visits. Because insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery, be sure you get a complete run-down of the total price.

Do You Think I Have Realistic Expectations For This Surgery?

Ask your surgeon to be honest with you. Breast augmentation surgery should make you happier, but if you go into the procedure expecting to transform into Angelina Jolie, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. But your surgeon does this every day: see whether he believes you will be happy after the surgery you have requested. Your surgeon can help you realize whether you have good reasons and realistic goals, and whether you understand the level of maintenance involved with breast implants.     

 

What Complications Could Arise?

 

Know that all surgery carries some risk. Ask your surgeon what sorts of common complications may arise. If something goes wrong, how will your surgeon ensure that you get proper emergency care? Furthermore, ask about the various long-term complications that can arise in the months or years following surgery.

More than one in five women will have to return for a reoperation in the first decade alone, and since implants are not lifetime devices, all women should expect to have a reoperation at some point later in life. Make sure you know how to deal with leakage for whichever type of breast implant you get, and learn how the surgeon will help you if complications do arise.

These and other questions can help you get to know your surgeon while becoming more informed about your breast augmentation.