Who is the Best Breast Augmentation Surgeon for you?
Selecting a plastic surgeon is a pivotal choice that directly impacts you and the outcome of your Breast Augmentation journey. Below we provide information, practical guidance and tips into choosing the best Breast Augmentation surgeon for you.
We recognise that each person’s circumstances are unique, our goal is to arm you with the knowledge and tools you require to make an informed choice, receive top-tier care and attain the results you aspire to achieve.
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This complete guide to Breast Augmentation Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:
- Your surgery explained
- How to assess if you are a good candidate.
- Planning for your surgery
- Answers to most frequently asked questions.
- Before and after gallery
- Learn more about Breast Augmentation
Plastic Surgeon v’s Cosmetic Surgeon
In Australia, the terms “Plastic Surgeon” and “Cosmetic Surgeon” may seem interchangeable, but they represent different levels of expertise and training. Understanding these distinctions is vital when seeking a surgeon for your cosmetic or reconstructive procedures.
- Qualifications: Plastic Surgeons are highly trained medical professionals who have completed extensive specialized education and training. They usually hold fellowships from organizations such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).
- Expertise: Plastic Surgeons are skilled in both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Their training covers a wide range of surgical techniques and treatments.
- Regulation: The title “Plastic Surgeon” is regulated, ensuring that practitioners meet specific educational and professional standards.
- Hospital Privileges: Plastic Surgeons often have privileges to perform surgeries at accredited hospitals, indicating their ability to handle complex surgical cases.
- Qualifications: Cosmetic Surgeons can come from various medical backgrounds, which may or may not include surgical training. Their qualifications may be less standardized.
- Expertise: Cosmetic Surgeons typically focus on aesthetic or cosmetic procedures. Their training might not encompass the full spectrum of surgical techniques, particularly reconstructive surgery.
- Regulation: The term “Cosmetic Surgeon” is less regulated than “Plastic Surgeon.” Practitioners might have different levels of training and experience.
- Hospital Privileges: Not all Cosmetic Surgeons have hospital privileges, and they may perform procedures in non-hospital settings.
Things to look out for before settling on a surgeon.
- Always check the credentials and experience of the surgeon. All the qualified surgeons must be fellow members of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
- Always ask your surgeon to show you the results of previous surgeries.
- Communicate clearly with your surgeon. Clearly state your expectations. Your surgeon will be able to tell you what they can and can’t achieve. Not everything is possible for everybody.
- Ask your plastic surgeons about the risks associated with the surgery. No surgery is risk-free, and your surgeon should openly discuss everything with you.
One important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t feel rushed into the surgery. Always book consultations with two or three surgeons and give yourself some cooling off time before making the final decision. Even if it’s there is a slight doubt in your mind, we recommend rethinking your decision and possibly coming in for another appointment to clarify things.
Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
Before undergoing Breast Augmentation surgery, it’s essential to gather comprehensive information and address any concerns or questions you may have. By asking the right questions, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of the procedure, its potential benefits, associated risks, and the surgeon’s qualifications, ultimately helping you make an informed decision regarding breast augmentation. Some potential questions to ask your surgeon include;
- Am I the right candidate for breast augmentation? If not, what is keeping me from being the ideal candidate, and what are the alternatives?
- How many times have you performed breast augmentation surgery on patients?
- Can you list some of the less obvious benefits of the procedure?
- What are the risks associated with breast augmentation surgery? (you want to be fully aware before making the final decision.)
- What board certifications do you hold? (If you find it too awkward to ask this one, always go through their profile before the consultation)
- Where will my surgery take place?
- Is the surgical facility accredited?
- Will I need general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia?
- In case of any emergency, what will happen and what will be the best possible outcome?
- Can you show before and after photographs of the patient? Have you treated any patient with exact concerns and conditions?
Breast Implants – Why Quality Matters
The quality of breast implants is a critical factor in Breast Augmentation surgery and can significantly affect the safety, aesthetics, and longevity of the results. Choosing the right breast implants is a vital decision for anyone considering Breast Augmentation.
Breast implants are medical devices used in Breast Augmentation procedures to increase breast volume. They are typically filled with either saline (sterile saltwater) or silicone gel and come in various shapes, sizes, and profiles. Here are some important aspects to consider when it comes to breast implants:
- Type – Saline or Silicone
- Shape – Round or Teardrop (anatomical)
- Profile – Low, moderate or High
- Size – Depending on your body frame, breast anatomy, and your aesthetic goals.
- Textured or smooth
Reputable implant manufacturers invest heavily in research, development, and rigorous testing to ensure their products meet the highest safety standards. They are often subjected to extensive clinical trials and studies, and their production processes adhere to strict quality controls.
Furthermore, high-quality implants have a lower risk of complications such as rupture, leakage, or capsular contracture (scar tissue forming around the implant). This leads to fewer cases of revision surgeries and minimizes potential health risks.
Our experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons often prefer working with well-established and reputable implant brands Mentor and Motiva . Their familiarity with these implants allows them to provide better guidance, offer more predictable outcomes, and navigate challenges effectively during surgery.
When considering Breast Augmentation, consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial. They can help you choose the right implants that align with your goals.
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Tips on finding the best Breast Augmentation surgeon for you
Finding the best breast augmentation surgeon for you is a crucial step in achieving the results you desire. Here are some key factors to consider when choosing a breast augmentation surgeon:
- Board Certification: Look for a surgeon who has is board-certification in plastic surgery. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and met the high standards of their profession.
- Experience: Choose a surgeon with extensive experience in Breast Augmentation. They should have a history of successful procedures and a portfolio of before-and-after photos to showcase their work.
- Credentials: Check the surgeon’s credentials, including their medical education, training, and affiliations with reputable medical organizations. Membership in organizations like the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) can be a positive sign.
- Patient Reviews: Read reviews and testimonials from previous patients. These can provide insights into the surgeon’s patient care, bedside manner, and the overall experience.
- Consultation: Schedule a consultation to meet the surgeon in person. During this meeting, you can discuss your goals, ask questions, and assess the surgeon’s approach and communication style.
- Communication: A good surgeon should listen to your concerns, provide honest feedback, and ensure you have realistic expectations about the procedure.
- Surgical Facility: Verify that the surgeon operates in an accredited surgical facility with a qualified medical staff. Safety and cleanliness are paramount.
- Anesthesia: Inquire about the type of anesthesia used during the procedure and the qualifications of the anesthesia provider.
- Before and After Photos: Review the surgeon’s portfolio of before-and-after photos to get an idea of their aesthetic style and the results they typically achieve.
- Procedure Options: Ensure the surgeon offers a variety of implant types, sizes, and incision options, allowing for a personalized approach that meets your unique needs and goals.
- Safety and Aftercare: Ask about the safety measures in place during the procedure and the post-operative care provided to ensure a smooth recovery.
- Cost and Financing: Discuss the cost of the procedure, including surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, facility fees, and any additional costs. Many practices offer financing options.
- Trust Your Instincts: Ultimately, trust your instincts. You should feel comfortable and confident in your choice of surgeon. If something doesn’t feel right during the consultation, it may be a sign to explore other options.
It’s essential to take your time researching and meeting with different surgeons to find the one who aligns with your goals and makes you feel the most comfortable. Breast augmentation is a significant decision, and selecting the right surgeon is a crucial part of the process.