Since patients have more options for breast augmentation now than ever before, it becomes increasingly important that they seek out the advice of experienced surgeons. It is wise to spend some time researching a doctor’s qualifications prior to scheduling plastic surgery in the Chicago area. In addition to a personal consultation, I recommend a few ways to assess a surgeon’s experience and qualifications: before-and-after photos and board certification.
Before-and-after photos serve as an excellent tool for analyzing a surgeon’s work. These clinical examples provide you with an important resource for evaluating your prospective surgeon’s clinical results. You gain insight into the doctor’s surgical skills and whether or not he or she is capable of exceeding your expectations. For examples of before-and-after photos, visit my photo gallery.
Outstanding breast augmentation results are more likely when you choose a plastic surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons. Certification by this board confirms that a surgeon has undergone comprehensive prerequisite surgical training and formal training in plastic surgery. It also indicates that the individual has successfully passed rigorous written and oral examinations initially and subsequent exams every ten years to maintain this certification. If you are not sure whether or not a physician is board certified by the ABPS, do not hesitate to ask. Organizations like the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery sound legitimate, but are not comprised of plastic surgery members. They usually consist of non-plastic surgeons who nonetheless want to perform cosmetic procedures on unsuspecting patients.
Having confidence in your surgeon’s qualifications allows you feel comfortable, safe, and confident that you will be happy with your breast augmentation results.