There Are Important Things You Should KNOW & DO Before Your Surgery!
By Lane F. Smith, M.D.
F.A.A.C.S., F.A.O.H.N.S., F.A.B.F.P.R.S.
ARE YOU CONSIDERING BREAST AUGMENTATION? YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Did you know that Breast Augmentation Surgery is the most popular plastic surgical procedure today, surpassing Liposuction, Nose Reshaping and Eye Lid surgery? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of the more than 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2018, 313,735 were breast augmentation procedures, up 4% from 2017.
There are many reasons why this procedure is so popular, and following is a brief presentation on what you SHOULD do before your surgery.
The goal of this blog is to provide more information that will help guide you through the entire process so you achieve the best possible outcome.
UNDERSTANDING BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY!
Also called Augmentation Mammaplasty, or Breast Implant Surgery, Breast Augmentation is a surgical procedure to designed to adjust the size and shape of a woman’s breast using breast implants or fat transfer (known as Natural Breast Augmentation).
WHY IS BREAST AUGMENTATION SO POPULAR?
Throughout time, women’s breasts have been a symbol of beauty and femininity, and because of the societal importance placed on this part of their anatomy, for those who have not developed breasts or for those women who are not pleased with the shape of their breasts, often times their self-esteem can suffer.
On occasion we also see patients who develop one breast which is larger in size than the other, and this can tend to be a source of psychological trauma. The feeling of being “deformed” or “abnormal” is tragic.
It is nice to know that for those who desire to have larger or more symmetrical breasts, breast augmentation surgery is a wonderful option.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
There are several things any patient SHOULD do prior to scheduling a consultation with a surgeon, and they are identified below. Once you have a completed these areas to your satisfaction, you should then schedule a consultation so you can meet the surgeon in person. It is important to also have a good feeling and relationship with the surgeon who will eventually be performing your breast augmentation surgery, and you will find more about this during your consultation.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
It is important for the patients to do proper research before deciding on a surgeon and moving forward with the procedure. Before you schedule a consultation however, there are some things patients should always research and consider; visit the surgeon’s website for critical information, including their bio and board-certifications, before & after images, and reviews.
CHECK FOR BOARD CERTIFICATIONS
As part of the “things to do before surgery”, one of the most critical is researching the board certification(s) of any surgeon you are considering.
Take the time to learn more about the importance of being Board Certified, and to only consider a plastic surgeon who holds certifications in the fields of plastic surgery.
You may have read reports recently in the news of tragic outcomes, including death, following surgeries that were performed by non-board-certified physicians. In several of these cases, the doctors had not even completed their surgical residencies. They did not qualify to become Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or other boards, such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Though patients may experience complications, which can happen with any type of surgery, your decision to only use a board-certified plastic surgeon with the advanced training they needed to complete to become certified, helps ensure the most positive outcome and results.
Dr. Lane Smith currently holds 4 separate board-certifications in the fields of plastic, cosmetic, head and neck, and facial surgery:
- Board Certifications
- American Board of Plastic Surgery 2003-Current
- American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1994-Current
- American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1995 -Current
- American Board of Cosmetic Surgery 2004 Current
MAKE SURE TO VIEW THE SURGEON’S BEFORE & AFTER IMAGES
Doing your research BEFORE selecting a plastic surgeon is important, and part of this process must include reviewing before and after images. You want to be able to see results, not just listen to what a surgeon may be telling you. When a plastic surgeon not only makes the process of viewing their work easy for you, but recommends you do so prior to making your decision, you can feel comfortable that they are confident, experienced and produce great work.
We promote our Before and After images on our website, featuring well over 6,400 images, by procedure type, with consistent angles for proper review, and we recommend patients coming to our office that they do a thorough review of the thousands of before images we have on our website.
One note, when you are reviewing before and after images on a website, look for consistency in the angles used and lighting, as well as for visual clues that demonstrate that the model is the same person in both the before and after image. Sometimes a tattoo or distinctive body feature will help in this area.
CHECK OUT THE REVIEWS!
Where viewing the before and after images of breast augmentation procedures is an important part of your selection process for the right surgeon, also listening to what patients have to say about their experience is an important pre-surgical step. But it is important to remember that you will want to read what patients say about their experience.
Many surgeons, like other business owners, typically do not like to easily share testimonials, making them difficult to f ind on their website (if, they even link to them). This is understandable because everyone knows and understands that these days competitors can try to hurt others businesses through false reviews from fake accounts they have set up.
In addition, sometimes someone has a bad experience, it is just reality. For every 10 or so great experiences that a patient or a client has with a business or medical practice, maybe one or two people share their experience. But you can bet when someone has a bad meal or experience with their service, you know they will post a bad review.
In the medical community, things do happen on occasion, expectations may not be met, etc. At Smith Plastic Surgery our number one priority is our patient’s health and meeting their expectations. We discuss these during consultations so everyone is on the same page and we openly share our reviews and testimonials, using Real Patient Ratings, a system that verifies the authenticity of the review, so you know it is a real patient making the review.
We welcome your inquiries and invite you to learn more about reviewing our website, and contacting us directly to schedule your consultation.
Lane F. Smith, M.D.
F.A.A.C.S., F.A.O.H.N.S., F.A.B.F.P.R.S.
Smith Plastic Surgery