Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular procedures performed for Northern VA women who desire fuller, shapelier breasts. This cosmetic surgery places a silicone or saline implant inside the chest wall to give women the look they have always wanted.
So, you’ve made the exciting decision to move forward with a breast augmentation surgery. Now, the next item of business to scratch off your list is determining which surgeon you’d like to perform the procedure. There are many options when it comes to breast augmentation surgeons in Northern Virginia, but it’s important to find the one that’s the right fit for you, and one that will provide the results you desire. The plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston have provided a list of tips to help you get started with your search.
Have a good idea of what you’re looking for
Do you want saline or silicone implants? Have you considered a fat transfer procedure? Do you think you may also need a breast lift to get the results you’re after? Look into breast augmentation procedures ahead of time and explore your options. Silicone implants are the most popular choice, but they also require a bigger incision. Silicone implants are also only approved for women that are 22 years and older. These are all important items to consider when selecting which method is best for you.
Ask for recommendations
There’s a good chance you probably know someone who has undergone a breast augmentation procedure. Find out which surgeon they used and see if they’d recommend them. It’s also a good idea to ask what the procedure was like and if they’d change anything. Go online and perform a few Google searches to see who the best breast augmentation surgeons are in your area. Social media is an excellent way to find out which surgeon most people use and if they’d recommend them to others.
Do some research ahead of time
The internet is an amazing tool that can help you with your search for the best surgeon. Once you’ve compiled a list of potential surgeons it’s time to research them. Google their names and see what information pops up. Try to see if you can locate their reviews or feedback from prior patients. Not everything you read on the internet is accurate, but it can definitely give you some insight into what others have experienced.
Inquire about credentials and experience
You should ask if the surgeon is board certified and how long they’ve been practicing. It’s also good to find out how often they perform breast augmentation procedures and how many they’ve performed since they’ve been in practice. Inquire if they are specialized in any certain areas. You want an experienced surgeon who will make you feel at ease. Experience is something that takes time and comes after many surgeries. The more procedures they have under their belt the better prepared they’ll be to offer guidance and suggestions to you.
What procedures/methods do they use?
Some surgeons perform incisions through the belly button, while others perform incisions near the armpit, however, the most commonly used incision today is under the breast fold. It’s good to know what options are available to you, especially if you prefer your incisions to be in more discreet areas. If your surgeon only uses one method and you prefer another then you may decide to look elsewhere.
View before and after photos (you can see ours here)
A surgeon can tell you all sorts of things to make you feel more comfortable, but it’s strongly recommended that you also ask to view before and after photos of previous patients. Look closely at the photos and make sure you’re happy with the results that you’re seeing. Typically surgeons have these photos on their website, but you should also be able to view these during your consultation. These photos may even help you decide which implant selection is right for you, as well as how big or small you’d like to go. If the surgeon cannot provide any photos, that could be a red flag to search elsewhere. If you can’t view their work how can you have any idea of what your results would look like?
Discuss pricing and get it in writing
You get what you pay for, and if the price sounds too good to be true then it probably is. If one surgeon’s pricing is significantly lower than others it probably means something is amiss. Most surgeons are priced competitively and the cost shouldn’t be drastically different. Once you’ve gone to your consultation you should have a clear idea of what you’re expected to pay. It’s wise to ask if the price is the total price and includes things like anesthesia, surgeon’s fees, and operating fees. Since a breast augmentation procedure is considered cosmetic it won’t be covered under medical insurance. A lot of surgeons offer payment plans or financing so it may be beneficial to look into those options.
Get the most out of your consultation
It’s wise to go into your consultation well prepared. Have a list of questions ready to go and make sure you take the time to get them answered. Inquire about the anesthesia that will be used, any risks from the procedure, what recovery is like, and what kind of results to expect. This is the time to ensure that you and your surgeon are on the same page. If you feel like the surgeon isn’t listening to your concerns or is being pushy or trying to guide you in a different direction you may want to reconsider. You should leave your consultation confident in your surgeon and in the results they can provide.
Now that you have a better idea of how to find a great breast augmentation surgeon you can begin your journey. If you still have questions or don’t know where to start, call our Reston, VA, cosmetic surgeon office and let the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston get you off to a great start. We have the experience and background to create gorgeous, natural-looking results from breast augmentation surgery, We also have the reviews, photo galleries, and a team of highly-skilled surgeons that you’re looking for. Selecting a plastic surgeon is a huge undertaking, and we’d be happy to help you along the way.