Medically reviewed by Dr. John Rosdeutscher – Written by Sine Thieme
When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon for any cosmetic procedure, there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” practice or plastic surgeon. You may happen to want or get the same exact procedure as your neighbor, but find that you aren’t as comfortable with her surgeon as you would like. Plastic surgery should be a fantastic and positive experience as it can be life-changing. There is no need to rush the process. Take the time to find a plastic surgeon that best suits your needs and can provide the level of expertise that you desire.
In this article we will address how plastic surgery is an individualized experience and how it may take time to determine which surgeon is right for you. We will attempt to offer some suggestions and things to consider when choosing your plastic surgeon for a breast lift.
Look for Board Certification In Plastic Surgery
Because any cosmetic procedure is a personal and individualized experience, it is important to ensure that your plastic surgeon is qualified to perform any of the procedures he or she advertises. Did you know that the government does not actually require a surgeon to be specifically trained in all of the procedures they offer? Because of this, many general surgeons hop on the cosmetic bandwagon as a way to increase their business.
Ensuring that your surgeon is 1) a board-certified plastic surgeon and 2) member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is one of the best ways to identify and ensure that the surgeon you have been talking to is capable of performing your breast lift surgery.
Our Board-Certified Breast Lift Doctors
A NuBody Concepts in Nashville, Dr. John D. Rosdeutscher performs a wide range of plastic surgery procedures with special focus on face lifts, mini facelifts, liposuction, and breast surgery. With years of experience in this field, Dr. Rosdeutscher is a capable and experienced plastic surgeon who can help you achieve your breast lift goals.
At our Memphis, TN location, Mark H. Peters, M.D. is an award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience transforming the face and the body. He performs a wide range of plastic surgery services, including thigh, butt, arm, and breast lifts, and much more.
Ensure Your Surgeon has Experience Performing Breast Lifts
As we have mentioned, it is important to ensure that your plastic surgeon is capable. It is also important to find out if he has a lot of experience performing breast lifts. Each area of cosmetic surgery requires different skills. You can imagine how different operating on the bone, cartilage, and breathing passages of the nose is versus working on the primarily soft tissues during a breast lift. Given the vast differences in these operations, your cosmetic surgeon can have subspecialities within the field. Choosing a surgeon who is not only certified to perform plastic surgery but also has substantial experience in breast procedures specifically is your safest bet to achieving your aesthetic outcomes – a trained professional will know how to work with any person’s body.
The best way to get to know your plastic surgeon and his or her qualifications is going in for a personal consultation. A first sign to look for is whether you will meet with the surgeon directly or whether you will meed with a medical consultant. If you are offered a free consultation, it might not be with the actual plastic surgeon – make sure you find out before going in.
Below we will address questions you should consider asking during your consultation.
Questions to ask Your Surgeon:
- How did you train in the procedure I am considering?
- How many years have you been performing this procedure?
- How many times have you performed this type of procedure?
- Can I view any before and afters of the procedure I am considering?
Know The Style and Approach of Your Plastic Surgeon
Speaking of before and afters, in addition to training and medical knowledge, artistry is another requirement of plastic surgery. Yes, a breast lift may be a relatively routine procedure, but there are ways a trained surgeon can reduce the potential for severe scarring and minimize risks and side-effects while giving you the most natural and youthful look your breasts could have.
Because every woman’s body is unique, you may want to look for a plastic surgeon whose “style” and craft is in line with your aesthetic goals. The surgeon should be able to tailor any treatment to your unique situation in order to meet your goals. Searching for the “best plastic surgeon near me” and choosing the first result doesn’t always give you the best answers.
Good plastic surgery requires more than that. Your provider should be able to customize their treatment to your individual needs and situation. One good way to review this is to check out the surgery facility’s before and after galleries to get a sample of your surgeon’s work and look for a variety of excellent results.
Become Familiar with the Surgery Center
During this pandemic year, new options for virtual consultations have become available. If you don’t feel ready to commit to (and pay for) an in-person consultation with a breast lift surgeon, a virtual consultation is a good substitute. This also makes you more flexible without being bound by geographical constraints, giving you choices for plastic surgery locales from quiet suburbs to large metropolitan areas.
Whether you have an in-person or virtual meeting, you want to make sure you would feel comfortable there as a patient. A breast lift is a fairly invasive procedure. So ensuring that the surgery takes place in a friendly, sterile, clinical environment is of utmost importance. The more comforting and knowledgeable the nurses and staff are, the more relaxed you’ll feel.
As a first step, see if you can take a virtual tour of the clinic. We invite you to take a virtual tour of the NuBody Concepts cosmetic surgery and liposuction center in Nashville.
Does Your Surgeon Prioritize a Safe Facility?
Your safety during surgery depends in large part on the anesthetist and the operating facility. Again, having an experienced surgeon and staff of registered nurses and/or nurse anesthetists is imperative to ensure your safety during surgery.
During your consultation or any time before your surgery, you should consider asking yourself these questions:
Things to Ask and Look for
- Do I feel comfortable and at ease when I’m speaking on the phone with their staff?
- How am I greeted when walking up to the front desk?
- Is my appointment on time and does everything seem well organized?
- Is the doctor/nurse/medical consultant friendly?
- Are they willing to answer all of my questions and address my concerns?
Consult with Your Local Plastic Surgeon
We have listed some of the most important things to look out for and consider when deciding which plastic surgeon is best for you. Choosing a cosmetic surgeon is without question the most important decision you’ll make during this process. However, if you’re considering breast lift surgery, the best way to determine which surgeon is right for you is by paying them a visit or scheduling a consultation.
When you visit your local surgeon or surgeon of choice, ask them about their experience, their credentials, and discuss your own aesthetic goals. Talk about the breast lift process and see if they are capable of crafting their own style and techniques to your own individual needs. Again, make sure you research the provider’s before and after galleries. Look for women who have similar breasts as your own and pay attention to their before and after results – this can help identify your surgeon’s style.
After all of these things have been discussed and you have identified the surgeon you would like to choose, then you can consider the pricing and discuss payment options. Remember, it is important to never choose a surgeon based on price alone. Your safety and the end results are way too important. In many cases, cosmetic surgeons offer financing options to help you budget procedure costs.
We hope that we’ve given you a better understanding of how to choose a breast lift surgeon. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.