Choose a Breast Lift Surgeon
Your choice of breast lift surgeon is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure your safety and a favorable outcome. An experienced and skilled surgeon will have the qualifications to achieve your desired goals. We have provided important factors for you to consider when choosing a surgeon for your breast lift surgery.
It is extremely important to choose a qualified breast lift surgeon both for your safety as well as to attain the outcome you truly desire. You should select a surgeon who puts you at ease, and has the training and qualifications to achieve your goals for breast lift surgery. Many factors can help you determine the quality of a surgeon including board certification, surgical training and experience, and whether or not the surgeon is able to perform breast lift procedures through a hospital.
The first step toward choosing a qualified breast lift surgeon is to find a doctor who is a certified member of an accredited board. However, not all certifications are equal. Most certifying boards require some standard of surgical training and experience, but requirements can vary greatly.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the primary certifying board for breast surgeries, including breast lift. It requires surgeons to have extensive surgical training and experience, a proven record of exceptional patient care, and a history of successful surgical results with a low rate of complications. Because these surgeons are periodically required to be recertified, you can be confident in the quality of a breast lift surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
It is important to understand that board certification does not guarantee quality breast lift results or that there will be no complications after breast lift surgery. However, board certification can give you a starting point to narrow down your search for a breast lift surgeon.
Experience and Training
A qualified breast lift surgeon should have advanced training and recent experience in the types of breast lift techniques you are considering for your breast enhancement. Determine if the surgeons you are considering have special training in common surgical techniques, such as the standard anchor breast lift surgery, doughnut mastopexy, and the relatively new laser breast lift. You may also want to consider how many breast lift surgeries each surgeon has performed, as well as the outcome of those surgeries.
One of the best ways to determine the quality of a breast lift surgeon is to evaluate the results that other patients have achieved. Read patient testimonials and view before and after images, which are available on many surgeons’ websites and in their offices. Reviewing past patient experiences can give you an idea about the quality of the surgeons you are considering.
You may also want to determine if your breast lift surgeon has been granted privileges to operate at a hospital, as well as the procedures he or she is allowed to perform. Surgeons who are granted operating privileges at a hospital have typically achieved a high standard of training and experience. To gain these privileges, surgeons must be evaluated by their peers to verify a standard of training and competency. These privileges are typically only granted for specific procedures, such as breast lift surgery, for which the surgeon has been thoroughly evaluated.
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Connect With a Cosmetic Surgeon
It is important to choose a qualified breast lift surgeon to ensure your safety and increase the likelihood of achieving the results you desire. To begin your search for the right surgeon, use DocShop’s online directory to find a breast lift surgeon in your area. Many surgeons throughout the United States have provided information about their practices, as well as links to their websites that include patient testimonials and before and after photos.