Whether your breasts are sagging, asymmetrical or too small for your body size, breast augmentation can help you regain a feeling of attractiveness, positive self-image and confidence. But the success of the procedure depends on good communication and the expertise of your plastic surgeon. A skilled surgeon will not only enlarge your breasts to the desired size, but also apply measures and techniques that minimize the risks and complications of the procedure.

What makes someone the right surgeon for breast augmentation?

1. Board-certified

Board certification indicates that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and testing. It is also proof that the surgeon is competent and experienced enough in performing the procedure. Find a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) and check the status of his or her license before you schedule a consultation.

2. Experienced

Your breast augmentation surgery is more likely to be successful when performed by a plastic surgeon who conducts the procedure on a regular basis. Remember, the right surgeon will not only determine the type and shape of breast implants to use, but will also align the procedure to meet your goals. Plastic surgeons get better at the procedure with time and frequency.

3. Runs an accredited facility

While breast augmentation is typically an outpatient surgery, it should be done in a facility with the highest standards of safety, quality and patient care. Accreditation is proof that the facility is committed to best practices, and a qualified surgeon will work at or run an accredited and accommodating facility.

4. Candid and compassionate

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that should be tailored to the needs of the patient. To find a surgeon who can perform the surgery in a way that is in line with your goals and expectations, look for someone who takes the time to get to know you.

At the same time, a surgeon should give you correct, straightforward guidance on the best approach to achieving your aesthetic goals—and tell you the honest truth, not what you want to hear. Pick a surgeon who is open, frank and caring.

So how do you find the right surgeon?

1. Get recommendations

Recommendations by people you trust are a great way to find a competent plastic surgeon. Speak with friends, relatives or colleagues who have had the surgery to give you some references. Ask them to share their experiences with their surgeons, what they liked about the experience, and whether their procedures met their aesthetic goals and expectations.

2. Use the internet

Searching the internet is an easy way to find plastic surgeons performing breast augmentation in your local area. For instance, if you reside in Tampa, type keywords such as “plastic surgeon in Tampa,” “best breast augmentation surgeon in Tampa,” “breast implant surgery Tampa,” or “breast augmentation center in Tampa” and see what comes up in your search results. Open the links that appear in your search results and check out details like names and addresses of the surgeons.

3. Narrow down your options

From the recommendations and internet searches, you should have around 5-10 options to choose from. Further research will help you identify the top 2-3 surgeons. To narrow down your options, check out patient reviews posted on patient forums. You might also look for patient testimonials, before and after photos, gallery of patient cases, and case studies to help you get a clearer picture of the work and outcomes achieved by every surgeon in your list.

4. Book an appointment

Now that you have found 2-3 surgeons you believe can perform breast augmentation that meets your aesthetic goals, you should schedule a consultation session with each of them before choosing one. The meeting should help you determine if you are comfortable with and trust the surgeon, and to get a sense of whether or not the surgeon understands what you want from the surgery.

During consultation, the surgeon will thoroughly explain all aspects of the procedure and answer all your questions. This is when you should ask questions, raise your concerns, and find out what to expect before, during and after the procedure. You can also ask to look at before and after photos, patient testimonials, reference to previous patients, and case studies from the surgeon.

5. Make your decision

From your list of 2-3 plastic surgeons, consider choosing the one with whom you most easily communicated and established a rapport during consultation. The right surgeon is the one who made you feel more confident about your surgery through an open and honest discussion about your overall health, lifestyle, aesthetic goals, and your questions and concerns.

At Politis Plastic Surgery, we believe that working with a skilled and experienced board-certified surgeon is the best way to achieve your aesthetic goals through breast augmentation. Dr. Effie Politis is a candid and compassionate surgeon who can help you on your journey to a happier, more confident you. She performs breast augmentation frequently and with remarkable outcomes for her patients. For more information about plastic surgery, visit the site Politis Plastic Surgery website.

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