Choosing the right plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation procedure involves more than choosing a name from the phone book or the plastic surgery facility closest to your house. It calls for some research and careful decision-making.
Breast augmentation is major surgery that takes one to one-and-a-half hours. It requires anesthesia and incisions and you will need to set aside time for recovery. Although the risks are low, it is important to understand what they are and how they can best be avoided.
An experienced plastic surgeon who cares about you as an individual will explain this during your initial consultation and will answer all your questions clearly. He or she will also help you make the decisions involved with breast augmentation, such as what size and type of implant and which incision location would be best for you.
In Phoenix, Arizona, plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik provides a reassuring and educational environment and will take the time to get to know you and to understand your cosmetic surgery goals.
Plastic Surgery Board Certification
The qualifications of your plastic surgeon should be looked at closely and determining whether he or she is board-certified is a good start. When you choose Dr. Angelchik, you will be choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon – one who has the training, skill, and experience necessary for a successful outcome.
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is the oldest and the most respected medical credentialing organization in the U.S. It is the umbrella organization for many specialty boards. Each member board focus on a medical area recognized as a specialty and conducts training and examinations for doctors who would like to enter one of those specialties. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certifies plastic surgeons, including cosmetic surgeons. Cosmetic surgery is plastic surgery done for a cosmetic reason.
Dr. Angelchik met all the ABPS certification requirements and received certification in 1996. Certification is not a static and permanent thing – it must be maintained and renewed. Dr. Angelchik completed his recertification in 2006. By requiring recertification, the ABPS makes sure that all its member doctors remain up-to-date with new ideas, methods, and technology. Please see Dr. Angelchik’s page for more about his background and accomplishments.
Evidence of Successful Results
During your consultation, the cosmetic surgeon should show you some form of Before and After photos of his work. They provide a visual indicator of his or her plastic surgery skill and may be in a binder or on a computer and sometimes also on the walls. You could also ask to speak to former patients who have undergone the same procedure you are considering. Most qualified and successful cosmetic surgeons have a list of patients who have agreed to speak about their surgery experience with others.
Dr. Angelchik works in accredited, licensed facilities that are regularly evaluated by the applicable credentialing entity.
Working Well with Your Plastic Surgeon
You can probably decide quickly if the plastic surgeon you are speaking with would be a good choice. In talking with him, do you feel he is listening? Are your questions answered clearly? Does the facility feel well-organized and friendly? If you go ahead with breast augmentation, you will be interacting quite a lot with your cosmetic surgeon, not only before your procedure but also after it, with a series of follow-up visits.
So choose a plastic surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and confident. While it is important that he listens to your goals and concerns, it is also important that you listen to his advice and instructions. Dr. Angelchik places a high priority on patient education. He will want you to understand your procedure and why it is being done they way it is, because he does not take a cookie cutter approach with his patients. He will customize his techniques for you and design a cosmetic surgery to meet your goals safely and effectively.
He will also give you printed directions on how to care for yourself during recovery, and your successful outcome will partly depend on how closely you follow those directions. When you and your cosmetic surgeon work well together, your final results are sure to be very pleasing.
If you are in the Phoenix or Glendale, Arizona area and would like more information on breast augmentation or anything discussed here, please contact experienced and board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik.