When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon, many women think that they’ll feel more comfortable taking off their clothes and talking about cosmetic improvements with a female doctor. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why women choose a female plastic surgeon for their San Diego breast augmentation or other procedure. While the desire to choose a female surgeon may be understandable, there are a few factors that could balance this decision and should be considered. Because, in truth, the surgeon you choose should be the best surgeon for the procedure, not just someone who shares your gender.
Questions to ask:
1) How much experience does this surgeon have?
2) Is this doctor a board-certified plastic surgeon?
3) Do I like the results I see in their before and after photos?
4) During the initial consultation, was this surgeon warm and understanding? Did the surgeon really listen to what I was saying?
In my opinion, the criteria above are much more important than the surgeon’s gender. I can speak from experience. My La Jolla and San Diego breast enhancement patients will tell you that I have treated them with care and compassion, and that they felt comfortable and confident throughout the process. All plastic surgeons, regardless of gender, should be professional, sensitive, and understanding when examining body areas a patient wants to improve.
Ultimately, you should choose the best surgeon for the job, even if the surgeon is male. After an initial consultation, you’ll be able to tell if someone is the right doctor for you.