Why Qualifications Matter for Breast Augmentation

Capsular contracture is the most common complication following breast augmentation. South of Chicago, I routinely perform revision surgeries for women who underwent breast enhancement surgery with other doctors. Plastic surgeons are still researching what causes this complication, which occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and tightens, making the implant feel hard to the touch and, in more extreme cases, become painful.

A recent study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® involving capsular contracture, for example, found that of the 34 surgeons whose patients were involved in the research, just 3 surgeons accounted for half the cases where patients had the complication. This would lead me to believe that surgical technique employed by different surgeons results in different outcome in this regard.

How do you know if a plastic surgeon is qualified to perform the procedure you desire? Here are some tips:

  • Make sure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • The surgeon should have special training in plastic surgery, often called fellowship training.
  • Make sure that the plastic surgeon operates in an accredited surgical facility.
  • Ask the plastic surgeon to provide photos of past patients.
  • Make sure that the plastic surgeon is trained in the latest cosmetic techniques and procedures.

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