How do you choose a surgeon for breast implants?

When choosing a surgeon for breast implantation, the FDA recommends that you find out the answers to the following questions:

  • In which states is he/she licensed to practice surgery? Note that some state medical licencing boards provide information on disciplinary action and malpractice claims/settlements to prospective patients either by request or on the internet.
  • Is he/she board certified, and if so, with which board?
  • How many breast augmentation, reconstruction, or revision surgeries does he/she perform per year?
  • How many years has he/she performed breast implantation surgeries?
  • What are the most common complications he/she encounters with patients after breast implantation?
  • What is his/her reoperation rate with breast implants and what is the most common type of reoperation he/she performs?
  • When you have answers to these questions, you will have a better idea of the technical qualifications of your surgeon.

A great resource to find doctors, to my opinion, is www.Doctors911.com. Doctors911 is a not a common doctors directory since it also includes reviews and ratings on doctors and allows you to rate your own doctors.