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How to ensure that your cosmetic surgeon is a board certified plastic surgeon

In the current health care climate of diminishing reimbursements, more and more physicians are performing cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures.  Unfortunately, many of these physicians are not plastic surgeons and have not undergone the same rigorous training as board-certified plastic surgeons.  All patients should take certain steps prior to scheduling a consultation to ensure that their physician has the highest qualifications to perform cosmetic surgery.
  • Ask if the doctor is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Membership in the ASPS ensures that the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and meets requirements for ongoing continuing medical education.
  • Confirm that the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  Merely hearing that a doctor is board certified does not indicate which board has certified that doctor.  There is only one board, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify surgeons in the field of plastic surgery.
  • Find out more about the surgeon’s specific hospital privileges.  Although some procedures are commonly performed in an office or ambulatory surgical center, it is important to learn whether the surgeon has the same privileges in an accredited hospital.  Hospital credentialing committees carefully evaluate a surgeon’s training and competency for specific procedures.  If a surgeon performs a procedure in an office or surgical center, but does not have privileges to perform the same procedure in a hospital, it may be because he was deemed unqualified to perform that procedure.

Taking these steps before scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon will ensure that you find a plastic surgeon with the highest qualifications.

Smoking and cosmetic surgery – Board Certified Plastic Surgeon – Sam Jejurikar, M.D.

Many patients have asked me if they can smoke cigarettes up to the time of their cosmetic surgery.  The procedures most often in question are breast lifts with or without implants, breast reductions, tummy tucks and facelifts.  Simply put, smoking and these procedures can be recipes for disaster.  I strongly encourage smokers to quit smoking before these surgeries, as tobacco, nicotine, and carbon monoxide, all of which are within cigarettes, can impede wound healing.  In operations which involve lifting and tightening large amounts of skin, this can result in skin separation, or worse yet, skin loss.

Most board-certified plastic surgeons are selective in the procedures that they will offer to tobacco users.  Some procedures that do not require a significant amount of skin lifting, such as rhinoplasty, liposuction and breast augmentation, are thought to be somewhat safer to perform in smokers than procedures that require more skin manipulation.  For that reason, most plastic surgeons will perform these surgeries in smokers, but will still extend significant disclaimers and warnings.

Virtually everyone knows that smoking can cause pulmonary problems, heart disease and lung cancer.  For those reasons alone, I encourage all patients to quit using tobacco products.  In regards to cosmetic surgery, tobacco usage can cause significant problems with healing.  Because cosmetic surgery is elective, it only makes sense to quit tobacco usage prior to surgery to minimize this potential risk.

Choosing the best-sized breast implant – Breast Augmentation Dallas – Sam Jejurikar, M.D.

Many of my patients ask how I choose the optimal size for a breast implant. Some women are very concerned about choosing too large of an implant, as they know this can make their breasts look unnatural. Other women are afraid that they won’t choose a large enough implant to see a discernible difference. There are a variety of tools that I use to help my patients select the best breast implant size:

  • Photos. Having patients bring photos of breasts they like and breasts they detest help me determine their goals. Some women desire subtle enhancement and others desire much more dramatic enlargement.
  • Measurements. The chest wall diameter, breast width and height are all important factors in selecting an appropriate implant. The breast skin envelope is only so large; selecting an implant that is too large invariably means that implant will sit too high, too low, or too lateral.
  • Trial sizing. Although it is inexact, having patients try different implants in a bra in the office is a useful exercise. It gives them a crude idea of breast size and shape in clothing and often helps them verbalize their goals.
  • Conversation. Different implants have vastly different shapes and profiles. It’s important that patients understand how this differs in appearance from other types of implants, and that can only conveyed adequately in the preoperative consultation.
  • Intraoperative sizing. I will often utilize intraoperative trial implants and always sit the patient up during surgery to ensure that the breasts have a pleasing appearance.  This is particularly the case for patients with breast asymmetry, to ensure that the final implants utilized provide the greatest possible symmetry.
All of these tools play a valuable role in choosing the best possible implant size.

Breast Implant Profiles – Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute – Breast Augmentation Plano – Sam Jejurikar, MD

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had some patients engage me in conversations about breast implant profiles.  They had seen pictures on the Internet of patients with breast augmentation results they liked and wanted the same style implants as in the pictures.  These patients had a limited understanding as to what breast implant profile refers, prompting this blog entry.

The naming for implant profiles predominantly refers to smooth, round implants, which are the most common type of implants used for cosmetic breast augmentation.  The two major breast implant manufactures have different names for their implants.  Allergan refers to its saline implants as low, moderate, and high profile and its silicone implants as moderate, midrange and high profile.  Mentor has similar names, but also has a moderate profile plus implant, which is between its moderate and high profile implants.

The profile of an implant equates to the projection of that implant.  For a given volume, the higher the profile, the fatter and narrower an implant is.  As a result, higher profile implants tend to provide more fullness and a rounder appearance to the upper portions of the breast.  Higher profile implants tend to be really useful in women with relatively narrow breasts who want significant enlargement of the breasts; in these women, if a low or moderate profile implant were selected, to achieve the desired volume may entail the implant riding into the underarm region.  In contrast, a patient with a wider build or wider breasts may find that high profile implants may fail to adequately fill their entire breast; they often times benefit from implants with lesser projection.  Higher profile implants also tend to be useful in women who desire a small breast lift without the incisions associated with a formal lift.

Almost no patients choose low profile implants for aesthetic breast augmentation; the limited amount of projection provided with these implants does not coincide with their aesthetic goals.  Generally speaking, women looking to maximize their cleavage and perkiness often times opt for high profile implants.  Ultimately, though, the best implant profile for a patient can only be determined after a careful examination by a board certified plastic surgeon, taking into account the specifics of a patient’s breast anatomy, as well as their desired appearance.

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