Summary:Breast augmentation is one of the most widely offered elective surgeries in the nation, and it’s also one of the most commonly performed. Considering the widespread popularity of breast augmentation, it should come as no surprise that results can vary widely depending on the patient’s goals, the specific approach to the surgery and the quality of the surgeon’s expertise.

While nearly all plastic surgeons offer breast augmentation in their practices, not all of them are true breast augmentation specialists. In order to achieve the perfect breast implant results, you’ll need to take the time to seek out the best surgeon. Here are a few telltale signs that you’re barking up the right tree.

1. Consultation Is a Priority

Your one-on-one consultation with your surgeon is the first time you will likely sit down face to face and have a chance to discuss your goals for breast augmentation, your biggest concerns about your breast appearance, your implant options and your surgeon’s recommendation for creating the best results.

For many, the idea of discussing such a personal decision with someone you hardly know may feel daunting, but this is also the ideal time for you to communicate the look you’re going for in a way that your surgeon understands, as well as to clear up any uncertainties you may be feeling. A dedicated breast augmentation specialist understands the importance of the pre-surgical consultation and prioritizes his or her capacity to understand the patient’s needs and communicate realistic expectations.

2. Your Surgeon Is Active in Breast Implant Development

Another indication that your plastic surgeon can deliver excellent breast augmentation results is his or her level of involvement in the field of breast implant development and the latest research. Look into your surgeon’s background to see if he or she has participated in any recent forums or committees regarding the latest breast implant technology or research.

A plastic surgeon who is highly regarded as a leader in breast augmentation will be familiar with a variety of approaches toward creating the results you want.

3. Your Surgeon Uses the Keller Funnel™

The Keller Funnel™ is a device created to deliver the best and safest breast implant results by maintaining the highest level of sanitation throughout the procedure. A surgeon who uses the Keller Funnel™ to perform breast augmentation is using what is referred to as the “no touch” technique.

After preparing the funnel with proper hydration and lubrication, the sterilized implant is inserted into the funnel through which it can be safely inserted into the implant pocket, minimizing the chances that the implant has come into contact with any contaminants. This reduces insertion force, which can needlessly damage tissue or the implant itself. This technique may also minimize rates of capsular contracture.

4. Before-and-After Photos Show Your Ideal Results

Lastly, it’s important to look through your surgeon’s before-and-after photos of real patients who have undergone breast augmentation at his or her practice. You can also read real patient reviews about your surgeon online and may even request to talk with some previous patients and hear what they have to say about their experience. This is your opportunity to gain a realistic understanding of the results your surgeon can create and develop your own expectations for how your own breast enhancement might turn out with this particular breast augmentation surgeon.