Would you go ahead with a budget boob job if you knew there was a chance that your implants could actually fall out shortly after surgery? Yeah, I wouldn’t either. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to a 27-year-old Swedish woman who opted for low-price breast implants from a so-called plastic surgeon in Turkey.
Days after her procedure, Angelina Isaksen’s incisions began to swell, turned bright red and throbbed with pain. Two weeks later, part of her implant was visibly poking out of the incision. She’s since had both implants removed.
So how do you go about picking a breast augmentation surgeon so this kind of thing won’t happen to you? Follow these four tips when making your decision.
First things first, make sure the person you’re about to allow to operate on you is — you know — an actual plastic surgeon. Like, with the med school plaque and all. Board certification means that they’ve undergone rigorous medical training, residency programs and oral and written exams. It’s worth going the extra mile to make sure you’re working with a board-certified plastic surgeon over having your implants fall out. But that’s just me. *Cue sarcastic shrug.*
Resist the Temptation of Lower-than-Low Prices
Don’t — I repeat, don’t — be wooed by cut-price boob jobs. You will always get what you pay for, and you certainly don’t want to skimp when it comes to not only your looks but your health and maybe even your life, too. Remember, plastic surgery is still surgery. So if your procedure is about to go down in a barn or something, peace out faster than you can say, “Bob’s your uncle.”
Don’t Travel to a Far-Away Land for a Boob Job
This one often goes hand-in-hand with the “too good to be true” price point mentioned above. So many things can go wrong when traveling to another country — or even across the country — to get plastic surgery. Medical tourism is the official term for this, and there are a million-and-one reasons why it’s a bad idea.
But even besides the risk of winding up with a quack plastic surgeon in another country, traveling far away from home comes with a lot of other challenges, too. You don’t want to have to stay in a hotel while you recover. And if something does go wrong once you head home, you’ll be too far away from your plastic surgeon to easily stop in for a visit if needed. Think about the long game, girl.
The truth is, you can probably sniff out a fake if you really let yourself trust your intuition.
Go with Your Gut
Use this tip when you go in for your first office visit. Even if everything checks out on paper — the credentials are there, etc. — you could see a whole different story when you walk into the office.
Is it mass chaos in there during your visit? Or is it quiet, peaceful and running like a well-oiled machine? Is the staff friendly and helpful or rude and put-off by your questions? Likewise, what’s your interaction like with the plastic surgeon? Do you get a good vibe from him or her? Do you feel like you can easily discuss your goals and concerns? There’s no shame in getting a second opinion if you’re just not feeling it.