How to check your surgeon’s credentials

These days any licensed physician can claim to be a cosmetic doctor, so the importance of finding a reputable, board-certified surgeon for your  MTF breast augmentation is vital to your safety and satisfaction. When selecting a surgeon for your procedure, there are three essential components you should look for: certification, experience and a solid commitment to the transgender community.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

The first step to ensuring quality care and surgical expertise is to choose a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify surgeons in the specialty of plastic surgery. By choosing a board certified plastic surgeon, you can ensure that your surgeon:

  • Has a minimum of six years surgical training and experience, with at least three years concentrated in the specialty of plastic surgery
  • Only operates in accredited hospitals and surgical centers
  • Adheres to strict ethical guidelines
  • Completes continuing education requirements, including innovations and standards in patient safety

To check your surgeon’s credentials, you can visit the American Board of Medical Specialties website (abms.org) and search for them online. When researching your surgeon, you should also check to see if any malpractice suits have been filed by contacting your state’s medical board. In most cases, these records can be viewed online.

Experience and Commitment to the Transgender Community

MTF breast augmentation is a life-altering procedure that requires a high level of commitment on your end, and you should expect the same from your chosen plastic surgeon. Even the most experienced plastic surgeon may not be right for your procedure. A successful collaboration starts with good communication. Your overall results will be enhanced if you feel comfortable enough to openly discuss your goals, agree on realistic surgical expectations, and plan the course of the surgical journey together without the fear of judgement, rejection or embarrassment.

Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with an established commitment to the transgender community will also increase your overall satisfaction. To gauge your surgeon’s level of expertise in transgender procedures, you should ask them the following questions:

  • How many times have you performed MTF breast augmentation?
  • How frequently do you perform MTF breast augmentation?
  • Will you be performing the procedure in its entirety?

MTF breast augmentation is a major surgery and you should choose a plastic surgeon that has a sincere personal interest in your needs and desired surgical outcomes. A successful doctor-patient relationship starts with good communication. Your overall satisfaction will be enhanced if you feel comfortable enough to openly discuss your goals, agree on realistic surgical expectations, and plan the course of the surgical journey together without the fear of judgement, rejection or embarrassment.