Are you thinking about becoming a breast augmentation surgeon one day? There has never been a better time to do it.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were almost 18 million plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. in 2017, which represented a 2 percent increase over 2016. More specifically, there were more than 300,000 breast augmentations performed in 2017, which represented a 3 percent increase over 2016.
And as a result of America's increased demand for plastic surgery, the best plastic surgeons are making more money than ever before. Depending on where you work, you could rake in more than $500,000 annually.
But before you make the decision to become a breast augmentation surgeon, you should make sure you have the right qualities. Unfortunately, not everyone is cut out for the job.
Here are 10 qualities every good breast augmentation surgeon should have.
1. Well Educated
First things first: You're not going to be able to turn yourself into a plastic surgeon overnight. The best plastic surgeons spend years and, in some cases, more than a decade working their way through school before becoming a plastic surgeon.
The journey for prospective plastic surgeons begins with obtaining a bachelor's degree. But once that's done, they also have to go through medical school just like any other surgeon would.
In addition to spending a lot of time in school, good plastic surgeons also need to complete a medical residency that lasts for approximately five years. And if you want to go into a specific plastic surgery field, like breast augmentation, you may also be required to complete fellowship training.
At the end of it all, you'll be as well educated as you can be. And you'll need to rely on your education early and often to gain experience in the plastic surgery field.
Going through medical school and completing a medical residency can be an extremely challenging process for plastic surgeons.
But one of the great parts about doing it is that you'll gain a ton of real-world experience along the way. Unlike in other professions where you have to go out and find a job to get experience, you'll emerge from your medical residency with all of the experience you'll need to start performing medical procedures on those who come to you for them.
But even with that being said, it's important for you to focus on gaining even more experience after you're done with medical school and your medical residency. The people who call on you for plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation are going to want to know that they can trust you to get the job done right.
Once you're done with your schooling and medical residency, you'll be able to get certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is a big step, and you should view it as more than just a formality.
Getting certified will show all of your patients that you're qualified to perform breast augmentations and other plastic surgery procedures. It'll also show that you're committed to learning as much as you can about plastic surgery since you'll have to maintain your American Society of Plastic Surgeons certification over time.
Visiting a breast augmentation surgeon can obviously be a nerve-wracking experience for many women. It forces them to expose many of their insecurities to a plastic surgeon and talk about things that might make them uncomfortable.
For that reason, you're going to need to be professional when interacting with your patients. The more professional you're able to be, the more they'll open up to you about what they want you to do to their bodies.
As a plastic surgeon, you should take your job seriously and do whatever it takes to put your patients' minds at ease from the moment they walk into your office. Being professional is one way that you can do this.
Undergoing plastic surgery is a big decision for most people. Even if it's something they've wanted to do for a long time, there is usually a part of them that starts to second-guess their decision as they inch closer to having breast augmentation surgery done.
With that in mind, the best plastic surgeons need to be very patient when it comes to interacting with their patients. They shouldn't ever force their patients to make important decisions on the fly or undergo a procedure if they're not 100 percent ready for it.
If a patient needs time to think about whether or not they want to go through with a procedure, you should give them their space. You should also be prepared to answer any questions they might have about you or breast augmentation surgery as a whole.
Take the time to read more about some of the questions you might face on a daily basis.
6. Good Listener
When a patient walks into your office for the first time, they won't be the only one with questions. You're going to have questions that you'll want to ask a patient, too.
Here are some of the questions you'll likely want to ask:
- "What plastic surgery procedure do you want to undergo?"
- "Why do you want to undergo this procedure?"
- "How long have you been thinking about having the procedure done?"
- "Is there anything that concerns you about the procedure?"
- "Are you prepared for everything that goes along with having the procedure done?"
While it's important for you to ask these questions, it's also important for you to back off once you do and let the patient speak. You should actively work to improve your listening skills so that you're engaged when others are talking to you.
This will help you get a better understanding of your patients. You'll be able to serve them better and cater to their specific needs when you know how to listen effectively.
"The customer is always right" is a phrase that many businesses from all over the world have used over the last 100 years when interacting with customers.
But it's a phrase that should not be in your vernacular if you want to be one of the best plastic surgeons in your area. That doesn't mean you should ever be disrespectful to a patient, but you should be open and honest with them at all times.
There are likely going to be times when you know in your heart of hearts that the plastic surgery procedure a person wants isn't going to have the intended results. You should let them know that and be honest with them while offering up your professional opinion.
If they choose not to listen and want to move forward with a procedure anyway, that's their prerogative. But you shouldn't get into the habit of telling patients whatever they want to hear. Honesty is key.
When a patient is weighing their options and trying to decide whether or not to have a breast augmentation procedure done, they need to be able to get direct access to you whenever they want.
There should, of course, be some boundaries (you don't need to worry about fielding phone calls in the middle of the night or on holiday weekends!). But generally speaking, your patients should be able to reach you during business hours by phone or email.
Most people know that there is often a high cost associated with having a plastic surgery procedure done. The average cost of a breast augmentation, for example, sits somewhere in the ballpark of about $3,700.
You should work to make your procedures as affordable as they can be for patients, though. Take a look at what other plastic surgeons in your area are charging and make your rates competitive compared to what they're offering.
You should also aim to provide your patients with plenty of options as far as financing plastic surgery procedures. By making it easy for your patients to afford procedures, you'll find that they'll feel more comfortable scheduling them.
At the end of the day, you're going to be performing medical procedures on many of your patients. And in the weeks, days, and hours leading up to those procedures, they're going to be nervous to some degree.
You can take away some of their nerves by simply being warm and inviting whenever they visit your office. When you show a certain sense of warmth to your patients, they'll feel better about the idea of allowing you to perform procedures on them.
Become One of the Best Plastic Surgeons in Your Area
No matter where you live, there is likely a need for more plastic surgeons to perform breast augmentation procedures. The demand for them is growing with every passing year and putting a strain on the plastic surgery industry.
Start transforming yourself into one of the best plastic surgeons in your area by keeping the qualities listed here in mind. If you're able to incorporate them into your practice, you'll find that more patients will come to you for your services.
Check out our blog to learn more about some of the pros and cons that you'll experience once you begin working as a surgeon.