If you’ve gone through the effort and expense of breast augmentation only to develop complications such as hardened scar tissue or breasts that are too low or oddly shaped, it’s only natural to have some concerns about getting more plastic surgery. At the same time, breast reconstruction and revision surgery is the only known way to address these complications.
Fortunately, procedures to fix complications, such as capsular contracture and post-operative breast irregularities, typically can be extremely successful when performed by a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced surgeon. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known as Dr. J, is a leading plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills and an expert in breast reconstruction. He suggests that the best way for understandably nervous patients to set their minds at ease is to take some extra time to find the most skilled and experienced plastic surgeon they can.
What Should Patients Look for in a Breast Reconstruction Plastic Surgeon?
Patients should ask the following questions about any physician they consider.
Are they board-certified plastic surgeons?
Plastic surgery is among the most challenging of all medical specialties and breast reconstruction is among the most challenging types of plastic surgery. It’s always essential that patients only consider board-certified plastic surgeons but it’s even more the case with these delicate procedures. Being board certified means that a doctor has not only undergone the years of additional training required to become a plastic surgeon, but they have also passed a rigorous series of examinations conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). It’s the only way to be sure your physician has all the necessary skills and knowledge to perform procedures effectively and safely.
Plastic surgeons must renew their board certification every ten years. Patients may find that reassuring but some plastic surgeons will go the extra mile. Dr. J maintains not only his certification from ASPS but also his general surgery credentials. This is the first certification plastic surgeons get early on in their careers from the ABS (American Board of Surgery). While most plastic surgeons allow the general surgery certification to lapse, Dr. J believes that being double-board certified ensures that he has all of the skills and knowledge he needs to do the best possible work.
Is the plastic surgeon up-to-date on the latest techniques?
Ongoing board certification helps plastic surgeons stay in touch with their specialty, but some doctors are more clued in than others. Make the most of your time with any plastic surgeon you’re considering to find out as much as possible about their background with the breast reconstruction procedure you are considering. It’s a good idea to write all of your questions down in advance. You may also want to do a little research online before and after the first consultation to make sure you ask informed questions and are comfortable with the doctor’s responses.
For breast reconstruction, in particular, Dr. J is not only on top of the latest advances but a leader who sets the standard for others. One important example is his use of Strattice™ as an alternative to the traditional surgical mesh used to keep tissue in place following an operation. While Strattice™ is called a reconstructive tissue matrix (RTM) by medical professionals, you can think of it as a sort of internal bra. Instead of being made out of surgical fabric, however, it’s comprised of organic material grown out of animal tissue. It has been shown to foster more rapid healing and may aid in the prevention of recurrences of capsular contracture and other complications.
What kind of outcomes is the plastic surgeon achieving?
While word-of-mouth from people you know may set your mind at ease, it’s only one person’s thoughts. Testimonials at reliable social media sites such as Yelp and RealSelf are outstanding resources. At the same time, there’s no substitute for the kind of impressive breast reconstruction before and after pictures that Dr. J features on this site.
Is the plastic surgeon educating me about what I need to know?
One of the most important parts of a plastic surgeon’s job – especially for breast reconstruction – is making sure patients understand their procedures, the most likely outcomes, and any possible side effects or complications. Especially if your previous plastic surgeon left you feeling confused or disappointed, make sure that your new plastic surgeon has satisfactory answers to all of your questions.
The Choice is Yours
If you’re looking for breast reconstruction in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area, Dr. J may be your absolute best option. A double-board certified plastic surgeon who has emerged as a leader in the highly competitive Beverly Hills/Los Angeles market, he consistently earns five-star ratings and rave reviews from delighted former patients. They praise not only their outcomes but Dr. J’s friendly and approachable demeanor and his ability to help make patients understand everything they need to know.
For additional information about breast reconstruction or another procedure with Dr. J, we encourage you to contact our office by calling the phone number above or schedule a consultation on our contact page today.