What Credentials Should I Look For In A Breast Explant Surgeon?

Oct 1, 2021 | Breast, Plastic Surgery

Breast implant procedures usually take the spotlight when it comes to discussing plastic surgery. But there’s an equally as important — yet less talked about — chest procedure: breast explant procedures. There are dozens of reasons women decide to explant their breast implants, such as personal preference, breast implant difficulty, lifestyle change, and more. No matter the reason for a breast explant surgery, it’s imperative that your surgeon have all the credentials necessary to complete this delicate procedure. So what kind of credentials can help you find the best surgeon for you? Keep reading to find out.

#1: American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification

In the world of plastic surgery, this certification cannot be overstated. Not only does this certification ensure that the American Board Of Plastic Surgery has approved your plastic surgeon, but it also shows that they’ve completed at least six years of plastic surgery training and passed a written and oral exam. This certification only lasts ten years before it needs to be renewed, meaning that the Board continuously pushes for self-assessment and practice improvement of all their surgeons. 

Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon means you’re choosing a legitimate professional who has undergone serious training and assessment. If your surgeon does have board certification, then that’s a green light to move forward. However, board certification is only the tip of the iceberg.

#2: Advanced Specialty Training

In addition to board certification, your surgeon must be specialized in the area you’re looking to have treated. This means that a breast explant surgeon should have additional training in breast reconstruction, chest wall reconstruction, cosmetic surgery, and so on. Specialty and/or advanced training is also ideal, especially from highly-regarded places such as the Advanced Breast and Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in Birmingham, AL. This world-famous fellowship trains surgeons in the latest and best breast procedure techniques and is highly sought after.

Aside from the American Board Of Plastic Surgery Certification, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) grants doctors certifications other than plastic surgery. ABMS represents 24 medical specialty boards that include the American Board Of Plastic Surgery Certification. While it isn’t necessary that your surgeon also hold another certification, it is good to know that other certifications can contribute to their expertise.

#3: Years of Experience

Contrary to popular belief, breast explant surgery is not one of the “easier” surgeries that can be treated lightly. It is highly personal, delicate, and requires a careful doctor’s eye for optimal results like any surgery. There are various breast explant surgery techniques, and many require the doctor to have an experienced, skilled hand. Therefore, it’s best to search out a doctor with multiple years of experience operating on breasts, including breast explant surgeries. A doctor with a good history will know what type of breast removal operation best suits you, your body, and your breasts. 

#4: Real-Life Reviews and Results

When it comes to any cosmetic plastic surgery, show-and-tell is very powerful. A doctor’s certification and specialties can assure you that your doctor has the skills, experience, and talent to conduct the surgery. But do your aesthetic goals match your surgeon’s unique style? Do their before-and-after photos suit your liking? Do their patient’s reviews match what you’re looking for? Be sure to explore your surgeon’s plastic surgery portfolio, including their breast work. Ask for breast explant before and after photos. And be sure to look for genuine reviews from patients to see whether you’d be thrilled to be in their shoes — after all, once your explant is finished, you’ll be the one writing the review — and you want to be leaving five satisfying stars.

What Are Dr. Vinyard’s Qualifications?

Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery in Port St. Lucie, FL, Board-Certified surgeon Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, prides himself on being one of America’s most trusted cosmetic plastic surgeons. With extensive training all throughout his career, a few of his highlights include his plastic surgery residency at the highly sought-after University of California-Davis, where he received training in various areas, including breast reconstruction, chest wall reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, upper and lower extremity reconstruction, skin cancer management, and cosmetic surgery. In the Advanced Breast And Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in Birmingham, AL, Dr. Vinyard studied the best breast reconstruction, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast reduction using the superior-pedicle sculpted pillar technique, and more. Additionally, Dr. Vinyard won various awards and received high acclaim from peers and patients alike. 

The Next Steps for a Breast Explant Surgery

Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Vinyard to explore your breast explant options! We here at VIPS prioritize patient experience and results, so we want to help you find the proper treatment for you. We also offer one-time payments or payment plans to help make things as convenient and hassle-free as possible. Book a complimentary consultation with Dr. Vinyard to discuss more of what we can do for you!

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