Part 2 – Finding a Surgeon
As I began looking for my physician, the first order of business was to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience. Of equal importance was connecting with someone who understood my goals, respected my concerns, and was willing to answer any and all questions I might have about the procedure, no matter how small. My brother recommended Dr. Scott Engel of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, a board-certified surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and a reputation for achieving beautiful—and natural—results. So far, so good.
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Engel and prepared my list of questions: How did he feel about doing breast augmentation surgery for someone over 50? How should I determine the right size implant for me? What sort of pre-op experience should I expect? What about post-op? What was I looking at in terms of recovery time? Did he have any experience with IDEAL IMPLANTS, and if not, was he willing to explore that option?
Dr. Engel answered all my questions patiently and honestly. He concurred with my brother that a 50-something woman was not too old for implants. Agreed with my instinct that a modestly sized implant was best suited to my small frame and active lifestyle. And walked me through the pros and cons of the different types of silicone and saline implants. When I inquired about IDEAL IMPLANT, he said that while he was familiar with them, he had never used them, but would be happy to investigate further.
A week or so later, Dr. Engel followed up, said that he had researched IDEAL IMPLANT and felt comfortable with the technology and his ability to use the product successfully. Time to decide: do I interview other doctors, proceed with Dr. Engel, or abandon the idea of surgery altogether?
Based on my research, further conversation with my brother, and a positive pre-op experience, I opted to move forward with Dr. Engel. He was personable and professional and demonstrated a solid understanding of my goals. His staff was polite and efficient, and his facility was spotlessly clean. His reviews were spectacular; patient after patient raved about their experiences and outcomes. And he was willing to use IDEAL IMPLANT, the structured saline implant that I felt most comfortable having in my body. Time to schedule my surgery.