Here is my experienceýI began to seriously think about breast augmentation and started researching. I browsed many websites, wow- there is a lot of information out there. I searched for Board Certified ... Show more
Here is my experienceýI began to seriously think about breast augmentation and started researching. I browsed many websites, wow- there is a lot of information out there. I searched for Board Certified surgeons in San Diego and found many. I had no idea how to choose the right doctor but I just kept searching. Some web sites were much more informative than others, most had before and after pictures, and of course many had horror stories. I tried to find out about pricing, but I quickly learned that most will not give you a price online- though if you give them a call and ask for a rough guess-ti-mate for a breast augmentation, most will give you a number, give or take a thousand. But for me, money was not what was most important factor, I needed to feel comfortable and informed with the important decision I was about to make. So I decided to schedule a few consultations. I started with a list of about 15-20 and ended up with 7 appointments. Some doctors charged a consult fee, which they would then apply to the surgery, which is all fine and good IF you decide to go with that doctor, all of my consults were complimentary.
I scheduled all the appointments and made a list of questions I wanted to ask. I walked into my first appointment with Dr. ýXý, the office was very fancy and I already felt like I was in a good place. The receptionist gave me some paperwork to fill out and soon enough I went in to see the doctor. An assistant came in and basically answered just about all of my questions before I even met the surgeon. He walked in and 5 minutes later I was convinced that breast augmentation was as easy, and as staight forward as- ýI need some milk, do you want skim, low fat or whole?ý He had no emotion, no care or concern, just- ýok- ready? Any more questions?ý It seemed great- easy, professional and a no nonsense operation. I almost scheduled my surgery date, then and there- thinking to myself that maybe it wasnýt such a big deal, maybe this procedure is done everyday and I shouldnýt be so worried.
Then I met Dr. Y. He has his ýown facilityý, which I had mixed feelings about. For some reason I had a weird feeling about this facility before I even stepped into the door. Side note: trust those little feelings. Thatýs part of finding the right doctor- you should trust him/her and feel comfortable. The secretary was hiding behind the counter and made no effort to even great me. I announced myself and she gave me the same paperwork I had to the first time and finally went into the exam room. By this time, I felt like a little kid waiting for the dentist to come in. The vibe was all together sketchy, and I wanted nothing to do with this place anymore. So the doctor finally walked in and within the first few minutes, he basically asked me, ýOh, youýre what a B? And you want to be a D? Ok, no problem, I make this incisioný.blah, blah, blah.ý At that point, all I wanted to do was leave.
I went on to meet other doctors and it became almost a game for me, I already knew the answers to my questions but it was fun to see how each doctor presented himself and his staff. It seemed that consultation was almost a time for the doctor to sell himself, meanwhile I was learning more and more about this entire process.
The first time I met Dr. Pousti I had already seen several doctors and almost went in there with a ýok, what makes you specialý type of attitude. From the moment I walked into the office I felt at ease. The office staff welcomed me as if I had been there 10 times before and asked me to wait just a few minutes. I took the chance to look at pictures and read others testimonials. Dr Pousti came in and we began to talk. At first I thought to myself, wow, heýs a bit too nice for me, actually caring about feelings and trying to understand why I wanted this procedure, and assuring me to ask any questions I had. But then I warmed up a bit and realized, wow, I think he is sincere, this is not just his sales pitch. Once again, trust your gut- and be honest with yourself and your doctor. I think I went to see Dr. Pousti 3 times before I even scheduled my surgery. And not because I had doubts but because I would learn new info and go back and ask Dr. Pousti and he always had an honest answer, whether it was a good or bad. There is no doubt in my mind Dr. Pousti was the best choice- obviously, 1 year later and I will still talk wonders about him and his staff.
I think the best compliment I can give him is that I would send anyone I care about- my sister, my mom, my best friend. I sent a friend of mine last month and she is still on cloud 9 with new body. I recommend that you do your homework and research- ask the questions you need to and be realistic with yourself, try to look at before pictures that are similar to your body type. And if you donýt have time to research then use my experience- I did the work already- and would not have changed a thing if I had to do it all over again.