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Do your homework! – Plastic Surgery Delaware

Dr. Chris Saunders uses this phrase for different important concepts related to cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery. For example, he will use this expression to help Delaware cosmetic surgery patients or Pennsylvania cosmetic surgery patients choose breast implant size before cosmetic breast enlargement. It involves looking at breast photos and doing the “Rice Test” to give a person a better understanding of breast sizes before cosmetic breast augmentation. (Please see the section under “procedures” and also the blog on choosing breast implants for extensive discussion.) Dr. Saunders also talks about how to “Do Your Homework” in reference to learning different choices or options about abdominal plastic surgery. For example, the choice of doing cosmetic liposuction or a cosmetic tummy tuck should be learned. Or should a mini tummy tuck be done? A thorough discussion of the operations will give the patient a better understanding about the plastic surgery procedures. This will enable them to pick the correct procedure for them.

But Dr. Saunders, also wants his patients to “Do Your Homework” when it comes to learning about different doctors who do cosmetic surgery and their different training. Not all doctors are trained equally! Did you know that a doctor can advertise about cosmetic liposuction surgery or cosmetic face lift surgery and be board certified in Family Medicine or Dermatology? Most people want a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon! Did you know that cosmetic surgery is not a recognized specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties? Cosmetic surgery is a specialty “within” Plastic Surgery and is not a separate board. Confused?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons had a recent national advertising campaign to educate people about the facts. It helps people learn about different surgeons who do cosmetic surgery. The focus is on the advantages and safety of board certified Plastic Surgeons. Some doctors (not plastic surgeons) actually learn how to do liposuction at a weekend course! Yes, this is true. They take a coarse that might be called Liposuction 101. They are board certified in some other specialty and then advertise as a cosmetic surgeon. This is legal! It can be horribly misleading. A major medical study showed this type of poor training can definitely be associated with higher complications. Many patients do not understand how different medical specialties are trying to do cosmetic surgery or open a cosmetic med spa to make money. Most patients actually want a board certified plastic surgeon to be their surgeon and do not like being mislead.

Dr Saunders encourages his patients to learn about their doctors. To “Do Your Homework”!!  Did you know that Dr. Saunders went to school and surgery training for 16 years starting with undergraduate at Duke University!  That is a long time! His training in plastic surgery was extensive, and he trained for almost a decade at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. That’s a lot more than a weekend coarse. He is considered an expert in cosmetic surgery, which he exclusively practices.

When looking for a cosmetic surgeon, a patient should specifically ask is the doctor board certified in plastic surgery. If he is, then the patient knows and can trust that he has extensive and thorough knowledge of plastic and cosmetic surgery!

Dr. Saunders is a board certified plastic surgeon who practices exclusively cosmetic surgery in Delaware and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Please check out the before and after photos on our web site. Also, please come in for a complimentary consultation to learn about your choices and options!

Choosing Breast Implant Size in Delaware — Do Your Homework!

Cosmetic breast augmentation or breast enlargement is a fantastic plastic surgery procedure with high satisfaction and results! Once a women has decided on proceeding with her breast augmentation, it is time to decide on breast implant size. This is an extremely important part of the process before breast enlargement surgery or cosmetic breast enhancement. It also is one of the fun parts of your surgery!

Dr. Saunders uses the term “Do Your Homework” because effort is important. For anyone who has children, you know that effort, when doing your homework, is important, or you don’t learn as much. Dr. Saunders tells his Delaware plastic surgery patients and his Pennsylvania plastic surgery patients to put maximal effort into their homework to get the best results. Picking your size for breast augmentation is extremely important and fun, and Dr. Saunders will work closely with you to help you find the right size for you.

“Homework” has two parts. The first is photographs, and the second is the “Rice Test.” Photographs can help a patient choose breast implant size before breast augmentation surgery. Patients should look at Playboy, the Internet , or Dr. Saunders’ web page. Look for women who you think have the size you like. Pick three or four different pictures or women, as we are looking for consistency. We don’t want someone to hope for a C cup and bring in photos of Dolly Parton, who is obviously much bigger. This would not be consistent. Finding this out before surgery allows us to make changes that will increase our chances of getting the perfect size after breast enlargement surgery. The pictures can also be found on the Internet or Dr. Saunders web page in the breast augmentation before and after photos section. Dr. Saunders also has a video on his web page that can help you with the different sizes and choices for you.

When looking at the photos, do not get misled by the models statistics saying she is a particular bra size and she looks like a different cup size. It is extremely common for the women to look like a natural C cup, yet say she wears a D cup. Many bras run small, like Victoria’s Secret. Do not let this confuse you. The goal of surgery is to like your breast size with no bra on. You then will find a bra that fits. This bra might have a different letter cup. Many bras run small as described. Manufacturers of bras tremendously vary. You can be a C cup at one store, a D cup at another, and a B cup at a third. To repeat, the goal of a cosmetic breast augmentation procedure is for the patient to be happy with no bra on! After healing we can find a bra that fits, but the cup size might vary from one bra to another.

The Rice Test is the second part of “Doing Your Homework.” Rice bags are made and stuffed in your bra. Take an old pair of stockings and cut them off six inches above the ankle. Pour dry rice in to the stocking and tie a loose knot. Wear a sports bra with no padding or under-wire. Use one for each breast. Press the bags flat and try and shape them like a breast, so they look natural. Try on different outfits with them on. Take out the rice bags and add more rice to each side. Keep trying more and more rice until you find the best size for you!! When you are done, pour the rice into a measuring cup and measure the rice. Use the metric scale if your measuring cup has it.  The “Rice Test” is a volume test. We are looking for the volume of rice added to your breast that makes you happy.

Dr. Saunders uses five different factors or variables to help you pick your implant size before your breast enlargement procedure. The first two are the photos and the “Rice Test” results. The third factor is your precise measurements done by Dr. Saunders on your examination, including your breast base diameter and breast height. The final two factors are your desires and goals as a patient and Dr Saunders’ opinion to help you achieve these goals. By putting all these variables together, his patients have extremely high satisfaction rates from his after cosmetic breast augmentation.

Dr. Saunders is a board certified plastic surgeon who practices exclusively cosmetic surgery in Delaware and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Please check out the breast enlargement before and after photos on our web site. Also, please come in for a complimentary consultation to learn about your choices and options!