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Breast implant plastic surgery is a decision that a patient will have to live with for many years, perhaps a lifetime. Therefore, she must make the decision after careful deliberation and select the right surgeon for her needs.

A successful breast implant surgery will provide the patient with more self-confidence for many years to come. But the surgery could result in poor outcomes with an inexperienced or less trained surgeon. This may cause the patient to bear additional costs (in a revision procedure) and time as well as experience disappointment due to undesirable results.

The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant surgery to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities and neighborhoods in this section of the country.

Choosing an ABPS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

It is vital to check whether the plastic surgeon that a patient is considering for her breast enhancement procedure has been board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Many individuals believe that state medical boards are a reliable indication of the surgeon’s qualifications to perform the surgeries they advertise.

However, in reality, there is no government requirement for a surgeon to receive specific training for a particular procedure they provide. This is an important issue in the field of plastic surgery.

Physicians trained only in general surgery or other medical disciplines could also perform plastic surgery procedures, but their rate of safety and success may be questionable. This makes it important for a patient to identify a board certified plastic surgeon for her breast enlargement surgery.

In order to achieve an ABPS board certification, doctors must undertake a minimum of six years of training in surgery after medical school. At least three years should be explicitly dedicated to plastic surgery residency training. Furthermore, the surgeon must clear a written and oral exam following the intense training phase.

The surgeon must furnish documentation on the cases they complete after their training is complete. Furthermore, the doctor must pass a renewal examination every ten years to retain their board certification.

Personal Rapport and Comfort Level

The patient should pay attention to how the surgeon and their team make her feel. Any cosmetic surgery is a life altering procedure, and the patient may face hindrances in achieving her new appearance. The patient should feel entirely at ease with their plastic surgeon and support staff. She should work with a plastic surgeon she likes and trusts entirely with her safety and outcomes.

The patient should ask herself the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy the time spent with this surgeon?
  • Do I find the surgeon reliable and trustworthy enough to offer the right recommendations to me?
  • Is the surgeon approachable enough for me to be able to ask them any questions that I may have throughout the surgical process?
  • Can I comfortably disclose my entire medical history and lifestyle behaviors to this surgeon?

Personalized Care and Attention

Individualized service is an important factor. The patient should assess whether she is being attended to and treated properly. She can gauge much of this in a few minutes of walking into the plastic surgeon’s practice.

Some aspects that the patient should consider are:

  • Is the support staff helpful and cordial?
  • Do I receive materials that prepare me well for the risks and realities associated with the procedure and recovery phase?
  • Are the costs transparently stated? Is the estimate all inclusive?
  • Do I receive a prompt reply upon contacting the practice?

Committed plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas across the horizon for breast implant surgery.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland, Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.