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Arizona Plastic Surgeon on Choosing the Right Practice

Breast augmentation is the most popular form of surgical cosmetic enhancement according to the latest study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). At his Arizona plastic surgery practice, Dr. Steven Turkeltaub discusses the essential traits of a plastic surgeon, and the need for an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

More than 9.3 million cosmetic procedures, including 318,123 breast augmentation procedures, were performed in 2010 according to the latest data from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). As the popularity of cosmetic enhancement continues to grow, Dr. Steven Turkeltaub states that patients must address several important elements when considering plastic surgery in Arizona and around the U. S., including a surgeon’s experience, an individualized surgical treatment plan, and their own level of comfort with the surgeon and his team.

When patients are considering breast augmentation in Arizona, Dr. Turkeltaub says he emphatically recommends that they seek consultations with experienced and reputable plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. “Unfortunately, there are thousands of physicians across the country who are not plastic surgeons yet are performing breast augmentation surgery despite significant deficiencies in their qualifications, skills and training. Often using slick marketing including the non-specific term “board certified”, they directly and indirectly portray themselves as equivalents or actual plastic surgeons when they are not. Patients can pay a heavy price monetarily and health wise if they do not do adequate research.”

In addition to board certification, Dr. Turkeltaub states that identifying and exploring individual aesthetic enhancement goals and reviewing expectations are extremely important. He recommends a full discussion of the surgical treatment plan including all the relevant options. He adds that photographs of the surgeon’s before-and-after gallery can be helpful to better ensure that the patient and surgeon are on the same page. Dr. Turkeltaub says doing so is especially important when patients are considering breast augmentation because of the impact such a procedure can have on a woman’s overall sense of femininity and self-confidence.

Dr. Turkeltaub also had this to say: “It should go without saying that patients should have a good feeling about the plastic surgeon that they are considering to perform their surgery. A good bedside manner and a warm, caring office staff go a long way in making the overall experience more comfortable, more pleasant and less stressful.”

About Steven Turkeltaub, MD, PC

Dr. Steven Turkeltaub earned his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery training at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, followed by a plastic surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Turkeltaub is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Arizona Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, among others.

The Arizona Center for Breast Surgery has two locations: 10290 N. 92nd St. Suite 207 Scottsdale, AZ 85258, and 18275 N. 59th Ave. Bldg. E Suite 126 Glendale, AZ. Both locations can be reached at (480) 451-3000, or found online at arizonabreast.com, turkeltaub.com, or facebook.com/drturkeltaub.