Barry N. Silberg, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chief of Plastic Surgery, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon since 1980

1111 Sonoma Ave., Suite 210 ~ Santa Rosa, CA 95405 ~ (707) 528-0911


What You Should Know

Boob job is a common term used to describe cosmetic surgery of the breast. Correction is most commonly done by a Plastic Surgeon either in a credentialed office facility or in a hospital. The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia. Women want breast surgery because something about their breasts bothers them. The goal is to solve the problem. Listed are the most common breast problems:

When choosing a surgeon to correct a cosmetic breast problem, you should carefully investigate the doctor’s qualifications. Any doctor, even without formal training, can call him/herself a cosmetic surgeon. In order to have hospital privileges, the doctor must present evidence of formal training, be certified by a recognized board, and be proctored by his/her peers. Breast surgery is not without potential complications and you want to be sure that the doctor you choose, no matter how well spoken he/she is, can take care of any complications that can happen. Rarely, a complication can result in a trip to the hospital, so you want to be sure your doctor has privileges to do any necessary procedures at the local hospital.


Breast augmentation can be done under either general or local anesthesia and is commonly done both ways. If the surgery is done in an office operating facility, make sure that the facility is credentialed by a recognized organization. This should be posted in the office waiting room.

Be cautious of doctors who promise “new” techniques. These techniques may only be new to the doctor performing them. Also, beware of new procedures for which long-term outcomes have not yet been determined.

Some valuable links to finding a qualified surgeon are: