How to choose a Breast Surgeon

Choosing the right breast surgeon is one of the most important yet difficult choices a patient can make. Having a breast enlargement or breast uplift is a massive investment, financially, physically and emotionally and there are so many providers to choose from. To help you make an informed decision here are some of the key features to consider when making your choice.

Breast surgery qualifications

First you need to do a thorough background check on your surgeon, the institution that they are practicing under and make sure that they have the essential qualifications to make your breast surgery a success. Your surgeon should be a member of the General Medical Council, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Association of Breast Surgery. Don’t feel afraid to ask your surgeon about their success rate and whether they have had past surgery complications.

Finding your surgeon

There is a wealth of information out there about breast surgeons. Normally they will have their own individual websites, as well as being listed on the website for the hospital where they perform their surgeries. If they have listed themselves on online directories you may even be able to see unedited reviews of their work. However don’t neglect the traditional avenues of recommendation – ‘word of mouth’ is a credible method of referral and recommendation of a surgeon’s work.

Look for communication skills

The process of having breast surgery is very much about making sure that you and your surgeon have the same vision and expectations. You want someone who will listen carefully to what you want, advise you if it is not a suitable option for you, but most importantly tailor their service to your personal requirements and well being. They then need to tell you clearly and concisely about what to expect, and manage your expectations at every step of the process. If your surgeon is a good communicator and you feel comfortable talking to them, this will make the whole experience easier.

Environment

Patients want an environment that is safe and professional to make them feel at ease. Above all it should be clean and well managed. Choose a breast surgery clinic that is not far from your home so that you don’t have too far to go for the operation itself and any follow up visits.

Follow Up

A good breast surgery service is as much about the follow up care as the initial surgery. When you have your surgery make sure to discuss aftercare with your surgeon. Different surgeries offer differing approaches to aftercare. You will want access to regular support as there are a number of things you can’t do for a short period after breast surgery, and you may want questions and queries answered to provide peace of mind.