Once you have made up your mind to have breast surgery, the next step is finding the right surgeon for you. This can be a daunting and confusing process, but if you are prepared with the right information and guidance it doesn’t have to be.

One of the most important things is to make sure your surgeon is board certified. Make sure your surgeon has FRACS accreditations, if you’re unsure don’t be afraid to ask. Ask him or her about their experience, background and rate of complications. Your surgeon should be more then happy to share this information with you.

Currently it is not illegal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgeries such as breast augmentation. The basic medical degree is Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Specialist Plastic Surgeons receive a minimum of 9 years medical and surgical training. Be sure to do your due diligence when researching your surgeon.

Another way assist in your choice of surgeon is to ask around, word of mouth is a powerful tool. If you know anyone who has had breast surgery, ask her to share the experience with you. That way you can really gain first hand knowledge. Online forums such as realself.com, give women unbiased honest accounts of their surgical journey.

Many women feel quite overwhelmed during the first initial consultation and may forget to ask important questions or even recall information that has been discussed whilst in the consultation. Compile a list of questions, write them down and don’t hesitate to bring along a trusted friend, partner or family member with you. It’s always nice to have someone else there for support.
It’s important that your surgeon makes you feel comfortable and at ease. They are with you throughout your surgical journey, which in most cases will last for many months. If you leave your consultation feeling unsure, nervous or confused, don’t ignore these feelings. Remember if something doesn’t feel quite right it usually isn’t – call it women’s intuition.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to shop around and meet with different surgeons. Surgery is a huge decision and not something that you should rush into. Remember, you only have one body and that body deserves the best care possible.

Further reading and information can be found on the following websites:
www.realself.com
www.plasticsurgeryforum.com
www.plasticsurgery.org.au
www.plasticsurgeryfoundation.org.au
www.surgeons.org

Embrace change and enjoy the journey. We look forward to welcoming you to The Breast Clinic.