What questions should I ask my breast asymmetry surgeon at the consultation?

If you have a shortlist then you are ready to book an initial consultation. Some cosmetic providers will offer a FREE first consultation but check that there are no hidden catches with this. Also, make sure that it is the surgeon you see and not a member of staff or a salesperson!

A consultation over the phone or via email will be free but if you have to attend for a professional, one hour visit then this is likely to cost money. If this is offered for free then check carefully why this is.

We have a list of general questions that you can ask your surgeon that are in our General FAQs section. However, we have put together a list of surgery specific questions which relate to breast asymmetry surgery.

These are as follows:

  1. How many breast asymmetry operations have you performed?
  2. Do you specialise in this procedure only or do you perform other types of surgery?
  3. Are you a member of BAAPS/BAPRAS or are you registered on the GMC’s specialist register of Plastic Surgery?
  4. How many years have you been doing breast asymmetry operations?
  5. What can I expect to see from breast asymmetry surgery?
  6. What do I need to do before preparing for breast asymmetry surgery?
  7. Is there anything in my medical history that could rule me out from breast asymmetry surgery?
  8. What are the benefits of breast asymmetry surgery?
  9. What are the risks/complications of breast asymmetry surgery?
  10. How long will it take me to recover from breast asymmetry surgery?
  11. Will I have to take much time off from work?
  12. Do you have any ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of this procedure and can I see them?
  13. If something goes wrong can I contact you?
  14. Can I speak to any of your other patients who have had breast asymmetry surgery?
  15. How much will it cost and what does that include? What doesn’t it include?

There will probably be more questions that you can ask but these will cover what you need to know.

Trust your instincts: if your surgeon is keen to get you to have other types of surgery or is reluctant to answer your questions then go somewhere else. If you are not relaxed with him/her or do not feel that you can trust him/her then find another surgeon.

Your surgeon should be using the most up to date procedures and be an expert in this type of surgery. He/she will be happy for you to see his/her CV and to answer as many questions as you like. During this consultation your surgeon will be assessing your suitability for this procedure. If he/she refuses then as disappointing as it is there will be a very good reason for this. He/she may be able to suggest an alternative.

Price is an important factor. When you ask for a fixed quote check carefully to see what this covers. Does this include the surgeon’s fees, the anaesthetist’s fees, cost of the implants (if required), nursing care, hospital/clinic care etc? And, does it include aftercare? Some places will include six months follow up visits in the quote.

What you don’t want is to agree to a price and then find out that it doesn’t include certain things which you then have to pay for as extras.

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