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

All surgery is risky and cosmetic surgery is no different. Complications are rare but do happen and so you need to be aware of this. ‘Forearmed is forewarned’ as they say.

Ideally, your surgeon will be an NHS consultant or will have held an NHS consultancy post. He/she will be a member of a professional organisation and will be listed on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) specialist register of Plastic Surgery. They will also be a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Plast).

To help you with this we have listed a set of questions which you can ask your surgeon:

  • How many breast uplift procedures have you performed?
  • How much experience do you have of breast uplift surgery?
  • Do you have any reading material or published papers about this surgery? If so, can you recommend any to me?
  • Do you specialise in breast uplift surgery only?
  • What are your success rates?
  • What is your role within the NHS?
  • Are you a member of a professional organisation such as BAAPS or BAPRAS? Are you listed on the Specialist Register of Plastic Surgery, held by the GMC?
  • What does breast uplift surgery involve?
  • How long will it take?
  • Is breast uplift surgery painful? What are the complications and/or risks? How likely are these complications?
  • When will I see the results of breast uplift surgery?
  • Can I breast feed after this surgery?
  • How long will the recovery take?
  • Can I talk to any of your previous patients?
  • Do you have any ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs I can look at?
  • Do I have a choice of clinic or hospital where the breast uplift surgery will be performed?
  • How much does breast uplift surgery cost?
  • What does that price include (and exclude)?
  • If I change my mind after agreeing to treatment will I be liable for a financial penalty?
  • What can I expect from breast uplift surgery?

Your surgeon will take photographs of you – these ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos are a useful ‘visual’ record of a procedure. They will show your breasts before and after the surgery so that other prospective patients can see what the procedure does. if you are happy for your surgeon to show these to other patients then say so, but, equally, if you are not then let him/her know.

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