Picking the right surgeon for you and your needs is a very important consideration, it is a life changing decision. Let's look at the decision based on three criteria:
1. Certification and Qualifications
3. Rapport with you
Let's look at these each in turn.
1. Certification and Qualifications - Is your breast surgeon qualified?
In Australia anyone with a medical degree can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon and then carry out cosmetic surgery as long as the patient has given consent. You need to do your homework and ensure that your breast doctor has the qualification and accreditation to carry out breast reduction surgery. In Australia this means being a part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons with a degree from a college that has a reputation for this area of expertise like The Royal Australian College of Surgeons. Ensure your surgeon has earned a degree from an accredited medical college.Are you dealing with a qualified plastic surgeon? Many people use the terms plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon interchangeably, but there is a very important distinction between the two. To become a qualified plastic surgeon, a doctor must undertake eight to ten years of specialist training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This qualification is denoted by the letters 'FRACS', which are shown after a plastic surgeon's name. No additional training beyond a basic medical degree is required to use the term 'cosmetic surgeon' and therefore, the level of skill of a cosmetic surgeon cannot be reliably determined.
Having years of experience in doing breast reduction surgery will give you the confidence that your chosen surgeon has dealt this the issues that can go wrong during surgery and know what options are best for you. How long has the surgeon been practicing? How many times have they performed the procedure you are interested in? An experienced surgeon has had more opportunity to build skill and develop the confidence to deal with any complications that may arise during surgery. An experienced surgeon will also have more examples of past work available to view and more patients for you to confer with. Being able to talk to past patients, see example of the surgeon's work and have a referral is often a big comfort when choosing the right surgeon.
3. Rapport with you. - Are they honest?
Do you feel comfortable with the surgeon? The surgeon you choose will be responsible for changing the way you look and function. It is important that you feel comfortable enough to ask questions and share personal details with them about your medical history. An open dialog between surgeon and patient is vital to successful plastic surgery outcomes. You should also feel completely comfortable with the procedure recommended by the surgeon. At no time should you feel pressured to undergo a procedure you are not comfortable with. The best way to know if the surgeon you choose is right for you is to make an appointment and go armed with questions. Is the surgeon being honest? A good surgeon will tell you all of the information you need to know, even the parts that you might not want to hear. That doesn't mean that a good surgeon will be rude. It means that they will tell you, in a respectful and professional manner, whether the results you want are realistically attainable and safe, the best procedure to achieve your desired result, the risks and possible complications involved in the procedure, whether you are a good candidate for surgery, and what the costs will be.How many times has the doctor performed the procedure?
Does the surgeon offer holistic care? A thorough surgeon will ensure that they meet with a patient as many times as is required prior to surgery, will schedule post-surgical appointments to ensure recovery is progressing well, and will make themselves available to patients should they experience complications after their procedure. For this reason, it is best to choose a surgeon who practices locally and will be easily accessible should problems arise after surgery.
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