At my practice I perform many procedures that we call “breast rescue” – usually revision breast augmentation to help Seattle women correct unsatisfactory surgical outcomes from other doctors. Understandably, most of my patients who are looking into these procedures are pretty concerned about avoiding another disappointment and making sure their surgeon is really trustworthy.
Here’s my short list of qualities that I think any “breast rescue” patient should look for in a surgeon:
- A no-pressure environment – I’ve always believed in giving patients all the information and guidance they need to make their own decisions, and this is just as important with revision procedures. In my opinion it’s just part of good surgical care to set a patient’s mind at ease, and I’ve found that one of the best ways to do that is to make sure they feel well informed and in control of their own surgical choices.
Helpful clues: An unhurried atmosphere and thorough explanations of your options
- A case-by-case approach – In my opinion no cosmetic surgery patient or procedure is “standard,” but rescue procedures are complex enough that it’s especially important not to settle for a surgeon who lacks the experience to look beyond the “typical” solutions.
Helpful clues: A surgeon who takes the time to explain how he or she will tailor the procedure given your existing anatomy and cosmetic concerns
- Recommendations from other surgeons – Patient recommendations can help, but I think plenty of people can attest to the fact that a friend’s glowing review doesn’t always lead you to the best possible results. You’ll have a better chance of finding a reliable surgeon if you meet with several in your area, review their credentials, and find out who other surgeons in the area usually recommend for the most complex cases.