Breast surgery involves procedures that aesthetically improve the appearance of the breasts according to your desire. Breast surgery is one of the most common procedures performed today; however, when it comes to finding the right person to perform the surgery, it can be a huge hunt!
Dr. Santosh Bhatia, Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Mumbai’s expert surgeon understands this dilemma and has decided to help in this journey of finding the perfect breast surgeon for you in Mumbai!
Before diving into the aspects related to finding the perfect plastic surgeon, let us first understand the different types of breast surgeries.
What Are The Different Types Of Breast Surgeries?
Breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed to enhance the breast size and the overall appearance of breasts. Breast augmentation can either be done by the traditional procedure of placing a breast implant (either silicone implant or saline implant) inside the breast (either under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue) to reconstruct its form. This is called breast augmentation with breast implants or breast implant surgery. A new, more natural method of breast enhancement is the fat grafting method or autologous fat transfer. This method involves taking fat from other parts of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and injecting it into the breasts to increase their size and shape. In this method, fat is extracted from different areas of the body (e.g., abdomen or thighs) using liposuction and injected into the breasts to enhance their look and contour.
Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed to reduce the breast size and volume of breasts and improve their shape. During this surgery, excess fat, breast tissue, and skin are removed through the procedure of liposuction or by incision from breasts to make them small and proportionate to your body.
Many women struggle with sagging breasts due to various reasons. Sagging of breast happens when there is extra skin compared to breast tissue, making skin unable to support the weight of a breast. Breast lift or Mastopexy is a procedure of fixing sagging of breasts by removing excess skin and tightening breast tissue to restore perkiness and volume of breasts. Sometimes breast lift is performed along with breast augmentation surgery. The combined procedures give better and more balanced results.
All of these surgeries must be performed with the utmost care and regard for patient safety. This is the prime reason that the surgeon you choose must have the necessary qualifications along with experience.
How To Choose The Perfect Breast Surgeon For You In Mumbai?
Dr. Santosh Bhatia, Board Certified Plastic And Cosmetic Surgeon has enlisted the elements which you must look for when searching for an aesthetic surgeon in Mumbai to undergo any of the breast surgeries mentioned above:
1.The surgeon must be highly qualified and board-certified.
Ensure that the surgeon possesses the required and necessary qualifications and has a good reputation. As there are many cosmetic surgeons in the market, you might get confused while choosing the perfect surgeon for you; however, making sure that your surgeon has got all the necessary qualifications ensures that he/she is highly trained and can be trusted with the job. As it is necessary and important to consistently produce good, natural-looking, and aesthetically pleasing results in cosmetic surgeries, you should also consider the surgeon’s aesthetic sense, skills, and the results he/she has been producing along with his/her qualifications.
2.Confirm that the surgeon has got substantial experience.
Each cosmetic surgeon has a different specialty area. Make sure that the surgeon has the expertise and experience in the type of surgery you are considering to get. Get as much information as you can about the surgeon’s previous cases, see before and after pictures, and testimonials by patients to check whether the surgeon has been able to produce satisfactory results consistently.
3.Ensure that the cosmetic surgery clinic is well-equipped and follows all hygiene and safety measures
Your safety should be the surgeon’s top priority throughout the whole procedure and he/she should be able to complete the whole procedure in a facility that is well-equipped and has advanced technologies. Ensure that the strict standards for safety, quality health care, staffing, and proper equipment are met.
4.Analyze the way the surgeon is providing you the information and answering your questions. If the surgeon is giving vague answers to your queries and is unable to provide information about technicalities and small details regarding the surgery,
accreditation of the facility, risks and complications involved in the surgery, follow-up check-ups, medications, the average cost of the surgery, etc. or instead of focusing on the actual procedure and your concerns, is trying to offer financial deals or is convincing you to get unnecessary surgical procedures then you need to identify these red flags and start looking for other surgeons. A trustworthy and experienced surgeon will always listen to your expectations and queries, answer all of them transparently and explain the important details of the surgery in a thorough manner.
5.Check whether the surgeon’s way and style of working are acceptable to you.
You need to be completely sure that the surgeon’s style, aesthetic sense, way of working, the results he or she has been producing are appealing to you. Carefully study the surgeon’s previous results and before-after photos and ask yourself whether you would like to get a similar kind of result for yourself. Check if the surgeon’s way of treatment and type of result matches your needs, situation, your aesthetical goals, and overall expectations you have. In addition to this, make sure that the surgeon and his/her way of working and interacting with you are transparent, all the fees are clearly mentioned, the surgeon and his/her staff are trustable and prepare you for all the risks and realities of the surgery.
6.Make sure that you are comfortable around the surgeon and his/her staff.
During this whole procedure, you will need to be completely open and honest in front of your surgeon. During the consultation, you will learn in-depth about the whole procedure, what you will need to be prepared for before the surgery, which steps to take for a speedy recovery, little details and suggestions to make this whole experience comfortable for you etc. Also, you will need to prepare yourself to discuss your medical history, habits related to your health, the reason you want to get the surgery, any emotional or physical struggles you have faced due to your breasts; in addition to that, the surgeon may do a physical examination of your breasts and take pictures of them. So, it is essential and important for you to completely trust the surgeon and his/her staff and be absolutely open and comfortable around them.
Choosing a breast surgeon in a metropolitan city like Mumbai is not an easy task. There are multiple options for you to choose from. However, along with the cost of the procedure, it is necessary to keep in mind all the things mentioned above in order to have a smooth and comfortable surgery and recovery.
What Questions To Ask At The Consultation With A Breast Surgeon?
Consultations are a crucial point where you decide whether you want to go ahead with that particular surgeon. It is necessary to know and understand all the aspects that entail the procedure to make an informed decision about the same. It is advisable to ask as many questions as you want during the doctor consultation in order to have complete clarity.
Here is a list of questions to ask your Breast Surgeon:
- What Does The Procedure Entail?
- How Shall I Prepare For Surgery?
- How Much Time Will The Procedure Take?
- What Are The Risks And Complications That Might Arise?
- What Steps Can Be Taken To Avoid These Risks?
- What Will Be Involved In Post-Surgery Care?
- What Will The Recovery Time Be?
- What Is The Technology Available At The Clinic?
- Are There Any ‘Before-After’ Pictures That Can Be Seen?
Ensure that the surgeon can answer all of these questions to your satisfaction. After all, it is necessary to analyze how the surgeon is able to clear your doubts and queries.
Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Before/Afters:
Breast Reduction Before/Afters:
We hope that this blog helped you with what to look for when finding a breast surgeon for you in Mumbai. In case you have any queries regarding any of the services provided, you can contact Dr. Santosh Bhatia, expert surgeon of Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Mumbai, at [email protected], call on +91 7043477777 or book an online consultation with Dr. Santosh Bhatia who will guide you through the entire procedure.
This blog was originally written on September 25, 2020, and updated on February 15, 2023.