Tips for finding the best plastic surgeon for your breast reconstruction:
Look for a surgeon who specializes not only in reconstructive surgery, but in breast reconstruction specifically. Ask your breast surgeon for referrals. Another good source for referrals to board certified plastic surgeons is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A call to the ASPS at 888-475-2784 can help you find specialists in your area.
Consult with several surgeons. It is important to explore different options and techniques. You will not only have a chance to compare the surgeons' different approaches, qualifications, and personalities, but you will learn more about the types of procedures available.
Ask a lot of questions and do your research. There are certain questions you should ask any plastic surgeon. But in addition to these general questions, there are some questions which are specific to breast reconstruction, including questions about your options for nipple and areola reconstruction. If you are considering implant reconstruction, you should learn more about augmentation with breast implants. If you are considering flap or implant reconstruction, there are concerns about symmetry, breast sensation, breast changes with age and weight gain or loss, and more.
Not all mastectomy patients choose to undergo reconstruction. For those who do, it is important to remember that all plastic surgery has risks as well as rewards. An informed decision is always a better one.