A breast surgeon is a surgical specialist who concentrates on issues related to the breasts. Breast surgeons work to diagnose and treat breast cancer, which they may do by performing a biopsy on or removing cancerous tissue and then reconstructing the breast. When you are referred to a surgeon for a breast lump your first appointment will most likely involve them taking a physical history of your symptoms, a family history and performing a physical examination. Breast surgeons also perform cosmetic operations such as breast augmentation, breast uplift or breast reduction.
You may be referred to see a breast surgeon if you have noticed any symptoms such as a lump, a change in your breast’s size or shape, a change in skin texture, a change in your nipple’s appearance or pain. These may be indicative of breast cancer. You may be referred to a breast surgeon for cosmetic reasons if you feel your breast size or shape is impacting your mental health or quality of life.