Firstly, generally they aren’t surgeons. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true. They have the equivalent training of your family doctor, so they have not spent the additional eight years like we have in becoming specialists.

Second, they don’t operate in the same standard facilities that we do. They can’t be accredited at the hospitals we work at, because they’re not surgeons. So they work in cheaper facilities without the same level of equipment or staff. So that’s cheaper, but that comes at the cost of your safety. Thirdly, often they won’t have a trained anesthetist present. It may be a GP or a nurse.

Finally, they may be using cheaper implants. We only use Mentor implants, and they only distribute to qualified surgeons. We also provide patients with a postsurgical bra, silicon taping, an antibacterial body wash, a high-calorie drink for the day of surgery, and finally laser treatments to your scars at 8 weeks and 12 weeks. So it’s really important to compare like for like.