Meet Dr. Sarah E. McMillan - Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Sarah E. McMillan received her bachelor’s degree in art history from Swarthmore College. She then completed her medical education at Michigan State University. Dr. McMillan’s surgical training, both general surgery and plastic surgery, took place at The Ohio State University Medical Center. When deciding on a practice location she chose the Pacific Northwest as she enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hiker. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with family (including her dog) and friends. Dr. McMillan’s knowledge and training combined with her kind and caring nature creates a balance between the clinical and personal aspects of surgery and patient care.
- Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a key credential indicating completion of extensive training, maintenance of an ethical practice and a commitment to ongoing education.
- Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member of the King County Medical Society
- Member of Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member of the Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons
Awards & Recognition
Local King 5 / Evening Magazine contest for best of western Washington
New Beauty Magazine Feature Article
My approach is to provide natural looking results that improve upon what my patients already have. My goal is to help patients find their inner confidence and feel beautiful— to make them look the best that they can without anyone knowing why they look so good.
I designed my practice to remove the intimidation from plastic surgery. Hardwood floors, distressed cabinetry and accents like bedside tables, fresh flowers and a chandelier in the reception area create a welcoming environment. Instead of paper gowns, my patients wear fuzzy robes. It can be difficult and scary to admit the things you don’t like about yourself out loud. I want my patients to feel comfortable throughout the entire process.
What do you like most about being a Plastic Surgeon?
I especially enjoy the artistry and the variety. As a surgeon, you always have a plan, but every operation is different for every patient. It’s gratifying to have the education and training to be able to do what each patient needs and to attain the results that will make her happy.
What is something your patients might not know about you?
I’ve always known I was going to be a surgeon. Many of the best surgeons historically have had a keen eye for aesthetics and are considered artists, which is why I was an art history major in college. I feel this has helped me develop a very visual way of thinking and working as a plastic surgeon.
Other New Beauty Magazine Articles, featured quarterly for 2 years
- Dr. Sarah McMillan Profile Feature – 2018
- Dr. Sarah McMillan Profile Feature – 2014
- New Beauty: Breast Implants: One Size Does Not Fit All (Dr. McMillan is quoted in this article in New Beauty)
- New Beauty: Target Extra Fat in Your Thighs (Dr. McMillan is quoted in this article in New Beauty)
- Dr. Sarah Mcmillan, Featured in New Beauty Magazine
425 magazine.com Article
Specialty: Plastic surgery
Where she’s making a difference: Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery
A steady hand is imperative to being a good surgeon, but compassion and a warm smile also are needed. Dr. Sarah McMillan has been a practicing plastic surgeon since 2006 and considers breast reconstruction to be a particularly rewarding aspect of her work.
“Specifically for breast-reconstruction patients, it’s rewarding to help them resume their normal activities and not to have to think about their breasts. The focus is no longer on that,” says McMillan.
A mastectomy, the surgical removal of a breast, is one form of breast cancer treatment. Surgical breast reconstruction recreates a breast through various techniques and varies depending on the patient’s needs. Annually, McMillan performs upward of 100 breast reconstructions.
“One of the most important things is to do an exceptional job with education,” she says. McMillan cites a report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons which estimates that 70 percent of women who are eligible for reconstructive surgery are not fully informed of their options.
“It’s mind-boggling,” says McMillan. “I feel that surgeons on the Eastside and Seattle are doing a great job educating patients but, overall, things are still behind on letting women know this exists.”
Another critical component of education is devoting one-on-one time with patients. “It’s important for me to tell women realistically what can be achieved and to do it in a kind, caring manner,” says McMillan. A breast reconstruction is not always possible or sometimes it’s not wanted. In those cases, McMillan offers help in the form of scar revisions, removal of excess skin and more.
The daughter of a hospital nurse, McMillan frequently accompanied her mother to work and shadowed doctors to gain insight. Her medical training, in addition to an undergraduate degree in art history, is perhaps the perfect combination that allows her to see the bigger picture.
“I had one patient who hiked Machu Picchu (Peru) after her breast reconstruction,” says McMillan. “Making a difference in someone’s life, that’s super rewarding.”
Not realizing the extent of the surgery (needing two) my husband and I are thinking to push up the dates, maybe to July. But I will call you next week to book something in firm. (I know you are no pressure, but I am excited and keeping you updated)
On a personal note, I am very appreciative and cannot say how wonderful everyone is at the clinic. It was by far the best consult and most comfortable. Although there are added benefits to Dr. McMillan, like tubeless tummy tuck and scheduling that others could not provide, those alone would not have swayed me away. It was the complete confidence, caring attitude, and professionalism from Dr McMillan and staff.
I am very excited and will be in touch shortly”
It’s the anniversary of my “mommy makeover” surgery — yes, Valentine’s Day — and I just had to send you all a quick note of thanks for your excellent work. Everything about my experience with your office was exceptionally well done. Your staff was warm, caring, and easy to talk to, and everything I remember about the day of my surgery was positive and upbeat. And the results — a year later, I couldn’t be more pleased. Your work gave me my body back — even better than before I had children and then lost so much weight. The extra confidence has shined through and enhanced my life in so many ways–too many to count. Thanks a million Dr. Sarah and staff — you have made a big difference in my life. (And Happy Valentine’s Day!)”
… I cannot express my thanks and appreciation enough. I’ve never loved my body or myself for that matter, but now those feelings have changed and for the first time in my life I can look at myself in the mirror (naked even) and love me for me. You are incredibly gifted and I admire you endlessly. Thank you for taking me on as a patient and for taking such great care of me. I feel like this is just the beginning of a new me and for once I can move forward with a confidence and peace that I had only dreamed of for so long.”
I can’t thank you enough for changing my life in a very significant way. All my life (at least since I was 14) I have been self conscious about the size of my breasts. I have always been a very active person; running, skiing, bicycling and even ski diving, and my breast have been an annoyance. As I got older my upper back started giving me problems, right between my shoulder blades. My doctor recommended I have a breast reduction. You were highly recommended by a very good friend and client of mine. I was a bit nervous about calling to schedule an appointment, but your staff was very professional and put me at ease immediately. I couldn’t be happier with the results. Not only is my upper back and shoulder pain gone, but I also feel “normal”. In fact, I wore a two piece bathing suit for the first time since I was a teenager, and I love to shop for bras and summer tops now. You and your staff are amazing, and I can’t thank you enough for making me feel like a beautiful women.”
Dr. McMillan and her very talented team treated me with such care and genuine concern for my well being. She took me from a scared breast cancer patient to a recovered and beautiful woman. I am so grateful for Dr. McMillan and for the tender way she and her team helped me through the toughest time in my life.”
From my first appointment to my last, Dr. McMillan always made me feel comfortable. Having breast reconstruction is a very big surgery but she explained everything to me and was very honest so I knew exactly what to expect. Her confidence in her work made me feel very comfortable with her ability. I am completely satisfied with the results of all of my surgeries. I would highly recommend her to other women considering this procedure.”
I had a wonderful experience with Dr. McMillan and her entire staff while opting to do a breast augmentation. I feel that Dr. McMillan was very knowledgeable in this field and really cared about making me happy with the final result. I felt very comfortable from the first consultation to the final follow up. I have recommended her and will continue to recommend her to friends in the future.”