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Your safety is of paramount importance when undergoing breast augmentation. Always have your surgery in an accredited hospital or day surgery facility. If you are young and healthy, then a day surgery facility is fine. If you are older and have health problems, then a hospital would be a beer place to have the procedure performed because of the availability and back-up of an intensive care and other highly specialised health staff.
Accredited means that the surgical facility has passed a set of rigorous examinations to assure that the equipment and procedures meet standards for optimal safety. The hospital or day surgery facility should be fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) or a set of ISO standards that provide the highest standards of service. Patient health, safety and comfort should be the surgical facilities main concerns and they should continually monitor and evaluate their performance to achieve this outcome. Another requirement of accreditation is to assure that personnel are trained, experienced and skilled health care professionals and procedures and equipment are in place to deal with any emergency from a power outage to cardiac arrest.
Sometimes it’s reassuring to visit the accredited facility yourself. If you’re not comfortable with a surgical facility, don’t have the breast augmentation surgery there. What you want to see is modern, comfortable surroundings and caring and warm personnel. The operating room should appear state-of-the-art, spotlessly clean and equipped with the most up-to-date equipment. The recovery area should be immediately adjacent to the operating rooms. Some surgical facilities provide overnight accommodations with one-on-one nursing care especially for patients who need overnight care for more extensive procedures.
The following checklist should help you “tie things up” when organising your breast augmentation:
- Check date of surgery and pay scheduling deposit if required
- Review surgeon’s financial policies and policies for refunds
- Sign informed consent and operative consent forms for breast augmentation
- Schedule laboratory tests and mammography/ultrasound if required
- Review medications to avoid and ones to take before surgery
- Review post-operative instructions the night before surgery
- On the day of surgery wear comfortable clothes, get someone to drive you home and be with you overnight, wear no make-up, and leave your jewellery and valuables at home
Question: What things do you consider important in the surgical facility when having a breast augmentation? You can leave a comment below.
Following a tummy tuck, patients should take at least 3-4 weeks to recover before returning to work. Normal exercise routines may typically be resumed approximately 6 weeks following surgery.
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There are many reasons why women seek breast augmentation. Some women feel that increasing their breast size will give them greater self-confidence. Others would like to feel more proportional between their top and bottom so they fit better into their clothing. Mothers frequently seek breast augmentation to restore what was lost with breastfeeding and ageing. Supporting loose skin and giving upper breast fullness are also common reasons for choosing breast enlargement.
Good communication with patients in breast augmentation is key. There’s a need to review their medical histories and ask patients what their goals are for breast augmentation. In some cases, it is a modest increase in size to fit better in their clothing. Other times it’s a significant increase in volume to change their look. A patient may desire an improved breast shape or, possibly, better symmetry is their goal. Still others may want to restore their pre-pregnancy figure and may choose to combine their augmentation with a breast lift or other procedures.
On examining the patient, one needs to consider many features including breast volume, width, height, nipple position, areola size, ribcage curvature, skin tone, droopiness, asymmetry, and crease position. Breasts are highly variable, and I help the patient understand what their best options are based on their physical characteristics. We then come to a common agreement about what our goal will be. Remember, that “breast are sisters, not twins” so more often than not there is quite some variation between the two breasts so you can’t expect a perfect match following breast augmentation.
When the patient returns for their pre-operative visit, typically 1-3 weeks before surgery, I have them look through many digital photographs of breasts to show me their desired result. If there is a discrepancy between what we have discussed and what the patient is showing me with pictures, I’ll identify the difference and sort out what they really want, often using the 3D VECTRA which can simulate what the breasts may look like after augmentation. At the end of our meeting, I’m fairly confident that I understand what the patient desires. Likewise, the patient feels comfortable with our communication and our plan.
The photographs are then brought with me to the operating room. When the patient is asleep, I create the pockets for the implants on each of the breasts, and I occasionally use implant sizers to confirm the volume and shape of the optimal breast implants for the patient. Most patients are back to work and most of their usual routine in several days or up to a week. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks.
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Tummy Tuck For Excess Skin, Stretch Marks, Umbilical Hernia & Scars. DrTim demonstrates how a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can be performed to remove excess or loose skin, stretch marks (usually from the umbilicus down to the pubis) and abdominal scars from appendicectomies, caesarians, laparotomies etc. If there is an incidental umbilical hernia present, then this can be easily repaired at the same time as shown in this video.
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Body lifts can be performed in two different ways, to treat either the upper or the lower body:
- Lower body lift: The lower body lift is the most common type of body lift in my practice. It typically includes a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift and buttocks lift performed at the same time. The incision is concealed around the waistline so that it’s not visible when wearing underwear or a bikini.
- Upper body lift: For patients with severe skin laxity of the upper torso, an upper body lift may be the appropriate treatment. This typically includes a bra line back lift and upper abdominoplasty. The procedure is individualised for the particular patient.
To learn more about body lifts, request a consultation by contacting us at 13000DRTIM or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org