There are Plastic Surgeons, “Cosmetic” Surgeons (doctors) and General Surgeons.
You will be most interested in the first two.
While the term “Plastic Surgeon” may seem unappealing, these are exceptionally-highly trained, highly skilled people who are aware of every single aspect of every cosmetic procedure, what needs to happen, what may occur, how a procedure should be managed and what needs to happen to provide the best possible result and leave the minimal possible post-surgical stress.
Only a qualified Plastic Surgeon can call themselves a Plastic Surgeon.
“Cosmetic” surgeons do not have any formal surgical training or have the qualifications to conduct the procedure. They are less accredited and do not have the extensive training required to be a Plastic Surgeon. Look for the reference FRACS (Plas.) after their name.
At Re., you will only be seen by a Plastic Surgeon for surgical procedures.
There are cheaper options for your surgery, overseas and around Australia.
Some people will talk as if you can combine a surgery with a holiday. We urge you to seriously consider the implications and your needs after a surgery.
In many instances, the complications can arise because of the incorrect care after the surgery has been completed.
Here’s a checklist for you to consider before you commit to any breast or body surgery:
• Is the doctor a fully qualified Plastic Surgeon? Look for the qualifications FRACS (Plas) after their name.
• Have you and the surgeon discussed what size and shape breast best suits your body shape?
• Has the surgeon shown you what your result will look like?
• Have you seen before and after photographs of the surgeon’s work?
• Does the facility where you are having your surgery meet strict Australian health and hospital standards?
• Is your anaesthetist fully trained?
• Has your surgeon told you which breast implants they will use?
• Will your surgeon be available to discuss any concerns you have after the operation?
• Who will look after you if something goes wrong or if you have a problem once you go home?
• Have you investigated the costs of having a problem fixed?
• Are you comparing apples with apples? Have you been quoted the total costs of having the procedure? This should include:
• All pre-surgical consultations
• Preparation for the surgery itself
• Cost of implants (for breast augmentation procedures)
• What the procedure involves (for example, in a Tummy Tuck, are they tightening the muscle walls or simply removing tissue?)
• The cost of the hospital – is it, in fact, a registered hospital?
• The cost of the anaesthetist (and how qualified they are)
• The cost of the procedure itself
• Post-surgical recovery and an aftercare promise
• Specialised post-operative garments
• Consultations after the surgery
• Scar reduction therapy
• Consultations to address any concerns
There are always cheaper options.
There are other operations, and other operators who will promise you larger breasts or flatter tummies.
But they don’t always give you confidence.
There are cheaper implants, cheaper hospitals, less qualified surgeons.
Unfortunately, there is usually a reason why they’re cheaper.
And, while there are even cheaper options overseas, we have fixed enough botched holiday makeovers to know, when it comes to something as important as your body, you can often see where the savings went.
At Re. we try and meet your expectations. We’ll also talk to you about what size breast best suits your body shape.
The first thing your surgeon will discuss with you is your breast goals. Do you want a natural shape, round appearance or subtle increase? A breast enlargement or a breast enhancement. Then your surgeon will examine your breast and chest dimensions and present a number of options.
At Re. we then use the latest 3D simulation software to give you an accurate guide as to what your implants will look like on your own photos, which you will also be able to access after your consultation.
Finally, we will show you what the size implant actually looks like and you get to try it on under your clothes.
Firstly, we’ll look at how much soft tissue and breast tissue you naturally have, particularly in your upper pole. Then, we take into consideration the size of implant you have chosen. Finally, we discuss your personal preference and lifestyle activities. Based on all of this we will recommend the best placement for you.
There is no one perfect implant, just the perfect implant for each individual patient. Your choice will depend on your body type, the final look you’re after and your existing breast tissue. We will work with you to find the implant that is best for you.
Yes. If this is your goal, we will work with you to ensure your breasts look as natural as possible.
Modern implants can last many years and may never need to be replaced. Forget what you’ve heard about implants needing to be replaced at 10 years. At Re. we only use Mentor breast implants. We believe, because of their commitment to safety, feel and shape, as well as their record of excellence in the industry, these are the highest quality implants available.
Absolutely. This will be part of your discussion with your surgeon. As a rule, it is possible to achieve most cup sizes. Please note, cup sizes vary depending on the bra brand and style you choose. There is no “standard” cup size and these can vary quite significantly.
At Re. we try and meet your expectations.
The first thing your surgeon will discuss with you is your breast goals. Your surgeon will then examine your breast and chest dimensions and present a number of options which work with your body shape and your desires.
Yes. To get the best results and aid recovery, you’ll need to wear garments that support and hold your breasts in place and help reduce swelling and discomfort. At Re. we supply two specially designed post-operative bras (they’re supportive and look so much nicer than many other post-operative garments). Generally, you should wear the post op surgical bra for 6 weeks after your surgery.
After breast surgery you can sleep in whatever position you find most comfortable. Your breasts will feel slightly uncomfortable for two to three days after the surgery. This can usually be well-handled with normal painkillers.
For most women, the best scar will be what is known as the “anchor” style scars. At Re. we believe this gives you the best possible breast shape, and you’ll see the results immediately. At Re. we have developed a scar management protocol to ensure you get the best possible outcome. It involves using silicone tape and creams as well as two laser scar treatments with our Dermal Clinician.
This is all included in your surgical package.
Yes, most women can still breastfeed after breast surgery. It is important to understand, up to 40% of women are unable to breast feed, even without a breast augmentation.
If you are over 40 years old and have not had a mammogram within the last year, we would recommend having one prior to your surgery. The reason for this is, after your surgery there will be internal scarring which will take some time to settle down. This can make interpretation of a mammogram difficult for a period of time, so it is important to ensure before your surgery that your breasts are clear.
We understand how exciting the prospect of a reshaped body can be. However, combining these two procedures can be one of the most complicated and riskiest surgical procedures. Performing two separate operations will significantly reduce the risks to you and reduce the chances of needing revisional procedures. This is why we generally recommend this option. The pros and cons of each option for you will be clearly discussed at your consultation.
The vast majority of women undergoing a Tummy Tuck or a Body Lift will need a muscle repair. The reason for this is that either due to weight loss or pregnancies, the abdominal wall stretches and the rectus muscles separate (divarication). A muscle repair will help flatten your tummy, reshape your waist and improve your contour. There is also now evidence that it helps with core strength, back pain and urinary incontinence.
Your scar will run all the way around your lower body for a body lift or from hip to hip for a tummy tuck and be sitting as low as possible so as to be hidden by bikinis and underwear. Other surgeons may try and use a shorter scar, but this will generally result in either dog ears or a higher scar.
In our experience, based on feedback from satisfied patients, a long low scar is much better, and more preferable, than a higher short scar.
Firstly, there is no reason that you could not have another child. Your skin will stretch just like it would prior to surgery. The big unknown is how much it will shrink back down after your pregnancy. This will vary from person to person. It is unlikely that your skin would go back to what it was like prior to your Tummy Tuck. However, if there was some recurrent laxity, then it could likely be addressed with a revision. The same would apply if you put on weight.
Yes. To get the best results and aid recovery, you’ll need to wear garments that support and hold your tummy. At Re. we supply two specially garments which you’ll need to wear for 6 weeks after your surgery.
For the first week you’ll need to sleep in a beach chair type position with your hips and knees bent. Have plenty of pillows available to get you into a comfortable position. Some patients find sleeping in a lounger type chair can be more comfortable. Alternatively you may find it more comfortable to sleep on your side with your hips bent. The important thing is not to put tension on the scar.
At Re. we have developed a scar management protocol to ensure you get the best possible outcome. We use silicone tape and gel and complement these with two laser scar treatments. This is all included in your surgical package.
Yes, you can. Your surgeon will use special dressings which stick well to the skin and will keep your wound dry and promote healing. If you find, after a few days, the dressing is starting to lift at the edges (this is normal) and you would feel more confident with a fresh dressing, please call us and we’ll change your dressing as soon as possible.
It really depends what sort of work you do however you can often return after a couple of weeks.
We’ll get you back to the gym as soon as possible. We have worked with a personal trainer to develop a physical program which starts a week after your surgery. This graduated program will keep you moving and help with your recovery. Your first consultation with our partner Personal Trainer is free as part of your surgical package. You should expect to return to all your normal activities by six weeks.
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