Should you get breast implants? Here is some advice from women that have had breast augmentation surgery.
It can be a tough decision deciding whether to invest in cosmetic surgery and if it is right for you. You may have many questions and it can be hard to know what information is best and who to trust. Many people around you will also have their own opinions, however it is important to remember to do what makes you happy.
Your cosmetic surgery decisions are made on what is best for you alone.
In a recent article in Women's Health Magazine, they chose to interview a group of women that have had breast surgery. The aim was to obtain honest feedback and advice to help women considering cosmetic surgery.
This week Dr Mark Hanikeri spoke with The Plastic Surgery Hub about his Mummy Makeover Treatment.
Q. What are the more common procedures you perform as part of the Mummy makeover?
A. The most common procedures as part of the Mummy makeover Treatment are breast lift and/or augmentation and a tummy tuck. Most women after breast feeding tend to lose a bit of volume in the upper pole so most of them want their breast's lifted.
Regardless of the surgery you have chosen to undertake, it can have traumatic after effects on your body. This isn’t to say that you won’t recover, however the length of time it takes to regain full mobility can be associated with your fitness levels.
If your recovery period is longer, you will be restricted when it comes to your lifestyle choices, social meetings or even when you can safely go back to work.
1.How long will you need to take off work?
Every situation is different, however it is recommended that a full week be taken off work after surgery if you have a ‘desk job’. More physical jobs will require a longer time frame and can be discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
2.You should try on different sizes before deciding
Deciding on your breast implant size can be a little daunting. Your surgeon will be able to guide you on what size implant will best suit your body and personal goals. However, you will be able to touch and ‘try on’ the breast implant sizes during your consultation.
Your surgeon will give you a soft cup bra to stuff the implants or implant sizers with to determine the preferred ‘look’. Implants not only come in different sizes but they also come in various ‘profiles’, which determine how much the implant projects from the chest. A higher profile will have a slightly more ‘push up’ effect.
There are some questions we always wanted to ask a plastic surgeon but haven’t had the chance! Dr Mark Hanikeri from WA is a highly respected surgeon with a loyal following of patients and an all round nice guy. We thought he was just the person to ask our questions in order to get insight in the plastic surgeon’s mind and what it’s like from their side of the desk or operating table.
Question: How do you deal with unrealistic patient expectations – ie. if they want results you know will not be achieved? How often do you say “no”?
Dr Hanikeri: That’s a good question. Managing patient expectations is an important part of Plastic Surgery. Assessing those patients who are seeking a result that is impossible is essential to avoid disappointment and prevent surgeon angst. Many patients with unrealistic expectations have body dysmorphic syndrome and are unlikely to ever be happy with the results from their surgery. Often the mark of a good surgeon is not those who you choose to operate on but those who you choose not to operate on. I generally decline to operate on around 1 in 25 cosmetic patients.
That is quite hard too as many do not realise their expectations are unrealistic. I try to be very clinical and in some cases will say that I may not have the skills to deliver what they want and they should consider seeing someone else. Occasionally, I will tell patients that I believe they have BDD and I am not prepared to operate on them unless they have seen a clinical psychologist first.
A recent case following a young girl whose breast augmentation went horribly wrong, demonstrates the limitations our current health system has in dealing with practitioners who are not operating within what would be considered by most people as 'competent practice'. The surgeon in question had previously been involved in a number of disputes which had been settled out of court and consequently were not available for review by subsequent patients. This represents a flaw in our system which leaves patients vulnerable to some unscrupulous practitioners who continue to operate outside their area of expertise or outside their skill set. Doctors who cause harm to, or produce poor results in their patients can continue to do so by settling claims out of court with provisions that patients cannot go public.
Women are amazing and beautiful. They are capable of doing so many wonderful things, including giving birth. Unfortunately, pregnancy and nursing can often lead to unwanted changes in their bodies, such as enlarged areolas, drooping breasts, stretch marks, a sagging tummy, loose skin and loss of waist definition. These problems can not always be addressed by diet and exercise. While the stretched skin and loose muscles may improve over time, the body doesn’t always return to its pre-pregnancy state without a little bit of extra help.
More and more women are seeking out plastic surgery procedures to help bring back their youthful, pre-pregnancy body. The Mummy Makeover is a series of surgical procedures that may be done separately or all in one go with one operation. These procedures can help restore a more youthful body and self-confidence. Dr Mark Hanikeri from WA has performed several Mummy Makeovers and we enlisted his expertise to tell us in more detail what they involve.
For many women the journey from mastectomy to breast reconstruction is not complete until they have had nipple reconstructions performed. Not all women go down this path and many are happy to simply have something to replace their lost breasts in order to feel feminine. However, some women feel that they are not complete without nipple reconstructions since the breasts even after a very good reconstruction will not look natural without nipples and areolas on the breast mounds.
For surgeons who perform breast reconstruction, nipple and areola reconstruction improves the aesthetic result and provides a sense of completion. Nevertheless, this should not be the reason to proceed with nipple reconstruction