Corrective Breast Surgery
1. Tuberous Breasts
Tuberous Breast Deformity is a congenital condition of the breasts affecting teenage women. It can affect one or both breasts. It does not refer to the breasts being simply small.
The deformity is characterised by constrictive bands in the lower breast which in turn force the breast tissue upwards and into the nipple-areola complex causing the latter to become enlarged and puffy. Typically, Tuberous Breasts are small and pointed in shape with:
- Puffy areolas (the pigmented circles around the nipples)
- Minimal breast tissue, sometimes with sagging
- Constricted lower breast poles
- A higher than normal breast fold
- Wide spacing between the breasts
In most cases, the appearance can be dramatically improved by the insertion of appropriate implants after releasing the constrictions responsible for the deformity.
A Medicare Item Number (Item 45528) should apply, in which event if you also hold Private Hospital Insurance, your Hospital Fees may be partly or fully covered depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.
An example of advanced Tuberous Breast Deformity corrected by our Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr George Mayson, is shown below:
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2. Breast Reduction
Breast Reduction Surgery, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty, refers to a surgical procedure to reduce the size of overly large breasts and make them smaller, firmer and in proportion with the rest of your body.
Most Breast Reductions qualify for a Medicare Item Number, in which event if you also hold Private Hospital Insurance, your Hospital Fees may be partly or fully covered depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.
The procedure is performed under General Anaesthesia by our female Specialist Plastic Surgeon and takes around 3 hours. A short stay in hospital is generally required and you should aim to have around 10-14 days off work.
3. Breast Implant Revision Surgery
Most women are able to enjoy the many benefits of a well-performed Breast Augmentation for many years without the need for revision surgery. However, sometimes Revision Surgery is required for different reasons, among the commonest ones being:
- Capsular Contracture: The commonest reason for repeat surgery after Breast Augmentation with Smooth and Textured Implants, reportedly affecting 1 in 5 women within the first 10 years. This risk is reported to be dramatically lower with Polyurethane Foam-Covered Silicone Implants (reported risk 1 in 100 women).
- Implant Displacement (implants moving away from their original position) – also less of a risk with Polyurethane Foam-Covered Silicone Implants
- Implant Leakage or Rupture
- A Simple Desire for Larger Implants
Most instances of Breast Revision Surgery do qualify for a Medicare Item Number and partial rebate – in which event, if you also have Private Hospital Insurance, you may be able to claim a variable portion of your Hospital Fees depending on your Fund and Level of Cover.
4. Corrective Nipple Surgery
Nipples can present various unappealing appearances all of which can be improved with simple nipple surgery under local anaesthesia alone:
- Inverted Nipples: The nipples are permanently sunken beneath the level of the surrounding skin and cannot be manipulated out with the fingers.
- Retractile Nipples: The nipples are sunken beneath the level of the surrounding skin but can be manipulated out with the fingers.
- Nipple Hypertrophy: The nipples are overly large and known as Macrothelia.
- Nipple Ptosis: The nipples are saggy, usually in association with enlarged nipples.
5. Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy
Breast Reconstruction can be done at the same time as a Mastectomy, months later or even years later depending on your individual circumstances and the the advice of our female Specialist Plastic Surgeon. In a Breast Reconstruction, the Plastic Surgeon will create a breast shape using a breast implant, a flap of tissue from another part of your body, or both. A short stay in hospital is required and recovery time is around 4 weeks.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.