The decision to undergo breast reconstruction surgery should not be taken lightly. Patients need to carefully consider the significant adjustment to change in appearance as well as the realities of post-operative recovery.
The purpose of meeting with the surgeon for a consultation at our Melbourne practice is to:
Limitations may include; skin quality, breast anatomy, scarring from previous surgery and the impact of adjuvant treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
During the consultation your surgeon will discuss with you the best course of action to achieve the level of symmetry desired.
NorthEast Plastic surgery is sensitive to the fact that many patients who are considering breast reconstructive surgery may have already been through many procedures which is challenging.
The goal of the surgeon is to restore breast symmetry which can positively affect confidence. Many patients feel uncomfortable in swimwear due to disproportionate breast size, nipple areolar complex position or asymmetry. Patients may also feel self-conscious of the appearance of their breasts and may have low self-esteem or low confidence as a consequence.
Two or more consultations are often required prior to surgery to ensure a good understanding of the procedure, the likely results and the period of recovery and downtime required.
The surgeon must be made aware of all your material medical history prior to surgery. Important details may include but not limited to;
In addition, it is important that the surgeon is aware of adjuvant therapy including chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These issues are important as they have the potential to affect the surgery, anaesthesia, potential complications and recovery. A history of Raynaud’s disease or conditions affecting the peripheral circulation is also significant.
Further medical consultation may be necessary to minimise complications during or after surgery, including:
It may also be necessary to cease medication such as the Oral Contraceptive Pill.
It is important to avoid the following for two weeks prior to and after surgery:
Smokers must stop smoking six weeks prior to and after surgery to minimise the risk of surgical wound complications and anaesthesia. Products containing nicotine must also be avoided for two weeks before and after surgery, as they can cause complications during wound healing.
Risks specific to breast reconstruction surgery may include:
Revisional surgery is necessary in approximately five percent of patients who undergo breast reconstruction surgery.
You’ll be given the opportunity to provide informed consent after the consultation process, once your questions and concerns have been addressed by your surgeon.
The consultation will also include a discussion regarding the cost of the procedure and any potential revisions.
NorthEast Plastic Surgery does not advertise a set price for medical procedures on our website (in accordance with the Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services by the Australian Medical Board)
We are happy to provide approximate costs before your initial consultation including any applicable Medicare rebate by phone 03 9088 5000 or via enquiry through our website.