Breast Surgery

Breast surgery is a type of surgical procedure that can alter the size, shape, or appearance of the breasts. It is commonly used for cosmetic or medical reasons and should only be performed by a qualified specialist surgeon.

Our Approach to Breast Surgery

Every individual has a unique relationship with their breasts, which are an integral part of her body. It’s important to realise that beauty is not restricted to any particular shape or size, and every one should feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. There are several options available to enhance or reduce your breasts, but it’s crucial to have a personalised approach that suits your specific needs.

At Unveil Plastic Surgery, we understand that every patient is different, and we provide personalised treatment plans to achieve the best results. Dr. Rodrigo is a specialist plastic surgeon experienced in breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift procedures and will work closely with you to tailor a treatment plan that meets your needs.

We believe that every one should make an informed decision when considering breast surgery. Our team is always here to offer the necessary information and expert advice to ensure that you feel comfortable and well-informed throughout the process.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira, specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne

Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty)

Breast augmentation, a cosmetic surgery commonly known as augmentation mammoplasty or breast implants, aims to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. This popular procedure is sought by many women who desire a fuller and more balanced bust. There are two main options for breast augmentation, which are breast implant surgery and breast augmentation with fat transfer. The former involves the placement of silicone or saline implants, while the latter uses the patient’s own fat from another area of the body to achieve a more natural result.

Though breast augmentation can improve one’s confidence and self-image as reported in the medical literature, it is a decision that should be thoughtfully considered and discussed with a qualified surgeon. Potential risks and side effects such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and the need for future surgeries must be taken into account. The cost of breast surgery should also be considered as it can vary based on the surgeon, location, and type of procedure. Ultimately, it is important to make an informed decision after weighing the potential benefits and risks of the surgery.

Breast augmentation results
before and after photos

  • Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately specialist surgeon
  • Recovery time and treatment results will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a variety of individual patient factors

Ask to see before and after photos and have a better idea of results. Photos and simulation should not be used to predict the final result. Instead, they facilitate communication between you and your surgeon when talking about your concerns and your goals.

Mastopexy (Breast lift)

Mastopexy, also known as a breast lift, focuses on lifting and restructuring the breasts. This type of surgery is particularly popular among women who have undergone changes to their breast shape and size due to factors like age, pregnancy, or significant weight loss. A medical necessity arises when the nipples and two-thirds of the breast tissue descend below the breast fold.

Mastopexy is performed by removing any excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and repositioning it for a more uplifting appearance. Nipple repositioning is also possible, and breast augmentation or reduction may be added to achieve desired outcomes.

It is crucial to bear in mind that breast lift procedures do not result in significant changes to breast size. If size adjustment is necessary, it may be combined with other procedures like breast reduction or implant removal. Like any surgery, breast lifts carry some risks and potential side effects.

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)

Reduction mammoplasty, otherwise known as breast reduction surgery, aims to relieve physical and emotional discomfort associated with overly large breasts. This surgical intervention involves removing excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a more proportionate breast size while also repositioning the nipples. Breast reduction surgery can address several concerns such as reducing skin irritation, alleviating pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, improving posture, relieving breast pain during periods, and lifting the breasts.

During a consultation, your surgeon will examine your medical history and may require further testing to rule out any underlying breast disease. The removed breast tissue will be sent to pathology for histologic examination. When considering breast reduction surgery, it is crucial to discuss the potential risks, side effects, and costs with your surgeon, as these may vary based on location, complexity of the procedure, and the surgeon’s experience. Additionally, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the cosmetic outcome and to recognize that scarring is an inevitable part of the procedure.

Gynaecomastia (Male Breast )

Gynaecomastia, a condition characterised by the growth of excess breast tissue in males, often leads to enlarged breasts and can cause discomfort and embarrassment. The condition can result from hormonal imbalances during puberty, hereditary factors, obesity, or the use of certain medications. While common in males of all ages, the impact on mental health and body image can be significant.

Gynaecomastia often appears during puberty and may resolve itself within a few years. However, the condition can also manifest later in life due to changes in metabolism or other underlying medical issues. It is imperative to seek medical advice from a general practitioner before consulting a surgeon to rule out other potential causes of the condition.

Surgical treatment is an effective solution for gynaecomastia and involves flattening and enhancing the chest contour, reducing breast size and alleviating discomfort. The surgery improves self-confidence and body image for men struggling with gynaecomastia. While teenagers may benefit from surgical intervention, further procedures may be necessary if the development of breast tissue continues.

Consulting a qualified plastic surgeon is critical to discussing desired outcomes and any concerns or questions before considering the procedure. Additionally, the cost of the surgery varies depending on several factors, such as the surgeon’s experience, location, and the complexity of the procedure. It is crucial to understand the potential risks and side effects associated with the surgery before proceeding.

Things to consider before Cosmetic Breast Surgery

If you are considering undergoing breast surgery, it is important to be well-informed and make an informed decision. This decision should be based on a few key factors that should be carefully considered. These factors include your overall health status, body weight and BMI, realistic expectations, your surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure, recovery time, and cost.

First and foremost, your overall health status is of utmost importance. It is crucial that you are in good health and free of any underlying medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications. Additionally, your body weight and BMI are important factors to consider before breast surgery. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of complications during surgery and can also affect the results of the procedure. It is recommended that breast surgery candidates have a BMI of 30 or below.

Having realistic expectations is also crucial when considering breast surgery. It is important to have a clear understanding of what the procedure can and cannot achieve, and be comfortable with the potential outcomes. This will ensure that you are happy with the results and avoid disappointment or regret.

Choosing a highly qualified and experienced surgeon is essential. Take the time to research potential surgeons and their credentials, read reviews and testimonials from previous patients, and ask to see before-and-after photos of their work. This will help you to feel confident in your decision and ensure that you are in good hands.

There are different types of breast surgery, each with its own unique benefits and risks. Be sure to discuss the options with your surgeon to determine which procedure is best suited to your individual needs and goals. Recovery time also varies depending on the type of procedure, but it is important to plan ahead and make arrangements to allow for adequate time to recover. Your surgeon will provide guidance on what to expect during recovery and how to care for yourself following the surgery.

Finally, the cost of breast surgery can vary depending on the type of procedure, the surgeon’s fees, and other associated expenses. It is important to discuss all costs with your surgeon ahead of time and determine if it is within your budget. By carefully considering these factors, you can make an informed decision about breast surgery and achieve the best possible results while ensuring your safety and well-being.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira

Risks and Side Effects of Breast Surgery

If you are considering breast surgery, it is important that you educate yourself on the potential risks and side effects that may arise. It is crucial to make an informed decision and weigh the benefits against the possible drawbacks before proceeding.

One of the risks that could be associated with breast surgery is the risk of infection, which may require further treatment with antibiotics or surgical drainage. In addition, excessive bleeding may occur during or after the surgery, leading to the need for a return to the operating room.

Scarring is a common occurrence following breast surgery, but your surgeon will make every effort to minimise its appearance. Changes in nipple and breast sensation are possible after breast surgery, with some individuals experiencing temporary or permanent alterations.

When it comes to augmentation mammoplasty involving implants, there is a risk of implant rupture, leakage, and capsular contracture, and regular follow-up is required to monitor for these potential risks.

General anaesthesia also carries a certain level of risk, such as allergic reactions and breathing difficulties, although these risks are quite rare. In addition, general side effects like allergic reactions, swelling, bruising, slow healing, tissue necrosis (especially in smokers), and fluid accumulation may occur.

There is also a possibility of unsatisfactory results such as asymmetry, contour irregularities, and unsatisfactory scars, which may require additional surgery to correct. It is important to have realistic expectations and to understand that results will vary from patient to patient.

By carefully considering the risks and benefits of surgery and choosing a qualified surgeon, you can help ensure a safe and successful outcome. To minimise the risks associated with breast surgery, it is essential to carefully follow all pre- and post-operative instructions, including taking all prescribed medications, avoiding smoking, and getting plenty of rest. Don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns with your surgeon and their team for recovery reassurance or to avoid aggravation of possible complications. Remember, the key to a successful breast surgery outcome is informed decision-making and taking proper care of yourself both before and after the surgery.

Recovery Process after Breast Surgery

The process of undergoing breast surgery requires careful preparation and planning. In order to recover fully from the procedure, it is important to take the necessary time to rest and heal properly. The team at Dr Rodrigo Teixeira’s clinic will provide you with detailed instructions on what to expect during the recovery period, and will offer guidance on how to manage pain or discomfort.

During the early stages of your recovery, it is important to avoid strenuous activities and get ample rest. You will need to wear a recovery bra or compression garment to support your breasts and reduce any swelling. Additionally, Dr Rodrigo may recommend gentle stretching exercises to help restore strength and flexibility in your chest muscles.

It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort after breast surgery, but medications can help manage these symptoms. To promote a healthy recovery, it is important to maintain a balanced diet and stay well-hydrated.

It is critical to attend all follow-up appointments with Dr Rodrigo and his team to ensure that your recovery is proceeding as planned and to identify any potential complications. You may need to avoid certain activities, and those restrictions will depend on the type of surgery you underwent.

While the recovery process after breast surgery can be challenging, you can take comfort in knowing that you are in good hands with Dr Rodrigo Teixeira and his team. They will provide you with the necessary guidance and care to help you recover successfully.

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Reputable Surgeons for Breast Surgery

If you’re considering breast surgery, finding the right surgeon is critical to ensuring the best possible outcome. Here are some tips for finding a qualified and experienced breast surgeon:

Research credentials: Look for a surgeon who is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and has extensive experience in plastic surgery of the breast. 

Schedule a consultation: Once you have identified potential surgeons, schedule a consultation to meet with them in person. This is an opportunity to discuss your goals and concerns and to get a sense of the surgeon’s approach to breast surgery. Dr Rodrigo offers personalised consultations to discuss each patient’s unique goals and expectations.

Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the surgeon’s experience, training, and approach to breast surgery. Your surgeon should be able to answer your questions to help you make an informed decision about your surgery.

Look for personalised care: A good breast surgeon will take the time to understand your unique needs and goals and will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan. Dr Rodrigo and his team are committed to providing personalised care and support to each patient, from the initial consultation through the recovery process.

By following these tips and working with a skilled and experienced breast surgeon like Dr Rodrigo Teixeira, you can achieve the best possible result.

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