Breast enhancement surgery aims to improve the size, shape and position of the breasts and can affect physical appearance and psychological well-being.
There are two types of breast enhancement procedures – breast augmentation and breast reduction.
A breast augmentation uses an implant, most commonly made of silicone, to increase the size of the existing breast, or alternatively, to fill and lift an empty breast.
A breast reduction involves a lowering in breast weight by the removal of excess skin and breast tissue, and a lifting of the breast up and closer to the chest.
Women generally choose to have a breast enhancement procedure to look and feel better, according to specialist plastic surgeon Dr Gary Avery, director of Avery Plastic Surgery.
“The goal is to improve or restore the physical nature of the breast, which can have an enormous impact on a woman’s confidence and how she sees herself,” Dr Avery said.
“There are generally two groups of women that opt for breast augmentation.
“Those that never developed significant breasts and who want larger breasts to match their body shape and frame.
“And those women who see their breast deflated, empty and/or sagging usually following pregnancy and breast feeding, or significant weight changes.
“With breast reduction, some women have disproportionately large breasts and thus produce physical symptoms such as back, neck and shoulder pain; skin irritation; difficulty exercising; and also clothing limitation.
“For these women, a reduction results in symptomatic improvement.”
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and benefits that should be discussed with your doctor in relation to your goals.
“You should expect your treating doctor to listen to what you want to achieve from surgery, and fully assess whether surgery will realistically meet your goals in a safe and predictable manner,” Dr Avery said.
“Your treating doctor should be able to have a in-depth and open discussion about the nature of the surgery and customise a plan suited to your individual needs. You should expect a discussion about the limitations and risks of surgery, and what can be done to minimise and manage them if they were to occur.”
Dr Avery has operated as a plastic surgeon in the Hunter Region for the past five years, treating over 5000 patients, and this year opened a solo practice at Suite 1, Ground Floor, 31-33 Watt Street, Newcastle.
His specialties include all cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures.
For more information, ring (02) 4002 4150, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit averyplasticsurgery.com.au.