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Breast Surgery

A woman often equates her breasts with beauty and femininity. When the breasts are not an ideal size and shape, it can affect her appearance, self-confidence and even how her clothing fits. Breast surgery is a way to enhance the breasts, bring them into proportion with the rest of the body and create the beautiful, natural curves a woman wants.

In some cases, breast surgery is used to restructure breasts that have been changed through disease and subsequent treatment. This type of surgery is designed to help a woman restore her appearance, self-esteem and quality of life. The goal is not necessarily to enhance the appearance of the breasts (although that can be an option as well) but to give a woman back her sense of self and her body profile.

If you are considering breast surgery, whether for cosmetic or restorative purposes, Dr Edmund Ek will take all the time necessary to walk you through your options and explain the outcome you can expect from your surgery. As a highly-trained and experienced reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgeon with numerous published articles to his name, Dr Ek is well-placed to help you with whatever concerns you may have. Rest assured you will be presented with the choices necessary to produce an optimal result that will be natural, beautiful and long-lasting.

Types of Breast Surgery

There are many different types of breast enhancement for women to choose from today, which allow them to achieve a broad range of aesthetic goals. These procedures are effective when performed as stand-alone treatments but can also be combined to enhance results further. Dr Ek will help you create a personalised surgical plan to ensure an optimal outcome for you. Options in breast surgery include:

Breast Augmentation

Fuller breasts are a desire of many women today, which is why breast augmentation is probably the most requested type of breast surgery. Most patients will find this procedure involves the use of implants to add size and volume to the breasts. Implants come in an extensive selection of sizes, ensuring a woman can tailor her procedure to meet her specific body proportions. Implants offer an enhanced appearance that looks quite natural and last for many years. This surgery may be recommended for women that have never been happy with the size of her breasts or for those that have seen changes to the breasts over time, such as the deflated appearance that is common after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Breast Lift

Size is not the only issue that will bring women in search of breast surgery. Some find their breasts start to sag and droop, giving their bodies an aged appearance. This lowering effect can also be due to pregnancy and breastfeeding but can be caused by the natural ageing process as well. For these women, a breast lift raises the breasts to a perkier projection on the chest wall, restoring a youthful body profile. Breast lifts can be performed alone but are frequently combined with augmentation or reduction.

Breast Reduction

Women with disproportionately large, pendulous breasts may find their cosmetic concerns can also cause uncomfortable physical symptoms. It is not unusual to experience neck and back pain from a top-heavy front, as well as skin irritation and rashes due to skin rubbing underneath the breasts. Grooves in the shoulders caused by taxed bra straps can also become problematic. In addition, excessively large breasts often prevent women from wearing some types of clothing or participating in specific activities due to self-consciousness about their appearance. Breast reduction surgically decreases breast size while preserving an attractive shape and an aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

Breast Reconstruction

A breast cancer diagnosis is one of the most traumatic things a woman can ever hear. When that diagnosis is accompanied by the removal or disfigurement of the breast, the experience becomes life-changing on many different levels. Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, giving a woman back her body, her self-esteem and her quality of life. There are a variety of ways in which breast reconstruction can be performed, from flaps taken from donor sites on the woman’s body to synthetic implants that may be placed at the time of the initial breast surgery or a point after treatment.

During your initial consultation with Dr Ek, you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and goals, plan your surgery and review relevant before-and-after photos to help you visualise how your results might look. In some situations, we may use our 3-dimensional Vectra camera to simulate your postoperative effects so that you can set realistic expectations before your procedure. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the pre-operative process, so you are fully prepared once your surgery day arrives.

If you are interested in breast surgery of any kind, rest assured you will be in good hands with Dr Ek. He has the expertise and experience necessary to customise your surgical plan and optimise your results. To book a consultation with Dr Ek, please call his office today on (03) 8419 0900.