Reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy operation is considered desirable by many women. Most surgeons performing mastectomies will readily agree to refer you to a plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction surgery.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Perth
Breast reconstruction in Perth is a surgical procedure to recreate the breast to provide a natural shape when clothed.
There are various modern techniques used by Assure’s specialist plastic surgeons for breast reconstruction surgery. They involve either the use of breast implants, your own body tissue or a combination of both. A range of factors will be considered by your Specialist Plastic Surgeon to determine the most suitable option for you.
Book a Consultation
To find out more about breast reconstruction in Perth, the first step is to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons. They will discuss your circumstances, expectations and any concerns you may have. Pricing and pre- and post-operative care will also be discussed.
At Assure Cosmetic Centre, you are in the care of an expert medical team. You will always feel informed, comfortable and confident.
Frequently Asked Questions
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure to recreate the breast following a mastectomy. The aim is to create a natural shape when you are clothed. Breast reconstruction can be performed using breast implants, your own body tissue, or a combination of both. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre will recommend the most suitable option for you.
The decision to have breast reconstruction surgery is naturally a very personal and emotive one. To assist with your decision making, you may like to talk with someone who has had the procedure. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will happily introduce you to a suitable past patient.
If possible, the best time to make your appointment with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is before a mastectomy. Dependent on your age and state of health, you may require several pre-operative tests to determine your suitability for surgery.
In some cases, the breast reconstruction may be performed in conjunction with a mastectomy operation, although this is only advisable if the reconstruction will not interfere with any subsequent breast treatments. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will recommend the most suitable option for you.
If you have already had a mastectomy, it is not too late to consider breast reconstruction surgery. Contact us to request a consultation with our cosmetic breast nurse or Specialist Plastic Surgeon who will discuss your situation and the options available for you.
Our Perth Specialist Plastic Surgeon use various modern techniques for breast reconstruction surgery. All typically involve the provision of more skin (since, in most cases, a mastectomy surgeon will remove the large fold of skin covering the breast), as well as more bulk to produce the best shape and texture.
Some techniques involve the use of breast implants which contain silicone. Saline-filled implants can also be used, but cannot be considered a permanent replacement as there is a small possibility they may deflate within 10 years. At Assure, we only use safe, silicone gel implants. Our implant supplier is one of the world’s leading implant manufacturers, Mentor (Johnson & Johnson), credited with very high safety and quality standards.
Breast reconstructions using implants do not look or feel as natural as your own body tissue and have a greater long-term complication rate. For that reason, using a patient’s own natural fat and skin tissue has become a preferred breast reconstruction technique. However, this method requires a longer period under anaesthetic, a longer hospital stay and can require a longer period away from work.
The choice of technique will depend on many factors, including age, state of health, size and shape of the opposite breast, sufficiency of loose abdominal skin, and so on. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss this and recommend the technique that is best for you.
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A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after your procedure. Post-operative reviews will also be scheduled. Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you.
The initial consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will cost approximately $220 (fees vary slightly per surgeon) and take about 30-45 minutes. If a Medicare item applies to your potential procedure then you will be entitled to a rebate from Medicare of approximately $75, providing you have a written referral from your GP or specialist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and specialist referrals for 3 months.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, such as your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing will vary from case to case, but an indicative range of your surgeon’s fee is $5,000 to $9,000. Anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees are additional.
Breast reconstruction surgery is not an elective procedure and there are Medicare and private health insurance rebates available. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine exactly how much cover they will provide and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.