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December 2019

Five questions about breast augmentation recovery, answered

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From influencers on social media, to fellow mums at the local café, it seems like breast implants are more common than ever before. In fact, breast augmentation surgery is one of the common procedures that we perform at Southern Aesthetic. And while you’re probably aware of the many benefits of breast augmentation —such as having bigger or more even breasts —it’s important to consider what breast augmentation recovery looks like. As a female surgeon who understands a woman’s point of view —as well as the many jobs that women juggle in their day-to-day —here are five things I think you should know about how breast augmentation recovery might impact your everyday life.

How long does breast augmentation surgery take?

Breast augmentation surgery usually takes place as a day surgery in a hospital. The procedure usually takes about 1.5 hours and most patients are not required to stay overnight at hospital.

How long does breast augmentation recovery take?

As everybody is different, recovery time may differ depending on the individual. However, usually we recommend a rest time of one week. If you don’t have a physically intensive job, you should be able to return to work after one week. You should also be able to drive and do light exercise (light walking) after one week. However, we recommend patients wait at least six weeks before playing sport or getting back into the gym. In terms of physically-demanding or strenuous tasks —notably activitiesthat could raise your heart rate or blood pressure –we recommend waiting at least 2-3 weeks. Mums, this could include lifting young children throughout the day, so it might be wise to recruit some extra help around the house during your recovery period.

Are there any side effects that I may experience during breast augmentation recovery?

During the recovery period, it’s common for patients to experience swelling and soreness in the breasts and chest. Some patients may also experience bruising. If you are experiencing severe pain from these symptoms, contact your doctor and they may be able to prescribe medication to alleviate the pain. While you’re recovering, it might also help to wear a compression bandage or sports bra for extra support and positioning of the breast implants.

What are some warning signs that I should look out for post-surgery?

At Southern Aesthetic, our surgical team are highly-qualified and trained to deliver the best surgical outcomes possible. We alsouse the highest quality breast implants available for all our clients. However, there are still some risks associated with breast augmentation surgery,such as capsular contracture, infection, malposition and leaking. In some cases,breast implant associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma(ALCL) may also occur. The severity of theseproblems can vary, and may result in minorissues or dissatisfaction,to needing further surgery or even the complete removal of your breastimplants.Should you experience any of these more severe consequences, please contact your doctor immediately.

Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery?

While most of our clients are aged between 20-45 years, adult women of all ages opt for breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons —whether that be due to physical changes brought on by childbirth and breast feeding, to add implants following a mastectomy, or simply to gain more self-confidence.

At Southern Aesthetic, while there are many benefits of breast augmentation surgery, we believe it is important to recognise that this is a life-changing procedure that deserves thorough research and planning to ensure a safe and easy recovery.

At Southern Aesthetic, our all-female surgical team strive to make your surgery and recovery experience as safe and pleasant as possible. You can read more on breast augmentation surgery on our website, or check out our Instagram page to read about breast augmentation recovery, as well as see some of our latest work. To book a consultation with Dr Amira Sanki, call or email us today

Dr Amira Sanki opens up about her experience as a female plastic surgeon

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Dr Amira Sanki, qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and owner of Southern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, opens up about her experience as a female plastic surgeon and what she loves about her job. 

I spoke to the current year 10 cohort at my old high school recently as part of a careers afternoon. I think I found it even more inspiring than the students did! I reminded myself of all the important milestones I had to achieve to become a female plastic surgeon and the reasons why I chose this profession.

My young audience were a little shocked when I explained that it took me the duration of their lifetime to become a plastic surgeon. Six years of medical school, one year of internship, two years of surgical residency, two years as a general surgery registrar and four years as a plastic surgery registrar. Somehow I also managed to get married and have two children while doing ward rounds, operating, studying, sitting exams and attending hospital clinics. In my sixteenth post-high school year, I was also awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy.

The most important and soul searching question my young audience asked me was, “What kept you going in those fifteen years?” The answer is simple— I really wanted to be a plastic surgeon.

I completely believe I belong to oneof the best professions in the world. The immeasurable gratitude and respect my patients afford me when they have finished their surgical journey gives me the greatest high any professional can experience. I also have the privilege of becoming my patients’ confidante, advisor and friend. Today in the office, I reviewed a young artist whose tendon I repaired last week after a glass injury and then I saw one of my post-operative tummy tuck patients. They were both equally grateful. The enormous spectrum of plastic surgery has one common link —we restore form by restoring function. And vice versa

What insight does being a female plastic surgeon give me? I understand first-hand the changes a woman’s body and face goes through with time. I understand how critical a mother is to the smooth functioning of her family’s network. So many women put off essential plastic surgery to restore and help themselves because they are concerned that their family will not be able to cope without them during the recovery period. In fact, one of my breast reduction patients wanted to cancel her surgery this week because her young child has a cold! A woman should not be considered selfish if she is not selfless.

Being a female plastic surgeon entails so much more than just being a surgeon. I am an advocate for my patients, my profession and my gender. It is very important to me to stick up for the health “rights” of my patients. I am very proud to be a board member of ASAPS, which excels in providing the highest level of aesthetic education to our members and is an authoritative voice to help improve the public’s understanding of our profession.

Finally, when I started my plastic surgery training, there were only four female plastic surgeons in New South Wales. Now we have eleven female plastic surgery registrars in training. It gives me great pleasure to mentor these women to become great surgeons.

Plastic surgery empowers women. While we are unfortunately faced with ridiculous photo-shopped images of perfect faces and bodies in magazines and billboards, it is not a plastic surgeon’s goal to sculpt women into manufactured perfection. It is our goal to help women regain their confidence by looking as good as they feel. You can tell who the post-operative patients are in my waiting room-they are the women with a strong smile, tall posture and a little skip in their stride. They are happy, healthy and beautiful.