Breast surgery is synonymous with Plastic Surgery, however, it is not confined to breast implants and augmentation. Patients seek breast surgery for a myriad of reasons ranging from underdevelopment, overdevelopment, to asymmetries and cancer. As a result, cosmetic and reconstructive surgical principles become distilled into one philosophy – helping patients achieve their goals.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
– autologous (tissue reconstruction)
– alloplastic (implant-based reconstructions)
– fat grafting
– acellular dermal matrices
It is well recognised that there are physical and psychological benefits in breast augmentation.
It is the belief of Canvas Plastic Surgery that all women who are considering breast surgery should have the opportunity to discuss their options with a plastic surgeon as part of being fully informed about their condition and treatment.
Every patient is different and will require a different approach. Not everyone will be suitable for breast surgery, but it is important that the patient is aware of their options.
“I have always enjoyed the challenge that breast reconstruction presents. It highlights the need for teamwork in surgery where the combined efforts of breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, anaesthetists and specialist nurses are required to achieve a result for the patient.
My initial training in breast reconstruction was undertaken in Melbourne and Perth and had a strong autologous tissue and microsurgical reconstructive focus. As such I am well trained to perform DIEP (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) and TRAM (transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous) flaps as well as alternatives such as the TUG (transverse upper gracilis) flap.
To supplement my training, I also completed a fellowship in breast reconstruction in Vancouver. For six months I worked with plastic surgeons and breast surgeons performing reconstructions and revisionary reconstructive procedures using the latest in fat grafting techniques, implant reconstruction and acellular dermal matrices.
I also had the opportunity to develop my skills in other areas of breast surgery including breast reduction, augmentation, mastopexy and combinations of these procedures. I travelled to Banff to operate with Dr Elizabeth Hall-Findlay who is recognised worldwide for her expertise on cosmetic breast surgery and in particular breast reduction surgery.
The combination of skills and techniques that I have acquired here in Australia as well as overseas now allow me to comprehensively deal with any reconstructive or cosmetic breast issue that my patients may have.”