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What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Gynecomastia is a medical term used to describe overdeveloped or enlarged breast tissue in men. Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure involving male breast reduction to remove excess glandular tissue, fat and surplus skin from the chest area. This type of plastic surgery is technically called a Reduction Mammoplasty. The result is the restoration of a firmer, flatter, more masculine chest profile.

What Causes Enlarged Male Breasts?

Enlarged male breast tissue can occur at any age or stage of life. Known causes include genetics, certain medications, excessive weight gain and persistent hormonal imbalances. Some estimates suggest up to 50% of men develop some degree of gynecomastia in their lifetime.

Why Are The Effects Of Gynecomastia?

Enlarge male breasts (sometimes referred to as man boobs) frequently cause issues with self-confidence. The associated emotional discomfort can result in adverse modifications in behaviour both socially and physically. This may include avoiding certain physical activities such as swimming or running, feelings of embarrassment when wearing tight-fitting clothing and avoiding intimacy in an attempt to hide or disguise the condition.

How Can Surgery Help?

Gynecomastia surgery has become more and more popular over the years as men seek to improve the appearance of their chests. The surgery offers a practical and relatively straightforward treatment for gynecomastia that can be performed safely and successfully on men of all ages.

What Does Gynecomastia Surgery Involve?

The specifics of gynecomastia surgery varies between patients; however, generally speaking, removing the breast tissue will involve liposuction of the excess fat, surgical removal of excess glandular breast tissue and excess skin, and sometimes reducing and repositioning the nipple and areola.

Incisions are made at the intersection of the areola and the skin around the breast, and sometimes a further incision is needed across the breast if there is excess skin to remove or nipple adjustment is required.

Incision patterns do vary depending on the specific requirements of each surgery and the preference of your surgeon. The technique/s most appropriate for each individual will be discussed prior to your procedure.

In general, gynecomastia surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, however sometimes it may be undertaken with the use of oral sedation and local anaesthesia. Depending on the extent of the surgery, fluid drains may be used to help the body dispose of excess fluid from the wound. Compressions vests are also required for a period of time following surgery to aid in the reduction of swelling and discomfort.

Preparing For Surgery

Preparing for breast reduction surgery usually involves:

  • Stopping any medications that increase the risk of bleeding
  • Stopping smoking or drinking alcohol
  • Eating well to aid recovery and healing

Who Can Get Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is possible for men of all ages and stages of life, however, there are a few conditions that will make you a better candidate for achieving the best results from this type of surgery, these are;

  • Your weight sits in a relatively normal weight range
  • You are a non-smoker
  • Your breast development has stabilised (particularly for adolescents otherwise, future procedures may be required)
  • You are generally a healthy individual (no existing life-threatening illness or medical conditions)
  • You have a positive outlook on life and have goals in mind for improving yourself
  • Alternative treatments have failed
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery

Recovery After Surgery

Every patient’s healing process is unique, therefore recovery times will depend heavily on the individual, however, the extent of the surgery will also be a strong determining factor.

For liposuction only, a return to moderate exercise and work is typically one to two weeks. For the more complex surgical procedures, patients will generally need between two to four weeks before being able to tolerate their regular daily activities. Patients may experience discomfort when using the upper body, particularly when raising the arms above the head for some time beyond these estimated timeframes.

Compression garments are usually worn for around 2-4 weeks, and swelling and bruising should begin to disappear around 3-4 weeks. After approximately 6 months, the final results should be evident without any residual pain or restriction in movement. Any complications resulting from the surgery will, of course, affect these estimates.

Gynecomastia Surgery Complications

As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. However, due to the fairly straightforward nature of the surgery and the fact that the surgery is confined to the breast tissue, gynecomastia surgery is considered relatively safe. The majority of patients will experience a smooth recovery.

Some of the more common risks and complications associated with Gynecomastia Surgery are; are bruising, bleeding, and fluid collection around the site. Irregularities in contour and/or shape, loose breast skin, visible scarring, loss of sensation in the nipple and the possibility of inverted nipples.

Choosing an experienced surgeon with meticulous surgical technique and attention to detail is essential to achieving a good outcome.

How Much Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

All elective surgery is highly customised to your specific requirements, so it is difficult to provide exact costs. Your surgeon will give you a breakdown of the costs for your surgery prior to its commencement.  Some of the expenses likely to be incurred are; consultation fees, post-surgery compression garments, prescriptions for medication, surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees and nurses fees.

As a very general guide, the average cost of gynecomastia surgery in New Zealand is between $10,000- $20,000. Speak to your surgeon about the possibility of health insurance or finance options.

Maintaining Your New Chest Contour

The results of male breast reduction surgery are designed to be permanent. However, gaining an excessive amount of weight, steroid use, or certain medical conditions can mean the condition is likely to reoccur. Recreational drugs and things that alter testosterone levels could also affect your results. Living a healthy lifestyle following gynecomastia surgery or any surgery is essential for best results over the longer term.

Are you suffering from gynecomastia and a lack of confidence about your appearance? Would you like to speak to someone about male breast reduction surgery? Call qualified cosmetic surgeon Howard Klein for a confidential consultation today.

Plastic Surgery For Men

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Over the longer term, a lack of confidence founded in concerns about your appearance can undermine feelings of happiness, fulfillment, and even acceptance among your peers – ultimately holding you back from living your best life in both social and career situations. Tackling these negative feelings can lead to the desire to become more confident, and attractive through the use of plastic surgery.

Typical Appearance Concerns For Men

Like women, men are prone to unwanted distortions, features, and marks on the body caused by lifestyle, stress, genetic factors, and of course, aging. Some of the typical appearance concerns that prompt men to seek cosmetic surgery corrections are:

  • Enlarged male breasts (Gynaecomastia)
  • Over protruding ears
  • Puffiness and bags under eyes
  • Deepening forehead furrows
  • Added weight around the midsection
  • Large or crooked nose
  • Lines and wrinkles around the mouth and lips

10 Most Common Male Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

For men, in particular, the types of appearance concerns listed above often become more pronounced with aging. Fortunately, there are a range of cosmetic surgery options for men; some of the more common ones are listed below.

  1. Facelift. Facial rejuvenation surgery for men.
  2. Necklift. Jowl surgery.
  3. Male Tummy Tuck. Male Abdominoplasty
  4. Double Chin Injections Treatment. To reduce excess chin fat.
  5. Eyelid Lift. Eye rejuvenation procedures such as Blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction surgery), Canthoplasty (correction of drooping or sagging of the outer corner of the eye).
  6. Body Contouring. Including loose skin reduction after weight loss and liposuction.
  7. Male Nose Surgery. Rhinoplasty for men.
  8. Male Breast Reduction Surgery.
  9. Skin Resurfacing. Commonly includes acne scar treatments.
  10. Chin Implants. Jawline enhancements or strengthening.

Benefits Of Plastic Surgery For Men

While most people focus on correcting physical features, the benefits gained from having cosmetic surgery can be psychological or physical, or both! See below for examples of some of the benefits of plastic surgery.

Improved Self Esteem. For men who are dissatisfied with their appearance and suffer from ongoing self-confidence issues, men’s plastic surgery provides an option for helping remove the physical factors that may contribute to the psychological state.

Relief From Back And Neck Pain. For men who suffer from excess weight or enlarged breast tissue, breast reduction surgery can alleviate the physical effects on the body.

Improved Breathing. Fixing a deviated septum with rhinoplasty or septoplasty can make a huge difference to men (and their partners!) as this can alleviate snoring and breathing difficulties associated with the nose.

Less Excess Skin. Removing excess or sagging skin left over from massive weight loss is a common procedure for both men and women. Removing the skin not only aids in further loss of weight but also allows the person to feel better about their body and general appearance.

Risks Of Plastic Surgery For Men

Men often find it more challenging to commit to plastic surgery. This reaction can sometimes be founded on fears about the reactions of friends and family or around the procedure itself. While the perceived social stigma around male cosmetic surgery has definitely lessened over the years, the reality is, all surgery does come with associated risks.

Because plastic surgery is elective, these risks are associated with the choice you are actively making, making the decision more difficult for some people. However, understanding the risks can help alleviate uncertainty and worry. Some of the most common risks of plastic surgery include:

  • Infections. The risk of infection is always minimised, but it is always a possibility when undergoing surgical procedures.
  • Permanent Scarring. Generally, there will always be visible scarring remaining after any surgery.
  • Excess Bleeding. Unexpected and excess bleeding is always a possibility when making any kind of incision)
  • Hematomas. Excess blood collecting and pooling under the skin.
  • Localised Pain. Usually limited to the area operated on but can extend to other areas of the body nearby.
  • Seromas. The build-up of fluids where tissue has been removed after surgery.
  • Loss Of Sensation. Numbness in the wound area, this is usually temporary but sometimes it can be ongoing.
  • Adverse Reaction To Anaesthesia. Some people don’t know they are allergic to anaesthesia until they encounter it.

It is important to note that while the risks are always present, they are generally classified as manageable. If you follow the advice of your plastic surgeon, these risks can be minimised.

Are You A Good Candidate for Male Plastic Surgery?

Good candidates for male plastic surgery are men who are dissatisfied with aesthetic or functional physical defects with resulting reduced self-confidence. Candidates must also have realistic expectations and meet psychological and medical requirements for surgery.

Existing medical conditions, medication, or serious illnesses may hinder the ability to undergo surgical procedures. Therefore, before proceeding with plastic surgery, you will be required to complete specific health tests to ensure your own safety and reduce any undesirable risks.

Recovering From Plastic Surgery

Recovering from plastic surgery is different for every individual and influenced by a number of factors, including but not limited to; the extent of the surgery, your ability to heal, and the surgical techniques and methods used by your surgeon and their team.

Recovery time, pain, discomfort, and your return to normal will all vary for each individual, so it is difficult to give any firm indications. It is best to speak with your surgeon for a more specific indication about what you can expect after plastic surgery. In order to achieve the best results, always follow the instructions provided by your surgeon and medical team.

How Much Is Male Plastic Surgery In NZ?

One of the most common questions around male plastic surgery is how much does it cost? This question is difficult to answer due to the fact that each person’s requirements vary and other factors like the time the surgery takes, hospital fees, your surgeon’s fees, and the cost of the anaesthetist also vary. But, as a rough guide, the following figures give a broad indication of what specific male cosmetic surgery procedures cost in NZ (the exact cost of your plastic surgery procedures will be confirmed by your surgeon).

  • Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) $10,000-20,000
  • Otoplasty – Pinning 2 Ears in Hospital $10,000-15,000
  • Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)  $15,000-30,000
  • Liposuction (dep on areas)  $10,000 -20,000
  • Nose Surgery – Ranges from $10,000-20,000
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid lift) $10,000-20,000
  • Upper Forehead lift  $10,000-15,000
  • Chin Implants  $5,000-10,000
  • Necklift $15,000-20,000

Funding Options For Plastic Surgery

Generally speaking, elective plastic surgery carried out for aesthetic reasons is not covered by ACC or your health insurer in New Zealand. But if the issue is a functional problem, there is a possibility that it might be considered on a  case by case basis, so it is worth enquiring if you are unsure.

Nova Medical Finance is also an option for some people; they are specialist medical finance providers in New Zealand that offer payment plans and assistance with funding your surgery.

For more specific information or to book a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the professional team at Howard Klein South Island Plastic Surgery.

 

 

 

Plastic Surgery After Massive Weight Loss (MWL)

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Recently, we have seen a phenomenal increase in cosmetic surgery for patients following massive weight loss. Although sometimes this is from diet and exercise changes, most commonly, this is as a result of the dramatic increase in people choosing Bariatric Surgery as a more permanent weight loss solution.

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a surgical procedure that removes or makes changes to your digestive system, which results in you losing weight. Bariatric surgery is usually only carried out when diet and exercise are unsuccessful and there are serious health problems compounded by being overweight.

3 Types Of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is designed to limit how much you can eat and/or reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you do eat. There are three main types.

  1. Gastric Bypass. One of the most commonly performed types of bariatric surgery, a gastric bypass, involves reducing the size of the stomach by creating a pouch and connecting this directly to the small intestine, effectively bypassing the majority of the stomach and digestive system.
  2. Sleeve Gastrectomy. Performed laparoscopically, a sleeve gastrectomy removes about 80% of the stomach, leaving a tube-shaped stomach much smaller than the original size.
  3. Biliopancreatic Diversion With Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS). A two-step process where the stomach is reduced to 80% of its size (a sleeve gastrectomy), and the small intestine is also reduced in size/length.

Common Cosmetic Issues Resulting From Bariatric Surgery

One of the most common cosmetic side effects of rapid weight loss is the natural occurrence of excess saggy skin and fatty deposits. This often acts as a constant reminder of being overweight and prevents people from enjoying the full benefits of their bariatric surgery.

How well your skin tightens after bariatric surgery will depend on your age, genetics, time frames, and the amount of weight lost. The right nutrition is vital immediately after surgery to help your body heal and recover at optimum levels, however, for many patients, body contouring cosmetic surgeries are often the most effective way to tighten stubborn, excess skin.

5 MWL Cosmetic Surgery Options

As the pattern of weight loss is different for everyone, and different patients have different concerns, it is difficult to make any hard and fast rules about what cosmetic procedures are the most popular following bariatric surgery.

However, vertical or circumferential body lifting is the basis of much surgery after significant weight loss. Once the trunk and abdomen have been tightened, there are numerous other areas that patients then turn to for re-contouring. Often, since multiple procedures may be required, your initial consultation with a surgeon will involve making a detailed plan and timeline for the surgical corrections required.

1. Trunk And Abdomen Re-Contouring

Tightening and re-contouring the trunk and abdomen is, for most people, the most significant procedure they do. Current thinking about re-contouring the body after weight loss concentrates on the concept of reconstructing areas of the body circumferentially and not in just one dimension.

2. Thigh Lifts

Medial and/or lateral thigh lifting for circumferential tightening of the thighs to reshape and tighten the thigh area. This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the inner or outer thighs or both.

3. Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

Used to re-contour the upper arms – also called Bat Wing Deformity. An arm lift removes excess skin and fat between the armpit and elbow, creating a more toned look.

4. Back Contouring

The correction of back folds is also popular to provide better shape. Liposuction is a popular method of removing back fat bulges or for those with lots of loose skin, body contouring surgery can remove excess skin and fat to tone and shape the back.

5. Face And Neck Lifts

For many people who experience dramatic weight loss, the face and neck area is of particular concern due to excess skin and sagging. A face and neck lift removes any excessive saggy skin leading to a rejuvenated facial tone without the face looking stretched.

Surgical correction after massive weight loss can offer very dramatic results. If you or anyone you know has lost a significant amount of weight and is concerned about the resulting appearance, Howard Klein South Island Plastic Surgery would be very pleased to see you in consultation to discuss treatment options.

Coolsculpting: Can you really freeze your fat away?

Friday, August 7th, 2020

A great podcast here at RNZ with our very own Howard Klein being interviewed.

https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/healthy-or-hoax/story/2018755310/coolsculpting-can-you-really-freeze-your-fat-away

 

What Is A Mummy Makeover And Do I Need One?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Kids are great! Most of us never look back after having a family and enjoying all the fantastic new experiences and happiness that our children bring us. However, sometimes women are left with constant physical reminders from the pregnancy, birth and early breastfeeding years, that they may find upsetting or uncomfortable. Although these changes are generally a natural and predictable result of childbearing, the ability for tissues to ‘bounce back’ afterwards is not always quite as predictable.

What Is A Mummy Makeover

A mummy makeover is a collective term given to multiple surgeries that address a women’s abdomen, pubic area, breasts, face and other areas of concern. Liposuction of one or more regions is also frequently added to the mix to enhance the final result.

The most common procedures you might see included in a mummy makeover are a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast enhancement. However, individual goals and preferences, as well as your plastic surgeon’s recommendations, will ultimately determine the best all-round approach.

Is A Mummy Makeover Right For You?

Understanding your options is an essential step for change. While many women probably consider undergoing surgical procedures to achieve the desired results, it is important to have exhausted non-surgical options first. Most of the patients we see for a mummy makeover are fit, eat well and have healthy lifestyles. However, they most commonly remain frustrated about their ability to improve the appearance of their breasts, hips and abdomens.

“I really wish I could get back to my pre-pregnancy appearance and I’ve tried everything I can think of including diet, various forms of exercise, meditation, etc. and still nothing changes much ”

Do you often think this when you look in the mirror? Then you may be the right candidate for the Mummy Makeover type surgical procedures.

Mummy Makeover Surgery Options

Let’s talk about what procedures are commonly available in a mummy makeover and which ones can most commonly be performed together.

Breast Lift, Implant Or Reduction

If like many women you have nursed a child or two, you will have noticed a loss of fulness in the upper pole of your breasts. This can be especially evident in the breast that your baby tended to favour and mostly nurse on. This lack of fullness may be accompanied by skin laxity and droop. The medical term for this condition is mammary ptosis.

With surgery in mind, the decision that has to be made is whether or not the breast can be improved using; an implant to provide fullness; a reduction; or if the ptosis is significant enough, then a breast lift may be required. Or a combination of these procedures may be necessary. If more than one procedure is needed, we tend to spread these procedures out in stages, but under some circumstances, they may be done simultaneously.

Tummy Tuck

When we evaluate the abdomen, we are looking not only at the skin quality (stretch marks and poor quality skin) but also at any drooping of the lower abdominal skin over the pubic area. This is frequently a problem in patients who have had a caesarean section to deliver their baby.

Additionally, we evaluate the status of the vertical muscles in the abdomen to assess both their strength and their position. Frequently after pregnancies, especially with large babies, these muscles have been pushed to the side resulting in a condition known as diastasis or separation.

We are also evaluating the shape and size of the tummy button (the medical term is umbilicus) as well as the position of the pubic area. Frequently in the post-pregnancy condition, there is substantial drooping of the pubic area which can give it an enlarged unnatural appearance.

Everyone’s abdomen and pubic area is different post-pregnancy, and after evaluating all of these factors, a customised plan can be made to address all of the issues specific to your particular circumstances.

Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty is a surgery which involves the reduction of the labia or outer lips of the vulva. This procedure has increased in popularity in recent years, with the most common candidates for labiaplasty being women with a desire to alter the outward appearance of the labia following childbirth. This procedure is usually performed separately from other mummy makeover surgeries.

Liposuction

The final point to cover is most patients having a mummy makeover find they have difficult to shift areas of fat deposits which often become more obvious after pregnancy. These fat deposits are usually diet and exercise resistant, meaning that no matter how fit you are and how good your diet is, these areas are unlikely to change much unless they are surgically treated.

The most frequent areas treated with liposuction through tiny incisions are the hip roll area (muffin top ), inner and outer thighs and the insides of the knees.

If all of this sounds complicated, it is important to remember that for most healthy women, the breast, abdomen and body can be treated safely simultaneously.

Mummy makeovers can be some of the most satisfying and dramatic surgery that we do. We love seeing the change not only in peoples bodies but also the difference in the way that they feel about themselves. If you’ve been thinking about this for a while now, please give Howard Klein Plastic Surgery a call and come and have a chat about what a mummy makeover might do for you.

 

Breast Augmentation In New Zealand

Monday, April 8th, 2019

With the cooler temperatures upon us it is that time of year again when many patients start thinking about breast augmentation – the winter months providing the ideal opportunity for recovery. Although there is a tremendous amount of information out there, especially on the Internet, being bombarded with too much information can cause even greater confusion and uncertainty.

What kinds of implants are available in NZ, how are they placed, sizing and what are the risks? Sharing a few thoughts and some philosophy about current topics with breast augmentation, Dr Howard Klein tells it like it is from a surgeon’s perspective.

1. Implant Types

In this part of the world for cosmetic breast augmentation textured anatomical implants have been popular for many years. I’m not so sure why this is and has been the case, but many surgeons use these devices and are quite happy with them.

Anatomical Implants Vs Round Implants

Surely it is possible to get an excellent result using these devices. Having said this, I have always been a proponent of a smooth round breast implant. In my experience I believe them to be softer, less prone to position problems and in most women provide the needed upper pole fullness.

While it is appealing intellectually that you might want a breast shaped implant to augment the breast, you are in fact putting in an implant with less volume in the upper pole when many women desire more volume in their upper pole.

Since my preferred implant is round we never encounter rotation problems with these implants as there is no upper pole to shift. For most women with normal shaped breasts, I believe a round implant is the shape of choice.

Textured Vs Smooth Implants

Texturing of the implant is another hot topic of debate amongst plastic surgeons. There have been many ways to texture breast implants in the hope that we could decrease the incidence of capsular contracture. In my experience capsular contracture is a problem that has dramatically decreased in the last several decades.

In our practice, it is reasonably unusual to see a patient with symptomatic capsular contracture after breast augmentation. In my opinion, there is not compelling evidence in the plastic surgery literature that clearly indicates textured breast implants offer a substantially decreased risk of capsular contracture as an isolated variable.

There are some circumstances where a textured implant may offer advantages especially in patients requiring breast implant reconstruction after mastectomy. In this case, the shape of the implant does indeed determine the shape of the breast, but for your average breast augmentation patient I continue to believe that a smooth round implant is generally the best option.

Saline Implants

Just a brief word about saline implants, although saline implants may be appealing, they do have a significantly higher failure rate in terms of leaking the salt water than modern cohesive gel implants. Additionally, in my opinion saline implants don’t provide the same natural feel and softness that a silicone gel implant provides.

2. Implant Placement

There are two main choices to make in terms of determining placement of a breast implant. The implant may be placed below the pectoralis muscle or above the pectoralis muscle.

Although there are specific indications for doing one or the other, in my experience for most primary breast augmentations, a patient gets a softer more natural result with placement of an implant below the pectoralis muscle.

In our practice we have women who are professional athletes, yoga instructors and patients with serious physical and athletic pursuits that all have had their implants placed below the muscle. I believe there is a more natural take off from the upper chest and the margins of the implant are more easily hidden.

Very thin patients are another group in which sub muscular placement is highly recommended. During the consultation process your surgeon will talk about implant type and implant placement.

3. Implant Sizing

Sizing can be simple or complex. Generally speaking the sizing process is more complex in textured anatomical implants. Since we prefer smooth round implants much of our sizing decisions are based on a patient’s chest wall measurements.

Generally speaking if we match the diameter of the breast implant with the patient’s chest wall measurement, then the post-operative appearance is consistent with the patient’s body size.

Many patients experience some anxiety as to whether or not their new breasts may look out of proportion to their body stature. Harmonising implant width with a patient’s chest wall measurements is an excellent way of making the right size choice and getting the maximum result.

Additionally, within the base diameter of the implant we can make several decisions on how much projection the implant will provide, and patients wanting a more subtle look can have a low profile implant and patients wanting a fuller look a high profile or ultra-high profile implant.

4. Breast Implant Associated ALCL

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA ALCL) is a rare form of cancer that has been identified in the last few years. It seems to be associated almost exclusively with textured breast implants. Treatment for ALCL mostly involves removing the implant and the scar tissue around the implant (the capsule) which is generally curative. In some unusual cases ALCL requires additional chemotherapy.

ALCL remains an extremely unusual problem considering the number of breast implants placed around the world, and there is a great deal of research going on currently trying to identify its exact nature.

There have only been a handful of BIA ALCL cases that have been associated with smooth implants. This has led some researchers to believe that perhaps the texturing process in some implants may influence some sort of process that causes these abnormal cells to form.

ALCL generally presents a long time after breast implants are placed. Any patient who presents with a sudden increase in fluid around long standing implants should be evaluated for ALCL. It’s my feeling that ALCL has probably been around for a long time, but not identified as a specific condition until recently.

This new emphasis on ALCL reinforces the idea that patients who have implants should always be followed up if anything about their implants change over a period of time. In our practice we have an information sheet regarding BIA ALCL and this is discussed with each patient.

Hopefully you have found the above thoughts from Dr Howard Klein useful regarding his personal philosophy around the common issues in breast augmentation. If you have specific questions regarding breast implants in New Zealand don’t hesitate to contact the professional team at Howard Klein Plastic Surgery.

7 Physical Signs You May Need a Breast Reduction, According To Experts.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

 

From chronic aches and pains to just plain old discomfort, there are a variety of reasons why someone may decide to get a breast reduction. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about the surgery itself, and because of that, it can be difficult to recognize the physical signs and symptoms that can help you tell if a breast reduction is right for you. Luckily, doctors and other health professionals are there to help.

There is not a specific cup size threshold that is needed in order to benefit from a breast reduction so anyone having issues can speak to their doctor about exploring this option.

If you’re considering getting a breast reduction surgery, here are seven physical signs to look out for, according to experts.

 

1. Bra Strap Grooving.

Feeling like the weight of the world is (literally) on your shoulders? It may be time to consider a breast reduction. The most common physical symptoms that breast reduction patients suffer are “pain due to the bra strap marks, as well as upper back and neck pain.” If this is something that continues to bother you, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor.

 

2. Numbness and Tingling In the Hands and Fingers

It’s certainly not uncommon for patients to experience joint pain and numbness within their hands and fingers pre-breast reduction. Sometimes people complain about numbness and tingling in their hands and fingers .If breasts are large enough to pull on your torso and affect your neck position, you can end up with nerve pain that radiates down your upper extremities.

 

3. Decreased Nipple Sensitivity.

Enlarged breasts could affect how sensitive your nipples are as well. Quite often, when you have very large breasts, there is decreased sensation to the nipple because the strain and pull of the breast puts the nerve under some tension. If this is something that you experience, consult with your doctor to explore your options.

 

4. Shoulder Pain and Posture Changes.

Those who have large breasts may notice that their posture is affected, and they may experience back and shoulder pain, indicating their breast weight is causing discomfort. They may also notice their posture is not what it used to be. Because posture changes can be attributed to several other causes, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor if this change becomes more pronounced.

 

5. Yeast Infections under the Breast Crease.

Unbeknownst to many, it is actually be possible to contract yeast infections under your boobs. Women with large breasts can experience … frequent yeast infections in their breast creases this is related to the large breast weight rubbing the skin on the breast and at the crease together. If rubbing in this area becomes more uncomfortable than usual, it may be best to speak to a specialist about the cause, and possible solution

 

6. Neck Pain.

Neck pain is also a common symptom many breast reduction patients suffer from before surgery — and it’s a pretty valid complaint. Just think if you were carrying over 2.5kg around your neck all day long, that’s essentially what these women are doing and you can only imagine over the course of years how this can impact your neck.

 

7. Chafing, Sweating, and Rashes under the Breast.

According to experts, chafing, itchy and infected rashes don’t have to just be caused by excessive heat they may all be related to having large breasts.

If you feel you have any one (or more) of these uncomfortable and painful symptoms, it may be time to consider a breast reduction and book a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to hear their thoughts (and possibly put your pain to rest).

 

6 Questions Every Woman Should Ask At Her Mommy Makeover Consultation

Friday, April 20th, 2018

While making the decision to take some time to treat yourself to a mommy makeover can be very exciting, it’s normal to also feel a little nervous or anxious in the weeks leading up to your procedure. To help give you peace of mind and make sure you’re completely prepared at every step of the way, be sure to ask these six questions during your mommy makeover consultation.

Am I a good candidate for a mommy makeover?

Just about any woman who is in general good health and is looking to improve the tone and shape of her physique could be a good candidate for a mommy makeover. That said, there are a few additional factors that can determine whether a mommy makeover might be right for you at this stage of life. Your plastic surgeon will probably want to discuss questions like these with you:

  • Are you finished having children?
  • How long has it been since you’ve had your last child?
  • Are you currently breastfeeding?
  • What are your appearance goals?

It is best if you are finished having children and done with breastfeeding. Be prepared to discuss how long it has been since you’ve had your last child and what your cosmetic goals are. This will help your surgeon prepare an individualized procedure to achieve your desired results.

Which procedures should I include?

If you and your plastic surgeon have decided that you’re a good candidate for a mommy makeover, the next step is to start planning which procedures to include. The most common procedures to add to a mommy makeover are a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast enhancement. However, your personal goals and preferences (along with your plastic surgeon’s recommendations) will ultimately determine the approach that’s best for you.

What surgical techniques do you recommend?

Once you know which specific procedures you want to combine as part of your mommy makeover, you and your plastic surgeon can have a more detailed discussion of the surgical techniques that would be best suited for you.
For example, you might ask questions regarding your tummy tuck like:

  • How long will my incision be?
  • Where will my incision be placed?
  • Will liposuction be included?

For breast procedures, you might ask:

  • Will I see the best results with breast implants alone or combined with a breast lift?
  • What are my implant size and placement options?
  • How might implant placement affect scarring?

What will my recovery be like?

Most women take off anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks off work to recover from their mommy makeover. The length of your recovery will depend on the type and number of procedures that you choose to include.

During the first few weeks of recovery, you’ll need to take it easy and avoid heavy lifting, including lifting small children. Expect to experience some swelling, bruising and tightness during this first stage of recovery, but these symptoms should gradually diminish as you continue to heal.

How long will it take for scars to heal?

An experienced plastic surgeon will take great care to place scars in such a way that they can be easily hidden or camouflaged by a swimsuit. It can take up to 18 months for a scar to fully mature, so you should continue to see improvements in appearance of your scars over the course of the next year following your mommy makeover.

When will I see my mommy makeover results?

Most patients have a good idea of how they are going to look around the 3-4month mark but it can take as long as 12months until the final result is known