Do you want to improve the look of your breasts which have been altered due to a partial or complete mastectomy?
Have you undertaken less than satisfactory plastic surgery in the past and want to fix the mistakes made by previous doctors? Breast Reconstruction is the process of reconstructing the breast using either implants or the patient’s own tissue so as to recreate breasts that match the size, shape and position of the patient’s natural breasts.
Dr Joseph Rizk is extremely experienced in breast reconstruction surgery and is ready to give you and your body the care you need. Whether you’re completing the final step in your cancer recovery journey or need corrections made to your outcomes, Dr Rizk will give you the personalised time and attention you need.
Ultimately, the goal of Breast Reconstruction surgery is to improve the overall quality of life of the patient which has been decreased due to mastectomy and/or unsatisfactory surgical procedures of the past.
Sometimes the results you get after a reconstruction surgery or cosmetic procedure don’t quite match the results you were expecting. While these cases can be extremely frustrating or discouraging, there is hope. Using breast fat transfer surgery can be a relatively simple procedure to finish or correct past procedures.
In this process, fat is taken from another part of your body that has excess tissue and is injected into the breasts to give them a natural appearance and feel. While fat transfer cannot make the dramatic changes implants can, it is a good option when the changes needed are relatively minor and maintaining the breasts’ natural size, shape, and texture are important.
Breast fat transfer surgery after reconstruction is less invasive than using implants. If you’ve already undergone reconstruction or implant surgery but your results didn’t meet your expectations, Dr Rizk knows the last thing you want is to undergo another long, painful procedure. The fat transfer process requires far less time and pain than implant or reconstruction surgery.
Another benefit of breast fat transfer surgery is that it harvests excess fat from another part of your body and uses it to fill out your breasts. This means that you have the chance to reshape another part of your body at the same time as your breasts. And since you are using your tissue instead of a silicone implant, there is a much lower chance that your body will reject the material. While every patient’s body is different, recovery time for fat transfer surgery is usually a lot shorter than for reconstruction or implant surgery.
Women who have had a breast augmentation or reconstruction surgery but are unhappy with their results are prime candidates to consider breast fat transfer surgery to finish or correct their prior procedure.
Fat transfer surgery is a good option for women unhappy with the appearance of their breasts for reasons that can include:
You should otherwise be in relatively good health, in a good state of mind, and have realistic expectations for the procedure. You should also not have any other serious medical conditions or infections.
If you have had cancer and have or are undergoing treatment, it is essential to undertake in-depth consultation with Dr Rizk prior to the commencement of surgery as radiotherapy procedures (which are very individual and specific in their relation to the patient) must be discussed and made apparent beforehand.
Breast fat transfer surgery is done under sedation in Dr Rizk’s clinic. The procedure usually begins with liposuction on the designated “donor” area, typically the belly, buttocks, or thighs. After this fat is removed and collected, it is processed to separate the usable material and make it ready to be transferred.
The second phase is when the donor fat is injected into the breasts. Small incisions will be made in various places around the breast that allow the tube (or “cannula”) to be inserted and the fat transferred as needed. To appropriately disperse the fat into the tissue and create a natural-looking shape, Dr Rizk will typically use multiple injection sites.
Keep in mind that the exact process you undergo will vary because of the unique needs of each woman’s body. Before your procedure, Dr Rizk will focus on customizing your process to meet your specific needs and goals, as well as address any questions or concerns you may have.
You can expect to have swelling, bruising, and tenderness in your chest and around the liposuction site during your first week of recovery. Dr Rizk will prescribe pain and antibiotic medication, as well as provide you with aftercare and pain management instructions. You must follow these instructions closely. You should avoid any strenuous work or activity as your body heals, and you may need to adjust the way you sleep to avoid putting undue stress on your chest or liposuction site. You’ll want to abstain from doing things that involve raising or stretching your arms, like lifting or even washing your hair for the first week.
During this time, you may notice the size or shape of your breasts may change slightly. This is natural as the swelling subsides and the transferred tissue settles into its final place. If you notice any dramatic changes or experience severe pain, you can contact Dr Rizk’s office, but you should call for emergency medical assistance in the unlikely event you experience any extreme situations. Make sure to follow Dr Rizk’s recovery instructions closely, and he will discuss any questions or concerns you may have during your follow-up visits.
Because each woman’s body is unique, their results will be unique as well. The way your body incorporates the grafted fat tissue will determine most of the long-term results you experience. In some situations, transferred fat is reabsorbed by the body or fails to survive the graft, but Dr Rizk will be able to determine if this is happening during your follow-up appointments.
As you finish recovery, the goals of your breast fat transfer surgery should become readily noticeable. Your breasts should have a much more natural look and feel, and their symmetry should be apparent. Their shape, size, position, and texture should now be the way you’ve always wanted, and your transformation will be complete.
Consultation for Breast Fat Transfer surgery after reconstruction in Sydney
If you have had breast enhancement or reconstruction surgery and are not satisfied with the results, Dr Rizk is here to help. You can schedule a consultation today by filling out the form below or by calling on 02 9516 4110 during office hours.
Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.Meet Dr Rizk
Dr Joseph Rizk became Australasia’s plastic surgeon of the year by making sure that each patient is heard, respected, and treated well. His patient-first approach provides you with the accurate medical information you need to make informed decisions about your course of treatment. At the same time, he offers his decades of knowledge and experience to help you along your path.