FAQs

PLASTIC SURGERY FAQs

Q: How do you choose the prosthesis size that is best for me?

A: After consultation I choose a range of prosthesis that are suitable for the patient, and during operation I have an identical set of disposable prosthesis that are the same size and shape as the definitive prosthesis. I try different sizes to find a prosthesis that gives the most benefit without producing an unnatural looking breast.

 

Q: Can I breast feed after breast reduction?

A: Many of my patients are successful in breast feeding after a breast reduction. Having said that many patients with breast hypertrophy (large breasts) have a very small amount of glandular tissue and produce very small amounts of milk.

 

Q: When can I apply makeup after my eyelid surgery?

A: Usually 24 to 48 hours after the stitches are removed. I advise my patients to wear hypoallergenic makeup.

 

Q: What kind of exercise do you recommend after breast surgery?

A: No strenuous exercise is recommended after surgery for at least two weeks. Any exercise will increase the blood pressure and increase the possibilities of bleeding. Afterwards you should choose an exercise that doesn’t involve the arms or jumping or running. I recommend gentle exercise on a static bike.

 

Q: Can I take Arnica before my operation?

A: You can certainly take Arnica. In homeopathic doses arnica is not harmful. But the benefits are difficult to quantify because the bruising depends on the extent and duration of the surgery and also on individual factors. Typically bruising will last for two to three weeks and at the end of this period it will be much fainter and smaller an would have changed to a yellow tint. I recommend my patients to use a concealer makeup specially mixed for the colour of their skin.

 

Q: How long will it take for my scars to fade?

A: All scars undergo a process of maturation. In the first two to three months they become red and hard. After the third month scars start to loose redness, become softer and continue to improve for 8 to 14 months reaching the final stage of soft pale lines. Gentle massage and silicone tapes or gels can help this process. Also you should protect scars from the sun for three to five months.

There are abnormal healing conditions like keloid scars or hypertrophic scars that will require treatment but unfortunately even after treatment the scars will not be as good as a normal scar.

 

Q: Can I fly after a breast augmentation?

A: You can fly almost immediately after an augmentation but is prudent to avoid strain and stress after your operation and be checked by your surgeon before you do so.

This question arose because in the past some saline filled prosthesis had some air inside after inflation with saline and patients flew in non-pressurised cabins; in these conditions air will expand when the atmospheric pressure diminishes and the prosthesis will increase in size

The prosthesis I use are completely sealed and don’t contain any air inside.

 

Q: My daughter is getting married. How long before should I have my facelift?

A: Ideally you should leave at least four weeks to recover fully.

 

Q: I have a mole that I’ve had since birth but now is changing. What do I do?

A: Any mole that changes size, shape, and colour, becomes itchy or bleeds should be examined immediately and biopsied if necessary.

This is also the advise for new moles that appear suddenly.

 

Q: After I had my twins the muscles on my tummy became lax and separated. Will a “Tummy Tuck” improve this?

A: Yes, repairing a devarication of the recti muscles (Separated tummy muscles) and tightening the abdominal wall are part of a tummy tuck operation.