For women who suffer from post-partum back pain or urinary incontinence – the medical benefits of an abdominoplasty might even outweigh the aesthetic outcomes. 

Abdominoplasty or ‘Tummy Tuck’ procedures are becoming increasingly common among women, particularly following childbirth. The procedure aims to restore the position of the central muscles, often with removal and repair of excess skin and stretch marks. This can dramatically improve an individual’s profile and remove skin that may be difficult to shift with diet and exercise alone.

A 2018 Australian study published in the U.S Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal has indicated there’s also potentially significant functional benefits for women who undergo a tummy tuck. Specifically, those who suffer chronic lower back pain or urinary incontinence – two of the most common physical conditions experienced by post-partum women. The study looked at 214 women, with the vast majority reporting a dramatic reduction in their respective conditions from 6 weeks post-operation.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons’, Professor Mark Ashton, hopes that this new evidence will ‘persuade government to review its decision removing the Medicare item number for this operation for post-partum women.’ The hope is that the procedure will be subsidised for women whose quality of life may be improved as a result.

To learn more about abdominoplasty options, speak to the team at Mark Lee.

According to the ASAPS Annual Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Survey, “November to January is the busiest time in a Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s diary – performing more than 30% of the annual total number of procedures during this period.”

Whether you’re ready to start your journey now or just researching your options, it’s important to think about three key things before you go under the knife.

  1. Surgeon – This is one of the most important decisions you will make when considering your procedure. Your surgeon should be a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in the specific procedure you’re undergoing. They should explain their approach based on your personal goals, body shape and any existing medical conditions. Sharing your motivations and ideal outcomes will help your surgeon determine the best way forward, so open communication is very important. We recommend writing down any questions you have ahead of your consultation so you can understand what to expect and feel completely comfortable with your surgeon.
  2. Expectations – Once you’ve spoken to your surgeon about your goals, it’s important to understand what is realistic and achievable for you. Being clear on exactly what you’re hoping to gain from the procedure (reference images are always helpful) will help your surgeon clarify any limitations or recommendations. While Dr Lee specialises in surgical procedures with minimal post-operative scarring, this is also something to consider when you discuss your expectations.
  3. Recovery – Ensure you have adequate time away from work or other commitments to fully recover, remembering that this experience will vary between both procedure and patient depending on many factors. Dr Lee will provide you with thorough instructions on post-operative care, which is critical to ensure your overall wellness and optimise the outcomes of your procedure. It’s also helpful to understand how long it’ll take your body get ‘back to normal’ – inflammation and minor scarring can take some time to settle – even when you’re feeling fully recovered.

Dr Lee and his team pride themselves on outstanding patient care, both before and after surgery. His experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery spans over 20 years, remaining committed to the latest advances in technique and technology.

Contact our friendly team today to learn more.

A dermal filler is a gel injected into the skin, specifically designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, contour the face and create volume. When administered correctly by an experienced cosmetic professional, dermal fillers can help you achieve a more youthful and invigorated look.

Dermal fillers contain a substance that replicates the actions of a naturally occurring sugar molecule, attracting and holding water to assist with skin hydration. The product is injected under the skins surface to “fill in” and “plump up” the static facial wrinkles that are present at rest.

Although most well-known for plumping pouts and enhancing cheek bones, dermal fillers are a versatile treatment that can be used in a range of areas of your face to reshape and increase volume. Fillers can be injected into the lips to add volume, around the eyes to minimise crow’s feet and into the cheeks and jawline for enhanced definition.

Recently, the addition of local anaesthetic in dermal fillers has made the experience much more comfortable for patients, reducing discomfort and numbing the injected area. If pain is a concern, numbing cream can also be applied to the area before treatment begins.

Dermal fillers come in a range of consistencies that are used on different areas of the face. From very light textures for delicate areas such as the lips, to denser consistencies for larger areas with deeper folds. Results are often instant and can last from three to six months.

Dr Lee and his team have launched a new clinic called Enhance, specialising in dermal fillers and other non-surgical cosmetic alternatives. Our fully accredited registered nurses will carry out your treatment, overseen by a specialist plastic surgeon for your peace of mind. The extensive experience and anatomical understanding of facial muscles means we can determine the optimum placement and quantity of filler you require.

If you’d like to explore the possibility of dermal fillers, we offer a free initial consultation to determine your specific requirements and desired look.

We would love to hear from you on 9382 3340 or click here to make an obligation free appointment to discuss your Enhance treatment options.

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What you need to know about non-surgical procedures

Although we often think of breast implant insertion as a ‘typical’ plastic surgery procedure, an increasing number of women are choosing to have their breast implants removed for a number of different reasons. Over the past year, Dr Lee has seen a significant rise in cases of women requesting to have their implants removed – from around five women a year to over 100.

The reasons for removal will vary from patient to patient, but are commonly –

  1. Personal preference – Initial implants yielded a poor result, change of preference for breast shape or size, natural change of shape due to hormones, pregnancy and weight fluctuations
  2. Medical complications – Implants may become infected, rupture, shift position or ‘deflate’ over time, potentially a result of the how the insertion was originally performed, or just a natural deterioration of the implant over time

Complications resulting from breast implants tend to be more prominent for women who undergo this procedure overseas, so patients should always consider these risks before choosing their surgeon.

Some women are also opting for explant surgery due to increased concern over breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a rare cancer that develops near breast implants. Although uncommon, BIA-ALCL is most likely caused by the use of textured implants, bacterial contamination during surgery, genetic predispositions and the age of the breast implants.

In all of these cases it is important that the implant and all of the surrounding capsule is removed. If your plastic surgeon has concerns about silicon leakage, or biofilm formation which could lead to cancerous cells, then all the surrounding scar tissue will also be removed. This surgery is significantly longer and more complicated.

If your breast skin has been stretched or has sagged, a mastoplexy, also known as a breast lift may be performed by your plastic surgeon. This involves removing any excess breast tissue to provide better support and produce a better aesthetic outcome.

Whilst recovery is always dependent on the individual and their surgeon, recovery after explant surgery is often smoother than initial breast implant surgery. Scarring typically heals very well and is usually quite discrete.

If you would like to learn more about the possibility of breast implant removal surgery, or have any concerns about your current breast implants, Dr Lee and his team are always more than happy to talk about your options.

Call us on 9382 3340 or click here to contact us for further information.

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Safe Breast Implants Research Foundation

Breast Implants & Rare Cancer Risks

Dr Mark Lee’s ongoing work with Operation Smile has been featured in an article in the Sunday Mail published on 20th August 2014.

Operation Smile is an international non-for-profit surgical group aiming to perform life-changing plastic and re-constructive surgeries in third world countries.  Dr Mark Lee was part of a team of 25 Australian volunteers which visited remote areas of Cambodia to perform volunteer surgeries. Dr Mark Lee spent a week and a half performing the surgeries on both adults and children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and burns.

Click here to view the full Sunday Mail article.

Medicus, the journal of the Australian Medical Association, published an article in its May issue regarding Dr Mark Lee’s volunteer work with Interplast.  Click here to read about this wonderful work to improve the quality of life for people with burns, cleft lips and cleft palates.