Abdominoplasty procedures, or Tummy Tucks, have become a popular surgical choice among younger women. Tummy Tucks are designed to help women feel great about themselves while looking even better.
However, our goal at ACC is to stress that Tummy Tucks are most important when it comes to solving specific issues. While almost anyone can benefit aesthetically from a tighter stomach and thinner figure, the most striking results are always in situations where the patient was previously experiencing flaccid skin, a protruding abdomen or build-up of fatty tissue.
One of the first things your surgeon might ask you, is if you have any future plans for pregnancies or weight loss, as an Abdominoplasty procedure may interfere. Usually, the perfect time for a Tummy Tuck is after you’ve finished having children or pursuing weight loss regimes. Abdominoplasty procedures put the finishing touches on your body by removing the excess skin and fat deposits that won’t go away with common exercise and diet routines.
Excess skin is a common side effect of weight-loss or giving birth. Once skin has stretched to to suit a larger figure, it’s difficult or even completely impossible to get it back to normal without an Abdominoplasty.
But, even the inside of your tummy will be influenced by pregnancy. Childbirth often leads to the weakening, separation and degeneration of one’s abdominal muscle wall. As the mother’s body changes to accommodate a child during pregnancy, these muscle walls are twisted and separated in inconsistent and unpredictable ways. Because these muscles are vital to mobility and body support, it’s important that they fully heal after giving birth. Unfortunately, they frequently don’t. Surgery can help tighten these muscles, essentially matching them by hand to your new slimmer body type.
A protruding stomach or abdomen can even be ascribed to various genetic and hereditary circumstances. Some people are just built in such a way that their body happens to store fat in those areas. The problem with this is that it’s difficult to target those areas with exercises, meaning an abdominoplasty is sometimes the only way to fix weight issues that are concentrated in these parts of the body.
During abdominal surgery, excess skin and fat is removed. Next, the underlying abdominal muscles will be tightened. To highlight the result even more, the Tummy Tuck is often performed in conjunction with liposuction, as more fat is removed from the muscles.
Making the decision to undergo a breast augmentation procedure is a difficult decision in itself, let alone selecting the implants that are best suited to you, especially with so many options to choose from.
Implants are selected based on different characteristics ranging from filler materials to the texture of the implant shell. Another important decision that you will have to make is deciding on the profile of the implant. Below is a small explanation of what profile exactly is, and why it so important.
What does profile mean?
The profile of a breast implant refers to the width of a implant’s base, and how much the implant will project forward because of it. As the size or volume of an implant increases, the dimensions will either get wider and have the same projection or have more projection while keeping the same width. These profiles come in four different variations: low, medium, high, and extra-high.
This means that low-implants will make breasts look wider and flatter, while an extra-high implants with the same volume would make them narrower and more projected.
Selecting between the different profiles
Selecting the right profile is based on the width of someone’s torso. When a person has a wide torso, a wider implant is needed so that the implants proportionately fill out the chest. In this situation, a low or mid-profile implant may be better, while a high-profile implant will be likely leave too much space in between the breasts.
A higher profile is better suited to someone with a narrow torso. Choosing implants that are too wide for your torso could result in implants being positioned too close in the centre or hanging off to the side.
While it is important that the implant is in accordance with the torso, the tightness of the tissue envelope should not be forgotten either. While an extra-high implant could fit the width of your torso, if your tissue envelope is too tight it will limit the amount of forward projection that you could have. This is likely to result in the atrophy of breast tissue or even a chest wall deformity.
Because selecting the right fit is so important, write down any wishes you might have for your look, and discuss it with your surgeon during your consultation.
The process of deciding whether to undergo a breast augmentation surgery is an exciting yet daunting experience, particularly when we have questions that we might not be comfortable asking.
If you opt to research your procedure online, you may find that information you read is outdated, irrelevant, or simply untrue. The best way to get the answers to your questions is to ask your qualified surgeon, even if it feels embarrassing to ask.
Listed below are five commonly asked questions.
What happens if I get pregnant straight after my breast augmentation?
While it is not recommended that you try to fall pregnant within a few weeks following a breast augmentation procedure, surprises can occur. Falling pregnant soon after your surgery should not affect the results of your procedure, however you should consult your surgeon for more information.
What if my breasts start to droop with age?
Drooping or sagging breasts occur naturally with age, regardless of whether you have implants or not. Your surgeon understands this and may offer reshaping through surgical means. This may mean a fat tissue transfer, breast lift, or another breast augmentation surgery.
Do breast implants require maintenance?
Breast implants are easy to take care of, however do require a little maintenance. Following your surgery, you should be provided with information on what you need to do to take care of your new implants. This often involves self-examination to check for irregularities, and screening for health risks such as breast cancer. It is important that you consult a GP if any issues arise and be sure to tell them that you have breast implants.
Will my nipples hurt?
After a breast augmentation, some women experience nipple pain or burning. This is commonly due to the stretching of the nerves as the implant has been placed. In more severe cases, numbness, bruising, or tingling may occur as the as the nerves repair. Most women find that BOTOX can relieve these symptoms, however they often go away soon after the surgery.
What is the most common surgical complication you (your surgeon) deal with in your practice?
Whether we mind it or not, undergoing any type of medical procedure comes with risks. Your surgeon is required by law to inform you of these risks before undergoing the procedure. Asking what situations they’ve most commonly dealt with, and what steps they take should they encounter a post-op complication will ensure your needs are being met.
Before heading in to your consultation, be sure to write down any questions you may have beforehand to make sure you’re getting the answers you need. Remember, your surgeon has a responsibility to put you first.
Thinking about undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure?
Sometimes our noses aren’t perfect and can often leave us with breathing impairments, sight impairments, and lowered confidence. Rhinoplasty procedures are the affordable and often only solution to these problems.
Many patients often desire a broadened nasal projection to approve appearance and breathing ability, although your surgeon will discuss this with you.
Your surgeon will choose a technique to suit your needs and the results you desire. Some surgeons will conduct the procedure using various synthetic materials, however many prefer to use “autologus” tissue which is derived from the patient’s own body. Using autologus tissue minimises the risk of rejection and the possibility of infection.
Certain synthetic materials are chosen due to their durability, making it easier for the surgeon to shape the material into your desired result. Often the chosen material is porous polyethylene as it is uncommon for it to naturally alter its shape.
If you’re interested in undergoing an augmentation rhinoplasty, booking a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons will help you to understand the procedure, what’s involved, and what’s next. Give our friendly team a call on 1300 559 848.
It’s no secret that Winter can put a dampener on our moods. The cold mornings, early nights, and rainy days can bring us the 24/7 blues that no amount of warm blankets and hot chocolates can fix. But good news, if a cosmetic procedure was on your wishlist this season then there’s no better time to do it and here’s why;
- Staying indoors
Undergoing a cosmetic procedure causes bruising and swelling as you heal, leaving many patients feeling uncomfortable when socialising with others. Cold temperatures and unsightly weather means staying indoors more often, giving you the comfort and time you need to recover.
- Winter clothes
The joys of more coverage! Winter clothes, scarves, and beanies are a great excuse to cover up the bruising and swelling that comes with any surgery.
- Getting Summer-ready
Summer bodies are made in Winter. Choosing to undergo your cosmetic procedure during Winter means that you’ll have time to recover and look better than ever for Summer. Eating wholesome foods and staying hydrated will ensure you’re receiving the nutrients your body needs to recover quickly and recover well, all while helping you achieve your Summer glow!
- More time
During Summer, many people often feel they don’t have the time to spend recovering properly after their surgery. Friends and family will want to be out enjoying the lifestyle that Summer has to offer, leaving you to feel left out if you don’t enjoy it with them. Not giving your body the recovery time it needs can cause you to recover slower, not recover properly, or result in a medical illness or infection, particularly when frequently exposed to sun. Winter is the perfect time to undergo your procedure with more people happy to stay indoors.
Want to hear more about booking a procedure during Winter? Give our friendly team a call on 1300 559 848.
When it comes to body types, everybody is different and we should all celebrate our individuality. But when it comes to knowing the facts, we are often bombarded with lots of unnecessary information. Most people often fit within five categories of body types, each with their own unique benefits! Take a look at the facts below to figure out which body type you are and how you can dress to impress, giving you the confidence you deserve.
– Your chest/bust is larger than your hips
– Your waist is less defined
– You have leaner legs (lower) and arms
– You gain weight around the waist more than other areas
Having an apple body shape means you’re wardrobe is best suited to clothing that highlights your bust and draws in loosely at the waist to give you more definition. Because you have a bigger bust, you will need a properly fitted bra. When choosing tops, v-necks and loose fitting shirts that sit just below your hip bone often give you the shape you’re after. When choosing pants or skirts, we suggest wearing items with zippers on the side to avoid adding extra volume around the front.
Jennifer hudson, Angelina Jolie and Tyra Banks are some of our favourite celebrities rocking the apple shape every day.
– Your hips are larger than your bust
– You have a smaller waist
– You have slim arms and shoulders
– You gain weight in your legs, hips and thighs before other areas of your body.
Having a pear body shape means your wardrobe is best suited to clothing that highlights your waist. Fitted shirts or clothes with a waist tie often compliment your body shape. When it comes to choosing pants or skirts, look for clothing that will direct attention to your waist. Skirts that flow out from the hips or straight pants that fall straight from the hips.
Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez all celebrate the pear shape!
– Your body weight sits mostly in your hips and bust
– You have a smaller waist
– Your lower hips are wide and your thighs are full but narrower
– Your hips and shoulders are approximately the same width
Your body shape is best suited to form-hugging shirts. This may be in the form of wraps, tube tops, knit tops or belts that accentuate the waist. Your shoulders are gentle and well-rounded so vouching for singlets or boat-neck shirts will show them off. High-waisted bottoms of any length will show off your defined legs and curved hips.
Kim Kardashian, Marilyn Monroe and Shakira are known for their hourglass figures!
– Your hips, waistline and shoulders are around the same width
– You have an athletic build and no defined waist
– Your body weight sits evenly in all areas of your body
– Your bust and buttocks are smaller or average
Your body shape is common in many models and most clothes will suit you well. You will often want to create curves by defining the waist with wrap shirts or shirts with a waist tie. We also suggest investing in padded bras or jackets with small shoulder pads. Your body shape will also allow you to pull off the straight look. Wearing straight dresses will compliment you, giving you a petite appearance. You can wear almost any type of bottom, however pants with flared bottoms will give you more shape!
Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow are our rectangle celeb favourites.
– You have broad shoulders
– You may have a bigger chest and upper back
– You have slimmer legs, thighs, and buttox
This body shape is another common body shape in the modelling industry. Open necklines (v-necks and halter necks) will often give the appearance of a smaller upper body. Wearing clothing that will accentuate the waist and create the appearance that your bust and hips are balanced will give you a curvier look. Wearing vertical line patterns on your shirts will create the appearance of evenness between your upper and lower body. Wider clothing and A-line skirts will also help to achieve a curvier look.
Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus are our inverted triangle celeb picks!
Whatever your body shape, we all have reasons to celebrate. Keeping a healthy attitude towards your body by eating well and exercising will ensure a positive body image and healthy attitude to life. In many cases, our wonderful bodies can be enhanced by cosmetic procedures. To view our range of procedures that can help you continue to celebrate the skin you’re in, click here!
Valentine’s Day is the day of love and when we’re not showering our partners with chocolates and flowers, we should be showing ourselves a little love. Being body confident is important in living a healthy life, so why not make sure we’re giving our beautiful bodies and minds that all important TLC.
If you’re not sure whether you’re giving your body the best, take a look at our tips below!
Whether your aim is to slim down or tone up, exercising regularly is the best way to begin. Doing at least 20 minutes of cardio everyday is a great way to see improvement within a short amount of time. If you’re considering resistance training, be sure to take days off between each muscle group to make sure you’re letting your body recover properly.
Diet is most important in keeping our bodies and minds healthy. If you’re trying to reduce fatty tissue in problem areas, diet makes up 80% of weight loss with exercise being responsible for the remaining 20%. Consuming the right foods will also give our skin the boost it needs by cleaning the toxins from our body.
Give a compliment
It feels good to make others smile, so this valentine’s day, aim to compliment at least ten people. Giving compliments amplifies positivity and makes the environment surrounding us a nicer place to be.
Get the look you desire
If you look good on the outside, you’ll feel good on the inside and here at Australia Cosmetic Clinics, we offer a range of procedures to help you achieve that desired look that you and your partner will love. To view our range of procedures, click here!
Take some time out
We know you’ve had a busy week and constantly being on-the-go can cause unnecessary stress in our lives. That’s why it’s important to take some time out to do something that you love. This Valentine’s Day, go to the movies or indulge in a guilty pleasure.
However you plan on spending this Valentine’s Day, be sure to give your body the nourishment it deserves. If you’d like to learn more about the services we offer, call 1300 559 848 and find the procedure that will give you confidence today!
Imagine if you could see your results before surgery… with Australia Cosmetic Clinics VECTRA 3D Imaging, you can!
Considering surgery, but finding it hard to commit?
Utilising the newest technology, the VECTRA 3D Imaging and Simulation System can now generate an accurate representation of your post-surgery outcome, allowing you to visualise your results before you book your surgery! This groundbreaking 3D imaging technology allows you and your doctor to examine the possible outcomes for your unique body type, enabling you to make informed decisions about your procedure results.
So what is the VECTRA 3D Imaging and Simulation System?
Quite simply, it is a three- dimensional technology that uses ultra-high resolution colour imaging to analyse the body. The machine will first take a series of photographs from several angles, and then combine them to form the most accurate portrayal of your body. With this three-dimensional image, your doctor can apply alterations; such as size or shape to the locations you so desire. Note: that the 3D simulation is not able to produce a 100% accurate representation, as the final result will always depend on independent factors such as; the individual patient, the surgeon and your recovery. Nonetheless, VECTRA 3D Imaging makes it possible for both parties to visualise and understand the possible outcomes of a procedure before surgery takes place, helping to eliminate the risk of future disappointment or the need for additional operations.
To find out more about this incredible machine, or to book your VECTRA 3D session, contact Australia Cosmetic Clinics on 1300 559 848 or submit an enquiry here.
Watch the short video below, for further insight into the amazing nature of the VECTRA 3D Imaging System.
It’s easy for people to assume that cosmetic surgery just involves nose jobs and breast enhancements, but what most people don’t know is that it’s not unusual for cosmetic surgery to be deemed completely medically necessary by medical professionals. And luckily for the people in this boat, private health insurance can help fund your surgery. Here’s how to go about it:
Learn the terminology
The difference between a medically necessary procedure and an elective procedure comes down to professional opinion. The purpose of reconstructive plastic surgery is typically to correct abnormalities, which can come in a multitude of forms and be caused by a range of things. For example, an abnormality could be either congenital or acquired. However, as a general rule, if a doctor or specialist formally recommends surgery as an option for treatment, there is a very high chance that your insurance provider will recognise this and provide a rebate for it.
Know your cover
If you do have private health insurance, what you really need to know is what kind of procedures you’re covered for. There are a few procedures that a comprehensive hospital policy should typically cover. In terms of recovery and recuperation, not a lot of treatments are covered, but it can include (not limited to):
- Surgeries to fix congenital abnormalities (conditions that you have been born with or that have existed before birth).
- Reconstructive surgery as treatment for extreme burns.
- Surgery to fix a traumatic injury.
- Cancer or tumour removal, or surgeries that follow the removal of a cancer or tumour (for example, a reconstruction after a mastectomy).
- Procedures to repair bad scars or skin lacerations.
Know your options
There are three main private health insurance options for plastic and reconstructive surgery. You can:
- Take out a comprehensive policy that covers you for reconstructive plastic surgery.
- Choose a policy that offers restrictive cover for reconstructive plastic surgery in order to lower your premiums.
- Choose a policy that excludes cover for reconstructive plastic surgery altogether.
Make the most of what you’re paying for
Excluding or restricting plastic surgery from your policy is something that a lot of people do, but although it may cut costs in the short-term, you’ll never know whether you’ll need it later on down the track. It’s also important to review your health insurance policy regularly– every year if you can. It doesn’t take long, just go over your current cover and work out whether you think you need to add or remove any elements. For example, if you’re a senior paying for cover for pregnancy-related services, your money could definitely be put towards something more useful.
If you’re looking into taking out a higher level of cover, compare health insurance policies for cosmetic surgery online to make sure you’re getting the best value for money. What you choose is completely up to you. If you need more information later down the track, have a look at the Ombudsman’s website.
Bessie Hassan is finder.com.au’s resident Insurance Expert.
PATIENT INFORMATION HANDOUT REVIEWS
Our Post-Operative Medication Information Handout was recently updated with input from staff and patients to provide clearer information on the medications that may be required after surgery.
Seven patients, who had recently had procedures were asked to review this handout and all reported that it was easy to understand with no suggestions for improvement required.
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INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
A new Cleaning Company was engaged earlier this month to ensure the highest standards of cleaning are maintained. This company has extensive experience in the hospital industry with all staff being fully trained. They operate with detailed cleaning schedules and supervisors conduct regular compliance audits to ensure the highest standard is being maintained.
All staff complete annual hand hygiene education and an observation audit is currently being completed to monitor the compliance of our doctors and nurses.
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We have developed plans for the renovation of our theatre and sterilization rooms to enable us to achieve a NSW Health License. We expect that the renovation will be completed next month.
This will enable us to provide a much greater range of procedures onsite under a range of anesthetic types (including general).
In order to maintain a centre of excellence we are seeking accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and the ISO9001 Standard.
Our accreditation audit is on Monday 20th February. On this day two external auditors will be onsite to conduct a thorough review of all clinical and non-clinical processes against these standards.