Breast reductions: what you need to know

It could be said that the majority of people who most appreciate a larger bust are the ones who don’t have to carry it around! If you’re considering a breast reduction, read on to see how Perth plastic surgeon, Dr Chris Allen will guide you throughout the whole experience.

You’re not alone

Breast reduction is a procedure that has appealed to many, many Australian women. It’s the back and neck pain, the headaches, the skin irritations – not to mention the difficulty in buying suitable, comfortable clothing – that makes breast reduction an attractive and sometimes necessary medical choice.

When you sit down with Dr Chris in Perth, you will be given as much time as you need to ask anything about the breast reduction procedure. That includes pre and post-operative care. Ask us any number of questions – we’re only happy when we’ve painted the full picture for you.

How do I qualify?

A larger bust is possibly something you’ve had to factor into day-to-day life since you were a blossoming teen.
Many patients come to us trying to manage back and neck pain, migraines and headaches and posture issues. Exercising isn’t always easy and bras made to hold a larger bust continually move or dig into the wearer. There’s also the intertrigo – a rash that becomes a problem under the breasts.

These are all reasons to seek a comforting, informative chat with us.

Can I order a new breast style?

Your final breast shape can vary depending on how much you want its size to be reduced by. I’ll chat to you about this as well as the scarring. The length and position of the scars can vary from patient to patient, depending on the size of the breast reduction and the amount of loose skin to be excised.
Please note that straight after surgery, it’s normal for your breasts to appear swollen and bruised. This will fade over time. Most of the scarring will be covered by your bra.

How long is the recovery period?

You’ll need two weeks off work. It will take approximately one month until you can resume normal daily activities, and six weeks until you can attempt full exercise. However, gentle below-waist exercise (e.g. walking) can commence around 3-4 weeks after surgery. You will need to avoid upper-body exercise until the full recovery period is complete.

Tips for a smooth recovery

  • A good, supportive bra is essential. All patients are supplied with two from the Dr Chris Allen practice.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise.
  • Don’t smoke, by abstaining from cigarettes you’ll get a better blood supply, which is necessary for healing.

To manage the scars, we will advise you when to gently apply massage to the wounds and the surrounding breast tissue. It’s very important that patients ‘listen’ to their body – if it hurts, don’t do it!

(Almost) Instant gratification

Post-surgery patients have told us time and time again that the benefits of breast reduction are felt almost instantly. Yes, patients may have some discomfort and pain following the procedure but the loss of weight and the symptoms that fall away with it are, in their words, worth it.
So, eye off that fun run. Take a stroll down the smaller-sized designer bra aisle. If you feel that a breast reduction will enrich your life, get in touch with with Dr Chris Allen – Perth plastic surgeon and breast reduction specialist. We’re ready to hear from you today.

Eyelid Surgery: What You Need to Know

Dr. Chris Allen operates a plastic surgery practice in Perth, and one of his many specialities is eyelid surgery, which he conducts from private hospitals in the Perth metro area. With years of experience to draw on, Dr Allen provides exceptional patient care and has a genuine interest in helping you achieve the results you are looking for.

What to Expect When You Get an Eyelift in Perth
During your initial consultation, Dr. Chris Allen himself will welcome you, after which he’ll run you through the semantics of the procedure and what your options are. You will also be shown a selection of before and after photos that will give you an idea of the results you can expect to achieve. This initial consultation will last approximately one hour, and will be the perfect opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

His still will then provide with you a fully detailed quote – at this stage you can decide whether you’d prefer to have surgery only on your upper eyelids, or only on your lower eyelids, or both (though other medical or lifestyle factors may dictate this).

Your personalised one-on-one care with Dr Allen will continue from there; he’ll see you again approximately two weeks prior to your procedure, to go over the process and aftercare in more detail and answer any further questions that may have arisen since your initial visit. Most importantly, this will afford you the opportunity to get to know your doctor a little better, to ensure you feel confident, comfortable and relaxed about your upcoming procedure.

After the Procedure
If you opt for just an upper eyelid reduction, you can expect a recovery period of approximately 2 weeks. Upper eyelid procedures tend to result in less bruising than lower lids, and assuming all goes smoothly, you can expect to have your stitches removed after 4-5 days (this can vary depending on a case-by-case basis).

For lower eyelids, the bruising is sometimes found to be more noticeable, and will take longer to fade. Recovery usually takes 2-3 weeks, and the stitches dissolve and do not require removal.
Keep in mind that healing times will vary with each individual patient, but Dr. Chris Allen will provide excellent after surgery care, so you can rest assured your recovery is in very good hands.

Tips for a Good Recovery
As with any procedure, your body will need time to heal, so after your eyelift, it’s recommended you take it easy for a while. Make sure you get plenty of rest, and apply ice to the treated area. You should also avoid strenuous exercise for 2-3 weeks.

If your eyelids don’t close properly after your procedure, don’t be alarmed – this is perfectly normal! To ease the swelling and ensure your eyelids remain moisturised, apply a saline solution to lubricate the skin. It’s important to protect your eyes from wind and sunlight during this time; and when going outside both sunglasses and a hat are an absolute must. You’ll also be provided with an ointment when you’re discharged that will keep your eyelids moisturised as you sleep.

Part of the recovery process is skipping the gym; it’s best practice to avoid any activities that raise your blood pressure to ensure a smooth and complete recovery. Driving, and working in front of a computer, should also be avoided, so if you’re getting an eyelid reduction you should be prepared for some quiet time at home.

For more information on Dr. Christopher Allen’s personalised services: Contact his practice today.

Breast Augmentation: What You Need to Know

When considering breast augmentation, it’s crucial you discern that there’s more to the procedure than meets the eye, and finding a plastic surgeon who recommends and recognises what’s right for you is the only way to ensure you’ll look and feel your best. Dr. Chris Allen is one of the most experienced breast augmentation surgeons in Perth; not only does he understand what it takes to achieve the new you, and possess the expertise to get you there, but he will assist you every step of the way, right from the initial consultation.

Unlike some practices where your initial consultation is with a nurse, all your consultations are with Dr. Allen. This is where the journey begins; the first opportunity for yourself and Dr. Allen to discuss your overall vision and desired outcome. Your health, medical history and physical frame will all be assessed to determine the most suitable breast lift or implants for you.

Dr. Allen will explain his preferred method for breast augmentation during your first examination; his method leaves minimal visible scarring and allows for natural movement. This is done through an incision made in the infra-mammary fold, the crease under the breast, as opposed to around the nipple or under the armpit. Whilst there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to implants or breast lifts, Dr. Allen uses your body measurements, shape, and amount of existing breast tissue to assess the best approach to achieve your preferred aesthetic result.

Once any pre-surgical decisions have been considered and made, and you’ve subsequently undergone your procedure, the last (but equally vital) step can begin. Even for those who are young, fit and in prime health, an appropriate recovery and recuperation period is just as important as any other component of your surgery. Both breast augmentation and breast lifts are invasive surgeries that dictate patients take sufficient time to rest, relax and heal in the following days and weeks. You will require time off work, with procedures requiring a minimum of 10 days’ recuperation time – even more if your work is physically demanding, so keep this in mind when planning the date of your procedure. You’ll also be unfit to drive in the initial week following your surgery, and mothers with small children must refrain from carrying them or undergoing heavy lifting. Even the tiniest of tots will be too much strain for your new body to carry during this recovery period.

Gentle walking is the most advisable form of low impact exercise, and can be reintroduced into your routine after a month. Any additional, or more strenuous exercise, can gradually be re-introduced after the 6-week recovery mark.

Just as he attends to your very first consultation, Dr. Allen will attend a final follow-up consultation to ensure the procedure has been successful, confirm there are no subsequent complications and your recovery is on track. Once you’ve been given the all clear, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your new silhouette.

Contact us today for more information.

The Dangers of Plastic Surgery Holidays

Holidays are a great time to rest and enjoy some relaxation, but for those always striving to look their best and go the extra mile, they can also be an opportunity for a mammoth makeover. Whether it’s a tummy tuck in an exotic Asian destination or breast augmentation in South America, this marriage between vacation and surgical procedure is known as ‘medical tourism’.

The cheaper procedure prices, glamourous locations and excitement of recovering in a hotel rather than a hospital bed make it quite the attractive package to many. But before taking the leap, it’s important to remember that there are safer choices, and combining serious elective surgery with unfamiliar foreign locations can have severe consequences – physically, emotionally and financially.

Dr. Chris Allen has repaired the results of many unsatisfactory procedures, where complications have occurred, the aftermath of rushed overseas surgeries that have not provided a sufficient level care or post-surgery follow up. He has assisted numerous patients through the process having to correct breast augments, tummy tucks, and other invasive procedures which have gone awry.

Like any medical operation, plastic surgery carries a risk of complications, but the harsh reality is that this is far more likely if price or location are determining factors over the best doctor for the job. Whilst cosmetic travel agents offer an array of destination packages, different countries adhere to different medical protocols, and the choice of doctor is often out of a patient’s hands. This is a formidable error – communication between doctor and patient prior to surgery is crucial, and ensures the patient has had ample time to discuss their desired results and select their preferred style and size of implants (if appropriate). Meeting your doctor on the day of your surgery neglects and disregards this process, often forcing you to make medical decisions on the spot.

This lack of consideration can lead to surgical complications, particularly if any pre-existing health conditions aren’t discussed. The result? More medical bills and further invasive surgeries if you require correctional work back in Australia. Generally speaking, plastic surgery holidays are most commonly sought after for breast augmentations and lifts, liposuction, and tummy tuck, all of which are very invasive. If performed incorrectly, they can leave patients permanently scarred or disfigured.

In previous years, patients were influenced by celebrities sporting the “fake look” and wanting obvious implants. This style often suited the procedures offered internationally, requiring less preparation. In recent years, trends have evolved to favour a more natural look, demanding that doctors have through understanding of a patient’s body and goals. In 2016 alone, Dr. Allen operated on numerous patients who suffered bad scarring around the nipple as a result of having their breasts lifted in a foreign country.

Dr. Allen is bound by strict regulations enforced by Government regulated bodies, e.g. the Medical Board, the Australian Medical Association and Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, and all materials used in his implants undergo rigorous testing via the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Whilst it may not sound as sexy as recuperating ‘on a beach’, every possible measure is put in place to ensure the utmost patient care, before, during and post-procedure, to patients their dream results. Dr. Chris Allen and his staff pride themselves on their compassionate nature, assuring patients leaving the hospital feeling and looking better than ever.

Contact us today for more information or to book a consultation.

Cosmetic Vs. Plastic Surgery: What’s the Difference?

A common question asked by many of our patients is: just what exactly is the difference between plastic and cosmetic surgery? If you’ve ever wondered this, you’re not alone.
Cosmetic surgery is one of the five or six subspecialties of plastic surgery; the others include reconstructive procedures.
Perth plastic surgeons can choose to perform cosmetic procedures so it’s not unusual to find these titles used interchangeably, but be warned there’s a big difference! Years of training, exams and experience are required to become a Plastic Surgeon.
It’s important to seek out an experienced, accredited plastic surgeon like Dr Chris Allen, who is familiar with all aspects of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
Procedures only Plastic Surgeons can perform
Patients can be confused by the different names used in cosmetic and reconstructive practice; in Australia there are very few regulations when it comes to what surgeons call themselves. Just because a Perth doctor promotes their skills as a “cosmetic surgeon”, it does not make them an accredited plastic surgeon.
Plastic surgery can encompass the cosmetic surgeries most people are familiar with:

  • Facial Contouring and Rejuvenation
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Otoplasty (Correction of Prominent Ears, e.g. ears which are too big, stick out or are uneven in shape)
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Reduction)
  • Abdominoplasty

All work and procedures are performed in full accredited private hospital facilities.

Why You Should Ask Questions
Many unsuspecting clients do not realise they are consulting with someone who is not a trained plastic surgeon. Trusting a plastic surgeon means quite literally putting your body in someone else’s hands and one needs to look at the credentials and experience of a surgeon who may be operating on you.

Qualifications Count
Specialist Plastic Surgeons spend years at University completing a medical degree and then undertake at least a further 5 years of specialist postgraduate training and pass extensive exams to be recognised among professional bodies. At the end of their studies, a Specialist Plastic Surgeon will have completed a minimum of 12 years of medical and surgical training, including a Fellowship at the Royal Australian College of Surgery (FRACS). It is important to note that the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the only College in Australia that is accredited by the Commonwealth Government to deliver specialist surgical training.
While GPs can legally perform simple cosmetic surgeries, they may have limited experience and training. Currently, in Australia, it is legal for any doctor with a basic medical degree to perform surgery.
Perth plastic surgeons must meet Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) standards. Dr Chris Allen has spent years training in Australia and internationally and now has associations with a number of professional affiliations; on top of the required accreditations (MBBS, FRACS). He was also Vice President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Emeritus Consultant at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and teaches medical students at the University of Western Australia and Notre Dame University. Get in touch today to find out more.