Despite concerns last year over the PIP branded breast implants, breast augmentation surgery – or a ‘boob job’ – is still one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery.
New Zealand has been at the forefront of patient safety when it comes to breast surgery. Since 2004 it has been a regulatory requirement for suppliers of medical devices (including breast implants) in New Zealand to notify details of their devices to a database known as the Web Assisted Notification of Devices (WAND) database maintained by Medsafe. This was not the case in Europe, where the PIP scandal occurred.
Breast implants are prosthetic containers generally filled with either saline or silicone gel. Both have a silicone shell. Both are used for reconstructive surgery where a woman’s breast has been removed or for breast augmentation for cosmetic surgery.
For many women in New Zealand, having breast augmentation is a life changing experience. There are many qualified plastic surgeons, but it is always best to find one who is experienced in breast augmentation procedures. Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes, and there are various insertion techniques, so find a reputable practitioner who can give good advice on the right implants for you. Before considering breast implants, it is wise to find a surgeon who is also up to speed with new non-invasive techniques for boosting the breasts, so you can investigate all the options before deciding on permanent surgical implants.
Here at New Zealand Plastic Surgeons we specialise in breast augmentation and pride ourselves on a personal service. Contact us today to find out how we can help.