Breast Augmentation | Breast Implants and Breast Reconstruction Surgery – Auckland NZ
Medical Definition: Breast reconstruction is a surgery performed to restore the breasts to a natural-looking shape, volume, contour or position.
Dr Mark Gittos has contributed greatly to the field of breast reconstruction surgery. He is an expert at reconstructive breast surgery and cosmetic breast procedures including:
- Breast Augmentation and immediate reconstruction after mastectomy
- Breast Augmentation using quality Breast Implants (Motiva, Mentor)
- Breast Lift Procedures (Nipple Lift/Breast Uplift)
- Breast Reduction Surgery
- Revision Breast Surgery or secondary Breast Augmentation
- Surgery to Exchange/Replace or Remove Breast Implants
What is recovery like after breast reconstruction and other forms of breast augmentation or uplift?
- It greatly depends upon what surgery you’re having performed.
- Normal recovery from most breast reconstruction procedures may involve approximately 2 weeks of acute recovery with avoidance of many activities
- There is also a period of several weeks to several months before you can resume more strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, challenging sports/gym classes or competitive sports.
What types and techniques for breast reconstruction are popular in Auckland?
- There are many different types of breast reconstruction.
- The nipple-sparing/skin sparing method may be an option for suitable patients.
- For breast lift or breast reduction surgery, the Le Jour Incision method may offer fewer scars.
- For Breast Augmentation, transaxillary methods may be an option for some patients (primary only).
- For primary insertion and/or removal or exchange of breast implants, an inframmary incision and insertion approach is most popular followed by armpit-incisions for transaxillary breast augmentation patients.
- Breast Reduction may also involve breast liposuction for added benefits such as shaping of the breasts and nearby tissues.
How much does breast reconstruction surgery cost in Auckland/New Zealand? Average prices
- There is no one set cost for breast surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy considerations and varying surgery needs.
- A custom quote and price range for Breast Reconstruction is available through a confidential consultation.
- There is no expectation or obligation to proceed with surgery should you not wish to proceed.
- Payment methods may include bank transfer, credit card or cash and surgery theatre dates must be secured with a partial payment; with full payment required at least 2 weeks prior to your breast surgery theatre date.
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Journal Publications and Plastic Surgery Research by Dr Mark Gittos and his research associates
- Several of these research publications by Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Gittos (NZ, UK) are noted/excerpted below.
- Click here for the full PubMed listing of Dr Mark Gittos research articles.
Publications and Surgical Research: Breast Surgery after Cancer/Mastectomy
His Plastic Surgery research and article writing was primarily conducted during Dr Gittos’ time at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals and NHS Foundation Trust and other places.
His publications include the following peer-reviewed journal articles:
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Mar;119(3):796-803.
Aesthetic outcome of different techniques of reconstruction following nipple-areola-preserving envelope mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.
Excerpt: Nipple-preserving mastectomy and immediate reconstruction has further improved the aesthetic outcome of skin-sparing mastectomy. Study: to investigate the effect of the type of reconstruction technique on aesthetic outcome, three different methods of reconstruction were compared using four evaluation modalities. Sixty-one cases; mean follow-up at 48 months. Methods of reconstruction used were: implant-only reconstruction, pedicled latissimus dorsi muscle with implant, and deep inferior epigastric perforator flap. Findings: In patients who are undergoing nipple-preserving envelope mastectomy with immediate reconstruction and who are likely to have postoperative radiotherapy, deep inferior epigastric perforator flap reconstruction achieved a better aesthetic outcome.
Source: https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/34789532_M_Gittos Accessed online 22 October 2018.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006;59(10):1025-30. Epub 2006 Mar 24.
Envelope mastectomy and immediate reconstruction (EMIR), improving outcome without oncological compromise.
STUDY AIM: Determine long term oncological safety and aesthetic acceptability of envelope mastectomy and immediate reconstruction (EMIR).
PATIENTS/METHODS: Retrospective review of 71 cases. Aesthetic assessment was based on detailed clinical examination as well as subjective self-assessment of the outcome.
FINDINGS: At follow-up (mean follow up= 48 months), there were three local recurrences, only one involving the nipple-areolar complex. The mean aesthetic score was 0.75 (out of 1), representing a good aesthetic outcome and patient satisfaction.
CONCLUSION (Excerpt): “Nipple-areolar complex preservation is a safe option and EMIR produced a good aesthetic outcome, which is oncologically safe. Furthermore, it does not preclude post-operative radiotherapy.
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16996423 Accessed online 22 October 2018.
Read the full listing of ARTICLES and peer-reviewed publications by Dr Mark Gittos, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Auckland, NZ and with offices in Essex/UK.
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