FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery

Yes, the results of a tummy tuck are considered permanent. It is important to note, however, that you can reduce the effectiveness of your results if your body weight fluctuates considerably after the surgery. For this reason, we generally advise that if you are planning to lose a considerable amount of weight, it is best to postpone your tummy tuck until you have reached a stable weight. Similarly, if you are planning a pregnancy in the future, rather wait until after the birth of your child before you undergo a tummy tuck procedure.

 

In some cases, individuals who undergo tummy tuck surgery are eligible for a health fund or Medicare rebate. It is important to note, however, that this is not always the case. We recommend that you come in for a personal consultation so that Dr Samuel Yang can assess your situation and let you know if you will be able to receive a rebate or not. Eligibility for rebates varies from case to case, and Dr Yang will discuss all of the relevant factors with you before you undergo surgery.

 

The surgery itself does not hurt because you will be given a general anaesthetic, but it is quite normal to experience some pain and discomfort following a tummy tuck procedure. Every patient is different, and your particular recovery will depend on a number of factors, such as your age, overall health, and body weight. You may need to wear a compression garment for around six weeks following surgery in order to minimise swelling and aid recovery. Dr Yang will recommend medications to help ease any pain and discomfort that you experience. He will also let you know how best to take care of your surgical wounds.

Dr Yang and his team are very experienced when it comes to correcting Gynaecomastia. There are no extremely high risks during the procedure when being executed by a qualified surgeon. Risk analysis is performed upon consultation and can be discussed with the doctor. Risks associated with the surgery may include scarring, infection, changes in breast/nipple sensation which may be permanent or temporary. You will need to provide a detailed medical history of all your medications and medical conditions, drug allergies, and use of current medications. You will be given specific instructions by Dr Yang in terms of post-operative care of your incisions as well as changing the bandages.

Breast lift surgery does not usually prevent or limit breast feeding ability. This does depend on the technique used. If you could breastfeed prior to your procedure you should still be able to breastfeed following the procedure. Each woman is different, in some the milk supply might not be affected at all; however other woman may naturally produce less milk. Before the baby is born, it is not possible to know how much milk will be produced. The supply of breast milk is mainly affected by the severing of the milk ducts and nerves in the breast from surgery. Breast reduction surgery tends to have the greatest potential of affecting the milk supply.

The best condition for a tummy tuck after a caesarean would be when you are back to your original weight before you had the baby and in good physical condition. A tummy tuck should only be considered if you aren’t planning to have another child, due to the fact that the procedure outcome may be altered due to the stretching of the abdomen during pregnancy. Tummy tuck procedures involve anaesthetic and this might be an issue if you are breast-feeding. It is important to allow your body adequate time to heal from the pregnancy as well as the caesarean.

While each patient is different, we generally recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for around six weeks following a breast augmentation procedure. You can expect to experience some bruising and swelling for several weeks after your surgery. You may need to take some medications to help manage post-operative discomfort and pain, in which case Dr Yang will prescribe the relevant drugs. When you come in for a follow-up appointment, Dr Yang will let you know how your recovery is going and when you will be able to resume all of your normal activities.

When performed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation surgery is safe. As with all surgery, there are some potential risks and complications you should be aware of. Dr Yang will discuss these in detail with you during your personal consultation. Some possible risks include post-operative infection, implant leakage or rupture, breast pain, and a condition known as capsular contracture, in which scar tissue distorts the shape of the breast implant. Although these complications are rare, treating them is usually possible by means of removing or replacing breast implants.

Dr Yang usually recommends that you wear a surgical bra following breast augmentation surgery, as this is helpful in minimising swelling and providing support while you heal. When Dr Yang confirms that you are ready, you may find it comfortable to wear a supportive, soft sports bra. Choose one that opens in the front for added comfort and convenience.  It is best to wait a few months after your breast augmentation procedure before you wear an underwire bra. The wires can irritate your incisions and interfere with your healing process.

Body contouring is a highly effective technique, and is suitable for individuals who are struggling with excess or saggy skin. While body contouring generally works very well, it is important to realise that each of our patients is different. For this reason, we encourage you to come in for a consultation with Dr Yang, so that you can discuss your particular aesthetic goals and expectations, as well as your areas of concern. Dr Yang will then be able to recommend a treatment plan best suited to your needs. Sometimes a single operation can be performed, while in other cases, a series of surgeries may be necessary for optimal results.

Many people struggle with loose skin after pregnancy and significant weight loss, as well as a result of ageing. Loose skin can be very difficult to resolve, particularly in areas such as the stomach, arms, legs, neck and buttocks. While building lean muscle through exercise can help to reduce the appearance of loose skin, it will not actually get rid of the skin. The most effective way to improve your appearance if you’re struggling with saggy skin is to have it surgically removed by means of body contouring. Body contouring refers to a combination of surgeries that are performed in order to remove excess folds of skin.

Unfortunately, significant weight loss generally results in saggy skin. The extent to which you experience loose skin will depend, however, on a number of factors, such as the elasticity of your skin, how much weight you actually lose, and how quickly you lose it. The area’s most commonly affected by loose skin include the abdominal area, arms, buttocks and thighs. If you notice a considerable amount of saggy skin following weight loss, you might consider surgery to remove excess skin and improve the contours of your body.

Gynaecomastia is a condition in which the tissue in the chest becomes enlarged, giving the impression of a developing male breast. The condition can occur at any age, from early childhood to puberty, or at an older age. It can occur as a result of hormonal changes and typically involves a non-cancerous abnormal enlargement in the breast tissue of men. In some cases, there can also be an excess of fat in the chest area that can further contribute to the problem. Although most cases of the condition don’t actually require treatment, gynaecomastia can cause embarrassment and some men may choose to have the excess tissue removed for cosmetic reasons.

Some of the possible symptoms of the condition include swollen breasts, as well as breast tenderness and discharge. In some cases, there are other symptoms, which can cause discomfort and pain. Sometimes, the condition and associated symptoms may be temporary, particularly when they occur during puberty. In this case, the condition often subsides when hormone levels balance out. If you experience any of the symptoms of gynaecomastia, we recommend that you come in and see Dr Yang for a consultation so he can advise you on the best course of action.

It is possible to treat gynaecomastia surgically. In fact, Dr Samuel Yang is very experienced when it comes to correcting the condition. In most cases, the surgery involves the removal of the breast gland. Liposuction is also often performed in order to remove the surrounding fatty tissue. This helps to achieve a better contour of the chest wall. If the condition is causing you pain, discomfort and/or embarrassment, we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that Dr Yang can determine the best course of treatment.

In Australia, any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, but only those that have completed at least a further four years of specialist surgical training in plastic surgery can call themselves a plastic surgeon.

Plastic surgeons are not only trained in cosmetic surgery, but also in reconstructive surgery such as burns care, wound and trauma repair, cancer reconstruction, and the correction of birth defects and acquired deformities.

Private health insurance is strongly recommended for several reasons. Having up to date and appropriate private health insurance can provide you with peace of mind and a safety net when contemplating any sort of surgery.

They may cover most, if not all, of the costs associated with the operating theatre and hospital stay for procedures that are not purely cosmetic in nature. Also, even if your initial procedure was purely cosmetic in nature, any complication that you develop that requires a return to the operating room will usually be covered by the health funds.

Dr Samuel Yang meets all his patients in person. He recognises the need to form rapport and build trust with patient. Dr Yang also knows how open and clear communication between him and his patients is crucial in order to reach full transparency and understanding of goals and expectations.

During your consultation, Dr Yang will then give you an honest and thorough assessment of your situation and advise you on what he thinks is the right choice for you. There will be no pressure for you to come to any firm decision at this time. We aim to make this consultation both informative and relaxed, creating an environment that allows you to come to the decision that is right for you.

There is always scarring after any form of surgery as it involves cutting the skin. What is more important is how visible this scar remains after an appropriate period of time for wound healing. This depends on your genetic disposition and the location of incision.

Plastic surgeons are trained in how to place scars in order to minimise their visibility, and in how to accurately repair tissues so that the scars are as minimal as possible. All risk and possible scar complications will be discussed at your consultation.

This depends on many factors including your current health and which procedure you undertook but as a rough guide, patients tend to be able to resume everyday activities approximately four to six weeks following surgery.

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is very personal and your reasons will be discussed during your consultations with Dr Yang. Depending on the procedure some individuals are not suitable for plastic surgery. This is because you are required to go under general anaesthetic for most plastic surgery, and as the procedures are invasive it’s important that we protect your overall wellbeing and health.

Dr Yang will go over this with you during your initial surgical consultation at her Perth location, to ensure there is nothing complicating your treatment such as fatal illnesses, a weakened immune system or unstable mental health.

After a breast lift surgery, your breasts will not be bigger or smaller, their appearance will be perkier. A breast lift changes your breast shape and position of your breasts, not your size, unless you ask to your surgeon to change the size of your breasts.

Breast reduction aims to improve the size and shape of your breasts. A breast reduction procedure involves cutting out the breast tissue and excess skin in order to reduce the volume of the breast. The main aim of the procedure is to have a fuller shape. If a patient wishes to fully lift up their breasts they might have to consider undergoing breast lift surgery.

Incisions are necessary for a breast lift procedure, as they aid in removing excess skin and treat drooping breasts. As a result, scarring becomes a factor which is involved in this kind of procedure. However, Dr Yang is highly trained and certified and ensures that he achieves the least degree of visible scarring as best he can. His technique and incision positioning will ensure that patients have less visible scarring as possible. Patients don’t need to worry as scar tissue tends to fade over time with proper care.

Otoplasty refers to a procedure in which prominent, protruding or uneven ears are surgically corrected. During the procedure, the underlying ear cartilage is sculpted and reshaped so that the new setback position of the ear is permanent following treatment. The procedure is suited to both adults and children of at least 4 years of age where either the size or position of the ears needs addressing, or the appearance of the ears is enhanced. The most common reason for undergoing otoplasty is for the correction of particularly prominent ears.

There are a number of surgical options available, and the one Dr Yang chooses for you will depend on the shape of your ears, as well as your desired outcome. In most cases, the scars are located behind the ears so that they are not visible or easily noticed. Sometimes, however, it is necessary for Dr Yang to make an incision on the front aspect of the ear in order to achieve the desired result. In this case, there will be a small scar in the visible area of the ear. Dr Yang will let you know how you can minimise scarring if you are worried about this issue.

Blepharoplasty refers to surgery that is performed on the eyelids to create a more youthful appearance. An upper blepharoplasty works by reducing excess skin, muscle and fat from the upper eyelids, while a lower blepharoplasty involves the readjustment of the support structures in the lower eyelid. In the case of a lower blepharoplasty, bulging and sagging of the lower eyelids can be resolved. Both of these procedures help to achieve a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance around the eyes, contributing to a generally more youthful overall appearance.

You can expect to have some drains for a few days following your tummy tuck procedure, and Dr Yang will explain how best to take care of them. You will also need to wear a compression garment for around six weeks after the procedure to support your abdomen and help prevent the build-up of fluid in your body. The exact duration of your recovery will depend on the type of tummy tuck you choose to have, but you can generally expect to avoid strenuous activity and vigorous exercise for at least six weeks while you heal.

You may feel some pain and discomfort in the first few days after your tummy tuck procedure. Dr Yang will prescribe pain medications to help you manage any discomfort. You may also notice some bruising and swelling, which will resolve itself over time. In some cases, patients report experiencing some numbness in the abdominal area following a tummy tuck procedure. This can last for several months or even years.

No, you will need to arrange someone to drive you home from the hospital following your tummy tuck surgery. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have someone to help take care of you for a few days after your procedure. It can take several weeks to recover from an abdominoplasty, and you will not be able to drive during this time. Dr Yang will see you for follow-up consultations and let you know when you are well enough to drive again. He will also advise you on how much time you should take off work, exercise and other activities, depending on your progress.

The purpose of a facelift is to remove excess skin and to lift and tighten the facial skin in order to achieve a more youthful appearance. There are a number of techniques that may be used, depending on your particular needs, but traditionally the procedure involves an incision that is made in the hairline, close to the temples. Usually, the incision extends in front of the ear and around the lower scalp behind the ears. During the procedure, excess skin is removed and/or redistributed in the face, while the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened.

You are likely to experience some swelling and bruising following a facelift procedure. Dr Yang will prescribe pain medication to help you deal with any post-operative discomfort. It can take some time for the swelling to resolve, but when it does, you will begin to notice the results of your procedure. We recommend that you take a break from strenuous activity for up to four weeks following surgery, although Dr Yang will advise you as to when you are ready to resume your normal activities, depending on your healing process.

Before you decide to undergo facelift surgery, we highly recommend that you come in and see Dr Yang for a consultation. At this stage, he will take the time to assess all of your concerns and discuss whether or not the procedure is the best option for you. He will let you know if other, less invasive procedures are better suited to your needs. If you decide to go ahead with a facelift, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery as you will need time to recover fully from the procedure.

The procedure that you choose to undergo will depend on your needs and aesthetic goals. A breast reduction procedure is suited to women with large, pendulous breasts who suffer from back and neck pain as a result of the excess weight they carry in breast tissue. Breast reduction works by reducing the size, volume and shape of the breast. A breast lift, on the other hand, is suited to women who would like to improve the volume and projection of the breasts.

Yes, in some cases, it is possible to claim a rebate from Medicare for a breast reduction procedure. Breast reduction is sometimes not classed as a cosmetic operation as there is a strong functional component to the surgery. If you are considering breast reduction surgery for functional reasons, we recommend that you check with your medical insurance provider to see how much of the expense they cover. It is important to note that each provider may have a different policy, so please do check with yours before going ahead with the procedure.

If your breast reduction surgery is performed by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon, the procedure should be both safe and effective. It is important to note, however, that all surgery comes with some element of risk. When you come in for a consultation with Dr Yang, he will explain both the potential risks and benefits of breast reduction surgery with you. If you have any questions or concerns about undergoing surgery, this is a good time to raise them with Dr Yang. He will do his best to address your concerns and answer any questions that you have.

At Dr Samuel Yang’s practice, we want our patients to be as informed as possible. That’s why we have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions we get from our patients so that you can peruse these in your own time. If you have a question which is not addressed below, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly and knowledgeable staff on (07) 3257 7950 or click here to fill in our contact form.