Please peruse our frequently asked questions below or contact us for more information.
Does lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) remove wrinkles?
Yes, blepharoplasty on the lower eyelid can remove the excess fat and skin and tighten the area. In this surgery, an incision is made just under your eyes in an area that will be hidden by the natural creases of your eyes.
Can I sleep on my side after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
After eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), one of the effects you’ll deal with is swelling. Sleeping on your back can help to control the swelling, making it the best sleeping position for your comfort as your eyes recover from surgery. You can also use a travel pillow to keep your head raised when you go to bed.
How do I shower after breast reduction surgery (augmentation mammoplasty)?
Immediately after the surgery, you won’t be able to shower, and your surgeon will let you know when you would be cleared to do so.
When you are cleared to shower, the best way to do it is to turn your back away from the water so that the water isn’t going directly onto your chest. Be gentle with the tape and pat it dry; avoid raising your hands too high. Check with your surgeon if you need to use antibacterial soap. The key is being gentle so that you don’t do anything to affect the incision.
Can you make your ears smaller without surgery?
No, you can’t reduce the size of your ears without surgery.
Ears are made of cartilage, which cannot be altered without the help of a plastic surgeon. Ear surgery involves sculpting and changing the underlying shape of the cartilage of the ear. Without surgery, all you can do is reduce the appearance of the size of your ears with hairstyling and accessories. If you want your ears to become smaller, you will need to get a procedure known as otoplasty.
Should I receive a breast lift (mastopexy) or reduction (reduction mammaplasty)?
The procedure you will choose is dependent on the goals you have, whether it’s to raise the position of your breasts or reduce their size.
In a breast lift (mastopexy), the surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, skin and fat to make your cup size smaller. In a breast lift (mastopexy), the surgeon will work to raise the breasts by tightening the breast tissue which will firm them up so that they have an improved shape. To decide which procedure you want, talk to your plastic surgeon to determine the best option.
What is breast implant illness?
Breast implant illness refers to a condition in which women who have implants report having a range of non-specific symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression, hair loss, chest pain, lethargy, fogginess, aches and pains, and skin rashes. Breast implant illness is difficult to diagnose because it is often unclear why patients are experiencing these types of symptoms. In some cases, the symptoms of the condition improve once breast implants are removed.
Can breast implants increase the risk of cancer?
Breast implants have been associated with a condition known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), which is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells of the immune system. The condition has only been reported in cases where patients have textured implants, and there are currently no reported incidents of the disease associated with smooth implants. BIA-ALCL is a rare condition, but it is important to contact your doctor if you notice any symptoms. Some possible symptoms of the condition include swelling or an accumulation of fluid in the breast or around the implant, lumps, pain and changes to the shape and size of the breast.
How long does it take to recover from breast implant removal surgery?
Although each patient is different, the recovery time for breast implant removal surgery is usually similar to that of a breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) procedure. You will need to take some time to rest after the surgery and it is advisable that you avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for around six weeks following surgery. You may experience some swelling and bruising at the site of surgery. Dr Samuel Yang will prescribe pain medications to manage any discomfort that you feel. It may be helpful to wear a surgical bra while you heal.
Can you remove breast implants?
Yes, it is possible to remove breast implants. Although breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) is a popular surgery, some women do choose to have the procedure reversed. There are a number of factors which may influence one’s decision to have their implants removed. These include localised implant issues that can develop over time; the need for breast cancer treatment; breast implant illness; breast implant associated-anaplastic large cell lymphoma; and changes in preference in patients who seek either an alternative implant size or a reduced profile.
What is an En Bloc breast implant removal?
An En Bloc breast removal is a procedure in which the implant and surrounding scar tissue is removed. Scar tissue can sometimes develop as a natural reaction to the insertion of a foreign object in the body. When this scarring hardens, it forms a kind of capsule around the implant. Patients who experience this issue sometimes choose to have their implants removed. It should be noted that the procedure is quite invasive and is not suitable in all cases. We recommend that you come in for a consultation with Dr Yang to find out if the procedure is right for you.
How are breast implants removed?
There are a number of ways in which breast implants can be removed. Some of the surgery options include breast implant revision, in which implants are removed and replaced with new implants; breast lift surgery (mastopexy), in which implants are removed and the breast tissue is reshaped and tightened for a firmer appearance; fat transfer, in which implants are removed and fat is transferred to the breasts from other areas of the body; and En Bloc breast removal, in which the implant and any surrounding scar tissue is completely removed. We recommend that you come in for a consultation with Dr Yang so that you can discuss all of these options in detail.
Can I get a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) if I am overweight?
We generally recommend that patients who are considering a breast reduction procedure (reduction mammaplasty) reach a healthy and stable body weight before undergoing the surgery. In fact, some of the risks of surgery, including infection, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia, are increased in patients who have a BMI over 30.
It is also important to note that breasts often appear larger in overweight women. Losing excess weight can help to reduce some volume. If you are considering a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty), we recommend that you come in for a consultation with Dr Samuel Yang, who will advise you on the best course of action.
How painful is a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty)?
Fortunately, breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) surgery is not considerably painful. Dr Samuel Yang will, however, prescribe some pain medication to ease any post-operative discomfort. You will also be given a compression garment to wear following surgery. It is quite normal to experience some tenderness in the breasts, as well as some swelling and bruising. These side effects will subside over time. It is important to take some time to heal following the surgery, and you will need to avoid strenuous activity for around two weeks while you recover from the procedure.
How long does swelling last after breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) surgery?
You can expect your breasts to feel tender and swollen for some time following breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) surgery. In fact, it can take anywhere between six to twelve months for the breasts to settle into their final shape as they continue to change throughout this time after the procedure.
Before you undergo the surgery, you will be fitted for a surgical bra, which you will need to wear for six weeks following a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) procedure. This will help to provide support and minimise swelling and fluid retention.
If you have any concerns following surgery, we advise you to speak to Dr Samuel Yang.
Do tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) last?
Yes, the results of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) 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 abdominoplasty 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 this procedure.
Is tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) covered by health insurance?
In some cases, individuals who undergo tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) 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.
Does a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) hurt?
Is male breast reduction (gynaecomastia) surgery safe?
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.
Can I breast feed after a breast lift (mastopexy)?
Breast lift (mastopexy) 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 (reduction mammaplasty) surgery tends to have the greatest potential of affecting the milk supply.
Can I have a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) after a caesarean?
The best condition for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) after a caesarean would be when you are back to your original weight before you had the baby and in good physical condition. An abdominoplasty 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.
How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty)?
While each patient is different, we generally recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for around six weeks following a breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) 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.
How safe is breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty)?
When performed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) 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.
Should you wear a bra after breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty)?
Dr Yang usually recommends that you wear a surgical bra following breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) 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.
Does body contouring really work?
Can you tighten loose skin?
Many people struggle with excess skin after pregnancy and significant weight loss, and it can be a result of ageing. Loose skin can be 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.
Will I have loose skin if I lose weight?
Unfortunately, significant weight loss generally results in loose skin. The extent to which you experience excess 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.
What is gynaecomastia?
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. This is a purely cosmetic surgery and treatment is not medically required.
What are some of the symptoms of gynaecomastia?
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.
How can gynaecomastia be treated?
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 and a slimmer profile. 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.
What’s the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?
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.
Do I need private health insurance?
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.
What can I expect at my consultation?
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.
Will there always be scars after a surgical procedure?
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.
When can I resume normal activities?
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.
Am I a suitable candidate for plastic or cosmetic 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, to ensure there is nothing complicating your treatment such as fatal illnesses, a weakened immune system or unstable mental health.
Does a breast lift (mastopexy) make your breasts bigger?
After a breast lift (mastopexy) surgery, will look lifted and sit higher, but your breasts will not be bigger or smaller. A breast lift (mastopexy) 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.
Will a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) lift my breasts?
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) aims to reduce the size and refine the 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 (mastopexy) surgery.
Can you get a breast lift without scars?
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.
What is otoplasty?
Otoplasty refers to a procedure in which large, protruding or uneven ears are surgically corrected. During the procedure, the underlying ear cartilage is rearranged so 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. This a purely cosmetic surgery and not medically required.
Will I have a scar after ear surgery (otoplasty)?
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.
What is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty refers to surgery that is performed on the eyelids to create a tighter lifted look. 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.
How long does it take to recover from an abdominoplasty?
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 (abdominoplasty) you choose to have, but you can generally expect to avoid strenuous activity and vigorous exercise for at least six weeks while you heal.
Will I feel any pain after an abdominoplasty?
You may feel some pain and discomfort in the first few days after your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) 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 the procedure. This can last for several months or even years.
Will I be able to drive myself home after an abdominoplasty?
No, you will need to arrange someone to drive you home from the hospital following your abdominoplasty. 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.
What does a facelift (meloplasty) procedure involve?
The purpose of a facelift (meloplasty) is to remove excess skin and to lift and tighten the facial skin. 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.
What can I expect after facelift (meloplasty) surgery?
You are likely to experience some swelling and bruising following a facelift (meloplasty) 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.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for facelift (meloplasty) surgery?
Before you decide to undergo facelift (meloplasty) 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 (meloplasty) , you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery as you will need time to recover fully from the procedure.
Should I opt for a breast lift (mastopexy) or reduction (reduction mammaplasty)?
The procedure that you choose to undergo will depend on your needs and aesthetic goals. A breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) 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 (reduction mammaplasty) works by reducing the size, volume and shape of the breast. A breast lift (mastopexy), on the other hand, is suited to women who would like to improve the volume and projection of the breasts.
Is breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) covered by insurance?
Yes, in some cases, it is possible to claim a rebate from Medicare for a breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) procedure. Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is sometimes not classed as a cosmetic operation as there is a strong functional component to the surgery. If you are considering breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) 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.
Is breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) a safe procedure?
If your breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) 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 (reduction mammaplasty) 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.