fullybooked200We are currently booking routine (non-urgent) new patient appointments for February 2020 and beyond. We always do our best to accommodate emergency and urgent referrals upon receipt of your doctor's referral, and we have a number of "emergency" slots available in the weeks ahead. We also have an appointment waiting list so that wait listed patients can receive offers of earlier appointments if and when they become available. However, due to strong demand, limited appointment availability and only a few weeks to go before the Holiday Season commences, we do not anticipate being able to accommodate further routine (non-urgent) patient appointments in 2019. Thank you for your understanding.

Medical tourism and extreme makeovers - April 2016

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The sad news of Melbourne man Leigh Aiple's death following an overseas plastic surgery extreme makeover highlights the dangers of medical tourism but also needs to be considered in the context of the difficulty of accessing such surgery in Australia. 

News reports state that Leigh underwent extensive surgeries in Malaysia, including a full body lift, extensive liposuction, a thigh lift, an upper eye lift, a chin tuck, lip filler and chest sculpting. One of his surgeries took 11 hours and he had significant medical complications while in Malaysia but was cleared to return home. Tragically, the 31 year old man died of a pulmonary embolism less than 24 hours after he returned to Australia. 

Many medical organisations have highlighted the risks of medical tourism and the unexpected issues that may arise when plastic or cosmetic surgery is performed overseas. If your surgery is performed cheaply in another country it is more likely that the surgeon's qualifications and the operating theatre (including sterilising services) and hospital facilities will not meet the standards required in Australia. If you suffer a complication during or after surgery you may not have access to life saving intensive care units and specialist medical care. Even if such services are available, who will pay the costs?

Since January 1 this year body contouring surgeries in Australia have become much more expensive for many people, as the eligibility requirements for Medicare services for abdominoplasties, thigh lifts, arm reductions, body lifts and buttock lifts have tightened. To qualify for body contouring surgery with a Medicare benefit it is now necessary for individuals to have

  • a skin condition that risks skin integrity, and has not responded to treatment over three months
  • excess skin and fat that interferes with activities of daily living
  • lost weight of at least 5 Body Mass Index (BMI) units
  • maintained a stable weight for 6 months following the weight loss

Although listed in the Medicare Benefits Scheme, body contouring surgeries are not available through many public hospitals and even individuals who meet the Medicare requirements report that they are unable to find hospitals who will treat them. Individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements for Medicare services will not receive rebates from Medicare or from their private health insurers for such surgery. Body contouring surgeries are therefore largely only available in Australia to people who are able to fork out the relatively high out of pocket costs for surgery, anaesthesia and hospitals, and the cost of managing any post operative complications that may occur.

This is a difficult situation for individuals who are seeking body contouring surgeries. Research demonstrates that this surgery can produce significant improvements in an individual's satisfaction with their body, their sex life, their self-esteem and their physical symptoms. Individuals who cannot fund such surgery in Australia, but can fund it overseas, will continue to participate in medical tourism. We can't stop this, and nor should we try. But we need be aware of the reasons why people seek this surgery overseas, and the risks they face - whether knowingly or unknowingly. 

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The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has a "Cosmetic Tourism Checklist" for individuals who are considering overseas plastic or cosmetic surgery. 

Vaginal lightening, vaginal tightening & hymen repair

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 Dr Jill Tomlinson does not provide vaginal lightening, vaginal tightening or hymen repair services. The following information is provided to assist individuals who have come to our website seeking information on these services.

"Vaginal" lightening

There are many myths and misconceptions about female genitals. The term “vaginal lightening” itself points to a misconception – many individuals mistakenly think that the word “vagina” refers to everything between a woman’s legs. In fact, the vagina is an internal tube like structure – the place where a woman puts a tampon (if she uses a tampon), and the pathway through which a baby is born (if the baby is delivered naturally). The vagina is a tube connecting the uterus (womb) with the outside world.
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The diagram on the right (from a Queensland Health website) shows the anatomical terms for the different parts of the female anatomy. Other terms that you may hear health professionals use are “vulva” or “perineum” which are used to describe the outside parts of the female genitals.

Certain websites promote myths about female genitals. For example, this website, which talks about natural methods of vaginal lightening, suggests that women can have darker labia “due to sexual experience over the years". In truth, sexual intercourse does not affect labial pigmentation. Being sexually active also does not cause permanent changes in the size of your labia. Masturbation also does not affect the pigmentation or size of your labia. 

“Natural” products that we do not recommend that you use to attempt to lighten the skin of your labia, anus, nipples, scrotum, vagina or other body parts include lemon juice, milk, rice powder, turmeric, yoghurt, gram flour, orange peel, almonds, mint leaves, lime juice, tomato juice and cucumber juice. We also do not recommend that you try to lighten your vagina or other body parts with Vitamin E, Vitamin C, L-glutathione soap, papaya soap, bleaching cream, baby oil, or mineral oil.

We are not aware of any evidence that you can prevent darkening or reduce pigmentation by wearing a particular type of underwear, or by shaving rather than waxing, or by using soap or other cleansers, by eating a healthy diet, by avoiding fatty foods or by drinking lots of water.

There is evidence that your skin can become more pigmented through sun exposure, but unless you regularly go out in the sun with your genital region exposed there is little reason to think that using sunblock on your genitals will be helpful.

We do not recommend that you spend money purchasing Bleach Babe Vaginal Bleach, My Pink Wink Cream, Pink Daisy Labia Bleaching Cream, Biofade Anal Bleaching Cream, Dr. Pinks Anal Bleaching Cream, Honey Bare Premium Butt Bleach, Clean and Dry Intimate Wash, Vigala, Pink Privates, Biofade, Secret Bright, Lakshma Maxxi, or Lick & Luck Butt Bleach.

We’re sceptical about any before and after photo of “vaginal” bleaching where the images show pictures that are clearly of different women, as on this website (the clitoral hood and labia minora depicted in these images are very different).

If you notice a new or growing pigmented spot on your labia it is recommended that you see your GP to have it checked out, just as you should if you have a lump or a spot elsewhere on your body that is changing or concerning you. But in general, if you are concerned about the pigmentation of your labia (and many women are), the most important thing to understand is that every woman’s genitals are different and that it is quite normal and natural to have pigmented labia. Changing the pigmentation of your labia is about as achievable and necessary as permanently changing the natural colour of the lips on your face, or your eye colour.

Vaginal tightening creams & surgery

We do not recommend that you purchase or use vaginal tightening creams. These creams generally "work" by counteracting your natural lubrication. As such they do not tighten your vagina, they just make sexual intercourse more uncomfortable.

Dr Tomlinson does not perform vaginal tightening surgery. If you have concerns regarding your vagina we advise you to discuss this with your General Practitioner, who may refer you to a qualified gynaecologist who is trained to deal with these issues. 

 Hymen repair

Dr Tomlinson does not perform hymen repair surgery. Hymen repair surgery is not taught as part of the plastic surgery curriculum in Australia and although it is technically simple for a fully trained plastic surgeon to repair or reconstruct a hymen there are philosophical reasons that many surgeons elect not to perform this surgery. There are doctors in Australia who offer this service (including doctors who are not qualified surgeons), even to women who have previously delivered a baby vaginally, but we do not recommend hymen repair. There is no way of telling whether a woman is a virgin from inspecting her hymen or vagina.

Hyperhidrosis treatment

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axillaryhyperhidrosisHyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Excessive sweating can have major effects on your professional or personal life. In most instances there is no medical reason for the excessive sweating, but there are effective treatments available. This treatment is most commonly used for axillary hyperhidrosis (the medical term for "excessive sweating of the armpits") and palmar hyperhidrosis ("excessive sweating of the hands").

Can you stop my palms and/or armpits from sweating?

Yes. Botulinum toxin is a very effective method of stopping excessive sweating.

How does it work?

The botulinum toxin is administed to the affected skin with multiple injections that are spaced out over 1cm areas. The treatment reduces sweating by 90% by blocking signals between the nerves and sweat glands.

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Will it work on me?

Almost certainly. Multiple medical studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of this treatment. Occasionally patients report that they have had ineffective treatments done elsewhere previously. It is much more likely that in these instances the treatment was not administed correctly, or that an inadequate amount of botulinum toxin was administered. It is extremely unlikely that you are “resistant” or “immune” to botulinum toxin.

How often does treatment need to be repeated?

Most patients experience results lasting 5-12 months. Longer lasting results are seen with higher doses of botulinum toxin.

Is it painful?

Discomfort can be minimised for treatment of the armpits by using combinations of ice, distraction and local anaesthetic cream. Local anaesthetic injections are not used in the armpits as the nerves supplying the area are spread out over a relatively wide area.

For injections to the hands two wrist injections are all that you will feel for a full single hand treatment. As a plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon I am experienced in administering local anaesthetic nerve blocks. I find that using local anaesthetic provides significantly greater comfort for my hand patients than using ice or other anaesthetic or distraction methods. The hands are very sensitive and I don’t wish to put my patients through the distress of feeling 30-50 separate injections. However, please note that you will not be able to drive home from your appointment!

Is it expensive?

The cost of treatment relates to the large volumes of botulinum toxin that need to be administered for an effective treatment. Patients who experience significant problems with hyperhidrosis find this treatment a lifesaver.

Alternative therapies

female outstretched arms in rainBefore trying botulinum toxin it is advisable to try simple treatments first. Anti-perspirants that have a high aluminium content work by forming a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland, blocking the sweat gland. Brand names of products that have a high concentration (15% or greater) include Maxim, Drysol, CertainDri, Odaban, Anhydrol Forte, Dricolor and B+Drier.

Oral medications have a high rate of intolerable side effects, including drowsiness, nausea, blurred vision, dry mouth, rapid heart beat, constipation and urinary retention.

Talcum powder can provide limited relief.

Iontophoresis is a non-invasive electronic device that temporarily blocks the sweat ducts. The device can be used every few days for a period of 20-30 minutes to alleviate the problem.

Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a surgical procedure that can be performed to permanently address excess sweating. Information from practitioners who practice this procedure advises that it is 80% effective. It requires a general anaesthetic and can have significant side effects such as nerve damage, scarring and compensatory hyperhidrosis.

Body

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woman happy clothed okResearch demonstrates that body contouring surgery has positive effects that go well beyond appearance. These positive effects include:

  • motivation to maintain weight loss
  • improved happiness, satisfaction with life and perception of health
  • improved self-image, self-esteem and self confidence
  • improved physical comfort
  • improved quality of life

Dr Jill Tomlinson performs plastic and reconstructive surgery on all areas of the male and female body. There are a wide variety of body contouring procedures which are best tailored specifically to suit your individual body shape and concerns. These include:

Other surgeries on the body that we offer include:

  • Lipoma, mole and cyst removal (for a convenient option, try our See and Treat service)
  • Complex pilonidal sinus surgery
  • Scar treatment and scar revision surgery

Labiaplasty

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Female genital cosmetic surgery is a term that encompasses a number of different procedures that have been talked about and performed more frequently in recent years. Labiaplasty (sometimes termed labioplasty) is the most commonly performed procedure, but female genital cosmetic surgery or vaginal rejuvenation has also been considered to include procedures such as liposculpture of the mons and labia majora, clitoral hood reduction, hymenoplasty, partial clitoridectomy and perineoplasty.

Why do women choose to undergo labiaplasty?

Women seek labiaplasty for functional and/or cosmetic concerns. Women with functional concerns report problems with discomfort when wearing tight clothing (jeans or gym wear) or when undertaking specific activities. Women with cosmetic concerns report that they are dissatisfied with the appearance of their labia or perineum, and that this has adverse psychological effects.

It is very important to realise that the appearance of the labia varies widely - there is no single "normal" appearance of the female genitalia, just as there is no single "normal" appearance of male genitalia. It is not abnormal for the labia minora (the "inner lips") to protrude past the labia majora (the "outer lips"). In fact, this is very common. If you're wondering if your labia are normal the Labia Library from Women's Health Victoria is a great resource.

There is no evidence to suggest that labiaplasty surgery can reduce problems with recurrent thrush or address hygiene concerns or problems.

How do I know if I should have labiaplasty surgery?

labiaplastycupcakesYou have plenty of opportunity to think about any decision you make regarding labiaplasty surgery - it's definitely not surgery to rush into. Often women who are wondering about the surgery are not sure if their genitals are normal, or may be unsure as to what the range of "normal" is. Many of the images of female genitals that we see have been airbrushed due to Australian classification guideline requirements, so while it is entirely your decision whether to seek to undertake the surgery it is a good idea to be clear in your own mind about exactly why you are seeking the surgery and what your goals are. Some of the questions you should consider are:

  • what functional problems, if any, do you have (eg difficulty wearing tight clothing, interference with activities)?
  • do your labia fit within the wide range of normal?
  • how do you feel about the way your labia look (length, colour, thickness etc)?
  • what sort of surgical result would you consider ideal (appearance or function)?
  • how do you think the surgery would alter the way you feel about yourself, or your ability to undertake specific activities?

What does labiaplasty surgery involve?

Labiaplasty is day-case surgery that can be done under general anaesthetic, local anaesthetic with sedation or local anaesthetic. There are a few different surgical approaches to reducing the size or changing the shape of the labia. Your surgeon will discuss the differences in these with you, including the pros and cons of each approach. The most common approaches are either removal of a V-shaped wedge from one or more areas along the labia minora, or trimming of the labia minora, or a combination of these two. If you are concerned about the shape of your mons pubis or your labia majora it is possible to have fat transferred - either to reduce or increase volume in these areas.

What is the recovery time?

It is sensible to plan to take a week away from work and your usual activities. It is common to have significant swelling and discomfort after the operation, although this can be managed with ice packs, rest and analgesia. You will be able to shower and wash after the surgery. Dissolving sutures are used, so you will not need to have sutures removed. The site of surgery will be sensitive for up to 6 weeks and during this time you should avoid activities like bike riding and vaginal intercourse.

Can I see some before and after results?

We do not post before and after images on this website, however if you would like to view examples of labiaplasty surgery results there are many labiaplasty examples posted at the RealSelf website.

What are the success rates of female genital cosmetic surgery?

There is a lack of evidence about the success rates and the complications of female genital cosmetic surgery. Dr Jill Tomlinson has been involved in educational campaigns and forums, including with Women's Health Victoria and with Family Planning NSW, to raise awareness of the wide range of normal variation in female genitalia and to promote the use of surgery in a safe, ethical and evidence-based manner. Dr Tomlinson was instrumental in the development of a Position Statement on Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery which was adopted by the Australian Federation of Medical Women and the Executive Council of the Medical Women's International Association in 2012. Dr Tomlinson upholds the right of women to choose to undergo lawful surgical procedures and strives to ensure that patients who undergo this surgery are comfortable with their decision and fully educated about the non-surgical and surgical options available.

Potential complications

femalebodysideLabiaplasty surgery is not a major surgical procedure, however complications of labiaplasty surgery may include:

  • Bleeding- It is possible, though unusual; it may require emergency treatment.
  • Infection - Infection is unusual after this type of surgery. Antibiotics or additional surgery may be necessary.
  • Change in skin sensation- Diminished (or loss of) skin sensation in the labia may not totally resolve after labiaplasty.
  • Skin contour irregularities- This may cause alteration in the appearance of the edge of the labia. Visible and palpable wrinkling of skin can occur.
  • Pigment irregularities- Visible discoloration of the leading edge of the labia majora/minora can occur.
  • Scarring - Scars may be unattractive and of different color than surrounding skin. Additional treatments including surgery may be necessary to treat abnormal scarring.
  • Surgical anaesthesia - There is the possibility of complications, injury, and even death from all forms of surgical anaesthesia or sedation; these complications are very rare.
  • Asymmetry- Labia are normally uneven. Symmetry may not result from labiaplasty. Many other anatomical features may contribute to normal asymmetry in body features.
  • Delayed healing- Wound disruption or delayed wound healing is possible. This may require frequent dressing changes or further surgery to remove the non-healed tissue.
  • Allergic reactions
  • Swelling- Malposition, scarring, unacceptable appearance or loss of the labia may occur.
  • Long term effects- Subsequent alterations in body contour may occur as the result of aging, weight loss or gain, pregnancy, or other circumstances not related to labiaplasty.
  • Pain- Chronic pain may occur very infrequently from nerves becoming trapped in scar tissue after labiaplasty. Pain due to other associated conditions may not be relieved by labiaplasty.
  • Other- You may be disappointed with the results of surgery. Infrequently, it is necessary to perform additional surgery to improve your results.

Discussing these potential complications with your surgeon will allow you to better understand the recovery period, detect any problems early and understand the risks and benefits of surgery.

What should I do before my appointment?

If you are seeking labiaplasty you need to obtain a referral from a doctor before your appointment.

What will happen at my appointment?

At your appointment Dr Tomlinson will ask you questions about your general health and the reasons you are seeking a labiaplasty. Dr Tomlinson will examine you and have a detailed discussion with you regarding your preferences, the best surgical technique for you (wedge or trim method), what the surgery and recovery involves and the risks of surgery. You will have the opportunity to look at a variety of images of labia so that you and Dr Tomlinson can plan your surgery. If you agree, photographs may be taken of your labia so that these can be discussed with you and you can be informed about what outcome you can expect from the surgery.

Dr Tomlinson will confirm the surgical plan with you, you will be provided with in-depth information, you will be offered the opportunity to ask any additional questions and you will be able to select the timing for your surgery. You will be asked to sign a consent form for the surgery and given information about the cost of surgery. If you have not been referred by your general practitioner we will ask that before we perform the surgery you provide us with a letter from an independent doctor that states that you have a health or medical reason for seeking labiaplasty.

There is no rush to proceed with labiaplasty surgery and if you require additional appointments to discuss your treatment prior to proceeding with surgery we are very happy to do this. 

Why do I need to obtain a referral or a letter from another doctor saying that I have a health reason for seeking labiaplasty?

We require this because Victorian legislation states that excision of part of the labia minora is considered “female genital mutilation” unless it is “necessary for the health of the person on whom it is performed”. It does not matter if you are an adult and you consent to the surgery. If the surgery is performed without a health indication your doctor may face criminal charges and up to 15 years in jail. 

What are health reasons for having a labiaplasty?

The World Health Organisation defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. 

Is labiaplasty covered by Medicare and private health insurance?

For some time there was uncertainty about what health reasons for having a labiaplasty were considered valid for Medicare purposes, and the Attorney General recommended in March 2013 that this be clarified. On November 1, 2014 the Medicare Guidelines were updated. On November 1, 2018 the Medicare Guidelines were updated again. The descriptor for Medicare item code 35534 now states: 

"Vulvoplasty or labioplasty, in a patient aged 18 years or more, performed by a specialist in the practice of the specialist's specialty, for a structural abnormality that is causing significant functional impairment, if the patient's labium extends more than 8 cm below the vaginal introitus while the patient is in a standing resting position."

The item code 35534 is only valid for inpatient surgical procedures. A Medicare rebate will not be paid for outpatient procedures. 

If your labium does not extend more than 8cm below the vaginal introitus while in the standing resting position you are not eligible for Medicare or private health insurance rebates on labiaplasty surgery. Labiaplasties that are performed as a rooms procedure under local anaesthetic are not eligible for Medicare or private health insurance rebates. 

How much does labiaplasty surgery cost?

If you have private health insurance and are eligible for a Medicare rebatable procedure (labium >8cm) the cost will be approximately $2850, depending on your level of coverage (including whether you have an excess on your private health insurance). To determine if your private health insurance covers you for a Medicare-approved labiaplasty contact your fund and ask if you are covered for surgery with the Medicare item number 35534. Your health fund will be able to advise you what reimbursements they provide for this treatment and what the out of pocket cost will be for your hospital admission.

If you do not have private health insurance it costs approximately $5600 to have this procedure performed in a private surgical facility as day case surgery under the care of a fully qualified anaesthestist and specialist plastic surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson. 

Labiaplasty can be performed as an in-rooms procedure under local anaesthetic; the procedure costs approximately $3850. The fees quoted are inclusive of follow up appointments with Dr Tomlinson.

To schedule an appointment to see Dr Tomlinson about labiaplasty please phone (03) 9427-9596.

Click here for informaton about vaginal lightening, vaginal tightening and hymen repair.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.
Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Brachioplasty

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armbrachioplastyfacewomanBrachioplasty surgery is performed to reshape the underportion of the arm between the shoulder and elbow. The surgery removes excess skin and fat, giving a more toned appearance. It is most commonly performed in women over the age of 35 and in patients who have undergone significant weight loss. Exercise can be used to tone the arm muscles, but it will not address droopy skin. Individuals who have excessive fat in their upper arms without lax skin can achieve great brachioplasty results with liposuction alone, but in most patients excision of skin is also required.

Surgical details

The surgery takes 1-3 hours and can be done as day case or overnight-stay surgery under general anaesthesia. Liposuction is used in addition to the excision of skin to help achieve optimal contour outcomes and to retain veins and lymphatic channels that run within the arm tissue. The scar is placed on the inner aspect of your arm. The location of the scar should be confirmed with your surgeon before the operation, as its location can be varied according to your preferences - some people prefer it to be located more towards the back of the arm, others prefer it to be at the front of the arm. 

If you have undergone significant weight loss it is worthwhile having your nutritional levels checked prior to surgery as you may have some nutritional deficiencies (iron levels, Vitamin D) that would be best corrected prior to an operation in order to optimise your healing. Smokers are requested to cease smoking 3 weeks prior to surgery and not to smoke for at least 3 weeks after surgery. Smoking impairs wound healing and increases the risk of complications and poor scarring. You must not consume aspirin or other blood thinners for 10 days prior to the surgery, as these medications increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.

Post operative recovery

The scar is the major downside of the surgery, so I take as much care as possible to minimise the appearance of this scar. The eventual scar outcome is a mixture of surgical technique, genetics, post operative complications and the post operative scar management. I can control the surgical technique, such as closing the wound without tension and avoiding trauma to the tissues. You cannot control your genetics, so if you or your relatives have a tendency towards hypertrophic or keloid scarring you should take this into consideration when contemplating surgery.

The likelihood of post operative complications (such as infection, haematoma or skin necrosis) can be minimised by selecting a careful and experienced surgeon to perform the procedure, and by following your pre and post operative instructions. Your post operative instructions will instructions about dressings and your compression garments, as well as a post operative scar management regimen, which includes silicone gel sheeting, massage and other topical therapies. The compression garments and silicone gel sheeting is provided in your surgical package.

After surgery you should:

  • take the antibiotics and pain medications that have been prescribed for you
  • avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 4 weeks
  • wear your compression garment for at least 4 weeks after surgery and follow the post operative scar management regimen recommended to you
  • maintain a stable, healthy weight.

Your scar will continue to mature and fade for 1-2 years after surgery. 

What can go wrong (complications)?

  • allergic reactions to anaesthesia or skin preparation solutions or dressings
  • contour asymmetry
  • bleeding
  • changes in skin sensation
  • changes in shape or appearance of the arm, and of the axillary (armpit) hair
  • delayed healing
  • disappointment
  • uneven or unsightly scarring
  • swelling and/or lymphoedema
  • recurrent skin laxity
  • haematoma (blood clot under the skin)
  • infection
  • skin necrosis
  • wound breakdown
  • distortion of the armpit skin
  • need for secondary surgical correction
  • pain
  • deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
  • seroma requiring drainage

It is important to have realistic expectations about wound healing and post operative scarring with brachioplasty. A study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2014 of 44 brachioplasties performed by two experienced surgeons had a complication rate of 50% and a scar revision rate of 21%. There were no returns to the operating theatre for serious problems such as infection or bleeding, but 14 of 44 patients required wound dressings after an area of wound splitting (wound opening), 1 patient developed a seroma, and 9 patients underwent scar revision within one year for widened or hypertrophic scarring. The post operative regimen that we recommend that you follow is designed to minimise the likelihood of these complications. Reference: Knotts CD, Kortesis BG, Hundstad JP. Avulsion brachioplasty: technique overview and 5 year experience. Plast Reconstr Surg 2014 Feb; 133(2):283-8

What are the costs of brachioplasty?

The surgical quotation that you will be provided with at your consultation includes:

  • the surgeon's fee
  • the anaesthetist's fee
  • the hospital and theatre fee
  • compression garment(s)
  • scar management products
  • the cost of your post surgical appointments

 Video

In this video YouTube user Kellawanda describes her brachioplasty surgery recovery at 17 days after surgery:

 Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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