Australia’s registered plastic surgeon with experience in:
- Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty & Recovery
- Complicated Breast Revision Surgery & Internal Bra System
- Tuberous Breasts & Breast Asymmetry Corrections
- Comprehensive understanding in Fat Grafting Technique
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Understanding asian breast augmentation mammoplasty
When planning Asian breast implant surgery, there are generally two main concerns that must be addressed by surgeons and patients.
Breast augmentation (mammoplasty) scars are one of the main ways in which Asian patients differ from the average Western patient. Like anyone with a darker skin tone, Asian patients have an increased risk of darker, pigmented scars or keloid scars. Keloid scars are thick, raised scars, and the chest area is one of the body parts where they are likely to occur. Scarring, including keloid scarring, and incision placement is therefore a major concern for Asian patients.
Because of that, Dr Tavakoli dedicates a considerable amount of time to discuss scarring during the initial consultation before breast augmentation (mammoplasty). The team believes that it is important for patients to understand the risk of keloid scars and how different approaches can help mitigate those risks.
Asian skin may require a different approach to scarring, and this is what the experienced clinic team discusses before agreeing to breast augmentation surgery (mammoplasty) for an Asian patient. In-depth consultations are key to understanding patient needs and desired outcomes.
Taking a Different Approach to Asian Breast Implants
Avoiding visible scars is one of main concerns for Dr Tavakoli and his team. In the past, the trans-axillary technique has enjoyed popularity among many Asian women, and there are several reasons that made surgeons choose this approach.
A technique to match your lifestyle
If patients desire spending time outdoors, wearing singlet tops or swimwear, trans-axillary incisions can become problematic. In non-Asian patients, scars typically fade over time, but Asian skin is more prone to dark scarring.
Additionally, the trans-axillary method limits the surgeon’s options to shape the patient’s breasts during the procedure. Positioning of the breast implant itself can also be limited. Armpit incisions make it impossible to use intra-operative sizers which surgeons use to estimate the desired implant volume.
Lastly, an armpit incision can only be used for round saline breast implants. By limiting the options of breast surgery to only saline implants, this technique also limits the opportunities to create the desired outcome for Asian breast augmentation mammoplasty.
Alternative Techniques for Asian Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
For Asian breast augmentation mammoplasty, trans-axillary incisions are simply not the best approach. That is why Dr Tavakoli’s preferred placement of the incision is in the inframammary fold (IMF). The IMF describes the natural lower boundary of a patient’s breast and is also known as breast crease.
For Asian breast enlargement procedures, inframammary incisions have become a more common option because of their versatility. The procedure involves an incision that is fairly small, often only one or two inches long. This type of surgical incision accommodates saline or silicone implants.
A more flexible approach
Placing the incision in the skin crease below the breast allows Dr Tavakoli better access to the breast pocket itself. As a result, the surgeon has additional options for the precise positioning of the patient’s breast implant, including subglandular, subpectoral, and submuscular placements.
IMF incisions are equally suited to saline implants and silicone implants, increasing the surgeon’s and the patient’s options to choose and select the implant most suited to the desired look. Because of its position in the breast crease, Dr Tavakoli can insert anatomical, teardrop-shaped breast implants.
Dr Tavakoli offers laser scar therapy to all Asian breast augmentation mammoplasty patients. Once the initial scar has healed sufficiently, laser therapy can reduce the appearance of it. Dr Tavakoli uses Lumenis ultra pulse laser.
Aside from scarring, size is the second most important consideration for an Asian woman when she is considering breast surgery. Typically, Asian women have smaller frames and a smaller breast area than Western women. This must be accounted for when plastic surgeons are planning Asian breast augmentation surgery (mammoplasty).
Dr Tavakoli understands the importance of considering whether a patient has a low body mass index (BMI) or a more petite figure. Both factors influence the choice of implant size and implant placement.
Choosing and Sizing a Breast Implant
Dr Tavakoli has extensive experience performing breast implant surgery on Asian patients. He exclusively uses intra operative sizers during the breast augmentation mammoplasty procedure to ensure that the most appropriate breast implant shape and size is selected for the patient.
Of course, selection and sizing of a saline or silicone implant starts before the procedure. During the consultation, Dr Tavakoli discusses the desired outcome with his patients.
Different implants achieve different outcomes
The plastic surgeon’s recommendations depend on whether a woman is looking for a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic change. Recommendations also take into account the woman’s overall breast area and the amount of natural breast tissue.
Dr Tavakoli ensures that patients raise any concerns and understand how the choice of round implants or teardrop implants will influence their new look. Because of their smaller frame, many Asian women prefer smaller implants.
Why Use Intra Operative Sizers
Intra operative sizers allow plastic surgeons to shape and position implants during a breast augmentation mammoplasty.
This approach takes into account a patient’s own skin elasticity and their rib wall curvature. Neither can be accurately measured during a consultation. Being able to adjust during the procedure is currently the only way of ensuring we can perform specific surgical techniques depending on your unique body shape and characteristics.
Dr Tavakoli has access to unlimited intra operative sizers and has found this to be the most successful method for choosing a breast implant size for Asian patients. Naturally, decisions taken during the procedure are based on the goals discussed during the initial consultation.