Cosmetic surgery: Technique is best for your breasts

NEW Look: A specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Adrian Sjarif, helps patients in Sutherland.
NEW Look: A specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Adrian Sjarif, helps patients in Sutherland.

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Breast augmentations and reconstructions are common plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures.  

We have all heard of implants being used in breast procedures, but, Dr Adrian Sjarif, a specialist plastic surgeon operating in Miranda, Kogarah and Wollongong offers a free flap surgery to perform breast reconstruction, usually after breast cancer, where tissue is taken from the woman’s abdomen or thighs and transferred to her chest to create a breast using microsurgical techniques.

“Only specialist plastic surgeons have the training to perform this procedure. Other surgeons, including oncoplastic breast surgeons generally are not trained in this area,” the doctor said.

Dr Sjarif offers a range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures but specialises in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery. 

This includes breast augmentation, breast reductions and lifts, revisionary breast surgery from previous surgery gone wrong, and male breast surgery. 

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“I perform a large number of reconstructive breast procedures as well using a combination of implant-based reconstruction and free-flap reconstructions,” Dr Sjarif said. “I also reconstruct the nipple and areola to complete the process in an effort to replace that which is lost.”

For patients considering a cosmetic procedure, no referral is generally required.

With breast augmentations Dr Sjarif uses short scar techniques to minimise visible scars and the 14-point plan of breast implant insertion to minimise infection. 

“I offer patients sizers in the pre-operative consultation and access to Vectra 3D technology which allows women to ‘trial’ different implants and visualise what kind of result they can expect using high quality 3D photography,” he said.