Are you considering plastic surgery? You will find a clear explanation of the most common plastic surgeries on these pages, including the advantages, disadvantages and risks involved.
Book an appointment with our plastic surgeon to discuss your needs in greater detail. He will explain the limitations and complications of the procedures in all honesty. This will give you a very realistic view on the chosen treatment, which will in turn avoid disappointment in the future. If needed, you can always combine this with a visit to our dermatologist for additional advice.
Mediclinic prides itself on its vast experience in the treatment of esthetic skin conditions. After consultation with our dermatogist, you will be advised on the safest and most efficient treatment. All treatments are supervised by our dermatologist. Mediclinic has an arsenal of lasers, devices and technologies to ensure you get the best results.
You will find a short description of the most common esthetic skin conditions on this website, including the different treatment options available:
Breast reconstruction unfortunately never gives a perfect result, but it is very important in the eyes of most women. It allows them to regain their femininity and forget the illness to which they were exposed.
A new breast can be reconstructed after a mastectomy. The procedure can take place at the end of chemotherapy or radiotherapy or may also be performed at the same time as the mastectomy. There are different techniques for the reconstruction of a breast:
The insertion of anatomic breast implants is the easiest solution but unfortunately only possible if radiation isn't needed. If the reconstruction can only take place after the mastectomy, the skin will first need to be stretched by means of a small balloon inserted under the skin.
Latissimus dorsi flaps
If you have undergone radio or chemotherapy treatment or if the tissues are very thin, a piece of the the large muscle in the back can be used to reconstruct the breast, sometimes in combination with a breast implant.
This procedure allows the breast to be reconstructed with one's own tissues. Together with the abdominal muscle, the rectus abdominis can be used to rebuild the breast. Ruptures of the abdominal wall are common and represent a major drawback. A preferred alternative is to take adipose (fatty) tissue from the stomach and leave the rectus abdominis muscle intact. The flap is then connected to the blood vessels of the chest through microsurgery. This procedure however takes much longer (8 to 14h) and holds a higher risk.
A nipple is relatively easy to make. This procedure takes place under local anaesthesia. Even though breast reconstruction can never recreate the perfect breast, it often means the world to women not to be reminded of their illness every time they look in the mirror.