Top surgery is a highly effective treatment that allows patients to feel more comfortable with their bodies by better aligning physical characteristics with an internal sense of self, and the self the patient wishes to present to the world. It can be entirely life changing.
Each of the procedures involves different approaches, costs and benefits, and a thorough consultation with a Specialist Plastic Surgeon comfortable with all of the available options is the best way to match your wishes, expectations, priorities and anatomy with the best pro-cedure for you.
A referral letter from a mental health professional is required before being considered for this procedure.
Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support officers will organise a quote. Your quote will include a fee for your surgeon as well as an estimate of anaesthetist and hospital fees. There may also be costs associated with medication, pathology and post-surgery garments.
If this procedure is deemed medically necessary, it may attract a Medicare item number. If you are insured, your private health insurer may also cover some of the costs of your proce-dure, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also im-portant to prepare for your recovery before your top surgery. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any prescriptions you may need in the week following surgery.
You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.
Discomfort, swelling, bruising and numbness are all normal after top surgery. This will ease over the following weeks, and our clinic team will be able to offer you advice on effective pain management. A compression garment is worn after any breast surgery to reduce swell-ing and increase comfort during recovery. To drain excess fluid, you may have drains which will be managed with the help of nursing staff.
Patients need several days to rest and recover after this procedure. During the first few weeks after the procedure, heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and swimming is discouraged. Smoking should also be avoided to accelerate the healing process and prevent complica-tions.
All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your con-sultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accred-ited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.
You will be provided with procedure specific information prior to your surgery with instruc-tions to ensure that you are in prime condition prior to your procedure. You will also be pro-vided with post-operative instructions outlining proper aftercare, including things to be aware of. Our specialised clinical team is available should you have any questions for con-cerns.
All surgical procedures will result in scars however there are steps that can be taken to en-sure visible scars are kept to a minimum. For instance, keeping your incision site protected from the sun, using tape and massaging the area once healed.
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