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The following treatments are available at Spire Dunedin Hospital under the care of one of our cosmetic surgeons.

Breast augmentation

For many women enhancing the size and/or shape of their breasts can be something they have always dreamed of. Breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation, uses breast implants to help women achieve larger, fuller and firmer breasts - depending on the desired outcome. This surgery is an option for many women who are unhappy for any number of reasons, or if their breasts have changed over time, after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss.

Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and firmness, your cosmetic surgeon will be able to advise you on which implant would achieve the result that you are looking for.

The implants are inserted behind your natural breasts through a discrete incision in the crease under the breast, around your nipples or near your armpit.

The surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. It will also require you spending a night or two in hospital. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra for a few weeks following the surgery.

Breast implant removal

If you have previously had breast implants but for any reason you have decided you do not want them anymore, then breast implant removal is the surgery for you. There may be medical reasons for the implants being removed, or it could be personal preference. New implants can be inserted once the old ones have been removed if it is the size, shape or firmess that you wish to change.

The implant will be removed through the same incision that it was inserted in. Depending on the reason for the removal, further surgery could be required to provide the desired finish to the breast if another implant is required, or a change in shape, or size.

The operation can last between one to two hours and will be completed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. It will also require you spending a night or two in hospital. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra for a few weeks following the surgery.

Breast reduction

For some women the problem can be that their breasts are too large, this can cause bad posture, back ache or embarrasment over them being too large, the answer to this is breast reduction surgery.

Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, reduces the size of your breasts by removing some of the breast tissue. There are various ways to do this, but typically the excess breast tissue is removed through incisions on the lower part of the breasts and the nipples are moved to suit the new shape. The skin is re-shaped and the cuts are closed with stitches.

The operation lasts between one to two hours and is completed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. It will also require you spending a night or two in hospital. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra for a few weeks following the surgery.

After the surgery your breasts will not grow back, however they may change shape and size if you put on weight or become pregnant.

Breast uplift

If your breasts have changed shape through age, weight loss, pregnancy or due to natural ageing, then a breast uplift can be the answer, it can improve the size, shape and firmness of your breasts.

Often a breast uplift, also known as a mastopexy, is performed at the same time as a breast enlargement or reduction to help achieve the shape and size you would like your breasts to be.

Breast uplift surgery raises and reshapes your breasts, this is done by the removal of excess skin from underneath your breast, and around the areola (the dark skin around your nipple). The skin is then tightened and your nipple is repositioned to give your breasts a more youthful and firm appearance.

The operation lasts between one to two hours and is completed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. It will also require you spending a night or two in hospital. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra for a few weeks following the surgery.

Inverted nipple correction

Most women have naturally protuding nipples, but for some women one or both of their nipples can be inverted, the best procedure to correct this is inverted nipple correction surgery.

Inverted nipples often occur during puberty and are related to short milk ducts, if this is the case then there is unlikley to be a medical problem. However, if the problem has occured more recently you should see your GP straight away as there may be an underlying medical reason for the change.

The surgery for nipple correction is relatively simple. The surgeon will cut around the nipple and then restitch it so that the nipple protudes. Scarring is usually minimal, though breastfeeding cannot be guaranteed after the procedure because the milk ducts will usually have been cut during surgery and will no longer be intact.

The operation lasts between one to two hours and is completed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep during the procedure. It will also require you spending a night or two in hospital. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra for a few weeks following the surgery.

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