breast lift and augmentation

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AvatarAnonymous asked 8 years ago

Hi there,
I am looking at getting a breast augmentation and lift. I started a weight loss journey two years ago due to my health and the fact I was considered morbidly obese, since then I have lost 40kgs. I am proud of my journey, but as a result I am extremely self consious of my body, particularly my breasts, as I have gone from an e cup to a small c cup. So you can imagine how they now look, and as a 23 year old girl, I shouldnt feel like this. It does get to me. 
Just wonderng if medicare or my private health fund can help me out at all and if I can get some information on how to go about starting the process of seeing a plastic surgeon.
thanks, tennille

1 Answers
Dr Mark HanikeriDr Mark Hanikeri Contributor answered 8 years ago

Hi Tennille and thanks for your question.  
Firstly, congratulations on an amazing achievement.  Regardless of how you feel when you look in the mirror, you have done yourself a huge favour by losing all that weight.  You give no indication of whether you have had children and from your description of symptoms, your main concerns are cosmetic.  If you do not have a child between the age of 1 and 7 and are not experiencing functional symptoms related to your breasts (Rash, infections, hygiene issues etc) then private insurance and Medicare may not cover any of your costs.  If this is the case, there is no need to see your GP and you can contact a Plastic Surgeon for an appointment directly.
If you do have a legitimate claim for cover by Medicare and your private insurance fund, then you need to have a GP referral to access any applicable rebates. You would therefore need to see a GP first.
If you are happy with your current C-cup size, you may not need breast implants and may be very happy with the result of a breast lift- reshaping and redistributing your existing gland and reducing the skin whilst lifting up the nipple. If you are also reducing your arms and lateral chest wall, some of this tissue can safely be incorporated into your breast lift to provide further volume without an implant.  I have done this several times with very pleasing results. Again, if there are functional problems related to the deflated, excess tissue, then some of the cost of this chest wall and arm contouring may be covered by Medicare and your fund.
You should see a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons for a face to face consultation to discuss your options.
I hope this answers your questions.
Mark Hanikeri

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