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  1. See below for latest post from Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons regarding the latest information regarding ALCL. Ive asked permission from the authors to repost the journal article here for you to read. I will update if we get approval. "The latest paper on BIA-ALCL was published yesterday in the @aestheticsurgeryjournal_asj with some new and interesting conclusions. Non-certified physicians (they call themselves ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’), despite performing the minority of breast surgery operations, were responsible for 73% of cases of BIA-ALCL.A non-certified physician has not completed the extensive training a Specialist Plastic Surgeon undergoes and therefore are not certified as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). This paper reinforces the importance of researching your surgeon and ensuring they are accredited as a Plastic Surgeon." Congratulations to #ASAPSMembers@drmarkmagnusson and @profdevafor publishing this insightful research."
  2. I have been liaising with a cosmetic surgeon in Cairns who does not have any direct experience correcting tuberous breasts, which i've since decided not to go with her because of her inexperience and poor contact and communication with her office ( for example, not having emailed replied to at all or waiting 3 months for contact ect.. ect) I got my photos sent to medicare and waited 8 months for approval ( has anyone else experienced waiting this long for their photo assessments to be approved, or to get word on them?) Nevertheless, it was approved and these are the item numbers i received. 45556 45524 51303 I replied to the email from the surgeons office asking for some clarification around what this all means in the context of money and coverage with private health and never got a reply ( sent on the 3rd of november). This surgeon told me i needed to procedures, the first one to realign and change the nipple on the bigger breast then 3 months later have the implants put itn I am looking into Dr Paul Belt Dr Ellis Choy Dr Miroshnick. I will upload photos at a later stage. I was wondering if anyone could provide some personal experiences or advice around what surgeon to go with, whether or not they required 1 or 2 procedures, and what these medicare numbers mean? also, if you have had 2 procedures, do you pay upfront for everything for the first then get some back, then pay upfront for the second then get some back.. ect ect. I also contacted my private health insurere and they wont give me any information without supplying the name and date of surgery; who the anesthetist is and what hospital ect. ANY information about any of this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks lovely ladies
  3. Hey Girls, Hello to all the old crew that remember me, and hi to all the newer site members Bit of a long post, but hope it's helpful for SA girls, as there is so little information out there on Adelaide surgeons. I've not been on here in nearly a year, but am currently sitting in a hotel room in San Diego, USA, day 9 post-op after reconstructive surgery with Dr Pousti. As an RN of twelve years, who has previously worked in plastics (now emergency) I know my sh*t, and have, unfortunately had dealings with most of Adelaide's plastic surgeons, and some interstate, international surgeons too, due to all my complications. Here is my frank run down on them: Dr Michael Higgs - Saw him for my first consultation. Was very thorough, spent a lot of time with me, seemed a nice guy. Also felt pressured to book. Dr Darren Maloney (APSA) - Heard he did great breasts. Rushed consult, seemed very disinterested, refused to show me any pictures of his work. Told me "If that's a deal breaker, don't book". Umm yes it is, so I didn't! Secretary kept ringing and asking when I would book. I ignored her messages and she eventually got the hint. Dr James Trott - Saw him and immediately liked him. Confident but not arrogant. Had my surgery with him. Then told I could see his wife in 3 weeks and him in 6 weeks - not the best follow up. About 10 days in noticed something was not right with the leftie - managed to get in to see him - dismissed me as anxious, but stated I may have a seroma, but he wouldn't drain it. Three months later, told me leftie would need revision. Revision made it worse. Put his hands up and said "I don't know what the problem is, and I don't know how to fix it". Sent me to Dr Cooter, who recommended a plan. Dr Trott then totally dismissed it, performed another revision that left it worse than before and left me in constant pain. Wife dismissed me from his care. Dr Rodney Cooter - I found him a bit cold, but I know of many nurses who work/have worked with him and all speak so highly of him, say he is a wonderful man, would be the surgeon they would use if they were to have surgery. Was fine at my first visit, but I saw him again after my third operation, and I got the impression he wanted nothing to do with me due to his relationship with Dr Trott. If he would have been willing to do my redo, I would have had it with him. Dr Nicholas Marshall (APSA) - Also saw him after my third op. Stated he couldn't notice the difference between my breasts (my left was 4-5cm higher than the right by now), and said no need to operate. He also told me I would just have to live with the pain I was experiencing, and maybe a massage would even them up. It didn't! PIAC via Moira (RN) at Truly Medical Getaways - Moira was fantastic, she is a nurse herself, and I had great communication with her, but unfortunately PIAC turned me down as I would be a "too complex case", unless I was willing to have the implants removed completely, which was their recommendation. Anyone going to Thailand, I would recommend going through her, she is was brilliant, knows her stuff and has great reviews, and PIAC seem great, just didn't work out for me. Dr Hamish Farrow (Melbourne) - After talking to my GP, who has been fabulously supportive, she informed me that all the surgeons here have their boys club, and are not critical of their own work or that of their buddies, so suggested I go interstate for an independent opinion. After making enquiries into booking a consult, I heard nothing for weeks. Then out of the blue I get told my appointment is x date and time, no asking me when was convenient, or letting me know what is available, despite me saying I had to arrange flying in from Adelaide. I had to wait and hour extra to see him. I saw Dr Farrow, and deliberately did not tell him who my original surgeon was He was very thorough and personable, and stated that he thought he might be able to fix the problem, but wanted to see my previous intra-operative notes, so I had to disclose who my surgeon was, and he admitted he knew him. I heard nothing for months, and had to email to chase up what decision he made. I finally got a letter stating he did not feel he could fix the problem. . So an expensive day trip to Melbourne was almost for nothing, save for happening on the most beautiful Pho I have ever tasted near Dr Farrow's office. It was amazing! Dr Don Revis (Florida, USA) - At this point I was at the end of my tether, and decided to contact Dr Revis and Dr Pousti, in Florida (East Coast USA) and San Diego (West Coast USA) respectively, on the advice of Donatella (thanks Don!). I received responses from both immediately. They were polite, did not make me feel like a difficult patient, answered my every question with professionalism, were reassuring, and put no pressure on me. I was impressed, these were busy men, world renowned surgeons, but they were getting back to me so quickly (unlike the Aussies docs that would take months, ). Dr Revis even emailed once to apologise as he was just going in to theatre, but would email as soon as he was done - and he did. Dr Revis said that he sees the worst of the worst from around the world, and was confident he could fix me no problem, as long as I was open to the fact that the plan may change somewhat when he examined me in person, but that he would be able to fix me with one way or another. I liked this flexible approach. I was all set to book, as I was going to be in the UK seeing my family for 6 weeks in December/January, and Florida is about 9 hours from London and cheap to get to. Then the dates got booked up, and it was not to be. I wondered if maybe he was too good to be true? I'm not into the oversized implants (over 800cc), but his work on them looks bloody amazing, and I would say he would be the only one in the world you would want to do them Dr Peter Sylaidis (APSA) - As I was looking into booking the states, I confided in a lovely doctor friend/colleague about what had happened. She pleaded with me to see Dr Sylaidis, as she had done some of her rotations under him, and also knew his family. She said he was a meticulous surgeon, and a good, ethical man. I found him to be very professional and serious. He said he would use a new implant. After some thinking, he said he wanted to have a peer review with two of his colleagues, and booked me in for my return from the UK. He stated that would be free of charge, and that if I felt more comfortable with either of the other surgeons, he would be more than happy if I elected to have surgery with them. In the end, he offered to discount his fee, due to my previous suffering, and my being a nurse and a friend of Dr X, but wanted to downsize the left and not touch the right, where as I felt I needed to have the whole thing redone from scratch if I was to end up more even. He also didn't seem that confident, it was more that he would "give fixing it ago", and for $7000 just for one side (and that was heavily discounted), I didn't feel it was worth the risk. I think he would do a good initial BA though, and think he is a very decent man. Dr Tony Moore (APSA) - Saw him at the peer review. I think he thought I was young and dumb (I do Iook young, and was spaced from jet lag from flying in from London the day before). He started banging on about how we are so lucky in Adelaide to have so many amazing surgeons, and that "Jim" (Dr Trott) is a great guy, and I shouldn't think about a revision until I've had kids because my boobs will go south then. I am 34 and recently separated, so I think I've missed the boat on that! Also told me I should downsize, as my 385 cc were far too big (I'm 165cm, 57kg ish and a size 10, they look quite small). He told me to go back to "Jim" (the same man that did my previous three surgeries ), and then suggested, and I quote "If you want to look more normal, just even them out with one of the fillet things in one side dear". Funny how they don't suggest that when you when you first see them "Oh no, save your $10k, Target have a special on chicken fillets"! Dr Tim Edwards (APSA) - Also in the peer review. Didn't really say much other than he'd seen worse. In the interim I had a lot of personal stuff going on with my relationship which had deteriorated, and in August we finally separated. After this I felt like I needed to do something for myself, so I decided it was time to look into the USA again. Dr Tom Pousti (San Diego, USA) - I had spoken to Dr Pousti previously at length at the same time I had been contacting Dr Revis, and found his demeanour to be in the same vein as Dr Revis. Dr Pousti was also very considerate, asking if I would let him have a little extra time over the weekend to go over my case and pics and consider what would be best, and contacted me a few days later without prompting with a more detailed response. I eventually had a telephone consult which put me at ease, and all his staff were really great over email/phone. As California is nearer Australia, that was one factor in my choosing him over Dr Revis. Another was that he told me he couldn't promise perfection, but he felt he could significantly improve my outcome, but that I may need allograft and drains. I felt this to be a more realistic approach than Dr Revis. Although both had thousands of glowing reviews, there were a few more negative ones on Dr Revis also. So fast forward to today, and I am sitting in a hotel room in San Diego writing this 9 days post op. My pain has been good, but was so fatigued the first week. Now been getting out and about and enjoying this beautiful city, but still tiring easily. My experience with Dr Pousti and his staff has been a million miles away from what I have experienced in Australia. Not only was Dr Pousti thorough and nice, but his staff have been so helpful and lovely. They ring me every day to check in on me. Are they going to turn out perfect? I don't think so, and it's early days, but I think they look much more even than they did. He had to do a lot of work on the leftie, but also a capsulorrhaphy (internal bra) to the right 'good' breast, as the lower part had been over dissected, and bottomed out. But I didn't need alloderm which was good. Oh he took me from 385 to 550 yay, although they don't seem that much bigger! Will start a seperate thread with a full review of my surgery out here when I get home, and add some pictures. Here are a couple of other doctors friends or professional colleagues - Drs/RNs have had dealings with - I have NOT seen any of these surgeons. Dr Mark Moore - Not much information on him, but a friend had hers done by him and they look great. She was recommended him by other friends, who were also happy with his work. Does a lot of humanitarian stuff, sounds like a good guy. I was going to consult with him regarding my redo but he was on an extended aid project somewhere. Dr Julie Lawrence - Don't know what her breast work is like, but has a fantastic reputation for abdominoplasty both with patients and in the industry. Dr James Kollias - Operates at the hospital I had my surgery at, but know people who have had BA through him and are all happy with their results. Dr Nicola Dean - Came down to the ED I now work in looking for one of our doctors (consultants never come to ED, they always send their juniors), then started to proceed to chat to one of the EN's. I asked her how she knew her and she said she remember her as an intern, then said "she does great breasts". Seemed so down to earth. Dr Kourosh Tavakoli (Sydney) - Contacted him prior to booking the states, as going overseas was a last resort, and really liked his pictures. Got email from his assistant saying he would be in touch and never heard from him. TCI (Sydney) - Emailed them about revision surgery, as they had been getting rave reviews. Very polite and prompt response, saying sorry that they don't do revisions there, but to contact Eddy Dona about the issue. I never did Well that is quite an essay, but hope it helps. Quite frankly, after my experience here, I wouldn't let an Aussie Plastic Surgeon touch me again. Here is seems a patient centred approach, with individualised plans tailored to each patient. The customer service is better, you are made to feel great, and they are focused on keeping abreast (sorry!) of the most cutting edge techniques. Will let you know how I get on once I'm back in Adelaide! Hope you are all well! xx
  4. List of Plastic Surgeons @ YanHee Hospital as of 20th June 2016 (Total 16 Plastic Surgeons) Cost of Tummy Tuck @ YanHee Hospital - 99,000 Baht including 3 night stay in Hospital (from the pictures on their board while i was there for my Vaginoplasty) Dr Greechart Pornsinsirirak - Head, Plastic Surgery DepartmentDr Pramote ManurangseeDr Siripong LuxkanavongDr Somboon ThamrungrongDr Vitawat AngkatavanichDr Chokchai AmornsawadwattanaPOL.LT. Dr Sanit Pongkapanakrai - consulted via email with picturesDr Thawatchai BoonaadhanapongDr Pitch Paiboonkasemsutthi - Consulted & ShortlistedDr Somsak ChuleewattanapongDr Wichian WongworngsriDr Suthat KoonnawaroteDr Sukit WorathamrongDr Krairit TiyakulDr Virat OsathalertDr Kittichai Sipiyarak
  5. Hi Aesthetic Seekers I've been wanting to ask this for a while. I'm temped to increase the bridge of my nose and reshape the tip, and from my research the best option is to get cartilages from my rip and implant them into my nose. Just wondering if the change that will be brought about from this procedure is permanent? Assuming the surgery is successful, do I need to have a second maintenance procedure 10 years later because the rest of my face has changed, and my nose didn't or something like that... I have also heard that donated cartilage from cadavers would cause complications due to the body rejecting foreign material, and in the best scenario, my body would absorb that foreign cartilage implanted, causing the nose shape to change. Just wondering if I get cartilage from my rib, would it get absorbed in my noise in 10 - 20 years? Does that cartilage get replaced over time in my rib where it will be removed? thanks
  6. Hi all, this is my first ever post. Im looking at getting a BA later this year, my problem is I have tuberous breasts. I have so far seen three different surgeon, Dr Szalay, Dr Harwood and Dr Richardson. I loved Dr Harwood, unfortunatly he is unable to do the BA for me. I saw Dr Richardson, who has suggested textured round, high profile, dual plane, the only issue was he gave me 500 cc impants to try, I just did not feel 100% comfortable. Im only 166cm and 65kg, 500cc feels like im going going to look like Jordan and plain stupid. Im wondering if anyone has any other suggestions for surgeon I could see, possibly PS, as CS seem to not be able to perform the surgery. Thank you
  7. I'm 18, I've had trouble breathing through my nose for years. I went to a local ENT and had my terbinates reduced, and then 9 months later he suggested I also have a septoplasty (neither helped). So now I'm stuck with a huge nose that doesn't even work I'd appreciate any help about costs, personal stories, surgeons, how long the whole process took, results.. I don't have private health insurance, to be honest I don't really understand what type of cover I need. I'm totally lost and I don't have anywhere to start. I'm keen to get this process started so any help would be truly appreciated!
  8. Hiya ladies, Im super confused with some info re BAs. I have seen 2 Drs who gave me different advice. Im only short (5.2ft) and very fit (so not skinning but more toned) and wanting natural looking breasts. Im currently a 12a and ideally woul dlike a 12 full B or small C. The first Dr i saw was Dr Lee who suggested I get a 275cc round high profile, then Dr Briggs suggested a 255cc tear drop.... sooo confusing! Just wondering if any of you have had fantasic results with Briggs? Im leaning more towards him as he was extremely professional and didnt rush me through the consultation (which i felt Lee did). Briggs told me that he now only uses the teardrop implants - but Ive seen some photos were they were used and the result had a 'fat' look at the top of the breast (only some photos...other were amazing). Im really concerned about the implant rotating, more just the overall look. I have basically no breast tissue above the nipple and thought tear drop would look better.. but would LOVE TO HEAR SOME STORIES! from both Lee and Briggs patients! Also - also wondering if anyone has had Briggs use the FUNNEL technique and what they thought of it? My research tells me that only 2 Drs in Australia are using it, so not sure what to make of it?? HELPPPPPP!!!!
  9. Hi to everyone, I just wanted to let you know that there have been a few changes on here recently. I have tried to make the forum simpler to use by cutting out all the sub-forums and having just the core forum discussion headings. I am hoping that this will make it easier to view posts and interact with each other. I would also like to let you know that I am working on getting more plastic surgeons involved in the website by approaching those that are well respected in their field and allowing them to contribute to this website through providing photos, advice and perhaps (if we can find one who has the time!) even to personally answer questions on here in the forum. So I am requesting your help in suggesting surgeons that you know who have received good reviews and those that you would like to find out more about. Any suggestions that I get will be followed up and approached as well as those that I have found. If you have had a great experience this is your chance to let everyone know! I would like to build on our 'before and after' photos by linking them with specific surgeons and their contact details. We all want to have some visual idea of what a particular surgeons work is like, so I will be approaching several sugeons with this request... wish me luck! Of coarse I always encourage people to share their own photos as well. You can do this either publicly or privately (when you create albums in your profile you have the option to share them only with friends or as public albums). I know many people search these forums BEFORE their surgery and then forget to come back once they have had their surgery but it is a great resource to those that are looking for information, so please be generous in sharing your stories! I have also created a new forum on here "Overseas Surgery". There are many aussies going other countries for surgery and due to the unknown nature of it I thought it would be helpful to have a place to discuss any questions or experiences. There are many great agencies that are operating to help their clients through the process and so I hope this forum can create useful discussion in regards to the specifics of what these companies offer and what members experiences have been like. I am also working on setting up a section where I can review various compression garments (post surgery clothing and wraps) and hopefully provide links to the best places to purchase them. If you are interested in seeing something like this please let me know (sometimes I wonder if I am the only one excited about such strange things as compression garments!!?) . Thankyou all for your support so far, we want to see this forum grow , grow, grow so it can be the most helpful forum in Australia. So happy posting!
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