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Our friendly team of fully trained Plastic Surgeons here at Horizon Plastic Surgery are forever trying to make your pathway through your surgical procedure easier and more streamlined. We have all had family members or personal experience of surgery “from the other side” and know it can sometimes be a confronting and confusing experience. To try and ease your concerns and help you make decisions we have added to our website a series of Opinion Pieces from leaders in their field. This will be generic information and so may not be specifically relevant to you however the feedback we have received from patients has been extraordinary and so we will continue to update and inform you in order to make your time with us as stress-free as possible. We encourage you to select the procedure/s which interest you and read on.

Please note that the purpose of these topics is to educate and guide you in your decision making and so it should not be confused for an extensive photo gallery of before and after pictures. The policy at Horizon Plastic Surgery is to only use patient photos in an educational capacity on our website. Of course if you want to see more photos that will be more specific to your personal requirements we would be more than happy to show these to you at your appointment.

If you need more information please feel free to contact us on phone 03 8560 2999 or email enquiries@horizonplasticsurgery.com for an appointment.

Choosing the correct implant size

Breast Implant sizing

So, firstly every plastic surgeon does this a slightly different way so don’t get too alarmed if your surgeon does breast implant sizing differently because the main themes that I am trying to get across will be valid. The critical measurement that most surgeons use is called the base width of each breast and it will determine the ultimate width of the implant we will choose.

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How to achieve a natural Breast Augmentation

Is it possible to have a natural result from breast implants?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. There are a number of ways a fully qualified plastic surgeon can achieve this look.  The biggest determinant is the size of the implant the patient chooses.  Regardless of technique if the implant is too big for the body frame it will look fake. Generally speaking, an implant placed under the pectoral muscle will give a more natural result compared to on top of the muscle.  Similarly, for any given single volume of an implant, a teardrop or anatomical shaped implant will give a more natural look than a round. Read more

Choosing between saline and silicone breast implants

Saline vs Silicone Breast Implants

The short story is that silicone implants are better in almost all respects. They have a more natural feel and look compared with saline, and are far less likely to cause visible wrinkling and folding.  If the implants are in for long enough and a rupture occurs then the implant will not deflate and leave you lopsided like it will with a saline.  For this reason it silicone is my preferred choice. Read more

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

This is the most common hand operation that is performed. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the nerve (median nerve) that runs through the palm of the hand goes through a tunnel which is called the carpal (meaning wrist) tunnel.  If the nerve gets compressed on its way through the tunnel then it causes symptoms and this is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

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What is Biofilm?

Biofilm is a film that develops around an implant which is considered to be foreign by the body. All implants develop a capsule around them which is the body’s natural immune defence. This is normal however if a biofilm is present then the breast implant can develop a condition called a capsular contracture. It is interesting to note that biofilms have been identified on many different types of implants in the body not just breast implants. Examples of these include hip and knee replacements, heart valve replacements, pacemakers and the like.
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