Plastic Surgeon in Canberra On Breast Augmentation and an Aesthetic Sensibility
Dr. Chandra Patel breaks down breast augmentation surgeons into two categories: the measurement-oriented and the aesthetically inclined.
Deakin, ACT – Dr. Chandra Patel uses the initial consultation for his breast augmentation patients as an educational tool. After the first consultation, he says patients have a solid foundational knowledge in regard to their options for breast implant type and surgical technique. At Dr. Patel’s practice, The Lotus Clinic, he notes that the second consultation is when patients can see what the results might look like, as well as make their final decisions about their procedure.
In a recent blog post titled “Is Your Cosmetic Surgeon Measurement-Oriented Or Aesthetically Inclined?”, Dr. Patel describes the two types of surgeons he sees most often in the field of cosmetic surgery. “There are surgeons who act like engineers and feel the need to measure everything to the millimeter and feel uncomfortable unless everything is precisely measured.” This type of surgeon, Dr. Patel says, is typically less experienced and therefore lacks a developed sense of aesthetic in regard to implant size and placement. Conversely, he points out a second type of plastic surgeon who acts “with a matured aesthetic sensibility [and] is able to use that skill to produce better results.” This second, aesthetically inclined surgeon is the type Dr. Patel favors, as he says the final results tend to look more natural.
Dr. Patel’s focus throughout the entire breast enlargement process is to craft a breast appearance that maintains a natural look and feel. He notes that an important step in this process is the use of drains after surgery to reduce fluid accumulation and lessen the risk of capsular formation. In a blog post titled “The Lotus Clinic Details the Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Breast Augmentation Process,” Dr. Patel explains that, although many surgeons choose not to use drains, he does not understand the logic behind this stance. Because fluid accumulation can lead to a hardening of the breast after surgery, Dr. Patel says, “[it] is a natural inflammatory response that we try to counter, and drains have no associated risks—only the chance of improving results.” The breast augmentation patients of his Deakin plastic surgery practice typically return home the day after surgery and are relatively free to do normal activities as they feel ready and comfortable. The only restrictions Dr. Patel notes are on exercise and heavy lifting (4-6 weeks). He says the majority of his patients return to work within one week.
About Chandra Patel, FRACS
Dr. Chandra Patel, who holds several senior positions within the ACT, earned his medical degree in the UK. Afterward, he continued his training in the UK, the United States, and Australia in the field of plastic surgery. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Australian Hand Surgery Society and the Harold Kleinert Society for Hand Surgery. Dr. Patel is available for interview upon request.
For more information about Dr. Chandra Patel and The Lotus Clinic, please visit lotusclinic.com.au.
The Lotus Clinic
77 Denison Street
02 6156 2255