Benign Breast Surgery

Dr Gordon-Thomson feels strongly that the final cosmetic appearance is important after all forms of breast surgery. This is particularly so after the removal of benign (innocent) breast lumps, as their removal on occasions may not be absolutely medically essential.

All surgery results in scars. Every time the skin is cut in surgery, a scar is produced. Everybody scars differently and some people scar more easily than others. The ideal end-result of any breast surgical procedure is a good quality scar which is well placed and able to be camouflaged. Scars take time to settle. The lumpiness, puckering and thickening in the scar takes at least 2-3 months to diminish, whilst the redness and pigmentation can take up to 9-12 months to fade. Most scars become flat and pale after 12 months.

As with all surgical procedures, breast lump removal can carry some risks.

These may include:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • pain
  • swelling
  • scar tissue
  • change in appearance of the breast

Not all breast lumps require surgical excision. Dr Gordon-Thomson will discuss this further with you at your consultation.

  • University of Cape Town
  • King Edward VII's Hospital
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal Hospital for Women
  • prime wales hospital
  • BreastScreen Australia