Breast augmentation surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure, but like all surgeries, it carries risks. One of the key risks is bacterial contamination, which can lead to complications such as capsular contracture. To address this risk, many plastic surgeons, including Dr Mistry, follow the 14-Point Plan—a set of guidelines designed to minimise bacterial contamination and ensure safer outcomes for patients undergoing breast augmentation surgery.

The Importance of the 14-Point Plan

The 14-Point Plan was first published in 2013 and has since been widely adopted by plastic surgeons worldwide. The plan outlines various strategies that can be incorporated into breast implant surgery to reduce the number of bacteria that can contaminate the breast implant surface. By following these guidelines, surgeons can significantly reduce the risk of complications such as capsular contracture, which can lead to pain, hardness, and deformity of the breast.

Key Points of the 14-Point Plan

  1. Use of Intravenous Antibiotics
  2. Avoidance of Periareolar Incisions
  3. Use of Nipple Shields
  4. Atraumatic Dissection
  5. Careful Haemostasis
  6. Avoidance of Cutting into Breast Tissue
  7. Pocket Irrigation
  8. Use of Introduction Sleeve
  9. Use of New Instruments, Drapes, and Surgical Gloves
  10. Minimise Time Between Opening Implant Packaging and Placement
  11. Minimise Repositioning and Replacement of Implants
  12. Use of Layered Closure
  13. Avoidance of Drainage Tubes
  14. Consideration of Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Ensuring Safety and Minimising Complications

Following the 14-Point Plan can help ensure that breast augmentation surgery is as safe as possible with minimal risk of complications. By seeking out the services of a plastic surgeon who follows the 14-Point Plan, patients can be assured that their surgery will be performed in a facility that meets the required standards of sterilisation and infection control. This can provide peace of mind and help to ensure a successful outcome from the surgery.

Understanding the risks associated with breast augmentation surgery is crucial for women who may greatly benefit from the treatment. By following the 14-Point Plan, surgeons can minimise the risk of complications and ensure that patients have a safe and successful surgery. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, be sure to discuss the 14-Point Plan with your surgeon to ensure that they are following best practices for your safety. For expert care and adherence to the 14-Point Plan, consider consulting with Dr Yezdi Mistry, a fully qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).