Breast Enlargement or Augmentation
Do you feel self-conscious about your appearance? Do you feel frustrated by the reduction of your breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss? Do your clothes not fit properly because of this volume reduction?
Candidates undergo breast augmentation surgery for a number of reasons, including reconstructive purposes and cosmetic reasons. A breast augmentation with the use of breast implants may help resolve your feelings of dissatisfaction or frustration.
What is a breast augmentation?
A breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size, shape or fullness of the breasts. The operation involves placing breast implants filled with either silicone or saline behind the breast or chest wall muscles to achieve the desired result.
Who would be considered for breast augmentation surgery?
Almost anyone can get a breast augmentation, but the best candidates are healthy women above 18. Your expectations and your desired result will be discussed in detail with our surgeons to determine if you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation surgery.
What is the best place for the breast implants?
Discussing the placement of the implants and the associated advantages and disadvantages will occur with your surgeon well before your surgery.
The implants will be placed into a pocket, which can be situated in two different positions relative to the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle that lies beneath. After your surgeon makes an incision (usually along the underside of your breasts), they will then place the implant either above or below the chest muscles.
How can scars be minimised?
It’s not uncommon to experience some degree of scarring after surgery. Most surgeons have standardised practices in order to minimise the scar tissue. You can use a silicone-wound bandage or gels to treat the wound as silicone is well-known for reducing scarring.
What type of breast implants are available?
In general, there are two types of breast implants – silicone gel or saline (made from sterile salt water). Silicone gel implants are more commonly used and available in round or teardrop shape.
What is expected after breast augmentation surgery?
The breast augmentation recovery process is different for everyone. After waking from the anaesthesia, you might feel dizzy or groggy, and you might experience slight nausea and vomiting in the following days. You might also suffer from tightness or pressure in the chest, as your muscles will need time to adjust to the implant.
You will be given a prescription for antibiotics and pain relief medication which you commence the day after surgery. You will go home with tight bandages and drainage tubes and will have an appointment 48 hours after surgery for removal of bandages and drains. At this appointment you will be fitted with a medical/sports bra.
What about the reports of cancer and breast implants?
Recent studies have detected a very small incidence of a condition called ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) in patients with breast implants. ALCL is a rare type of lymphoma or cancer involving cells of the immune system and appears in the scar tissue that forms around the implant. It is not cancer of the breast tissue. The signs and symptoms of possible ALCL are tenderness and the production of fluid around the implant causing an increase in breast size and usually occurs many years after the implants have been inserted. There are continued studies around the world regarding this form of cancer and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has all the latest information on this on their website.
What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
There are some potential risks associated with breast augmentation surgery, including scarring, infection or bleeding, as well as shrinkage of the scar tissues surrounding the implant. In this case, a further surgery may be required to treat the problems.
Discuss with your surgeon all details of the surgery, including the size, type and the placement of the implant. If you’re a smoker, you should refrain from smoking for at least 6-8 weeks before the surgery, as well as a couple of months after surgery. You should also avoid taking Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs as they can increase the chance of bleeding.
You will require a carer for the first 24-48 hours as breast augmentation is performed under general anaesthesia and in most cases on a day surgery basis.
How much does a breast augmentation cost?
The price of our plastic surgery services will largely depend on your unique case. Costs includes the surgeon’s fees, as well as all necessary pre- and post-operational care, anaesthetic and theatre fees. Indicative pricing will be discussed upon completion of your initial consultation.