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 assist with feelings of dissatisfaction or frustration.
Breast Enlargement or Augmentation Gold Coast at the Lotus Institute
Breast augmentation is a type of aesthetic surgery for women who may experience lack of self-confidence or are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts. The procedure involves increasing the size of the breasts by placing implants underneath the breast tissue or through the transfer of fat, also known as fat transfer breast augmentation.
At The Lotus Institute, we understand that the thought of getting breast augmentation surgery can be a difficult prospect, which is why we go out of our way to ensure our patients feel comfortable and supported throughout their surgical journey with us. From the initial consultation to long-term post-operative care, we will be there for you every step of the way.
We offer a range of procedures, from breast augmentation surgery to breast lifts and implant removal, and our goal is to help you achieve your desired results. Our team is led by an Australian plastic surgeon with extensive experience and knowledge in all aspects of breast augmentation surgery. We also have highly skilled and experienced nursing and patient care staff dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible care.
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 over the age of 18 can get a breast augmentation, but healthy women above 18 are ideal candidates. When visiting our clinic on the Gold Coast for a breast augmentation, our expert team will review your expectations, and your desired result will be discussed in detail with our surgeon to determine if breast augmentation surgery is right for you and your health. You’re considered an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery on the Gold Coast if:
- You are physically and mentally fit.
- You have realistic expectations of what can be achieved.
- You have a concern over the appearance of your breasts.
- You have a trusted friend or family member who can support you in your recovery.
Who is not an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
Depending on your consultation and evaluation, our team may have to decline your surgery if:
- You’re currently pregnant and breastfeeding.
- You have breast cancer or an irregular mammogram.
- You have an active viral infection.
- You’re consuming certain drugs and medication that have contraindications with the surgery and you can’t or are unable to take a break from your course.
- Your expectations of your breast augmentation on the Gold Coast are unrealistic.
What is the best placement for 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. Whether you opt for an over or under the muscle implant, each has different recovery times, results etc.
For over the muscle breast augmentations on the Gold Coast:
- Faster recovery — As your breast tissue doesn’t need to be manipulated to insert the implant, many patients experience a shorter recovery period that allows them to return to their typical lifestyle sooner.
- Reduced muscle distortion — Placing the implants over the muscle minimises the risk of distortion during muscle contraction, which can occur with under the muscle placement.
- Pronounced upper pole fullness — An over the muscle breast augmentation surgery on the Gold Coast gives heightened volume and projection at your breast’s upper pole.
For under the muscle breast augmentations on the Gold Coast:
- Results — Your plastic surgeon will manipulate your implant under the muscle, which blurs the edges of your implant.
- Improved mammography — Submuscular placement can make it easier to obtain clear mammogram images as the implant is positioned behind the muscle and does not interfere with the breast tissue
How can scars be minimized?
It’s not uncommon to experience some degree of scarring after surgery. Most surgeons have standardised practices in order to minimise scar tissue. While visiting our clinic on the Gold Coast for breast augmentation surgery, you can benefit from Dr Peter Widdowson’s 30 years of experience and innovative techniques for breast augmentation while minimising the impact of scarring.
During your procedure, your surgeon and support staff will perform the incision in the most discreet position possible while using a silicone-wound bandage or gels to treat the wound, as silicone is well-known for reducing scarring. Other scar-minimising treatments may be recommended — these can include:
- Skin resurfacing — A course of dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, vitamin A products and exfoliating acids such as mandelic acid may be suggested after the wound has healed to minimise signs of pigmentation at the incision site.
- Steroid cortisone injection or cream — Steroids can break the bonds of collagen skin tissue to address and minimize scar tissue.
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 on the Gold Coast?
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.
During your recovery, your plastic surgeon will provide some firm recommendations that will ease your recovery and preserve the placement of your implant. Some of these include:
- Avoid smoking for at least six weeks after your procedure.
- Avoid alcohol for at least one week and as long as you take pain medication.
- Avoid physical activities that include exercise, lifting heavy objects or raising your arms over your head.
- Avoid bras with integrated underwires.
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach and side to prevent your implants from settling in the wrong position.
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.
Other potential risks include a reaction to anaesthesia, losing sensitivity and experiencing a temporary or permanent change in your nipple’s shape. During your consultation and before your procedure, our expert team will review the possible risks involved in breast augmentation at our Gold Coast practice to maintain complete professionalism and transparency while delivering the highest level of care to minimise any unseen possibilities.
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.
Should I wait until I have finished having children to undergo breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that can help women achieve fuller or more rounded breasts. Many women wonder if they should wait until they are done having children to have this procedure, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the results of the surgery. The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the type of implants used and the patient’s anatomy. You can generally undergo this surgery three or more months after breastfeeding. If you’re unhappy with your current implants, you can always choose to have explant surgery at The Lotus Institute.
How do I choose my new breast size?
There are a few factors to consider when choosing your new breast size, such as your current breast size and how you’d like to change it. If you’re happy with your current size, you may want to consider a breast lift. The key to choosing the right breast size is to make the breasts look proportional to your frame. If you have a small frame, you may want to opt for a smaller size. Conversely, if you have a larger frame, you may be able to carry a larger size.
Ultimately, choosing a size that feels comfortable for you and complements your body type is recommended. If, however, after implants, you think that you would feel more comfortable and benefit from a smaller breast size, we also offer breast implant removal. If you have any questions regarding breast explant surgery, simply contact us — we’d be more than happy to assist.
How long after the surgery can I return to my normal activities?
Full recovery from breast augmentation takes, on average, about three months. However, this changes from patient to patient, as some recover quicker than others. Most patients can resume normal activities 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure.
Can I breastfeed after an augmentation?
The location and depth of the incision and implant may affect your ability to breastfeed. If the implants do not touch the areas of your breast involved in milk production, your ability to breastfeed won’t be affected. It’s best to to be cautious and discuss these concerns with your surgeon before opting for an augmentation. If you feel that you’re unhappy with your current breast implants, we can help. We offer breast explant surgery on the Gold Coast at our Southport clinic that involves removing your current implants and performing an augmentation to achieve your desired results. To learn more, simply contact us today.
What do I need to know before booking a consultation for a breast augmentation?
From 1 July 2023, anyone considering cosmetic surgery will be required to provide a GP Referral to their Plastic Surgeon, in accordance with new guidelines for cosmetic surgery from AHPRA (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). All clients will also require 2 consultations with their Surgeon, including one face-to-face consultation. There must also be at least seven days between your face-to-face consultation with your Surgeon and your procedure.
Why should I choose The Lotus Institute to perform my breast augmentation on the Gold Coast?
If you’re looking for breast augmentation on the Gold Coast, you’re in the most qualified hands with The Lotus Institute’s resident plastic surgeon Dr Peter Widdowson MB, ChB FRACS (AHPRA MED0001188325). With over 30 years of experience and continuous training and education in the latest techniques and technologies, you can expect a superior level of care, from your initial consultation to your procedure and aftercare.
Our expert team will take you by the hand to discuss what you want to achieve with your procedure. Our reputation will provide you with complete peace of mind at every stage during your procedure.
Book your consultation appointment for breast augmentation today
We believe our combination of experience, skill and care sets us apart from other cosmetic clinics. Your safety, health and satisfaction are our top priority, and in the hands of our skilled surgeons. As an ASAPS member, we are committed to lifelong learning, peer-reviewed best practice and implementing new technologies and procedures to deliver the pinnacle of excellence in cosmetic surgery.
We offer a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments catering to different areas of the body and the face. So, if you’re considering breast augmentation surgery on the Gold Coast or Brisbane and have questions regarding the procedures we offer, contact us today to book a consultation with our expert team located on the Gold Coast.VIEW GALLERY