Due to lack of development, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and natural ageing, your breasts may not be a size you’re comfortable with. Our skilled plastic surgeons offer a range of advanced breast implant and breast augmentation techniques to provide you with fuller, natural-looking results. We will work with you to ensure your breasts are of a shape and proportion that compliment your body’s frame.
Breast augmentation refers to the process of making your breasts larger. This is typically accomplished by inserting a breast implant into the breasts through a small incision. The breast implant is placed under your own breast tissue and will look like a natural part of your breast.
During your private consultation at our practice, your plastic surgeon will explain how breast augmentation is performed, the results you can expect, and perform a Vectra 3D simulation. Your surgeon will ask you a series of questions and physically examine you to confirm that you are a suitable candidate for breast implant procedure.
Options to be considered in your consultation are breast implant size, breast implant shape (round or teardrop), implant projection (low or high profile) breast implant incision site, and breast implant placement.
Silkwood Medical uses advanced 3D imaging technology that shows you how your breasts will actually look with added volume. We take pictures of your body at different angles and save them to our 3D simulation computer. We then “virtually fill” your breasts with various size breast implants so you can immediately see for yourself on the computer monitor what your breasts will look like with implants of various profiles and volume. You will also have the chance to physically try on different types and sizes of breast implants from the samples we keep in our offices.
Saline or Silicone?
Silicone implants are made of a silicone rubber shell and are filled with silicone gel. Modern silicone implants are far superior to saline implants in terms of feel, shape and longevity. It is for these reasons that silicone implants represent by far the majority of implants used for breast augmentation in Australia today and our surgeons prefer silicone over saline.
Round or Teardrop?
The implants available differ in shape, texture, profile, width, height and volume. The type, style, and size of breast implants you choose are determined by your lifestyle, body contours, the amount of breast tissue you have, and the cup size and appearance that you would like to achieve; our surgeons will discuss all these options with you in your consultation to determine which implant shape is best for you.
We offer our patients a choice in their incision location
- Periareolar (blended around the nipple)
- Axillary (1″ incision in the natural creases under the arm)
- Inframammary Crease (fold under the breast)
Breast Implant Placement Options
Our breast surgeon offers 3 breast implant placement options for breast augmentation surgery:
1 – Dual Plane (partially over and partially under the muscle): This newer style of breast augmentation places the breast implant partially above and partially below the muscle. This technique takes advantage of the best of both traditional styles of procedures resulting in natural, soft breasts with a full cleavage and a very low risk of rippling or capsular contracture.
2 – Subglandular (over the muscle): This placement offers the most natural positioning and movement and has the added benefit of quick recovery time with little post-surgical discomfort. It can also sometimes give uplift to small or sagging breasts.
3 – Submuscular (under the muscle): Submuscular breast implants tend to work better for women who are very thin and therefore do not have very much breast tissue to fully cover up the implant. In these types of cases, the submuscular placement can help hide the implant and may reduce the possibility of rippling or capsular contracture (hardening of the breast). Submuscular placement also offers more fullness towards the top of the breasts. This technique requires slightly longer recovery time compared with subglandular implants.
Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery
The breast augmentation procedure usually takes about two hours. It is performed under a general anaesthesia in a fully accredited facility.
Your post surgery recovery time is usually two hours in the facility. After your breast enlargement surgery you should plan to take it easy for at least one week. During this time, you may experience some pain, however your surgeon will be sure to discuss pain relief options with you to minimise any discomfort. Compression garments can be used to reduce swelling. Most women can return to work one week following their breast augmentation surgery and can begin exercising again after a few weeks. Our surgeons advise patients on a case-by-case basis on when they are able to resume their normal activities.
Our surgeons use dissolvable sutures, which saves you from the inconvenience of having them removed.
Weekly post op care sessions with your surgeon and our nurses will ensure that your progress is closely monitored for optimal results. Throughout this time you will be able to contact us for any concerns or questions after hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
The right time to have breast augmentation surgery is when you have been considering the surgery for many months and have spent a good deal of time researching the goals you would like to achieve from the surgery.
In most cases, it is best to wait for breast growth to be completed before surgically enhancing the size of your breasts. Your breasts have stopped growing when they have stayed a stable size and shape for at least one year. Breast augmentation surgery can be performed before breast feeding as it will not affect your ability to breast feed. Since breast feeding and weight changes will change the surgical result, many women chose to wait until they have completed having children before they have surgery.
Women change their breast implants for many reasons including change of implant size or shape, implant specific problems and finally, to improve the appearance of their breast as their body ages.
The long term studies on breast implants show that at ten years after surgery, 4% of patients show significant hardening of their implants (capsular contracture) and 6% of patients have experienced a radiologically detected implant rupture.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited private hospitals. Most patients are able to go home on the day of surgery.
The cost of breast augmentation surgery is determined by the extended complexity and duration of your operation, and your choice of implants, and will be estimated following your first consultation. However you can expect approximately $10,500 – $12,000 (depending on type of implants chosen), including the surgeon’s fee, assistant’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee and hospital stay.
Medicare and Health insurance only cover the use of breast implants for the purpose of achieving breast symmetry or for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery.
You can still breastfeed after your operation. Breast enlargement surgery does not interfere with your ability to breastfeed.
It is possible to lose feeling of the breasts after breast enlargement. However, this is highly unlikely.
There is no evidence that breast implants have an influence on the risk for developing breast cancer.
Your recovery time after breast augmentation depends on whether your implants are placed above or below the chest muscle. Patients who have implants placed above the muscle usually require minimal downtime and should be able to return to the gym and their normal daily activities in two weeks. However, if the implants are placed beneath the muscle, the muscle becomes stressed and can become quite tender with strenuous activity. These patients may require at least one month to fully recover from surgery and return to their normal activities.
Breast asymmetry is a very common problem among women that can be fixed through breast enlargement using one implant. It is also possible to decrease the size of the bigger breast to make it more symmetrical to the smaller breast through breast reduction surgery. Sometimes, a combination of both of these procedures is necessary to achieve desired results. Our surgeons can determine which operation is most suited to your specific needs and goals.
Unfortunately, there is no reliable method to transfer fat from other areas of your body to your breasts. Although some doctors have claimed throughout the years that this is possible, these claims are false, and these doctors will not subject their patients to the scrutiny of more mainstream surgeons. Suctioning fat out of your thighs or stomach and replanting it into the breasts does not work because the fat in the breasts have a poor blood supply. Therefore, implanted fat cannot establish a new blood supply and, as a result, it just fades away.
Breast augmentation incisions can be made in one of three areas: in the crease beneath the breast, around the nipple and areola, or in the armpit. Each type of incision has its advantages and disadvantages. Not all patients are suitable for each type of incision. The most common incision site is in the crease beneath the breast. This incision, as well as the incision around the nipple and areola, is easily concealed by your swimming costume.
You will be seen by your surgeon within 7 days of your surgery.
Regular appointments are made to remove sutures and to check on your healing following surgery.
You will be given a Plastic Surgery Recovery guide upon booking your surgery. This document explains in great detail all of your after care following surgery.