Breast Augmentation Surgery (Breast Implants)

 

Breast Augmentation surgery is by far the most common type of elective surgery that you will find throughout the world. The definition of Breast Augmentation surgery is the process of ‘augmenting’ the breasts in order to increase the size, shape and feel of the breast. This is also commonly called “breast enlargement”. The way in which you augment your breasts is by adding breast implants and this surgery is referred to as ‘Breast implant surgery’.

Why have Breast Augmentation (BA) Surgery? There are two main reasons why people undergo breast implant surgery. The first is reconstructive, to rebuild the breast after treatment for breast cancer. Breast implant surgery is often the next step for women who have had a mastectomy – the removal of the breast, due to breast cancer or as a preventative measure to reduce the chances of getting breast cancer. A mastectomy can often leave a woman feeling self-conscious and less feminine, in some cases leading to depression.

The other reason for breast implant surgery is for cosmetic reasons. Women who have this surgery are looking to increase the size, shape and/or position of the breasts.

Inserting breast implants can complete breast augmentation. Breast implants are artificial pieces of material, which mimic the look, feel and position of the breasts once they have been inserted under the skin. Breast implants can be made in all shapes and sizes depending on the individual’s wants and needs.

There are only two types of breast implants; silicone gel implants and saline filled implants, both types of implants have their advantages and disadvantages. The majority of implants used are silicone as they are extremely resilient and are much stronger than the saline – Breast Augmentation filled implants.

Once you have decided that you want to have breast augmentation surgery, the next step is to find your plastic surgeon and to book a consultation. At the consultation, the surgeon will go through all of the risks and complications associated with having a general anaesthetic and also having the breast implant surgery.

Your surgeon will then hand over to you the ‘bible’ of all breast shapes and sizes and will go through which type of implant; shape and size would best suit your body, perfectly creating a natural enhanced look instead of a fake ‘Barbie’ look. The surgeon will then familiarize you with the area where the incision will be made, which will then give you advanced notice on where the scar will be. Interested in a Real Story? Read about Uti’s Breast Augmentation experience or discover Yvette’s Breast Augmentation story.

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Once the incision has been made, the implant can be inserted in one of two places. Either the implant can be placed between the breast tissue and the chest muscle or underneath the chest muscle. Once the implant has been placed, the incision is then stitched up and a dressing is placed over the incision and the procedure is complete.

Within a few months of having breast implant surgery, your new breasts will start to look and feel more natural. Do not be put off by the look of your breasts immediately after the operation. This is because there will be discolouration and swelling around the breasts causing them to look bigger and unnatural. After a few months the swelling and bruising will go down and your breasts will start looking more natural.

Having breast augmentation surgery is not something that is to be taken lightly. If you are considering having this surgery then you must take the time to complete as much research as possible in order to fully understand both the risks and complications which come hand in hand with having a cosmetic or reconstructive procedures.

Risks and Complications

Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.

There are risks associated with having a general anaesthetic – your plastic surgeon should discuss these with you but may include: having an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic; bleeding out from the surgery; risk of infection; blood clots; suppressed breathing; low blood pressure; heart failure and even death. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

Capsular contracture is a risk and complication that can occur if you have breast implant surgery. This complication can be extremely painful and is where scar tissue forms around the implant as the immune system starts to attack the foreign material (being the implant).

Q. If I have the surgery will these breast implants be a permanent solution?

A. Once you have had breast implant surgery around 1 in 3 women have to have a further surgery 10 years after the initial surgery. The reason for this can be due to capsular constriction, which can cause change in shape of the implants. Another reason for this repeated surgery is due to age related changes to not only the breasts but also to the implant.

Q. Does my insurance cover breast augmentation surgery?

A. Breast augmentation surgery is classed as an elective surgery and therefore will not be covered by insurance however, if you are having this surgery for a reconstructive purpose, as a result of a previous mastectomy, then the insurance may cover the costs. The only way to find out is to speak to them directly.

Q. How long does a breast augmentation surgery last?

A. Normally this surgery will take between 90 minutes to 3 hours without complications.

Q. How long should I take off work if I am going to have breast augmentation surgery?

A. The recovery time is based on individual differences as some people recover faster than others however the usual amount of time that individuals have off is around 3 weeks to a month in order for the healing process to begin and the pain to wear off.

What does Breast Augmentation cost? What does a boob job cost?

It depends on which surgeon, hospital and type of implants you choose. When doing your research and looking at the cost of a breast augmentation make sure you check that the surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist, hospital stay and any pre and post appointments are included or you could be up for a lot more than you originally thought. The costing we list below is all inclusive of these costs, and has such a high range because of the amount of surgeons we consulted.

Approximately $6,000 – $15,000

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Combining Breast and Body Surgery with Dr Nicholas Moncrieff from Hunter Plastic Surgery January 17, 2019 - You’ll love this Facebook Live with Dr Nicholas Moncrieff from Hunter Plastic Surgery on combining breast and body surgery, held on our closed Facebook Support Forum “Plastic Surgery Support For Aussie Chicks”. There were a heap of questions from the community for Dr Moncrieff, and it was a real insight on what #moncrieffmagic is all about. Questions answered included the following. What do you believe is the best implant available on the market?? What causes rippling in implants ? And what do you usually do to correct the issue? Do all implants to your knowledge take a weird shape when bending over? Or is this cause from excess breast tissue or implants not large enough? I’ve been diagnosed with a post Cesarean Section Neuroma that requires surgical intervention would it be best to: 1)speak to a plastic surgeon about the surgery on its own, 2) incorporate it into an abdominoplasty, 3) continue with Gynecologist for surgical intervention. How long do you recommend you should wait in between surgeries? What is the recovery time before you suggest the second surgery can be performed for those patients needing to break up their procedures into more than one surgery? Group member asking for […]
The Inframammary Fold – Avoiding the Double Bubble, with Dr Michael Miroshnik January 16, 2019 - The “double bubble” is one of the more common problems in breast augmentation patients and while it definitely occurs more often in patients attending less qualified and experienced surgeons, it is an issue that can potentially affect any breast augmentation patient, even with the best of surgeons. Dr Michael Miroshnik, Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Sydney, is known by his peers and patients as being a leader in surgical techniques and has a loyal following of patients. He spoke at the Breast Masters Symposium at the end of 2018 about The Inframammary Fold and how it can affect a patient’s outcome. Dr Miroshnik shared his symposium talk with us and gave us some insight on how surgeons can avoid undesirable patient outcomes. What is the Inframammary Fold? The Inframammary Fold (IMF) is also known as the inframammary crease and is the natural boundary of the breast underneath, so the point where the breast and the chest meet. Dr Miroshnik says the IMF is the key to defining the lower pole of the breast and it’s important for a surgeon to know when and how much you can lower the fold to create the desired shape of a breast augmentation. Each […]
Dr Jeremy Hunt talks Mummy Makeover, FB Live December 7, 2018 - Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s most recognised, experienced and skilled plastic surgeons and we were lucky enough to have him on FB live on our closed FB group last Tuesday. For those of you who missed it, here’s the video. If you have any questions regarding Mummy Makeover for Dr Hunt, just leave them in the comments below! KristyKristy loves researching, writing, and editing for Plastic Surgery Hub. She chats with practitioners and industry contacts to make sure we are bringing you the most up to date and accurate information possible. Growing up in Byron Bay, Kristy is all about people feeling comfortable in their own skin, and knows if people are going to make the choice to have aesthetic treatments or surgery, they should do so fully informed, and aware of the risks and all aspects of the procedure - both the good and the bad. Kristy is a huge advocate of having your surgery or treatment done in Australia by qualified Australian practitioners.
Bikini Boobs – the perfect cleavage! December 3, 2018 - I tried on my swimmers yesterday for the first time this summer and spent at least a minute “fixing” my boobs to fit into them and it made me wish I had perky, awesome boobs that looked amazing in bikinis! Straight away I thought of Dr Amira Sanki, Plastic Surgeon in Sydney, who does some amazing breast augmentations and thought I’d ask her what makes the perfect “bikini boobs” – the perfect cleavage! All of us want to feel comfortable in our bodies, especially when we’re more exposed wearing our swimmers or bikinis. With the Australian lifestyle and culture going to the beach or spending the summers by the pool is almost a given, but for those women not happy with their breasts it can be more about covering up, especially for women after pregnancy and childbirth where their breasts are left feeling empty, deflated, sagging or flat. A breast augmentation, lift, reduction or reconstruction can improve or completely transform a woman’s confidence. Dr Sanki says, “The active lifestyles most of us have here in Australia leaves little room for wearing uncomfortable bras and clothing to help support sagging breasts. Breast lift and breast lift with implants are able to […]
Mummy Makeover in Perth with Plastic Surgeon Dr Patrick Briggs November 28, 2018 - Mummy makeovers are a popular choice for women to help get their bodies back into shape after pregnancy and childbirth. The term mummy makeover refers to a combination of a few different procedures to help get a woman’s body back to where it was, if not better than it was, before kids. We chatted to Dr Patrick Briggs, Specialist Plastic Surgeon and one of Perth’s most experienced mummy makeover surgeons, to talk us through what’s involved in a mummy makeover. He also shared some mummy makeover patients’ before and after photos with us. All photos below are patients of Dr Briggs. Make sure you click on each of them to see the full sized photos. What procedures does a mummy makeover include? A mummy makeover is not a one size fits all group of procedures, however it usually includes an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), Breast Augmentation (breast implants), Breast Mastopexy (breast lift with or without implants) and any other procedure to repair or improve the appearance of a part of the body affected by pregnancy and childbirth such as: Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) Breast Augmentation (breast implants) Breast Mastopexy (breast lift) Breast reduction (with or without lift) Liposuction Labiaplasty (repair function and/or […]
Understanding, compassion, listening – when surgeons go the extra mile… November 28, 2018 - Plastic or cosmetic surgery can be a massively daunting experience. It can be extremely overwhelming and downright scary. For some patients, finding a plastic surgeon they can not only trust to do a good job and get them awesome results but is also caring, considerate and empathetic of their situation is a little harder to find. While it’s an extremely personal decision, making sure you are able to fully communicate and express your concerns is essential in ensuring you get the best results. This can be why some women patients feel more comfortable with a female surgeon. We spoke to Dr Amira Sanki, Sydney Plastic Surgeon, about how she manages patient expectations and how important it is for patients to trust their surgeon. If you google Dr Amira Sanki you’ll find no shortage of raving fans. Perhaps 90% of her patients use the word “amazing” to describe her and all of them describe how she surpassed their expectations. Quite a few call her their friend, and many suggest she changed their life. I’ve chatted with Dr Sanki myself and it’s evident that each and every patient is special to her, and she is without a doubt one of the most […]
Implants AND Fat Transfer – The Hybrid Procedure November 26, 2018 - Fat transfer has well and truly become a popular option for women wanting to increase their bust size, however fat transfer alone still has limits with regards to the size you can achieve. This is why many women wanting a larger bust but still hoping for a natural looking cleavage are choosing to have implants and fat transfer together to achieve their ideal boobs. This is called a hybrid breast augmentation procedure and Dr Allan Kalus, one of Australia’s fat transfer pioneers and perhaps Australia’s most experienced plastic surgeon when it comes to fat transfer, says more and more women are wanting to combine implants with fat transfer to get the perfect shape and size. A more natural looking enlargement One of the biggest concerns of any woman wanting to increase her bust size is what they will look like at the end of the journey, after they have dropped, fluffled and settled into their final position. Dr Kalus says some women shy away from implants because they’re concerned they will look “fake” or won’t sit the way natural breasts do, but they still want the size able to be achieved through implants. “A hybrid breast augmentation is particularly effective […]

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    Hi
    ive been following Dr Cheng for a while now and ive decided to send a request for some information.
    Im wanting to no a little more on prices for breast implants and a break down of the cost and whats included. also is it a day surgery or over night stay.
    Thank you very much

    • Trish

      Hi Christy
      We’ve forwarded your details onto Dr Chengs office for reply.
      Thanks
      Trish

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