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.

Yvette's Breast Augmentation Story
Uti's Breast Augmentation Story

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. This procedure is extremely dangerous and must be considered properly. 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 many risks associated with having a general anaesthetic – these will be discussed with you with your plastic surgeon. These risks 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 constriction is a risk and complication that can occur if you have breast implant surgery. This complication can be extremely painful. Capsular constriction can occur as part of the body’s healing process. Scar tissue forms around the implant itself, this happens with everyone who has the surgery as the immune system starts to attack the foreign body, which is the implant itself. In some cases the scar tissue decreases over time, however with some the tissue can shrink and constrict the implant itself causing the implant to change shape and can even cause pain.

Gel bleeding is another risk and complication that can occur when you have implants. Gel bleeding is when small silicone molecules get released from the implant and are taken up by the surrounding tissue. If these molecules get into the lymphatic system it can cause swelling and pain.

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

Dr Patrick Tansley - Mummy Makeover Mummy Makeover – Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck at NorthEast Plastic Surgery January 17, 2018 - Earlier in 2017, this 39 year old lady who breast fed 3 children (one delivered by caesarean section) and had experienced significant fluctuations in weight presented for consideration of aesthetic breast and abdominal surgery – a classic ‘mummy makeover’. She described her 12-14DD breasts as saggy, empty and droopy ‘deflated water balloons’ which were causing neck and shoulder pain. She was also troubled by excess abdominal skin and a ‘muffin top’. She wished to have her stretch marks addressed and achieve natural, full and correctly positioned breasts along with a flat tummy and shaped waistline. At preoperative assessment, she had asymmetric ptotic (droopy), heavy breasts with stretch marks and excess abdominal skin above and below the umbilicus also with stretch marks, flank fat and separation (divarication) of the abdominal wall musculature. She was counselled at NorthEast Plastic Surgery to consider surgery comprising a variety of breast surgical options in conjunction with abdominoplasty and flank liposuction. The relative risks and benefits of each were carefully detailed and appropriate investigations undertaken. At surgery, a vertical scar (lollipop) approach was used to undertake asymmetrical bilateral breast reduction, along with full abdominoplasty, repair of the ‘six-pack’ muscles and flank liposuction. She made an uneventful […]
Breastfeeding after Breast Augmentation Breastfeeding after Breast Augmentation December 18, 2017 - One of the more common questions women ask when considering breast augmentation surgery, I sat down with Dr Rohit Kumar to find out more about breastfeeding after breast surgery, why he’s seeing more patients needing revisions and why it’s essential you choose a qualified and experienced surgeon for your procedure. PSH: Can you talk us through why there is a small chance a woman may not be able to breastfeed again after having breast surgeries? Does the skill of the surgeon have any effect on this outcome? Dr Rohit Kumar: When most people have breast surgery, whether that’s breast augmentation or breast reduction, or any form of breast surgery, I guess there’s a small chance that you might actually damage the ducts. If you damage the ducts that supply the nipple areola complex, then there is a small chance that you might not be able to breastfeed. What I normally tell my patients is if you look into the community, approximately a third of the patients will not be able to breastfeed. About a third of patients will be able to breastfeed with assistance, and about a third of patients can breastfeed normally. Realistically, if you look at that group […]
Dropping and Fluffing – What to expect of your breasts post augmentation December 13, 2017 - You might have heard of the term “drop and fluff”. You might not have. Either way, if you are planning to have or have had a breast augmentation you need to know what it is. It’s a term used to describe what your breasts and new breast implants do after a breast augmentation. To tell us more about dropping and fluffing and what to expect of your breasts post augmentation, we spoke to Dr Rohit Kumar, Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon. Completely normal part of breast augmentation recovery After all your planning, anticipation and then actually having the procedure, you’re super excited about checking out your new boobs only to wake up from the anaesthetic and look down and see some overly high-riding boobs that feel super tight as though they might pop out of your chest. Your muscles will feel tight, you will have swelling and you might freak out a little because you think they don’t look at all like you expected. Relax. You’re not alone. There are a few things that need to happen to your new boobs after the actual procedure and it takes time. Firstly, they need to settle into their new home. This happens a few […]
What is Capsular Contracture? Dr Jeremy Hunt explains… November 30, 2017 - It is estimated that approximately 5% of women who have breast implants will develop capsular contracture. About three quarters of these will happen in the first two years after breast augmentation surgery. It can also happen as a result of implant rupture any number of years after the implants are inserted. Dr Jeremy Hunt, Plastic Surgeon from Edgecliff NSW, to help us understand what is capsular contracture and how do we deal with it? What is Capsular Contracture? Capsular contracture is the hardening of the collagen layer that normally forms around a breast implant. All implants will develop a capsule, and the problem is when this capsule becomes thickened and feels firmer – this is capsular contracture. Scar tissue forms a lining around every breast implant; saline or silicone; as a natural reaction to what is a foreign material within the body. This lining is called a capsule, and it is when this capsule of scar tissue contracts and tightens onto the breast implant that capsular contracture occurs. It can be caused from a few triggers such as infection, trauma to the implant, the implant being too big without enough skin to cover it, radiation exposure and other reasons; however, […]
Dr Allan Kalus - Fat Transfer to the Breast Dr Allan Kalus talks about Fat Transfer to the Breast November 29, 2017 - Dr Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in VIC was one of Australia’s first plastic surgeons to embrace fat transfer to the breast. He is at the forefront of the fat movement and uses the latest techniques and innovations to get the best results. I spoke to him at the 40th ASAPS conference earlier this year about this increasingly popular procedure. Dr Allan Kalus: So we’re having a most interesting meeting here in Melbourne at the Grand Hyatt hotel and one area, one new area that’s been discussed has been fat transfer to the breast. And in my practice, this has been the fastest growing procedure over the last four years. We are fortunate and privileged to be leaders in the field and we’ve done hundreds of cases now and it’s important for women to realise that there is now a totally natural alternative to breast implants. And we’ve long known that breast implants, although they’re great, they are associated with lots of problems, with capsular contracture, and scarring, even malposition, the latest problems of ALCL which is a lymphoma of the capsule. We’ve heard a lot about these problems and women having breast augmentation are all told these days […]
Skye’s Corrective Breast Surgery – Getting it Right Second Time Around November 22, 2017 - Skye is a 34 year old lady who after breastfeeding her child underwent bilateral breast augmentation in Russia in 2000 by injection of 190cc of an initially unidentified substance, later determined to be Polyacrylamide Hydrogel (PAAG). This substance is known to have been used in the former Soviet Union for many years in plastic and aesthetic surgery. In Skye’s case, she ended up with complications and having to have corrective breast surgery with Dr Patrick Tansley of NorthEast Plastic Surgery. This is her story about getting it right the second time around. Skye says. “I needed help with fixing aftermath of previous plastic surgery, it was becoming a serious health issue. I also wanted to look feminine again and have natural looking breasts.” Mr Tansley tells us about when he first met Skye. “At her initial consultation with NorthEast Plastic Surgery, Skye expressed the desire simply to have an improved, natural shape that was proportionate. Appropriate research, investigations, ultrasound and MRI imaging was undertaken, which identified the nature of the PAAG gel and the anatomical extent of her problem.Skye had developed progressive asymmetrical deformation of the breasts along with the gel becoming mobile within not only the breast soft tissues, […]
Motiva Breast Implants - Dr Giovanni Botti Motiva Breast Implants – Why are they a good option? November 21, 2017 - Motiva are a breast implant brand with a good reputation and at the forefront of the breast implant industry when it comes to design and producing a variety of breast implant choices for women. Many Australian plastic surgeons prefer Motiva breast implants and I caught up with Dr Giovanni Botti at the recent 40th Annual ASAPS conference to ask him why. Why should women choose Motiva Breast Implants and for which type of patient is it best suited? Dr Giovanni Botti: This kind of new implants is, to me, revolutionary. They are deeply different from any other implant because they are much softer. The consistency is very similar to the one of the breast mound and they move together with the body when the body change its position so the breasts should get a different shape. These implants give this kind of result. Furthermore, they don’t have the common complications of other implants like the macrotexture ones, like double capsules, seroma, or even maybe ALCL, which is a kind of cancer, lymphoma. There are several advantages in choosing this kind of implants. Why is it worth patient’s investing a little more in their implants initially, rather than opting for a […]
Motiva Implants - Dr Niamh Corduff Why researching your brand of implants is important… with Dr Niamh Corduff November 20, 2017 - I caught up with Dr Niamh Corduff at the recent 40th Annual ASAPS conference to chat about a really important topic – Why researching your brand of implants is important. Too many women just have no idea of what they’re putting into their bodies and it’s time there was a greater level of awareness. Watch the video here. Why should women know or research which brand of implant they choose? Dr Niamh Corduff: There’s a lot out there. There’s a lot of science now coming out behind implants and I do think patients now research everything they do about their surgery and it’s important that they … I think it’s good thing that you actually read and have a bit of knowledge before you go in and you see your surgeon so you can have a feeling as to why he’s pushing you towards one implant over another, why he’s suggesting this will be best for you. You need to have some understanding to have that discussion. What is a biocompatible implant and why is it important? Biocompatibility – it’s one of those scientific words. Let’s try and sort of bring it down to simplicity. It’s basically, biocompatible, it’s the […]
Dr Nicholas Moncrieff - Tuberous Breasts What is a Tuberous breast? With Dr Nicholas Moncrieff from Hunter Plastic Surgery November 17, 2017 - I sat down with Dr Nicholas Moncrieff at the recent 40th Annual ASAPS conference in Melbourne and asked him about tuberous breasts – a quite common issue for women (and men!). He answered all my questions. Check out my video with him here. What is a tuberous breast? Dr Moncrieff: So a tuberous breast is a congenital abnormality of breast development and it can actually affect women and men, and it affect one or both breasts. Basically, during puberty, breast development is affected, or blocked, such that the normal breast doesn’t develop fully and maturely. We don’t know, really, why it happens. But it’s probably been around, will have been classified since the mid-1970s. Basically, the physical characteristics are the patients often present with sort of big, puffy nipples or areolas; they have usually very widely spaced breasts, and they have very short distance from the nipple down to the breast fold, and the breast fold is often very high. It’s not, really, just a simple thing that the breast hasn’t developed fully and normally, it’s actually, as I said, an abnormality with the mature breast shape. Why doesn’t just putting in an implant work? Look, because often there’s a […]
Dr Rebecca Whyten Dr Rebecca Whyten from Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men in Hawthorn – “No question is a silly question” November 13, 2017 - I had the opportunity to chat with Dr Rebecca Whyten, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Hawthorn VIC at the recent 40th ASAPS conference. She’s sought after for breast surgery, abdominoplasty and all things mummy makeover. Check out my video interview with her by clicking on the image. PSH: Is there a variation of people you treat in regards to gender, or is it primarily women? Dr Rebecca Whyten: The majority of the people that see me are women that have had children, and they get to that sort of stage where they’ve worked really hard to get back to their sort of post-baby bodies, and they just can’t shift any more fat, or they’ve got all this extra loose skin, and so they come to me really quite self-conscious about how they feel. They’ll get comments at the gym, you know, “Don’t do that because you’re pregnant,” when they’re not, or they’ll be exercising … I had a lovely lady that was a crossfit trainer and she just said when she lies forward all her skin falls forward. A lot of these women have done everything they can to make themselves as fit as possible, but […]
Breast Augmentation – Who can you trust to do yours? October 31, 2017 - When you’re looking for a surgeon to do your breast augmentation how do you know if they’re good – the best one for you? Who can you trust to do yours? You’re going to be off to a good start if you choose a fully qualified and trained plastic surgeon. You’ll be ahead of a few more if you choose one who actually specialises in breast surgery. Finally, one who is recognised throughout the Australian and international communities as being a leader in his field gives you the best chance possible to get the results you deserve. Dr Ross Farhadieh from Panthea Clinics in Sydney and Canberra is all of the above, and more. We asked him what women should look for when trying to choose their breast augmentation surgeon. What do you want? Dr Farhadieh says when it comes to any elective surgery you need to put a lot of time and through into deciding what you want. “It is both a personal journey of self-discovery and a search for the options that suit your needs best.” Knowing your surgeon understands exactly what results you want can make a massive difference to your outcome. Also, having a surgeon trained […]
Be breast aware with implants Being Breast Aware with Implants October 13, 2017 - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hopefully this reminds women of the importance of regularly checking your breasts. But what about if you have implants? Are there any additional considerations to take into account? We referred to Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr Mark McGovern from the VIE Institute on the Sunshine Coast in QLD to give us all the info we might need for being breast aware with implants. Firstly, the recent media spotlight on anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and implants has highlighted the rarity of the condition with reported incidences in international studies between 1 in 3,000 and 1 in 300,000 women. By comparison, all women have a lifetime risk of developing some type of lymphoma of 1 in 80, and a lifetime risk for breast cancer (cancer of the breast’s glandular cells) of 1 in 8! Dr McGovern says breast implants do not increase your risk of breast cancer. In fact, he says, “Studies show augmented women to have only 43 – 47% of the normal risk for this killer disease. This presumably arises due to augmented ladies having less than half the normal amount of breast tissue, rather than to any protective effect of silicone!” […]
Dr Mark Vucak - Breast Augmentation Breast Augmentation by Dr Mark Vucak October 12, 2017 - There is always a lot of debate on whether to go behind or in front of the muscle with breast implants and most surgeons use both techniques. The problem with placing implants in front of the muscle is that the implant is close to the skin and rippling is quite evident. The skin can also be stretched by placing a implant that is too heavy and the implant subsequently falls down the chest leading to an orange in a sock type of appearance. Generally a sub-glandular pre-pectoral augmentation is promoted by general practitioners and cosmetic surgeons who are not able to access the operating theatre or hospital as this type of placement can be done as rooms procedure with little sedation. A general anaesthetist is required when the implant is placed underneath the muscle as a local anaesthetic is not effective in this situation therefore Plastic Surgeons tend to use a sub-muscular placement more frequently because they have access to the hospital. In the situation where the breast is a little droopy to start with using a sub-pectoral implant placement is not desirable as it tends to ride high and the breast falls away from the implant. Ideally implants placed […]
Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation with Implants? October 11, 2017 - One of the more common questions women ask when considering breast surgery, is will a breast lift be enough or do they want a breast augmentation with implants? Dr Marcus Pyragius is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Adelaide and is highly regarded for his breast surgery. He has a reputation for listening carefully to his patients in order to best achieve the results they are after. We asked him about reasons why people might consider one type of breast surgical procedure over another. PSH: What is the more popular procedure you perform – breast lift, breast augmentation or both? Dr Pyragius: The most popular aesthetic breast procedures that I perform include Breast Augmentation (implants) and Breast Augmentation Mastopexy (implant & lift). A mastopexy (breast lift) is also a relatively common procedure. PSH: How does a woman know which one is going to suit her better and ultimately choose which procedure will give her the results she wants? Dr Pyragius:The most suitable procedure for any woman depends on the size and shape of their existing breasts and what look they would ultimately like to achieve in terms of breast size and shape. A woman is suitable for a […]
Breast Asymmetry One of these is bigger than the other… Breast Asymmetry with Dr Jeremy Hunt October 6, 2017 - There’s lots of attention on making breasts bigger with augmentation or making them smaller with a reduction, but there’s many women who’d settle for just having their breasts the same size. Whether it’s because of breast feeding, or they might have always been lopsided, having uneven breasts can be a cause of embarrassment and have many side effects such as insecurity in the bedroom. Dr Jeremy Hunt, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Edgecliff NSW performs loads of breast procedures each year to even up asymmetrical breasts and talks to us about what’s involved. Why are some boobs and nipples different sizes? Firstly, it is estimated that over half the women around the world have asymmetrical or uneven boobs or nipples. So, you’re in good company! It’s perfectly normal and most humans have some sort of body asymmetry whether it’s unmatching fingers, toes, boobs or anything else. So most of the time the cause of asymmetry is just nature. Sometimes it may become more pronounced or obvious with hormonal changes during puberty, breastfeeding, because of benign lumps or even breast cancer. Don’t be alarmed by this last one though, as the majority of women just have uneven boobs and nipples […]
Is overseas surgery worth it? Breast Augmentation – Are the risks of overseas surgery worth it? October 4, 2017 - It is estimated that 15,000 Australians travel overseas for their cosmetic surgery procedures, spending approximately $300 million per year. This is a booming business. However, unfortunately many of these end up in the Emergency department back in Australia with complications, more often than not relating to breast augmentations and implants. Breast augmentation is one of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Ross Farhadieh’s areas of special interest and expertise and his dual plane technique gets excellent results for women who fly to him from all over the country. He has recently authored a chapter on breast augmentation surgery in the latest Plastic Surgery international reference textbook. He chats to us about techniques, patients travelling overseas and things patients should be aware of. There are several approaches to breast implant surgery. Broadly speaking the implants can be placed under the breast tissues or under the muscle. A more nuanced technique allows partial placement under both, the dual plane technique. This technique is becoming one of the more popular. However, Dr Farhadieh warns of surgeons overseas offering breast augmentation surgery that they may not be completely skilled at, but offer because of their growing popularity and perceived financial incentives. Dr Farhadieh recently wrote […]
Motiva Implants Motiva Breast Implants Address BIA-ALCL September 1, 2017 - There’s been a fair bit of media attention on breast implants and BIA-ALCL lately but there are some breast implant companies who are are already way in front when it comes to research and designing their implants to reduce chances of breast implant bacterial contamination therefore lowering the risk of BIA-ALCL. Spiran, who supply one of the latest generation implants, Motiva implants, talk to us about their unique breast implant design and their innovative strategies to help reduce the incidence of BIA-ALCL. The difference between implants Implants come in different designs. These differences include things like: Shell thickness (the outer layer protecting the gel/contents of the implant) Shell Surface (Nano Surface, Smooth, Micro-Textured, Macro-Textured) Amount of fill inside (this can affect what is known as the “rippling” factor) Cohesiveness (density of fill) Shape (round, teardrop, etc.) Size (B cup, GGG cup, etc.) Fill (saline, silicone or highly cohesive silicone – also known as “gummy bear” implants) It is the differences between the smooth and textured implants where the concern lies. A representative of Spiran clarifies, “A number of hypotheses have been put forth to explain the genesis of BIA-ALCL. Recent study findings have highlighted that higher surface area macro-textured implant […]
Breast Implant Safety Implant Safety – Is Your Surgeon Using The 14 Point Plan? September 1, 2017 - If you’ve been following the implants safety issue in the media lately you might have read about the 14 point plan that has been referred to as one of the best ways for your surgeon to minimise any chance of infection around breast implants. This plan combines proven strategies that when used by the surgeon, greatly reduces the number of bacteria attaching to the implants hence minimising the risk of breast implant complications. Professor Anand Deva, a highly regarded Australian Plastic Surgeon, and founder of Integrated Specialist Healthcare Education and Research Foundation and www.saferbreastimplants.org has long been an advocate of the 14 point plan. His work has changed practice around the world leading to a marked reduction in complications following breast implant surgery. We spoke to Prof. Deva about the importance of implant safety – is your surgeon using the 14 point plan? Breast Implant Bacteria Just in case you aren’t up to speed, the bacteria we’re talking about is also called biofilm bacteria and attaches itself to the surface of breast implants (macro-textured implants are the biggest culprits) and is known to cause capsular contracture. More recently, his work has raised the possibility of infection leading to BIA-ALCL, a […]
I need a boob job I need a boob job, can Medicare help? August 24, 2017 - UPDATED: The rules have changed. Breast augmentation is no longer covered by Medicare except in very specific circumstances. The only time a boob job is covered by Medicare is when it is part of a reconstruction after a mastectomy or other breast cancer treatments. Minor Medicare rebates may in a few cases be available if you have recurring health issues because of the size, position or skin condition of your breasts. So, the popular question of “I need a boob job, can Medicare help?” might not necessarily have the answer that you want. As for Health Insurance companies, they are all different and members have different coverage. It is best to check directly with your health insurance provider to see exactly what you are covered for (make sure you read the fine print). However, if you do need breast reconstruction procedures for any of the following make sure you check the Medicare rebates listed below: Bilateral Breast Reduction (Item no. 45520) – Medicare Rebate is $675.35 (1 side) Tubular Breast Reconstruction (Item no. 45559) – Medicare Rebate is $852.60 (1 side) Breast Augmentation for asymmetry (Item no. 45524) – Medicare Rebate $556.25 (1 side) Breast Implants for breast deformity (Item […]
Breast Implants Which Breast Implants are available in Australia? August 21, 2017 - It’s a question we are asked on a regular basis, “which breast implants are available in Australia?” So, if you’re considering a breast augmentation with implants you might want to know a little bit about the implants your surgeon is offering, or you may wish to choose a particular implant and see which surgeon offers that brand of implant. When you are wanting implants, you usually think about the size, the shape and the positioning of the implants, the surgeon who will perform the procedure – but do you actually think about where the implant is coming from or what company makes the implants? More importantly, what kind of texturing do they have ( if you chose a textured implant) and what type of warranty they provide. Here’s a snapshot of which implants are on offer in Australia. Mentor Known as one of the leading implants suppliers, Mentor implants are available in over 70 countries over the world. Mentor were one of the first FDA approved implants. Currently Mentor implants are very popular in Australia. Part of this is due to their lifetime warranty and also because Mentor implants, based on current research, have some of the lowest rates of […]
Breast Implant Questions Breast Implants Q & A with Dr Patrick Tansley August 9, 2017 - Mr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast) is a UK registered Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, trained, qualified and experienced in all aspects of cosmetic surgery. A former Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of England he is one of the founders of NorthEast Plastic Surgery (Melbourne and Brisbane) along with Dr Sugitha Seneviratne FRACS (Plast). With a special interest in breast and facial plastic and cosmetic surgical procedures, Mr Tansley was kind enough to answer some of our more common breast implant questions. Are Breast Implants better under or over the muscle, or does it depend on the individual patient as to what will suit better? When would you choose one or the other? Implant placement must be carefully considered both in context of a woman’s natural breast and chest wall morphology and also to achieve her desired appearance. Key factors to be taken into account include the amount of natural soft tissue cover along with the type of implant to be used, a consideration which can introduce many subtleties. Implants can be placed on top of the muscle, underneath the muscle or ‘dual-plane’, which is a combination of both and can include a variety of subtypes. As […]
Breast Implants Dr Angie Taras on Breast Augmentation Incisions and Scarring August 9, 2017 - Trish: Hey, so welcome everyone. I’m here today with Dr Angie Taras. Dr Taras is a highly skilled aesthetic surgeon who is actually from the USA and she’s just moved to Australia. She’s Board-certified in the US for general surgery including breast and endocrine surgery. She’s working with Avenue Plastic Surgery in Victoria. Welcome. Dr Angie Taras: Thank you. Trish: Yeah, so I was quite … I was talking to a lady in your office and I was quite excited to hear about a new procedure that you’re doing at Avenue Plastic Surgery… Dr Angie Taras: Yeah. Trish: I’ll get you to tell us about it, but just to tell everyone it’s just basically a breast augmentation but it’s done under the arm so that there’s no scarring is that right? Dr Angie Taras: That’s right. It’s a transaxillary breast augmentation, is what it’s called. That means I go through the armpit and that’s where I make the incisions. Trish: Okay, so tell us a bit about it? Why? Is it better than having it done the other way? Dr Angie Taras: I just like to offer a lot of different options. It’s basically up to the patient for the […]
Jess' Breast Augmentation My Breast Augmentation Journey with Dr Anh in Perth July 24, 2017 - Jess’ story will resonate with so many of us. Her story is a really inspiring one and her results are awesome! Growing up I was never very fussed or bothered about appearance. I grew up in Melbourne where the weather is often on the chilly side and never found swimming or sports appealing. Music was always my first love and I would sit for hours on end happily playing my piano. Because of this I didn’t put much time, effort or energy into health or physical self care. I didn’t feel like I needed to and I never knew any better or different, with nothing to compare myself to. At the age of 14 I had a sudden growth spurt and as a result I was left with stretch marks. I remember my younger years, always dressing in baggy and conservative clothing. I didn’t wear these clothes because that was my style choice – I wore them to hide the body underneath. Life moved on and I met and married my husband Ryan. I decided I wanted to be trim and terrific for our wedding so I managed to lose 25 kilos. I felt empowered and like I had finally […]
Breast Augmentation Things to consider about your Breast Augmentation Surgery July 14, 2017 - Breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure all over the world and probably always will be. Breasts are a symbol of womanhood for many, and whether it’s because we lost them after having children, have them removed due to cancer or the risk of, or because we never had much to start with, many women choose to have a breast augmentation or boob job. There are some important things to consider about your Breast Augmentation surgery, and we enlisted the help of Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Vucak based at Queensland Plastic Surgery in North Queensland, to help us cover them. Size and shape This is perhaps the most important (and exciting!) thing for you to think about. Different sizes and shapes suit different women and their different lifestyles, but ultimately it’s about what you want. Communicating your boob dreams to your surgeon is extremely important as that will determine what you end up with. Your surgeon may give you advice on what size, shape and type they think will suit what you hope to achieve. Dr Vucak says, “At the initial consultation, your Surgeon will assess your current breast size, shape and symmetry. You will be checked […]
The 7 Most Important Questions to ask before having Breast Augmentation Surgery June 14, 2017 - Breast Augmentation, and in fact any plastic or cosmetic surgery procedure, is a personal and intimate decision. A decision that can overwhelm even the most confident and capable man or woman as they come to terms with wanting a body to match their confidence and lifestyle, or even help increase their confidence and self-esteem. Having finally made the decision that surgery is the best option – and desperately wanting to avoid the horror stories of botched surgeries often featured on the tabloid style TV programs – this same confident and capable person can easily feel overwhelmed as they are faced with choosing from all the options and techniques now available in the ever-expanding world of plastic and cosmetic surgery. The truth is plastic surgeons undergo years of intensive training. While not all of plastic surgery is cosmetic, the application of the years of knowledge learned through working difficult reconstructive problems, train the mind, eye, and the judgment of a plastic surgeon. Performing an operation is much more than making a decision to do so. It’s about planning, critical decision making, having the insight and foresight of potential risks and issues, which is learned through the many years of training. This […]
Fat Implants Swapping Breast Implants to Fat Implants June 5, 2017 - Breast augmentation is still one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures on the planet. Bigger, shapely boobs are always going to be desirable for many women. However, a trend that Dr Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in Windsor Victoria is noticing, is that more and more patients are swapping breast implants to fat implants instead. He’s seeing more women come in who have already have synthetic (silicone or saline filled) breast implants, but want to have them taken out and replaced with a fat transfer. Why Swap to Fat? There are several reasons why women are choosing fat transfers to increase their bust size instead of keeping their implants. Obviously, there’s ongoing speculation as to the length of time synthetic implants last. Whether you choose saline or silicone, it is debated they can last anywhere from 5 years up to forever. However, the reality (and statistics) of the situation is that you will have to replace your implants at some point. Fat transfer means you don’t have it in the back of your mind that you have another procedure to deal with at some point in the future. There are also the safety concerns. We’ve all seen an […]
Motiva Breast Implants Next Generation in breast implants is here – Motiva May 18, 2017 - One of our most commonly performed procedures is breast augmentation, also known as bilateral augmentation mammoplasty, or a “BAM”, dare I say, a “boob job”. This is one procedure I see, hear and read about most; who is doing it, how much it costs and where to get it done. Rarely, however, do I ever read posts in forums or hear people talking about the choice of implant. For me this has to be one of the most important decisions, up there with selecting a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon and having your procedure performed in a reputable licensed institution. Within the last year or so, Motiva released to the Australian market the latest in breast implants, producing an implant that, for me, offers the perfect balance between quality, technology and safety. Both Dr Birch and Dr Scott Ingram now have considerable experience using these implants for both primary and secondary procedures. Despite their recent release here, Motiva implants have been in use overseas for the greater part of 10 years. While we don’t yet have the numbers to prove they are superior to other prostheses currently on the market I thought I would bring to the attention of both potential […]
Chloe's Breast Augmentation and Rhinoplasty Chloe’s New Nose and Breasts with Dr Jeremy Hunt April 24, 2017 - Chloe recently had a rhinoplasty and breast augmentation with Dr Jeremy Hunt in Edgecliff, NSW. Her journey was ultimately successful, however Chloe has some awesome insights that might help others looking at similar procedures. Having a highly regarded surgeon such as Dr Jeremy Hunt played no small part in ensuring Chloe had the outcome she had dreamed of. We asked Chloe some questions about her experience. PSH: What prompted you, or was your motivation to have plastic surgery? Chloe: My nose is something which has bothered me ever since I was in primary school. It was hooked and lacked femininity. I have always been self conscious about it and this sounds very cliche, but I would daydream a lot about what it must be like to be a girl with, not even a perfect nose, just one that wasn’t so overpowering on my face. My breasts were less of a worry for me. I had always thought if I had the chance, I would make them larger, and adjust the asymmetry. They weren’t the driver for having the surgery – my nose was; but since I would be going under the knife anyway, I thought why not. Did your plastic […]
Ged a Good Boob Job What to look or ask for to get a good Boob Job April 21, 2017 - The popularity of breast augmentations or boob jobs has also given rise to the number of plastic surgeons performing the procedure today. You want to make sure you choose a surgeon who has a proven track record, particularly in this procedure, such as Dr Patrick Briggs in Perth, Western Australia. We had a chat with Dr Briggs to help us know what to look or ask for to find a competent surgeon. Dr Briggs says you can ask friends or family members for recommendations if possible, but take note of the following criteria when choosing a plastic surgeon: The surgeon is fully qualified with board certification in plastic surgery Specialises in breast surgical procedures Has received plenty of positive feedback from happy patients We always suggest you meet and have a consult with at least two plastic surgeons. You should go with the one who you feel most comfortable with, and who you feel is going to give you the results you want. Price should not be your only consideration when choosing your surgeon. Although most of us have to consider the cost of the surgery, sometimes it’s absolutely worth paying a little bit more to get the best outcome. […]
Jenna's Breast Augmentation Big and Beautiful – Jenna’s Breast Augmentation with Dr Craig Rubinstein April 14, 2017 - Just recently we chatted to the remarkable Jenna, and we’re so excited to share her story with you. When Jenna was 22 she lost 35kg over a period of around 8 months. She was exercising and eating better than she had in years. But, even though she had always had naturally big breasts (GGG), when she lost the weight, her breasts went down 5 to 6 cup sizes! This was when Jenna decided she needed a breast lift and implants. She was 175cm tall and 69kgs. That was July last year (2016) and she is now loving her beautiful new boobs. Jenna tells us with confidence that the most important thing she did when planning her procedure was choose the right surgeon. Jenna had her procedure done with Dr Craig Rubinstein from Cosmetic Surgery for Women, although she says Dr Rubinstein wasn’t the first surgeon she consulted with. “I met with another surgeon and wasn’t really happy with him. He didn’t really tell me much and it felt kind of rushed. I must have only been in there for 20 – 25 minutes. I did further research and ended up meeting Craig in Melbourne. The experience was completely different. The […]

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