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. 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

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Breast Augmentation, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Breast Augmentation, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding July 11, 2016 - With more women than ever undergoing breast augmentations and having breast implants; and the age of women undergoing such surgery including those of a much younger age, a frequent concern is whether or not you will be able to breastfeed after breast surgery, and what your implants and breasts might look like after breastfeeding if you’ve had an augmentation. Dr Craig Rubinstein from the Cosmetic Surgery for Women helps us to know what to be aware of when breastfeeding with implants. If you are young and considering a breast augmentation, breast reduction or implants, and want to have children in the future, you should definitely inform your surgeon of your desire to breastfeed. You’ll want to thoroughly discuss the various options in order to reduce the chances of your ability to breastfeed being compromised. Dr Rubinstein says, “Even without breast surgery, some women are simply unable to breastfeed. It is important to recognise that there’s no guarantee for breastfeeding capacity, but a great Surgeon will take every surgical precaution to not significantly impact the area of the breasts that are relevant to breastfeeding.” You can find various sources of information on the internet advising that breast augmentations and implants will […]
Breast Fat Grafting Breast Fat Grafting in Sydney – with Dr Gavin Sandercoe, Bella Vista NSW May 31, 2016 - INCREASING IN POPULARITY Breast fat grafting, or organic breast implants, is fast becoming the most popular breast enhancement procedure. It has been gaining momentum for the last few years, but it is now well and truly here. We’re excited because we are fans of this growing trend and Dr Gavin Sandercoe has been granted coverage by his medico-legal insurance company and is now performing fat grafting to the breast for all women including cosmetic breast augmentation. ALREADY DOING BREAST FAT GRAFTING IN RECONSTRUCTION Dr Sandercoe has already been performing the procedure in a reconstructive capacity for a number of women and patients over the last five or so years on the breast and other parts of the body; and he has been receiving extensive training in the technique in order to reach this point. ATTENDING CONFERENCE ON FAT GRAFTING – DEVELOPMENTS Dr Sandercoe is already a highly renowned surgeon, and this just adds to his extensive list of qualifications and capabilities. Dr Sandercoe regularly attends industry conferences on fat grafting, as well as reading up on advances and developments in the field and all this combined makes him one of the pioneers for the procedure in Australia. FAT GRAFTING IS […]
Dr Patrick Tansley Can Breast Implants Explode? Dr Patrick Tansley talks us through the answer… May 12, 2016 - The word explode means to “burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion”. It gives us visions of a messy, brutal experience… something like out of a horror movie. This is not really what happens when breast implants rupture or “explode”. We look at this possible side effect of breast implants and exactly what does happen with the help of Dr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast), from North East Plastic Surgery, with clinics in Melbourne and Brisbane. Most of us remember the recall of silicone breast implants in France after one thousand of them ruptured. Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) was the company responsible for making the implants that ruptured and it was due to them being made with industrial-grade silicone instead of medical grade silicone. There were approximately 300,000 women (some reports say up to 400,000) around the world who had received the implants. Brazil actually took the action of banning any implants from PIP in their country. Many other countries advised women who had the implants to get them removed. France’s government offered French women to have them removed for free. The Australian government’s view was that the implants should only be removed if a […]
Do breast implants cause cancer? Do Breast Implants Cause Cancer? May 2, 2016 - It’s a scary topic, and one that’s come up before. Unfortunately, up to now, there has been no conclusive long term studies or data to prove a link between implants and cancer, or specifically Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphomal (ALCL), so the figures emerging that point to this link are to be monitored. It is still a controversial issue and whilst the number of cases being reported are still low, there are enough for us to take notice. Dr Tim Papadopoulos, President of The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says in a recent press release, “to date there have been 170 reports of women being affected with ALCL related to breast implants and the potential risk is stated to be one in a million women with breast implants.” However, this doesn’t taken into account that there are between 5 and 10 million women worldwide with breast implants; and there has certainly been no specific worldwide efforts to identify how many of these women have been diagnosed with ALCL so there is no way to identify if this figure is higher, or indeed lower. Regardless, the international medical community is starting to take notice and other countries are indeed now conducting […]
Jamie's Mummy Makeover Kaiya’s Mummy Makeover Journey with Dr Gavin Sandercoe February 29, 2016 - So often, it’s easy to look at someone else and think they look amazing and should be happy with their body. However, this is not the way it works. We all have to be comfortable in our own skin, and just because someone might be super fit, does not mean they don’t have something they want to change about themselves. For some women having smaller breasts can often cause feelings of self-consciousness, and even if you have a partner who is happy with your body and your boobs you can still want more to feel more “voluptuous” or sexy! Kaiya is a woman who although she has a supportive and loving husband and family had always thought it would be awesome to have some more boobs! Kaiya shares, “I had always been unhappy with my ‘less than an A-cup’ sized breasts. I loved the size that I became when breastfeeding so it was my intention that once I was done having babies and breastfeeding, I would eventually have breast augmentation done. Shortly after my 4th baby’s first birthday I started to get back into my fitness pretty seriously. I was attempting to run 8+kms 3 times a week and doing short sessions […]
Interview with Amelia Amelia has a Breast Augmentation as part of her transition February 23, 2016 - BEFORE THE SURGERY Trish: So I’m here today with Amelia. Amelia is transgender and today is the day that she’s having her breast augmentation so it’s a massive day for her today. So I just want you to introduce to Amelia and she can tell us a little bit about what is happening today. Trish: So, Amelia, are you excited? Amelia: Yes! I’m over the moon. Trish: Fantastic! Amelia: I’m nervous but I’m excited. It’s a long time coming. Trish: Great. So tell us what are you actually having done today? Amelia: So today I’m having a breast augmentation. I’m having 520cc high profile over the muscle – silicone cohesive gel; and I’m also having a little bit of lip filler as well. Trish: How important is this on your journey? Amelia: Oh my goodness, it’s so important. So for me, I’ve been planning to get my boobs done since I was 16, probably like a lot of girls. But for me it’s so important with part of my transition it’s helping me with my confidence. It’s helping me feel more womanly. I’m a curvy girl. And I’ve only got curves on the lower half of my body. I want […]
Amelia's Breast Augmentation Boob Job helps Amelia with her female transition February 18, 2016 - I recently spent the day with one of the funnest, funniest, loveliest, sweetest souls, Amelia, and her amazing boyfriend Josh. Already in such a short time, they’ve both captured a part of my heart. Amelia identifies as a transgender female, as she is currently undergoing her transition from male to female. Her breast augmentation is a huge step for her in her transition. The day started with us contemplating what this surgery meant to Amelia. While some women may not be happy with the size of their breasts, through puberty they have natural breast growth. Although Amelia has always known she was a female trapped in the wrong body, she did not grow breasts like most females do, even after being on hormones for over two years. Because of this, having a breast augmentation was always going to be on the cards for her. Amelia wanted breasts from the time she was 16 years old, she says “like most girls”. I can’t even imagine the frustration in life when you feel the ‘outside’ doesn’t match the ‘inside’. I can only relate to something similar feeling when I sometimes look in the mirror – I feel like I’m still in my […]
Crowd Funding main Crowdfunding for Plastic Surgery – what an eye opener! February 10, 2016 - Is the world going friggin crazy? Boob Job financing – where are you getting your money for your plastic surgery procedure? Plastic Surgery funded by strangers is the latest wave to float round the world. Crowdfunding for medical procedures otherwise unaffordable has been a popular way for the masses to contribute to a needy child requiring a new heart, or other worthwhile causes; however it has taken on a life of its own and you can now crowd fund almost anything – including your plastic surgery procedure. Social acceptance of this method of funding your boob job is definitely still out with the jury. The concerns lay with what expectations lie with the men (and yes, it is mostly men doing the donating and funding) have from the women they are financing. What do they want in return? The founder of one of the bigger and more established sites says it’s a completely safe environment where contact between donor and benefactor is limited to communication on the website so it is monitored. However, there have been reports from women from both sides of the story. Some have said they were approached to be involved in pornography movies or other mostly […]

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