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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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 […]

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      Trish

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