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

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!” […]
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My consult with Dr Justin Perron My Consultation with Dr Justin Perron January 24, 2017 - I am a 58 year old woman and have had breast implants for 28 years. I lived in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties and my style of life was different then. In those days, it was the thing to do, to get breast implants, even though I didn’t need them! I was a full B cup or C cup to begin with. Over the years I’ve never had any trouble with my implants (which were under the muscle texturised silicone), but I had noticed they just started to not look as good as I remembered them being. Plus, they’re just not me anymore – they are who I was in the 80’s and 90’s, but they are not part of me anymore, and they feel like they don’t belong. Nowadays I am a yoga teacher and a marriage celebrant, and really I can’t wait to get these old implants removed and start to just be me again. I don’t want the attention that big breasts attract anymore. I’m a member of the Plastic Surgery Hub Community, so I’ve spent the last few months doing my research regarding which doctor I was going to see that would be right […]
Post Breast Augmentation What Happens Post Breast Augmentation? With Dr Rohit Kumar, Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Leichhardt NSW January 20, 2017 - Trish Hammond: Lovely, so I’m here today with Dr. Rohit Kumar. Dr Rohit Kumar is a cosmetic plastic surgeon who’s from the Sydney Cosmetic Sanctuary, which is based in Leichhardt in Sydney. Welcome. Dr Rohit Kumar: Thanks, Trish, how are you? Trish Hammond: I’m great, and yourself? Dr Rohit Kumar: Yeah, not too bad, thanks. How can I help today? Trish Hammond: I thought we’d just have a bit of a chat about Post Breast Augmentation. Well, actually, there’s a lot of inquiry after people have had a breast augmentation, like they might not look like they are or they’re not happy with them, or they’re having a bit of anxiety. I thought I might just have a bit of a chat with you today about the post breast augmentation procedure and what people can expect. Dr Rohit Kumar: Sure. Trish Hammond: A standard augmentation will take about, what, roughly an hour to two, would that be right? Dr Rohit Kumar: Yeah, a standard sort of augmentation where you actually don’t have to adjust the actual breast very much. Relatively symmetrical breasts, and you’re putting an implant in, whether over or under the muscle, or as dual plane technique. Which […]
Plastic Surgery Packages All Inclusive Plastic Surgery Packages with Dr Patrick Briggs December 27, 2016 - Plastic or cosmetic surgery has been the go-to solution of people who want to improve their looks. You will want to find the best surgeon and location for your desired procedure/s, but it is also important to ensure you know how much you will pay. This is why plastic/cosmetic surgery packages abroad seem to be so attractive. They will give you an all-inclusive package, as well as the idea of a vacation abroad. Check out these all inclusive plastic surgery packages with Dr Patrick Briggs Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Western Australia. Not all of these packages, however, come with the quality you expect. Dr. Patrick Briggs, one of Australia’s top cosmetic and plastic surgeons, is popular for his high-quality all-inclusive packages that most local and foreign customers find appealing. Read on to know more about Dr. Briggs’s cosmetic and plastic surgery packages. Who is Dr. Patrick Briggs? Dr. Briggs is a highly reputable plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Australia, as well as many parts of the world. He has received positive reviews from customers who seemed to have built their loyalty to him. This is because of his ability to identify his patients’s problems and relate to them. It […]
Motiva Breast Implants Motiva Breast Implants – An Interview with Dr Niamh Corduff November 28, 2016 - Trish Hammond: I’m here today with Dr. Niamh Corduff, and we’re going to have a bit of a chat about the new-age implants that have just come onto the market called the Motiva Implant. Thank you for taking the time today. Dr Niamh Corduff: You’re welcome. Trish Hammond: Lovely. Tell us… What is it about these implants that makes them so new and so unique and certainly just be above the rest. Dr Niamh Corduff: I think with breast implants, it’s been a long history, a long progression from where we came back in the, well, in the late ’60s when the first ones were invented. Everybody knows, and we’ve been hearing the news, there’s been lots of problems and issues, most of them blown complete out of proportion, but they’re far from perfect. We’re still far from perfect, but now what we’ve got is the next generation, where they’ve gone right back to the drawing boards. They’ve looked at that we, as surgeons, and we, as women, have been complaining about and saying, “I don’t like this. I don’t like that.” One of the big problems is capsular contraction, which is hardening around your implants. There’s a lot of […]
Want Breast Implants? Want Breast Implants But Too Expensive? Think Again… October 10, 2016 - One of the things stopping many women from getting the breast augmentation or breast implants they’ve always dreamed of is the expense. It can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, especially when you add up the hospital stays, the anaesthetist, consultation fees, follow up fees, etc. Dr Anh Nguyen, Plastic Surgeon based in Perth, WA, has an all inclusive package for breast implants that might just surprise you with how reasonably priced it is. Dr Anh – Insight and Compassion Dr Anh is a highly regarded surgeon with many years experience, and is especially known for her compassionate nature and ability to understand what women want. Having three young children and juggling her family life whilst being a working mother, Dr Anh is extremely considerate of her patients’ needs and has an intuitive understanding for the patient as a person. This led her to wanting women to have access to quality breast enhancement by providing a reasonably priced option. She says, “Women should celebrate their achievements and be proud of their bodies. As a woman, I understand that women may feel insecure and unhappy with their appearance and this can have a negative impact on their self-esteem and […]
Vanessa's Mummy Makeover Mummy Makeover Muscle Repair – Vanessa’s Story August 11, 2016 - It’s the age old issue… when most women have children, more often than not, our bodies lose their shape and “perkiness”. Whilst it’s nothing to be ashamed of, many of us dream of getting back to our former glory, or at least getting close, and sometimes we need a bit of a helping hand. Vanessa, with the help of Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Mark Hanikeri from Subiaco in WA, achieved awesome results that any of you even considering one or more of the mummy makeover procedures should read and see. Vanessa says that after having her four beautiful children her body was desperate for some help, including muscle repair. Her family GP referred her to Dr Hanikeri. Vanessa says, “Dr Hanikeri was very open and honest, and made me feel very safe from the beginning. He was continually happy to answer any questions that I would think of. I was extremely confident and knew I was in good hands.” After her first consultation it was agreed she should return in a few months time when she’d reached her goal weight which would improve the overall final outcome. This is an important part of choosing your surgeon. It’s essential that you […]
Polyurethane Implants Dr Patrick Tansley – Why he likes to use Polyurethane Implants? July 20, 2016 - Trish: I’m here today with Dr Patrick Tansley from NorthEast Plastic Surgery in Brisbane and Melbourne and we’re going to have a talk about a really hot topic today, which is polyurethane implants: the pros, if there’s any cons or anything like that. Thank you so much for taking the time for us today. Patrick: Pleasure. Trish: Why polyurethane implants compared to smooth or textured? Patrick: It’s really an issue of safety, Trish. Once an implant is placed into the body, any implant, a capsule forms around it which is almost like a shrink-wrap, it’s like a structure. And the risk of that contracting in the long-term is conservatively much higher with smooth or textured silicone implants in comparison with foam covered implants. In fact historically the way textured implants were first generated was as a negative implant of the polyurethane covering. That’s very interesting. In the long-term data shows that about 10 to 20 percent of those capsules will go on to cause a capsular contracture in the smooth and textured silicone implants. That compares with around as low as 1 percent in the polyurethane foam covering, so the benefits to a patient are profound in having polyurethane foam […]
Breast implants and breast cancer Breast implants and breast cancers July 13, 2016 - Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. The statistics speak for themselves when it comes to incidence and detection (Cancer Australia). While the incidence appears to be increasing over the years, the survival has also been increasing, due to advanced research, improvements in detection, and improved and focused treatment protocols. Some patients I see when requesting a breast augmentation, have specific questions regarding implants and breast cancer. The most common questions are: Do breast implants cause cancer? Will my implant cause problems with a mammogram? If I get breast implants, will they prevent my radiologist from detecting any new breast cancers? The first question is a controversial question and issue. And unfortunately the answer is complex. Not all breast implants are the same. They are manufactured in different ways, come in many, many shapes and sizes, and have various textures and coatings. Generally speaking, implants come as either round or anatomical, with smooth or a texturing on the surface. Various types of texturing methods have been created, depending on the manufacturing process. Some of these texturing methods have been implicated in the findings of ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma) FDA ALCL, BAPRAS ALCL. Most implant manufacturers […]

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