TGA Approved Implants

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 ALCL. Offering various types to suit different patients in both round and anatomical and textured and smooth, Mentor branded implants remain the first choice of a large number of Plastic Surgeons.

Motiva

Said to be one of the more natural feeling implants, Motiva have gained momentum recently as a brand to watch in the future. Used in the US for a good ten years, Motiva has now launched a range in Australia. Motiva is the first brand to use “nano-texturing” on their surface along with manufacturing the implant as a monobloc shell. While research is still in it’s early days these techniques may assist in minimising the risk of breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, BIA-ALCL and capsular contracture.

Allergan Natrelle

Another FDA approved implant manufacturer, Allergan is another popular implant company offering various sizes, shapes and types.

Some other implant brands used in Australia include:

  • Silimed
  • Nagor
  • Eurosilicone
  • Polytech

You can also check out more Australian approved implants on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) here.

Surgeons often have their preference as to which implants they use. If you decide you want a particular implant then you might have to shop around to find a surgeon you are happy with who uses those implants. If you’re not sure, and your priority is choosing the right surgeon for you, you might want to ask the ones you consult with, which implants they use and why.

Generally, there are a few differences between the different implants made by different companies. These include:

  • Shell thickness (the outer layer protecting the gel/contents of the implant)
  • 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)
  • Smooth or textured.

If you’d like more information we suggest you ask a qualified Australian Plastic Surgeon at your consult.

Sometimes we just need a bit of a lift – Breast Lift or Mastopexy September 24, 2018 - Whether it’s from genetics, age, or breastfeeding, having droopy boobs can not only affect the clothes we wear, but our confidence and physical comfort. Breasts that have lost their perkiness can cause us to cover up and wish that they would just hold themselves up without having to fit them into the right bra – which can be a struggle within itself. Hold onto your titties ladies because there is a solution. We had a chat to specialist plastic surgeon Dr Raymond Goh, based in Brisbane, about how a breast lift works. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a procedure to bring your girls up to where you want them to be without implants or a reduction (although having a breast lift at the same time as a reduction and/or augmentation is quite common too). Dr Goh says, “This procedure is to raise and reshape sagging breasts. As a woman ages, skin loses some elasticity which can cause the breasts to lose their natural shape and firmness. This procedure is designed to elevate the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast enlargement surgery (augmentation).” There are […]
Dr Pouria Moradi discusses Motiva Breast Implants September 18, 2018 - In this video we had the fantastic opportunity to have a chat with Dr Pouria Moradi Specialist Plastic Surgeon discussing Motiva Implants and plastic surgery procedures that he performs. Dr Moradi’s specialist interests include microsurgical reconstruction and cosmetic surgery, with the majority of his operative time being spent performing these two disciplines. Dr Moradi is one of the few plastic surgeons in Sydney who exclusively performs both microsurgical and cosmetic surgery for the breast and face. Dr Pouria Moradi uses Motiva implants in his practice, and explains to us what they’re about and why he uses them. TrishTrish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.
Breast Implant Placement September 5, 2018 - There is often debate over the best place to have breast implants inserted. Under the muscle? Over the muscle? Partially under and partially over? It can get confusing. It depends on the individual patient as to the best place to put the implant, and your plastic surgeon will help determine what is best for you. Different factors affect the placement, and we asked Dr Graham Sellars, Plastic Surgeon from Sydney, to help us understand what they are, how each technique works and the benefits and drawbacks of each. What are the different options for breast implant placement? There are generally three different places breast implants can be placed. These are: Submuscular – behind the chest muscle wall Subglandular – in front of the chest muscle, behind the mammary gland Subpectoral – under the pectoralis major muscle Dr Sellars says each of these options has positives and negatives and none are particularly better than others, although one might be better than another for a particular patient either based on their physicality or because of their lifestyle. Eg. More athletic women might prefer the subglandular placement because it is less likely to get in the way of exercising and gym work. However, […]
Comprehensive Breast Surgery By Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Eddie Cheng August 21, 2018 - As part of our job here at the Hub we’re constantly researching and getting out and meeting new plastic surgeons, most of whom we’ve heard about from happy patients or industry colleagues. Dr Eddie Cheng based in Brisbane QLD is one of these surgeons, and while this FRACS surgeon is fully trained and experienced in all plastic and cosmetic surgeries I chatted to him about why he’s considered one of the best specialist breast surgeons around. Beautiful, natural results Dr Cheng is known for his natural looking results and says he draws from both his reconstructive and cosmetic background to get the most beautiful breasts possible for each patient. “Results are tailored to your physical structure, needs, goals and desires. I work with a supportive team of patient coordinators and plastic surgery nurses, who are highly experienced in managing the complexities of each individual situation.” Dr Cheng is also highly regarded for his ability to listen to and identify what each patient wants and needs and working with them to achieve their own personal goals. He understands that each patient has unique physical characteristics and combines that with his aesthetic eye and technical expertise to ensure each patient reaches their […]
To Lift or Not to Lift when getting an Explant August 13, 2018 - More and more women are opting to have their breast implants removed for various reasons. Many of them are concerned about the shape and size their breasts will be afterwards, and most think they will need a lift at the same time. Sydney Plastic Surgeon, Dr Gavin Sandercoe, is seeing more women than ever requesting breast explants and performs dozens of the procedure each year. We had a chat to him about patient motivations and the processes involved in breast explant surgery, including whether to lift or not to lift when getting an explant. Why have your breast implants removed? There are several reasons why a woman may want to have her implants taken out including: Rupture Leaking Breast implant illness symptoms which can vary hugely from patient to patient but are often reported as sickness; chronic fatigue, back and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction (fogginess, memory loss), lowered immunity and subsequent infections among many others Change of mind/lifestyle Ageing Physical pain such as neck, back and shoulder pain. While breast implant illness is still being recognised as a valid condition, it is widely accepted that ruptured implants and in some cases implants that have not yet ruptured but may be […]
Dr Craig Rubinstein from Cosmetic Surgery for Men and Women talks Motiva Implants June 26, 2018 - For those of you who missed Dr Rubinstein’s popular FB Live session we’ve got the video and the transcript here for you – this is one for any woman either thinking of having or who already has breast implants. Implants Background Dr Rubinstein: Okay. Hello. Hi, Trish, how are you? And Tan, and Nadia. Okay. Tonight we’re going to talk about the Motiva implants, which I think are going to be excellent. Hello, Nadia. And I think implants have certainly come a long way since 1961 and 1962. So just a quick question, can everyone hear me speaking? Hello, Fiona. I’m just checking that we can hear. Can we hear? Good, all right. So I want to give a little bit of a background, if I may. The implants were first created in 1961, 1962 by Cronin and Gerow in America. And the original implants was quite a reasonable implant. But then what happened is, they tried to make an implant that was very, very soft and very, very natural. And the problem is, they made them so soft and so natural that they didn’t have any structural integrity, and they ruptured. Implants Evolution They had very liquid silicone that […]
Breast Implants after Babies – Active Living with Motiva Implants June 7, 2018 - Dr Niamh Corduff, specialist plastic surgeon, talks Motiva implants – but this podcast is much more than that. Dr Corduff discuss just about everything you want to know about having breast implants after having babies, including breast implant complications such as capsular contracture, how long after your breast augmentation you can start exercising and so much more. This is one for any woman looking to have a breast augmentation or breast implants. Trish: Good evening, podcasters. I’m here tonight with Dr. Niamh Corduff. She’s a specialist plastic surgeon who practises from the Cosmetic Refinement Clinic in Geelong in Victoria. Today we’re going to have a talk about the Motiva implants and active living and breast implants after babies, so thank you so much for joining us, Dr. Corduff. Dr. Corduff: You’re welcome. Nice to talk to you, too. Trish: Yes, thanks for taking the time. We’ve got a few questions that we’re just going to ask you. I know you’re a real advocate for the Motiva implants, but we’re going to talk more about after babies today, so what’s the most common breast concerns that mothers can be faced with today? Dr. Corduff: Two issues most commonly. One is that […]
Want Breast Implants? The Australian Breast Device Registry helping Australians have Safer Breast Implant Surgery June 6, 2018 - It has recently been reported by News Corp that some Australian women who have travelled overseas to Asia and Mexico for low-cost breast implant surgery may be at a higher risk of a rare form of cancer known as Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). There have been 72 Australian women identified who have developed BIA-ALCL, including three deaths attributed to the rare form of cancer. Some of these women had travelled for the surgery. Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Australia are calling for mandatory input into the Australian Government Department of Health funded Australian Breast Device Registry (ABDR) in order to better track patients and provide early indication of potential issues pertaining to certain breast implants. Both the Australian government and the opposition support this call. However, there is concern that the registry does not include women who have travelled overseas to undergo Breast Augmentation surgery. A study co-ordinated by Australian women into this disease shows that Australian women have the highest incidence of BIA-ALCL in the world. While there is still much to be researched regarding this type of cancer, it is evident only for those women who have received the Textured (not smooth) implants. It should […]
Motiva Implants – why they are fast becoming Australia’s implant of choice, with Dr Steven Liew May 11, 2018 - Dr Liew is one of the most sought after and leading plastic surgeons in Australia. Today I speak with him about the Motiva Implants and why he loves them and chooses to use these next gen implants when performing breast augmentation. Trish: Good Morning podcasters. Well, I’m here today with Dr. Steven Liew. And Dr. Steven Liew is one of Australia’s leading plastic surgeons, and today, he’s the Director of the Shape Clinic in Sydney. And today we’re going to have a talk about the Motiva implants. Our topic is the natural breast with the Motiva Ergonomics Implants. So, welcome, Dr. Liew. Dr. Steven Liew: Thank you for having me, Trish. Trish: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day. Dr. Steven Liew: You’re welcome. Trish: So, look, I know Motiva seems to be taking Australia by storm at the moment. Could you tell us, first of all, what are the surgical areas and specialty that you do? Dr. Steven Liew: As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, my main area of focus, is in the breast and face area. Trish: Okay, great. Well, I know that you’re amazing on the face, because you’ve done some amazing […]
Breast Augmentation with Nano Surfaced Implants – a chat with Dr Andrew Broadhurst April 26, 2018 - Motiva Implants have recently come onto the market in Australia and they are taking Oz by storm! Today I had the pleasure of speaking about Breast Augmentation with Nano Surfaced Implants – a chat with Dr Andrew Broadhurst, Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Brisbane. Dr Broadhurst specialises in Breasts and Rhinoplasty. Here he shares with us what he loves the Motiva Nano Surfaced Implants. Trish Hammond: Hey listeners, well I’m here today and I’ve got the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Andrew Broadhurst. Dr. Broadhurst is based in Brisbane at Newstead, and he is the director of enhanced plastic surgery. Welcome, Dr. Broadhurst. Dr Broadhurst: Thank you very much, thank you for having me. Trish Hammond: Yeah, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day, I know how busy you guys get. Today we’re going to just talk about breast augmentation with the new next-gen nano surfaced implants, which is the Motiva implants, which I know that you enjoy using. Before we go on about them, so tell us, what are your surgical specialties, and what’s the things that you love doing, what you’re great at? Dr Broadhurst: All right, I hope I can answer that for you. […]
Megan’s warning to patients to “Do Your Research”, her breast surgery story March 7, 2018 - Trish: Hey everyone, I’m here today on this beautiful warm sunny afternoon, I’m talking with Megan who is based in Western Australia. Now Megan has got a really interesting story because she … Oh actually I’ll let her share it with you, but it’s one of those buyer beware kind of stories. So she’s had a bit of a journey with a couple of plastic surgery procedures. So Megan’s going to share all that with us today and ladies and guys out there having a listen, like really pay attention because this can just happen. You’ve just got to really do your research. So welcome Megan. Megan: Hi, thanks for having me. Trish: No, thanks for coming along, that’s great. I’m so excited. So yeah I had a chat with you earlier on so I kind of know what’s going on, but just tell us a bit about your story. So basically you had a plastic surgery procedure at a really young age? Megan: Yeah so I had asymmetry of my breasts, I had one natural breast that grew nicely and the other that just chose not to. So I originally had surgery when I was 16 to correct it […]
Different Types of Implants – Choosing the right implants for you March 6, 2018 - Choosing your implants is an important part of planning your breast augmentation. But which ones will you decide on? Dr Mark Hanikeri, Specialist Plastic Surgeon from Perth, helps us take a look at the different types of implants and how to identify which ones are right for you. What are the different types of breast implants? Shape – round, teardrop Type of fill – silicone or saline Surface type – smooth or textured Size – generally referred to in cup sizes or cc’s So, where do you start? How do you know which ones are right for you? Let’s look at the differences. Different implant shapes – round or teardrop? What do you want your breasts to look like? Where do you want the fullness? Dr Hanikeri says “round implants have advantages in some patients whilst teardrop have a distinct advantage in others. In the end, which is best is determined by what the patient is seeking from breast augmentation. Round implants are commonly used to restore the upper breast volume that may have been lost from breastfeeding or weight loss.” However he also goes on to say, “In very slim women who have very little of their own tissue […]
Dr Terrence Scamp - Motiva Breast Implants Dr Terrence Scamp talks Motiva Implants January 16, 2018 - Trish: Great. Well, I’m here today with one of my favourite plastic surgeons in the whole wide world, and that’s Dr. Terrence Scamp who’s based in Esteem Medi Spa up on the Gold Coast. Dr. Scamp’s been kind enough to have a chat with us today about the next generation new implants that are on the market called the Motiva breast implants. We’ve been getting lots of inquiries from you guys, and often, you ladies out there, so I thought, well, who better to speak to than the boob guy himself, and that’s Dr. Scamp. Thank you so much for joining us today, Dr. Scamp. Dr Terrence S: Hi, Trish, it’s a pleasure. Trish: Oh, lovely. I’m glad. I thought, oh no don’t tell me I’ve lost him. Dr. Scamp, tell us, the Motiva implants, normally we don’t look at what sort of implants we’re having or I know most women that I spoke to don’t generally know what sort of implants they’re having put in. But why is it important for women to know or research which brand of breast implant they’re going to choose? Dr Terrence S: I think there are advantages and disadvantages to implants of different […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Breast Augmentation The link between breast implants and cancer August 29, 2017 - Some women with breast implants are being diagnosed with the rare form of lymphoma, breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), and the spotlight on implants is shining brighter than ever before. BIA-ALCL is NOT breast cancer, and if detected and diagnosed early, it’s curable if treated properly. While the link between breast implants and cancer is definitely not going away, it is to be noted that one type of implant in particular seems to be causing the most concern. The women diagnosed have all had textured implants inserted and one Queensland doctor has had seven patients develop the disease. Don’t Panic! Before you start to panic about your implants causing BIA-ALCL, lets help you understand the ‘type’ of implant that seems to be causing the most concern. All the implants identified as being associated BIA-ALCL are textured and the vast majority (over 85%) of these are the macro textured implants. There are different types of implants and different types of texturing of the implants. These are:- Macro-textured implants (e.g brand names “Allergan” & “PolyTech”) Micro-textured implants (e.g Mentor) Nano-textured implants (e.g Motiva) Smooth implants (most brands carry smooth implants in their range) Ask Your Surgeon If They Have Used […]
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 […]

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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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