Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery involves placing an implant beneath the breast to increase its size. This is frequently performed to

  • Create a fuller appearing breast that compliments body shape
  • Restore breast volume that has been lost following pregnancy or due to ageing
  • Correct asymmetrical breast size by enlarging the smaller breast

A consultation with your plastic surgeon will enable personalisation of the procedure and care to your unique situation.

Surgery is usually performed as a day procedure under general anaesthetic. The implants are placed through an incision in the fold under the breasts and are placed either beneath the breast or beneath a chest wall muscle (pectoralis major). You will need to fast on the day of surgery, and organise a support person to take you home and be around the first night after surgery.

After surgery, it is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the area that will be most evident 1-2 days after surgery and mostly resolve over 2-3 weeks. You will need 2 weeks without driving, 2 weeks off for administrative jobs and duties and 4 weeks off physical jobs or activity (including gym or exercise).

A post-operative appointment will be organised for you to see your plastic surgeon 1-2 weeks after surgery to check your progress and provide advice on how to care for your scars.

After breast augmentation, breasts may feel firmer than usual and will gradually soften over several months.  The scar hidden beneath the breast may take up to 6 months to mature before the final result is seen.

All operations have risks, though major complications are rare after breast augmentation surgery.  There is a small risk of concerns that may delay healing and require a little extra care (eg minor bleeding, infection, over active scars). Rarely if significant bleeding or infection of the implant occur it may require a second procedure and in some cases may require removal of the implant.

Current breast implants have a lifespan of around 10-15 years after which they either need to be removed or replaced. Over this time other problems can sometimes occur such as implant rupture, the implant position changing causing a change in breast shape or a scar contracture developing around the implant which can change breast shape.

Breast implants have also been linked to rare diseases such as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and breast implant illness which have become recognised in recent years. ALCL is a type of blood cell cancer which can occur following breast implants. In most cases, the disease can be treated by removal of the implant and its surrounding capsule.

These risks may vary depending on your specific situation and will be discussed with you at your consultation.  Please feel reassured that your plastic surgeon will only recommend surgery if they feel that the benefit of the procedure substantially outweighs the risks.

Breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic operation. Therefore no rebate is available from Medicare or private health insurance.

After your consultation, a detailed quote will be provided to you including the surgeon fee, anaesthetic fee, hospital fee and any additional items.

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