What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure involving implants to increase the size of breasts. Breast augmentation will also correct slight sagging of the breast and can increase breast firmness. A similar procedure can be performed during breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy.
It may be necessary for some patients to require a breast lift, in conjunction with a breast augmentation, to achieve their desired look. This combination procedure is known as an augmentation mastopexy.
This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical reasons (e.g. breast asymmetry), the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.
When is breast augmentation desirable?
You may wish to undergo breast enlargement if you feel your breasts are smaller than normal or out of proportion to your body size. Breast augmentation is also useful if your breasts are unequal in size or if they have decreased in size following pregnancy.
How would breast implants help me?
A consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the first step when you are considering a breast augmentation. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations about looking and feeling better after surgery. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
How is breast augmentation performed?
There are currently several techniques for breast augmentation surgery. They involve the insertion of a safe silicone gel implant either behind the breast tissue or behind the pectoral muscle. The implant is inserted through a small incision either under the breast, around the nipple or in the armpit. Your surgeon will determine which approach would be most appropriate.
Breast augmentation in Perth is performed in an accredited hospital as a day case or alternatively with a short hospital stay. You should discuss the details of your recovery with your surgeon.
As part of your procedure, your breast implants will be registered with the Australian Breast Device Registry – a nationwide Australian Government initiative established to monitor the safety and quality of procedures involving breast implants. Participation in the Registry is at no cost to the patient.
Are there any side effects of breast enlargement?
You may have some bruising and swelling of the breasts for 2 or 3 weeks. To prevent any fluid or blood accumulation, thin tubes called a drains may be temporarily placed under the skin while you’re in hospital. Occasionally a capsule of scar tissue forms around the implant that makes the breast feel firm. In addition, an implant may become fixed in a slightly high or low position.
There is no evidence that the implants currently in use cause breast cancer or other concerns, such as Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) or breast implant illness, nor do breast implants interfere with breastfeeding.
Will the breast augmentation procedure leave any scars?
Although scars are the inevitable result of any surgery, your surgeon will make every effort to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. The scars are usually just a few centimetres long and are located in such a way as to become barely noticeable as they fade with time.
What results can I expect from a breast enlargement?
Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any aesthetic surgery is performed. A “bigger bust” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly your mental attitude that determines a successful outcome. A breast augmentation can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence; the rest is entirely up to you.
The goal of your surgery is to augment your breasts to a size that is in better proportion with your physique. Often a C-D cup size is obtained. Your surgeon is the best person to determine whether your expectations are achievable.
When can I resume normal activities following the breast implants procedure?
You should be able to resume your normal routine in 2-3 weeks although you may wait a little longer before undertaking strenuous exercise. Returning to work or your normal activities is an individual matter and your surgeon will advise you. You will have to wear post-surgical compression garments for up to six weeks to reduce swelling and assist with the healing process.
How much do these procedures cost?
Breast augmentation surgery for cosmetic purposes starts from $8,990 (including GST) for our Fabulous Breasts package and includes:
- Premium breast augmentation performed by one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons in Perth.
- Surgery performed in a fully-accredited premium hospital, under general anaesthetic administered by a fully-qualified ANZCA anaesthetist.
- Smooth, round, silicone implants provided by one of the world’s leading breast implant manufacturers, Mentor (Johnson & Johnson).
- One all-inclusive price that covers your Specialist Plastic Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, all hospital and theatre fees, the cost of your implants and post-operative care.
Please note pricing does vary from case to case, particularly for patients who are better suited to anatomical (teardrop) implants, who require a breast lift or other breast surgery procedure in addition to a breast augmentation, or who require an overnight hospital stay.
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To discuss your surgical options on breast augmentation as part of breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy, please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.