Breast augmentations are the single most popular cosmetic procedure
performed in Australia. Many women dislike the appearance of their natural
breasts. This may be a result of genetics or volume loss due to pregnancy
and ageing. A breast augmentation is designed to improve the contours of
your body to provide a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Including:
- Create a curvier figure
- Improve proportions, shape, and symmetry
- Restore volume
- Enhance shape and definition
- Boost self-confidence
- Correct certain congenital defects
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Breast Augmentation Surgery
The procedure is performed as a inpatient, day procedure, under a general anaesthetic (you will asleep) at our private day hospital facility. Once you have been admitted, the procedure takes around 45 minute to complete. You will spend another 2 hours in recovery before you are sent home.
Recovery From Breast Augmentation
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the pain as mild aches and pressure rather than 'pain'. This discomfort is well controlled with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr Chinsee after your procedure.
Following your surgery you will have dressing change appoinments with Dr Chinsee at week 1 and week 2. If you live out of town we will provide you with a dressing change letter for you to give to your local GP.
The majority of patients should expect to take around 1 - 2 weeks off work. If you have an office job, most patients can return to work after 1 week, however more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym work by week 6.
You will experience swelling and bruising after your procedure, and be required to wear a compression bra for 6 weeks. Major swelling usually subsides by 3 months, and the final result will be noticeable after 6-12 months.
You will be under Dr Chinsee's care for one year postoperatively with scheduled appointments throughout the year. During this period he will monitor your progress and advise you of any changes to your postop regime.
Scarring From Breast Augmentation
Dr Chinsee utilises the Keller Funnel with all surgeries that involve the insertion of breast implants. This devices not only minimises the risk of infection, but allows the incision to be smaller with less trauma on the body. The funnel acts like a piping bag to squeeze in the implants directly into the breast pocket. Surgical incisions are discretely placed under the breast and are usually only 3cm long. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
The Cost of a Breast Augmentation
Dr Chinsee's prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with your procedure. Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, postoperative compression bra, contact with a Registered Nurse after your surgery, and follow up postoperative appointments for 1 year.
The only items not included in the total price are the initial consultation fee, $150, and medications prescribed after surgery, around $40.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are complications and risks associated with breast augmentation?
All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, changes in breast or nipple sensation, capsular contracture, implant rupture, dissatisfaction with cosmetic result. Please ask for a copy of the Surgical Consent for more detailed information.
Will breast implants affect breastfeeding?
As breast implants are placed under the breast and not in the actual breast tissue, they won’t interfere with the milk ducts. One in five women have trouble breastfeeding (without implants), but a breast augmentation should not affect with your ability to do so.
Will a breast augmentation lift up my breasts?
A breast augmentation will not help sagging breasts. Unfortunately Dr Chinsee is not able to put a bigger implant into ‘fill out’ loose skin. Implants won't lift or reposition the breast skin or tissue, and won't elevate the nipple position on the chest. A lift may be required in conjunction with a breast augmentation.
Can a breast augmentation cause cancer?
Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare blood cancer associated with breast implants. This cancer is incredibly rare (1 in 30,000) and most patients make a full recovery if the cancer is detected and treated early enough.
Which breast implants are safe?
All breast implants that are currently available in Australia are considered safe, and are approved for use by The Federal Goods Association (FDA) and The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Will breast implants last forever?
Breast implants are a lifetime commitment and not a one time cost. At some stage you may require additional surgeries to replace, lift the skin, or you may decide to get the implants removed. Current FDA guidelines state that breast implants should be replaced every 10 years. However, with proper monitoring (self-exams and regular doctor check-ups) you don't need to automatically replace your implants unless you are experiencing an issue with them.
Can a breast augmentation cause stretch marks?
Stretch marks are are form of scarring on the skin, usually caused by a rapid growth. Stretch marks are mostly the result of your genetics. Inserting breast implants may cause stretch marks - but only if you are prone to them.
Will breast implants fix an inverted nipple?
There are varying degrees of nipple inversion, but as long as the inversion is not too severe, breast implants will usually stretch the skin enough to correct the nipple. If not, there are additional surgical options available.
Where is breast augmentation the cheapest?
Although the idea of going overseas for surgery might seem appealing price wise, please keep in mind that all surgeries (cosmetic or not) have associated risks and complications. If you have had your surgery done overseas and experience a complication you will need to see a Surgeon in Australia which will end up costing a lot more than the original procedure.
When can you exercise after a breast augmentation?
Most people bounce back quite quickly following breast surgery, but it is crucial you follow the time frames below to prevent any complications. Reintroduce all activities slowly!
- Week 1: Gentle walking only.
- Week 2: Regular walking, sexual intercourse (lower half)
- Week 4: Exercise bike.
- Week 6: (Pending review) Gym work, running, swimming (do not submerge your body in water before 6 weeks – this may lead to serious infections).
- 3 Months: Contact sports.