Breast augmentations or breast implants are the 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, as well as:
- Create a curvier figure
- Improve proportions, shape, and symmetry
- Restore volume
- Enhance shape and definition
- Boost self-confidence
- Correct certain congenital defects
Implant size? Implant shape? Implant profile? So many factors to consider, visit for our detailed guide: BREAST IMPLANTS 101
Breast Augmentation Surgery
A breast augmentation is performed as an inpatient, day procedure, under a general anaesthetic at our private day hospital facility. The procedure takes around 45 minutes to one hour to complete.
For best results, a breast augmentation may be combined with other procedures:
Recovery From a 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 after the procedure.
Patients are required to have a dressing change at one week and two weeks postoperatively. Out of Town Patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they are unable to attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.
The majority of patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with office jobs can usually return to work after one week, however more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym work by six weeks.
Patients will experience swelling and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one year mark. A compression bra is required to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.
Postoperative appointments will be scheduled throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Waiting Room or in person at our Brisbane clinic.
Scarring From a 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 2 - 3cm long. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.
The Cost of a Breast Augmentation
Not sure where to start? Get a complimentary, obligation-free quote provided by Dr Chinsee.
Prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with a breast augmentation, including: Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, implant fee, Keller funnel, postoperative garments, emergency contact with a registered nurse, and one year of postoperative appointments.
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 request a copy of our Breast augmentation information sheet and surgical consent for more 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.