What is Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation, also called Augmentation mammaplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts. The procedure can also correct slight sagging of the breast; increase breast firmness; and it can even out breasts that are asymmetrical.
Your cosmetic surgeon will make a small incisions under the bust, in the armpit or the underside of the nipple and insert the implant behind the muscle and tissue. A breast augmentation procedure generally takes about 1-1.5hrs and is carried out under general anaesthetic.
Reasons for Breast Augmentation
Of course, the obvious reason to seek out breast augmentation is to enlarge your breasts. But adult women of all ages can benefit from the procedure, particularly if you’re experiencing any of these common issues:
- Hereditary: Some women are simply born with small breasts, or with breasts of different sizes. This is completely normal, but if it’s something that bothers you, breast augmentation may help you feel better about your appearance.
- Pregnancy or Breast Feeding: After you’ve had a baby (or two, or more!), your breasts may not look they way they used to. They may have a stretched appearance, or even look deflated, if you breast fed your children. Breast augmentation can give you that volume back.
- Weight Loss: If your goal was to lose weight, and you achieved it, congratulations! Unfortunately, the breasts are often one of the first places women lose weight, so you may have lost some of your curves. Get them back with breast augmentation.
- Aging: As you age, you may begin to notice a loss of fullness in your breasts. This is a natural part of aging, but with breast augmentation, you can look younger, longer.
- Mastectomy: Maybe you’ve bravely fought breast cancer—and won! This may mean you had to undergo a partial or even a full mastectomy. You can recover that part of your femininity with breast augmentation.
How It’s Done
A small incision is made nearby the breast, in an area to conceal any scarring. Then a silicone implant is placed under or on top of the chest muscle, enhancing the volume of your natural breast tissue.
Step-by-Step: Breast Augmentation Surgery
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What type of implants are available to me?
Gel filled Implants are used in over 99% of breast augmentation procedures in Australia. A new, cohesive form of silicone gel was recently developed and is now used in the new generation implants. Because the gel is cohesive, meaning it sticks together in a predetermined shape, it minimises the risk of dispersal should the implant rupture.
What shape of implants available to me?
You have an option of a rounded implant or a tear-drop implant. Round implants tend to give you a more rounded, full and elevated look, whereas the tear-drop implants tend to give a more natural, softer look with a naturally sloping upper pole.
What are my choices of where the implants are placed?
Breast Implants can be placed either under the breast tissue or partially under the muscle of the chest wall (pectoral muscle). The placement depends on your pre-existing breast shape and size, the amount of tissue in your upper chest, the amount of physical activity you do and the size of implant you wish to have.
Where are the incisions made?
You have three different options which are mostly up to you. 1. In the breast crease 2. Through the armpit 3. Around the nipple. All three approaches can achieve excellent results. Your plastic surgeon can discuss these with you at the time of your consultation to determine the most appropriate approach for you.
Where is the procedure carried out?
In either a shared private hospital, or our own private hospital.
How long does the operation take?
The operation takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on the incision, placement and size of implants.
What type of anaesthesia will be used?
Optional Local or General anaesthetic.
What is the recovery period?
As we are all so unique and individual recovery time can vary from person to person. However we generally advise our patients to take one week off work and suggest that no strenuous exercise is carried out for 6 weeks post surgery.
Will this procedure affect my ability to breastfeed in the future?
No they will not as the breast implants do not affect the breast glands and ducts.