Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Centre is a premier destination for breast augmentation & enlargement in Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Read on to find out more about the procedure, including the cost of breast implants, and click on our breast augmentation before and after photos below for an idea of potential results.
Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts, using breast implants. This procedure can help make the breasts more proportional to the rest of the body; it can even out breasts that are different in size, and it can restore volume to breasts that have lost their fullness due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding or age.
Breast augmentation has become the most sought after cosmetic surgery procedure. The latest statistics from the 2012 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure. While these statistics are not available in Australia, the US figures are an indication of current trends.
Many different types of breast implants are available. These can be filled with saline or silicone gel, can be round or tear shaped and can be smooth or coated. The most suitable type will vary from patient to patient, depending on factors such as breast shape and the amount of loose skin. Round breast implants give more upper fullness and stronger cleavage, whilst shaped implants can create a more natural-looking fullness.
Scientific research has concluded that silicone implants do not cause disease or cancer, and the latest cohesive gel implants cannot leak. Implants do not last forever, and may need to be replaced after about 10-15 years. Breast enlargement cost planning should take this into account. You may be able to access finance for your breast enlargements at our Melbourne or Gold Coast / Brisbane locations, depending on personal circumstances.
Our surgeons will help you to consider your options and answer any questions you may have. They will explain the procedure, prepare you for the operation and will inform you of the potential complications and risks associated with surgical procedures. You will have the opportunity to view further breast enlargement before and after photos, as well as discussing your individual concerns and requirements.
If you are planning breast augmentation surgery, you should take the time to be sure about your decision. During your initial consultation with us, you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the risks and cost of breast augmentation. We also invite you to examine breast implants before and after photos here. Research and planning on your part will go a long way to making sure that when your breast augmentation experience is over, you will be happy with the results.
Our surgeons are experienced and are specialist; they will help you decide the best size and shape of breast implants for your frame and assist you in understanding a number of other factors that need to be taken into consideration when selecting your implants.
Understanding the Procedure:
During your initial consultation we will discuss your concerns, expectations and provide recommendations. This will include what implant to use, the method of insertion and positioning, as well as the healing process.
Breast augmentation procedures are performed at our day surgery centre, using an anaesthetist and local anaesthetic. The procedure usually takes approximately 90 minutes. Implants that have been previously selected during consultation are placed behind the breast tissue, in a specially created pocket. This is done through small openings most commonly under the breast where any scarring is often hidden by the natural crease beneath the breast. The implant is securely positioned in the pocket, and the skin opening is then closed with invisible sutures. After the procedure, there will be mild discomfort and temporary mild swelling. A supportive bra will need to be used for the first few weeks. Most patients need only a few days off work, and can return to normal physical activity within a few weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few common questions which our patient advisors and surgeons are often asked, about the various options available in terms of breast implants at our Melbourne and Gold Coast clinics. Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions:
What cup size should I choose?
While bra cups are sized A, B, C and up, breast implants are measured in cubic centimetres (cc’s). Implant sizes range from 120cc to 850cc but the breast size you start out with will influence the implant size you choose. If you start as an A cup, you’ll need more cc’s to take you to a C cup than a woman who starts as a B size.
What size implant is best for your body?
Whilst you may have your own ideas about breast size, the dimensions of your body, specifically the width of the rib cage underneath the breast and your shoulders are the main determinants of the maximum size of implant that is feasible. If, for example, you are a size 10 in clothes, the “base width” may be between 10 and 11 cm. The width of the implant selected must be compatible with those measurements. If the implant is too wide, you will be likely to experience rippling, implant failure and other problems. There is evidence that long term results are adversely affected when the implants are too big. Large implants that place too much pressure on the breast tissue will cause the tissue to thin out and waste away and accelerate sagging.
If you are seeking the most natural look, then tear-shaped breast implants are usually the best choice. Sometimes we can use an 85% fill round gel implant – this can also give a very natural shape. If you would like more fullness in the upper breast, then a round implant will provide this. Both shapes will improve your cleavage. The shaped implants can also be used to give a nice lift to the nipples, avoiding the need for a lift along with breast enlargement in many cases.
Silicone versus Saline
Saline implants are now considered outdated and very few people use them. They do not feel as natural as silicone ones and are prone to rippling when inflated. Some studies also show a significant leakage and failure rate after just a few years. The original safety issues with silicone gel have now been resolved, and they are fully approved by health authorities all over the world. Silicone implants feel much more natural and are more reliable.