Precision Breast Enlargement using quality Breast Implants for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Are you wanting your breasts to look a bit fuller, more shapely, curved or proportional to your torso? Breast Augmentation Surgery to increase breast size can help you get your upper half looking its best. How? By evening out or augmenting the breast contours and cleavage with increased volume that still looks natural and proportionate to your entire physique. Why do women seek breast augmentation Surgery at our Melbourne clinic? They know that our Specialist Plastic Surgeons have decades of expertise in artistic, long-lasting, harmonious breast augmentation surgery using quality Mentor or Allergan breast implants.
Melbourne Breast Enlargement or Sydney Breast Augmentation Options – Meet our Team’s TOP Surgeons for Breast Implants
Our Breast Specialists offer you a natural looking, curvier breast shape and enhanced cleavage, to help you get a more balanced, feminine and shapely upper half. We can also correct or adjust your nipple size or shape, reduce breast ptosis or remedy breasts asymmetry or tuberous breasts by Breast Augmentation procedures custom-planned to suit YOUR overall physique and appearance goals.
Breast Augmentation Surgery can give you Larger, Fuller and More Shapely Breasts
If you’ve craved for a bit more cleavage or for curvier, slightly larger breasts or if you want to enhance your current proportions to achieve a more feminine appearance, Breast Enlargement Surgery can help. The official medical term for Breast Enlargement Surgery with Breast Implants is Breast Augmentation Surgery.
There are many options and variations of this procedure, however, and even though it’s a popular procedure, it’s important to get the right information AND the right Surgery support BEFORE you choose to have surgery. For example, there are many brands of breast implants on the market, but not all are suitable for all patients AND not all are equal in reputation or longevity from what our team has seen. And our team has decades of expertise in breast enlargement surgery with quality breast implants. Mentor or Allergan are our current top choices for Breast Augmentation prosthesis.)
Our Team’s top Surgeons for Brerast Augmentation include Dr Rubinstein, Dr McManamny, Dr Barnett, Dr Wyten, Dr Maxwell and Dr Robbins. Dr Burt is our eyelid rejuvenation and eyelid modification expert, and several of our team also specialise in liposuction/body contouring, facial surgery and nose reshaping. Find out which SURGEON is best for your surgery goals by phoning our team on (03) 8849 1444.
Breast Augmentation at our Clinic offers you a variety of breast implant enhanced breast shapes, sizes and profiles – from a little bit extra to a significant enlargement of your breasts.
No matter what size implant you think is best to choose, our Surgeons will ensure that your Breast Augmentation Surgery experience involves adequate information about your surgery, breast implant types, volume sizes, surgery recovery and surgery risks.
Artisan Augmentation Surgery for the Breasts – Better Cleavage, Larger yet Natural Looking Volume Increases
Our Plastic Surgeons focus on providing precision and customisation for breast enlargement surgery. This means that torso measurements, height and weight, implant size and placement planning are taken very seriously, and viewed with the aim of getting long-lasting, proportionally pleasing results. In addition to precision presurgery measurements and using quality, TGA approved Breast Implants, our Surgeons focus on listening to what YOU want to attain through your surgery procedure.
- We insist on using only implants with recognised quality brand names.
- We insist on using implants that have good track records of durability, placement stability, longevity and breast shape control.
Breast Enlargement – Mentor and Allergan Implants (Round or Anatomical)
If you’re like most patients who choose breast enlargement/breast implant surgery with our Specialist Breast Surgeons, you’ll love having firmer, fuller or more rounded breasts. You’ll also be likely to feel more confident in swimwear, lingerie and other fashions you might not feel comfortable wearing if you feel your breasts are not quite the size or shape you’d like them to be.
Let our Specialist Surgeons help you get the breast shape, larger size and cleavage contours you’re wanting.
Remember, individual results can vary and no two patients are the same. A 250 cc implant may look one way on you but very different on another person. It’s the expertise of our SURGEONS in knowing which implant, and which type of breast surgery, will get you great personal results that meet your aims for having surgery.
Our Surgeons can help you understand what breast implant size might suit your overall physique in the best aesthetic way, taking into consideration what YOU view as a great potential result. – even using Vectra 3D imaging or bra sizers to help you visualise what your new larger breasts will look like on your body once you heal from your surgery procedure.
And we have ways to help you minimise your scars whilst improving your recovery experience – including Healite II when required and a Rapid Recovery pack and support bras for after surgery!
Breast size, nipple locations and bra cup sizes may have a significant impact on your overall body appearance.
Too much on top or too little, and your body may look disproportionate or out of balance. If you weren’t given full, curved or proportionate breasts – or if you have tuberous breasts or uneven breasts – Breast Surgery using breast implants can help you get the body proportions you have long wanted. Breast Augmentation procedures are those that help enlarge and shape the breasts. Breast Augmentation surgery by a FRACS (Plastic) Specialist Breast Surgeon – one of the most highly trained Breast Surgeons you can find – can help up-size, uplift, re-position and reshape your breasts.
Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes, and there are also aspects to consider and other augmentation or enlargement procedures can also help you get better cleavage or more uplifted, even breast tissue. Whether you want to have slightly more noticeable breast cleavage, side boob or a fuller breast cup size (from an A or B cup size to a C or D cup size, for example), Breast Augmentation surgery can help reshape or fill-out your breast area.
You also have a choice of breast implants (silicone gel filled or saline) as well as round or anatomical, smooth or textured – and what type of profile you are wanting in terms of projection or cleavage. Ask our Specialist Breast Surgeons how they customise breast enlargement surgery for each and every patient – using extensive measurements and surgical planning to get you a result that looks good and proportionate for your overall physique.
Cosmetic breast enlargement surgery procedures (Breast Augmentation Surgery) can help your breasts look fuller and more shapely.
Breast Surgery by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon can help you to re-contour and fill out your breast area or breast tissues.
Cosmetic Surgery for Breast Enlargement can help your breasts become:
- More symmetrical in appearance (some breasts are noticeably uneven or have nipples pointing in different directions, which can be corrected by a Breast Specialist for Asymmetry problems)
- Fuller and more rounded or with an improved overall breast shape or nipple appearance
- Firmer-looking or more youthful looking (if they are currently sagging or appear empty after having children, for example)
- Located higher on your chest with a breast lift combined with breast implants (if they have drooped after pregnancy, childbirth or menopause)
Specialist Breast Surgery procedures and nipple surgery are popular cosmetic procedure options. Surgery can help you to refine, enhance, fill-out or reshape your breasts or nipple location.
Nipple revisions are also an option for some patients who have nipple or breast asymmetry, where one nipple points in an entirely different direction than the other nipple. Nipple surgery can also help resize or reshape the nipple(s) if they are out of proportion to the rest of the breast OR if they are very uneven in size and shape when comparing the left breast to the right breast.
It’s important to note that ALL breasts are more like “sisters, not twins” and that this is going to be the case after surgery just as it is before Breast Surgery. However, very notable asymmetry can often be corrected for by our Breast Specialist teams in a more complex breast augmentation procedure.
Do you want breast surgery to enlarge your breast cup size, or enhance your shape or cleavage?
If you are visiting our page because you’re clear you want better looking and firmer, more uplifted breasts or better cleavage, our best-practice Plastic Surgeons can help you get the look you want.
- Our Breast Specialist Surgeons focus on procedures that are primarily drain-free for the majority of patients.
- Our Surgeons are some of the most experienced Breast Surgeons in Australia, with over 25 years of experience in getting results that are body-balanced and aesthetically pleasing
- Our Surgeons use on quality implants (such as from Mentor or Allergan) with good longevity experience
- They also aim for a customised, harmonious breast enlargement outcome that will fit well with your existing body shape, chest and torso size, and existing breast tissues including your skin
- A well-planned augmentation surgery can give you a more balanced look and the breast shape or size you desire – often with minimal scarring.
You may be offered some extra scar minimisation treatments if needed, but most breast augmentation scars are hidden in the inframammary fold (where the breast meets the rib cage are skin). Sometimes extra skin treatments may be warranted for your particular procedure or incisions as they heal (or an armpit incision approach for melanin-rich skin types).
Or if you want to improve facial skin or body or breast skin along with your breast implant surgery, consider getting some DOT Therapy for skin rejuvenation, sun damage treatments or scar reduction or Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) using Dermapen.
It all depends on the type of surgery, your skin type, and whether or not scar minimisation is warranted for your particular procedure. If you are interested in armpit incision (Trans-Axillary Incision) for breast implant surgery – visit Dr Geoff Barnett’s trans-axillary pages).
When you have Surgery with one of our Melbourne Breast Specialists, you’ll also get a special Rapid Recovery Package along with post-op instructions that can potentially help facilitate your healing and recovery.
In addition to scar reduction treatments for some surgeries (this is rarely ever needed for typical Breast Augmentation procedures but for other Breast Surgeries it may be helpful), we also offer Healite II (Low Level Light Therapy Treatments).
- Using low-level light therapy (LLLT) such as Healite II may aid your healing and recovery from breast surgery (this is offered by our Coco Ruby Team associates)
- Healite II treatment(s) may be included for our surgery patients because Surgeons are dedicated to optimising your surgical and healing and recovery experience at every level, as well as getting you an excellent result through extensive customisation of your procedure.
- There are other methods to minimise scar formation after breast augmentation surgery, such as surgical precision and good bandages, quality post-op collaboration, patient-Surgeon communication about implant sizes and incision strategies and wearing a good support bra 24/7 after getting breast implants.
Our Surgeons offer Breast Augmentation & Profile Enhancement using these key Breast Implant techniques:
- Breast Augmentation surgery using breast implants of different types, styles and sizes
- Silicone gel or saline filled
- Round or anatomical
- Low profile, medium profile or high profile (projection)
- Smooth or textured (external coating or the ‘shell’ of the implant, which is usually silicone based even for saline implants)
- There are many options, but your Surgeon will help you select the implant that will get you a good overall result for your breast preferences (size, shape, body balance and cleavage)
A good breast implant surgery result is usually one that looks balanced or in harmony with your overall body frame/proportions AND your existing breast tissues.
Some women may need a breast lift as well as implants (and some are on the cusp of needing implants only or implants with a breast lift – or a breast lift alone – to remedy the signs of breast ptosis or droopiness that is common after having children, breastfeeding or simply ageing or weight loss).
- Breast Enhancement using a Breast Lift
- You can have a breast uplift WITH or WITHOUT implants depending on your existing breast tissue and body frame AND the breast size you’re wanting
There is also the option of fat grafting or fat transfer, using liposuction to remove fat from a donor site (tummy or thighs may be an option).
This is known as Fat Grafting to breasts using your own fat (Autologous fat transfer or “AFT”).
- Fat Grafting (AFT) may be an option for some patients, however, often the method doesn’t get patients enough of a breast size boost on its own
- If AFT isn’t suitable for size change preferences, then breast implants are likely to remain the preferred augmentation procedure for getting a pleasing breast size change or cup size increase
Our Surgeons are also highly skilled in performing breast revision surgeries and breast implant removals and replacements.
And what if you have the reverse scenario, feeling your natural breasts are too large or heavy in relation to your ideal version of the best breast size for your body?
If your breasts are uncomfortably large or heavy and causing discomfort, visit our Breast Reduction pages to see how we can help.
There are a number of reasons you may want to consider the benefits of Breast Augmentation (Breast Enlargement) Surgery using quality implants by reputable manufacturers.
- Are you dissatisfied with having smallish breasts?
- Do you feel your breast size doesn’t quite match your body frame?
- Are you unhappy with changes to your breasts after having children?
- Have you noticed unwanted changes to breast size or shape after losing weight?
- Do you want to even out uneven breasts (asymmetrical breasts or nipples which are noticeably uneven in location)?
Your Breast Implant Surgery Decision: Careful Consideration Required as All Surgery is Serious
- The decision to proceed with breast enlargement surgery or nipple revision surgery is a deeply personal one for every woman.
- Deciding to seek advice about breast augmentation surgery is a personal decision often based on a number of reasons.
- Before you have surgery, however, DO your research and be sure you understand the risks involved.
- All surgery has risks and some aspects of healing are unpredictable – so prepare yourself for these possibilities and ask ANY and ALL questions you have
- Trust your instincts and your informed decision making – don’t choose a Surgeon you don’t feel good about for Breast Enlargement Surgery – and ask around!
- Our Patients really enjoy meeting our respectful, highly skilled Breast Specialists, during a consultation or a special evening free EVENT (RSVP required).
All Surgery is serious, even if it’s considered a safe and commonly performed procedure. It’s also a good idea to avoid cheap surgical options performed by a Surgeon with unknown experience, non-FRACS qualifications – or one you may never see again.
You’ll likely have learned about the dangers of overseas medical tourism across numerous media channels, but if you need a refresher for how it may add to surgical risks, two options include http://theconversation.com/medical-tourism-having-an-op-overseas-adds-to-the-everyday-risk-of-surgery-57421 or Top 3 Dangers of Medical Tourism.
Plastic Surgeons have extensive experience and rigorous educational and exam requirements – usually 12 or more extra years of advanced surgical education in addition to their Medical Degree.
In Australia, nearly anyone can use the term “cosmetic surgeon” but the term “Plastic Surgeon” is a protected title.
So choose a FRACS Surgeon who is a specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic Surgery & Reconstructive Surgery – and look for the title of Specialist Plastic Surgery. Here’s what else is good to know about breast enlargement surgery using breast implants (Saline or Silicone Gel).
- Breast Augmentation is popular and is generally considered a safe procedure for healthy candidates who are non-smokers
- Despite safety records, it is not to be taken lightly as it IS still a surgical procedure with accompanying risks
- Because all types of surgery has risks, even the breast augmentation procedure – please be sure you ask any and all questions you may have before undergoing an augmentation procedure.
It’s important that you are well-informed AND that you feel very comfortable with your choice of Plastic Surgeon and operating theatre location.
- Avoid the extra risks of choosing a junior surgeon or an unknown surgeon who doesn’t perform extensive planning or have actual Australia Hospital Theatre operating rights (ask!).
- Don’t shop for breast surgery based on DISCOUNT implant procedures – these might involve less trained surgeons who are not Specialist Plastic Surgeons, or they may involve discount implants or back-room surgery procedures where you’re ‘awake’ – whereas usually a qualified Plastic Surgeon operates in a fully accredited Australia Hospital facility using experienced Anesthetists.
- Ask your Surgeon about the steps they take to reduce complications including protecting the implants from over-handling (ask about the option of using a Kellar Funnel)
Keep it real – including realistic expectations for your Breast Surgery results.
Many women who opt for larger breasts using quality implants are happy with their decision and feel more confident, body balanced or feminine. Whilst it can’t remedy all areas of your life, and isn’t a solution for self-esteem, you are likely to feel more confident and happy when you feel really GOOD about your body, whether via implants or other means. So greater confidence after getting breast enlargement surgery (Augmentation) is something many patients say they feel when they discuss their surgery on online forums.
- Breast Augmentation Surgery for breast enlargement should be undertaken only after you’ve had adequate time to contemplate your decision to proceed with breast surgery.
- You should also have a clear understanding about what surgery CAN and CANNOT achieve for you.Realistic expectations — including that individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient – are also crucial to having a successful breast implant surgery experience.
Common Reasons to Choose a Breast Augmentation Procedure
Some women choose a Breast Augmentation procedure if their breasts have developed unevenly (asymmetrically), or simply haven’t developed as much as they would like them to (e.g., tuberous breasts or very flat-looking breast tissue or puffy nipples with very little breast tissue).
Others combine a breast enlargement augmentation with breast implants with Breast Lift (Mastopexy) surgery for a more rejuvenation effect to the chest and breast area.
- In the example above, the scars are still mature and will settle and fade over time.
- Wearing a good sports bra (supportive bras) fitted by an expert is crucial after Breast Enlargement Surgery with implants – or for any breasts.
- The breast marks on the image below relate to the supportive sports bra – which is usually firm and tight during the initial healing process (this is a good thing to help provide the best post-surgery recovery support for your newly uplifted or newly augmented breasts.
Finding a good bra after Breast Implants (Breast Augmentation Surgery Bra Shopping)
We recommend you visit a good bra store for a custom fitting AND go to SheScience for a sports bra to wear after your Surgery.
Getting a good bra fit after breast implant surgery is best done in the hands of a bra fitting expert.
SheScience in Melbourne specialises in sports bras, but the key thing is that the fit is right.
Breast Lift Surgery with or without Augmentation is actually quite common after pregnancy.
Some women choose enlargement or breast augmentation if their breasts have reduced in size AFTER a significant change in weight, including after a pregnancy or breastfeeding — and others, because gravity has taken its toll on their breasts and their nipples are now pointing downwards.
Planning on future children or wanting to extend your family? Pregnancy, breast feeding and weight changes (adding or subtracting kilos) WILL impact how your breasts look. So will time and gravity, especially if you choose a larger implant size. Most studies indicate breast feeding with implants is usually not a problem, but there is no guarantee.
Breast Augmentation Surgery with Implants may be a good option for you if you are:
- currently unhappy with or embarrassed by the shape, size or appearance of your breasts or nipples
- have tried other non-surgical approaches to try to get the look you want (such as push-up bras or temporary silicone-type bra fillers)
- have decided a longer-lasting and more natural looking surgical breast enhancement procedure is best for you
Then breast augmentation surgery using breast implants such as Allergen or Mentor may be an excellent option for you to get the look you really want for your breasts or cleavage area.
If these sorts of appearance concerns or breast changes have occurred for you, they can be addressed by one of our elite and highly experienced Plastic Surgeons.
I already know I want Breast Implants: will I need a Breast Lift as well as Breast Augmentation?
This is a common question asked by patients trying to solve the problem of saggy breasts by having a standard breast augmentation with implants, but don’t want surgical scars associated with a breast lift.
It’s a complex question and only you can decide, but our leading Plastic Surgeons can help you understand how each procedure will impact on your post-surgery breast appearance.
If you have significantly ptotic breasts you really have a choice of either a Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy) or a breast augmentation with a breast lift (masto-augmentation or BAM). Our top Specialist Breast Surgeons are renowned for their breast lift operations and use the latest techniques to get the best breast lift results.
The Masto-Augmentation procedure is a particularly challenging operation to get right and really needs the skill of an experienced breast plastic surgeon.
Please don’t get just ask for the largest breast implants available to try to solve your problem of ptotic, saggy or droopy breasts.
A Breast Lift with implants (or on its own) is apt to get you a better or longer-lasting breast appearance improvement, especially when there is skin laxity.
You probably need a breast lift if your breasts are highly ptotic (saggy). If you are on the cusp of needing a lift or implants alone, discuss the pros and cons with your Surgeon of getting a breast augmentation with a lift or breast augmentation without a breast uplift.
A Breast Lift is a far more complex operation that really needs to be done by an experienced Plastic Surgeon for best results.
You don’t want to take a cheap or discounted cosmetic surgery offer OR risk a cheap overseas Cosmetic Surgeon for Breast Implants, then discover you’ll need to undertake expensive Revisional Surgery to fix it (and importantly, NOT everything that goes wrong can actually be fixed).
Do a search for “Botched Breast Jobs” or “Dangers of Overseas Tourism” online.
- Feel more comfortable in bathers or swimsuits, lingerie and other fashions
- Enjoy more clothing choices and having a more balanced physique
- Feel more self-confident and increased body confidence about your body proportions
- Reduce self-consciousness about going to the beach or wearing fitted clothing
- Regain breast fullness and cleavage that went ‘missing’ after childrearing or breastfeeding
It is important however to have realistic expectations about what Surgery can achieve in terms of breast enhancement, and this may depend on a number of factors, including how much breast tissue you have, what breast profile you are wanting, and what size will best suit your overall physique.
Plus, individual patients will have uniquely individual and varying results. Our Surgeons help you get a balanced and body-harmonious breast enhancement outcome.*
About Breast Augmentation / Breast Enlargement Surgery with Implants such as Allergan or Mentor
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to help improve your breast appearance, or breast profile, often through the use of breast implants. This procedure is also occasionally performed with implants PLUS some autologous fat transfer (however, that’s a far more complex and higher risk surgery, and fortunately implants without fat transfer can typically help get you get the excellent results you want).
Ask your Surgeon about the risks of fat transfer and why it might NOT be your best choice for breast augmentation at the current stage of evolution of this procedure.
During the operation, breast implants are placed behind the breast tissue, often behind the pectoral muscles as well, in order to enhance the size and/or shape of your breast tissue.
There are many choices you have when planning a breast augmentation, as mentioned above.
- Implant Type and Implant Brand (Mentor or Allergan are considered quality brands)
- Implant Texture (outer shell texture or smoothness)
- Size of the Breast Implant (300 – 350 is a popular augmentation but it can vary from person to person and your existing body proportions AND breast tissue will be factors in choosing the best implant size for your Breast Augmentation procedure).
- Incision Location (inframammary fold or armpit?)
- Placement – whether the implant goes in front of, or behind the pectoral muscles (or dual plane)
In discussing your desired outcome, your Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeon will be able to take you through these options and recommend the best Breast Augmentation approach for you and what you’re trying to achieve – but as with anything, what point you’re starting from is going to have impact on what can be achieved.
Send a confidential enquiry form to arrange a confidential consultation OR to ask preliminary questions of a caring Patient Care Advisor. And ask about VECTRA 3D imaging options to help you envision size differences (although Bra Sizer methods remain a very popular way to get a physical sense of the feel of having larger breasts).
Revision Surgery for Botched Overseas Tourism Procedures or Back Room Breast Implant Procedures
We also offer Revisional Surgery for ‘botched’ surgery including ‘medical tourism’ procedures or surgeries performed in back rooms. Our Surgeons operate in accredited Australian hospitals, to help ensure your safety, help minimise risks and help maximise your comfort and post-op support immediately following your procedure.
We believe it’s important not to risk your body and breast surgery to an overseas or cheap non-Plastic Surgeon type of back-room surgery, where you may end up needing an expensive and complex revision surgery by a specialist. We believe it’s important to get it right the first time – the right patient, for the right reasons, the right Surgeon, the right implant, the right measurements and the right surgical decisions, in a fully accredited Australia hospital with qualified and experienced Anaesthetists and caring Surgical Support Teams.
Choose a Fully Qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with at least 15 to 20 years experience so that you can know you’ll be getting highly experienced and surgically-precise Breast Surgery care.
The first thing to consider is what the implants are made of. All modern breast implants have a rubberised silicone outer shell, no matter what fill material is used.
There are two types of fill material: Implants may be filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel.
Saline filled implants were popular about two decades ago when controversy existed about the quality of silicone gel filled implants.
Those concerns are no longer an issue today, but we still offer saline filled implants as an option, despite silicone implants now being a more popular option for Breast Augmentation.
Saline Filled Implants
Saline filled implants have a ‘water bed’ like feel, and have been known to cause a ripple effect. If a patient has small amounts of breast tissue to begin with, rippling of the tissue can be seen through the skin. These problems can be reduced by using smooth surface round implants that are overfilled (still within manufacturer’s specifications), resulting in an implant that is firm to the touch. The implants may also look spherical or rounded, which is not necessarily a very natural appearance. If saline implants deflate they do so rapidly, often within a few hours, and the saline solution is easily absorbed by the body.
Silicone Gel Filled Implants
Silicone Gel filled implants have a lower incidence of rippling compared to saline filled implants due to the consistency of the silicone gel. They are designed to have a more natural feel similar to that of breast tissue, and are known to hold their shape better than saline filled implants. These implants tend not to deflate, but they can rupture in rare instances. If gel filled implants do leak or rupture, there is an increased risk of capsule contracture or hardening of the breast (see Risks to consider).
Breast Implant Size: Big or Small?
Our implant manufacturers, including Mentor, Allergan and Silimed can supply thousands of different implant volumes in various dimensions. Saline filled implants can be filled after they have been inserted into the breast pocket, while silicone gel filled implants are manufactured as a whole.
The wide variety of choice available means you and your Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeon should be able to select the ideal implant shape and size just for you.
Breast Implant Surface: Smooth or Textured?
Implants can have a smooth surface or a textured surface.
- Smooth surfaced implants feel softer than textured surfaced implants and are relatively easy to insert
- Textured implants reduce the risk of implant movement due to the rough surface allowing surrounding breast tissue to adhere to the implant
Breast Implant Shapes: Is a Round or Anatomical Implant better? The answer is it depends on numerous factors and that after surgery, you and others may not be able to tell the difference.
The shape of implants needs to be considered as well, implants are available in a round shape or anatomical (tear drop) shape.
In women who have a moderate amount of breast tissue, it can be difficult to tell whether an augmentation has been performed with either round or anatomically shaped implants. Often, you cannot tell once the implant has settled into it’s position – and round implants can leave you with just as natural looking results as an anatomical one in most cases with a good Surgical placement approach.
In general though, anatomical implants tend to be more versatile depending upon the desired outcome. They can be chosen to provide more height to the augmentation, and they can provide more contrast between the shape of the upper part of the breast, and the lower part of the breast.
Anatomical implants must have a textured surface to reduce the amount of implant movement within the breast pocket. While round implants are available in a smooth or textured surface. If a round implant rotates in the breast pocket, it will not affect the breast shape. If an anatomical implant rotates within the breast pocket, it must be repositioned to restore its natural appearance.
Breast Implant Placement Options: The Placement Pocket
There are three common approaches for Breast Implant placement.
- placing the implant in front of the pectoral muscle
- behind the pectoral muscle
- or partially behind the muscle (dual plane).
Each of these methods offer a different type of result, and your Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeon will be able recommend the best Breast Implant approach for you depending on your desired outcome.
Submuscular (Implant Placement)
Placing the implant underneath the pectoral muscle allows the soft tissue to cover the implant and disguise it, therefore achieving a more natural result. More often a surgeon will recommend to place the implant behind the pectoral muscle.
Recovery in the first couple of days is a little more uncomfortable when placing the implant behind the pectoral muscle, but the result in the long term is usually a more natural outcome.
Subglandular (Implant Placement)
If there is already a good volume of breast tissue present (as determined by pinching up a fold of breast tissue) to hide the defined implant edges, your surgeon may recommend placing the implant in front of the pectoral muscle.
This procedure often affords a more comfortable recovery period, and faster procedure time as the muscles are not disturbed during surgery.
Deciding to have breast augmentation to enlarge or reshape your breasts and cleavage is only one of several decisions you’ll be making about your surgical procedure.
In discussing your desired breast surgery outcomes, your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will be able to take you through your options as well as recommend the best Breast Augmentation approach for you and for your appearance goals and existing tissue and body shape.
Once you and your Surgeon have decided on the implant type, incision location and the plane of placement (in front of or behind the pectoral muscle), as well as the optimal size you desire and which suits your overall body proportions, then your Surgery be scheduled.
What Is The Process Leading Up To The Procedure?
Before you go ahead with a breast surgery, you should expect to have several consultations with your surgeon.
These will cover topics such as your individual needs, surgical options, clinical breast examinations, measurements and a cooling off period.
Breast Augmentation Procedure can be done in Hospitals with or without an overnight stay – ask your Surgeon what’s best
Breast Enlargement Surgery using implants is performed under a general anaesthetic in accredited Private Hospital Facilities in Melbourne and Sydney.
Our Plastic Surgeons are qualified to perform surgeries in fully accredited hospitals so as to optimise your post-operative comfort and your in-operation safety. Not all surgeons have these privileges, and some only operate in non-accredited back room facilities – that’s why it’s best to choose a Plastic Surgeon who has hospital operating rights.
For most patients who are in generally good health, the operation itself is often relatively straight forward. However, good results depend on meticulous pre-surgical planning and measurement taking. Our Surgeons are meticulous about performing extensive mark-ups pre-surgery before you go into the operating theatre to get better breasts.
Your surgeon will spend quite a bit of time measuring and marking out before the Anaesthetic commences, and you’ll also have numerous opportunities to discuss the surgery and your size and shape and nipple appearance preferences with your Specialist Surgeon, including the important initial consultation.
If you have questions or concerns at ANY time, please don’t hesitate to ask your Surgeon and/or your Surgeon’s Patient Support Team.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your choices and that you understand the surgical procedure and potential surgery risks, as well as that individual outcomes can vary significantly from patient to patient.
In the operating theatre, once the anaesthetic has begun, the operation will be performed according to your agreed individual plan with your Surgeon.
- Usually only a short incision (about 4cms) is required
- This is typically performed in the under-breast crease area known as the Inframammary Fold
- Your Surgeon then creates a precise surgical pocket for your implant – this takes extensive skill and expertise to get the best results
- A specially designed funnel is then used to insert the implant into your breast pocket
- This procedure helps eliminate the need for the implant to be handled, and is believed to reduce the already-small risk of implant rupture during the procedure
- At the end of the operation, the incision is closed with dissolving stitches placed deep into the skin surface.
- Often meaning that NO stitches will need to be removed following surgery, for most patients.
- Our Surgeons also prioritise NO DRAIN procedures to give you a DRAIN FREE recovery period whenever this is feasible (and in a standard breast augmentation procedure by a Breast Specialist, it is unusual for drain tubes to be used)
- The suture (incision) line is covered with a water proof dressing and a soft crop top bra is fitted
- You’ll be given clear instructions for post-op healing and post-op care including what garments to wear and what else to do to maximise your surgical results, minimise scarring and facilitate your recovery processes
- You’ll have ready access to the Patient Care Team and/or to your Surgeon following your Surgical Procedure should you have any urgent questions or needs
Breast implant incisions are usually made in one of three places – inframammary, periareolar, and trans-axillary.
All incisions will leave a scar, but in patients who experience normal scarring and recovery, they fade over time and are usually inconspicuous. Our expert Breast Surgeons will be able to explain the level of scarring visibility for each approach, and a recommend which approach is best for your procedure.
The most common incision site location for a breast augmentation is the crease beneath the breast (inframammary). This provides the most direct access to the implant pocket site and the most reliable approach for achieving a symmetrical result. The scar is usually quite short here, about 4cms in length.
If there are concerns about a scar in the inframammary fold or if the fold isn’t developed and the scar is likely to be visible, a periareolar approach can be used.
This incision is placed around the lower half of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) at the junction with the breast skin to ensure the scar is less visible.
There may be some concern that this incision is more likely to affect nipple sensitivity, but if this incision is performed correctly this is not the case. All breast augmentations can affect nipple sensation, but it isn’t more likely with any particular approach. If a change in nipple sensation occurs, it usually returns to normal by itself.
In regards to breast feeding, the milk ducts shouldn’t be affected by a well performed periareolar incision. Not everyone can breast feed whether they have had a breast augmentation or not. A periareolar approach to breast augmentation does not increase the chances of being unable to breast feed.
Ideal for Asian Patients and people prone to keloid scarring
Finally there is also an axillary (transaxillary) incision (armpit incision) approach that may be suitable for some patients.
This approach is ideal for patients who are concerned about scarring on the chest or for people who readily develop keloid scarring, such as many Asian patients.
Endoscopic instruments, or operating telescopic instruments are used to help create a channel and implant pocket where the breast implant will be inserted into.
It’s important to consider that this approach can involve a higher degree of complication compared to the inframammary or periareolar approach. There is a chance the implants will sit too high, or appear asymmetric. Sensation down the upper arm can be affected, and if revision surgery is required, it will usually involve an incision in the chest wall. Dr Geoff Barnett and Dr Tom Robbins are our team’s leading Trans-Axillary Breast Augmentation Surgeons.
Breast Augmentation: Combined or Additional Procedures
Mummy Makeover, Tummy Tuck or Body Lift after significant Weightloss
Some patients can combine certain procedures and others may need or choose to have them sequentially, but our Surgeons and their team are highly experienced at combination surgery procedures to help patients get the appearance modifications they are looking for.
Send a confidential enquiry form and speak with a Patient Care Advisor or phone us on (03) 8849 1444 during Clinic Business hours.
If a post-pregnancy body is your makeover aim, visit our Mummy Makeover page for post-baby body rejuvenation options.
What Type Of After-Care Should I Plan For?
After your Surgery, you will be provided with post-operation healing optimisation tips and post-op instructions.
Enlisting the help of a friend or family member in the weeks after your procedure is also a good idea if possible.
Each of our Sydney & Melbourne locations has a unique way of ensuring optimal post-operative care, which may include specific post-op instructions, garments, scar minimisation strategies and post-op consultations at specific points in time.
How Long Will It Take To Fully Recover From The Procedure?
Recovery periods vary from woman to woman, and differ depending on the implant placement.
As a general rule, expect to take 4-6 weeks after your surgery to get back on your feet properly.
It is always best to check with your surgeon for a more accurate estimate.
Sunlight and Tanning After Surgery
Ask your Specialist Surgeon and the Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing team for details on best protocols for your post-op healing period and scar minimisation techniques.
“Can I tan after a breast enlargement surgery or implants?” is commonly asked by patients who want to know if spending time in the sun will impact their scarring.
Sunlight and Tanning are best avoided for Scar Minimisation and best Breast Surgery outcomes.
Sun exposure on healing and on on scars during the period of recovery can impact your scar minimisation plan, so it is best to avoid it.
It is best to avoid excessive sun exposure and to follow the recommended protection guidelines. In general, after your breast surgery, we recommend trying to avoid exposing the wounds to sunlight for at least 12 months.
Excess exposure to sunlight and intense tanning has known health risks, and can also age your skin prematurely; it’s also advised again for at least 12 months after your breast surgery procedure.
Also, wear a good protective sun screen with a high SPF on your exposed areas.
Sun blocks may offer extra protection but can be more challenging to find – our Coco Ruby Team might be able to help you with this.
Please remember that not only is excessive sun exposure a risk for cancer, it’s also a risk for prematurely ageing skin including the decolletage area.
If you already have sun damage on your face, breasts or decolletage area, visit our Melbourne Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing pages to learn how we can help, or ask your Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon what treatments they offer to help rejuvenate sun-damaged skin.
Rapid Recovery Packages
How our Melbourne team helps Breast Enlargement patients with Recovery
The Melbourne Team’s rapid recovery kit is called ‘Science & Love’ because it contains products proven to facilitate healing as well as some pampering products for the period of time whilst you’re recovering and resting up after your procedure.
Do allow adequate time to recover from your surgery and ask your Surgeon specifically when you will be able to resume daily activities including driving and exercising.
Also, ask your Surgeon about how to minimise your scars after surgery. Scar minimisation technology may be helpful for some types of breast surgeries or skin types, or for Tummy Tuck and body contouring procedures combined with breast surgery options.
Above all, ensure you follow all post-op care instructions given to you by your Specialist Surgeon.
This may include guidelines around:
- physical activity
- physical support such as supportive garments and well-fitting bras
- child care and pet care (get some help for your recovery period and do not lift objects or children until you’re cleared to do so by your Breast Specialist Surgeon)
Be sure to seek help immediately if you experience any unusual pain or bleeding and read ALL of your consent forms and surgery data before, and after, your surgery to know what to watch for.
Will Breast Augmentation or Breast Enlargement Hurt?
Every surgical procedure has associated discomfort and everyone is different in how they experience pain.
The short answer is yes, typically there is pain with a procedure but it should be be well-managed by your Surgeon and your Patient Care team.
How Much Pain Should I Expect?
It can be difficult to predict exactly how much pain you will personally experience after your surgery as there are simply too many variables and pain can also be subjectively different from patient to patient.
In terms of levels of pain, each patient is different in their pain perception and their sensitivity to pain. The good news is there is often several things you and your surgical support team can do to help during the initial post-op recovery period.
In general, this procedure has been described as a mid-range pain procedure.
So while you may experience some pain, particularly in the days following your surgery, it should be easily manageable by following your surgeon’s recommendations.
What Steps Can We Take To Minimise Pain?
Our approach to recovery is simple. We do whatever we can to get you back to your normal life as soon as possible.
Our team is dedicated to keeping you as comfortable as possible during your pre-op sessions, your surgical procedure and your post-operative healing period.
We also offer HEALITE II during your pre OR post-op healing period of time (ask your Surgeon).
The good news is that we offer most of our patients DRAIN FREE procedures, which often means less pain during your recovery.
In Melbourne, we also supply post-op healing goodies in your ‘Science & Love’ Rapid Recovery healing package, which includes products proven to accelerate your healing and recovery.
Your Sydney Plastic Surgery Specialists will have their own special post-op care protocols – so just ask your Surgeon about your follow-up care.
If you have surgery with one of our leading Melbourne Surgeons, you’ll also get a FREE Healite II session, an award winning technology that facilitates healing and helps rejuvenate the skin.
It is very important that you follow your Surgeon’s post-op instructions and allow yourself adequate down time to heal.
Worried About Pain?
If you’re concerned about pain, then please discuss your pain management needs with your Surgeon during your initial consultation and with your Surgeon or his Surgical Nurse or Patient Care Coordinator duringthe post-operative period so that we can help minimise your post-operative surgery pain.
Be sure to contact your Surgeon and their support team if you have unusual pain or any questions or concerns after your procedure – you’ll be reading more in your Patient Surgery Preparation materials and your Post-Op Recovery tips and Rapid Recovery packages.
Risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery
Does the procedure put me at higher risk of Breast Cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, there is no causal link between breast implants and breast cancer. Implants can make it more difficult to see breast tissue through standard mammograms; however, there are screening techniques available which give a more thorough picture.
Will my Breast Surgery affect breastfeeding later in life?
The answer depends on exactly what type of breast surgery. For safety and better results, it is best to avoid surgery using incisions around the nipple areola complex and avoid having ‘above the muscle’ implant placement. You should also choose an experienced plastic surgeon – not a underqualified ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ or physician.
We generally recommend either ‘below the muscle’ implants and making incisions under the breast for the best breast surgery results if you are going to breastfeed children later in life or want the lowest chance of loss of nipple sensation.
How long should I wait after finishing breastfeeding before having Breast Surgery?
We recommend waiting several months after you’ve finished breastfeeding your last child before having breast surgery – typically a minimum of three months after breastfeeding finishes.
Want to know more or book your consultation?
Submit a question or phone our caring Patient Care Coordinator on (03) 8849 1444.
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature.
Past Patient Before & After Photographs Photos
You can view lots of past patient images in our Before and After Photos Gallery
Choosing The Right Surgeon is Essential for Great Results for Breast Implant (Breast Augmentation Surgery)
Our Team are known to be some of Melbourne and Sydney’s most experienced Breast Surgery Specialists, with over 25 years of successful surgery expertise in breast enhancement procedures.
They perform operations that are complicated or more complex, such as corrective surgery or Revisional Surgery for botched jobs done by less experienced Surgeons or overseas medical-tourism groups. We believe the best time to get breast implant surgery right is the first time – so we don’t cut corners and we ask patients to not succumb to using an unknown or less-experienced Surgeon who isn’t available for after-care.
Our Breast Specialists fully customise every enlargement procedure for each individual patient, whether a breast enlargement (Breast Augmentation), Breast Lift with or without implants, or a Reduction or Reconstruction procedure.
Want to know more about getting better, firmer-looking or more shapely breasts with Augmentation?
Our Breast Specialists operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne using only experienced Anaesthetists and a top team of surgical support staff
Are your Melbourne & Sydney Surgeons Plastic Surgeons or Cosmetic Surgeons – what’s the difference?
Our Surgeons are qualified and highly experienced Plastic Surgeons – this is NOT the same as Cosmetic Surgeons (nearly anyone can call themselves a Cosmetic Surgeon, but the term Plastic Surgeon is a protected title and requires a minimum of 12 years of medical and surgical experience BEFORE the title is even earned or can be used).
Our team of Breast Specialist Surgeons also specialise in different areas of cosmetic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery and have decades of experience and training.
The difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon is significant.
Anyone with an MBBS qualification (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) can call themselves a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’; however they have not had the minimum 12 years of rigorous training that is required to become a Plastic Surgeon and most are not accredited to operate in leading hospitals (that’s why they operate in their backroom clinic or in day surgeries).
Some people calling themselves ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ are actually trained as dentists or dermatologists (Skin doctors).
Membership of RACS (Royal Australian College of Surgeons) or FRACS means you are Surgeon, but you could be a Maxillofacial surgeon or ENT surgeon and may not have much expertise in Plastic Surgery. Membership in the Plastic Surgery associations (ISAPS, ASAPS, ASPS, ASPS-USA and others) means you are a Plastic Surgeon.
Please choose a quality Plastic Surgeon that is accredited by a recognised association – look for membership of ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as a minimum qualification for your surgeon. These members are regarded as highly trained specialists in their field.
Payment Options for Your Surgery Including Payment Plans
NEXT STEP: Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Book a consultation with your Surgeon by paying the $200 consultation fee
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?
- Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
- Book a Complimentary Nurse Consultation (FREE)
- Organise a phone call with Patient Advisor (FREE)
- Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our of Plastic Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
- Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
- Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
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