Breast Augmentation Surgery | Breast Implants | Melbourne
Are you thinking about breast enlargement using breast implants? Learn more about Breast Augmentation surgery including recovery, costs, anaesthesia choices and surgery risks from our top Melbourne Plastic Surgeons.
Breast Enlargement Cosmetic Surgery Options in Melbourne
- Do your breasts look underdeveloped, saggy or mildly ptotic?
- Do you have very puffy-looking nipples with very little breast tissue (tuberous breasts)?
- If your breasts are smaller than you prefer or slightly droopy-looking, you can benefit from breast augmentation surgery with new types of breast implants and/or fat transfer (a hybrid-breast augmentation approach).
Breast enlargement surgery also called breast augmentation or ‘boob job’ surgery.
Breast Augmentation procedures can give you a firmer, fuller or curvier chest can add volume, curves and projection to less developed breasts.
- If your breasts look mildly droopy or small in size, you may want to explore your Breast Enlargement Surgery options with one of our top Melbourne Plastic Surgeon(s).
- We can also help balance the shape or size of uneven breasts (asymmetric breasts) or correct for ptosis (drooping nipples), although sometimes a breast lift is required with augmentation.
- Silicone implants from Motiva and Mentor remain most popular in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), but saline implants are also available.
- New types of breast implants have good warranty information; Motiva brand implants are also available with scannable chips indicating implant manufacturer, type, style, volume and date.
Alternatives to breast implants to create more volume or projection in the chest area include:
- fat transfer to breasts (limited to small volume size increases)
- push-up bras
- temporary bra fillers
- breast lift surgery (depends on tissue volume and position of the nipples)
Who should perform your breast augmentation (‘boob job’) surgery in Melbourne?
- Before you proceed, recognise that breast augmentation surgery results can vary from patient to patient – and all invasive surgery carries risks.
- Our Melbourne clinic, however, includes several of Australia’s most highly-regarded Plastic Surgeons who aim for well-balanced, long-lasting Breast Augmentation results with minimal scars.
- The Surgeons at our Clinic are FRACS-level Specialist Plastic Surgeons (not simply cosmetic surgeons or cosmetic GPS!):
- Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Plas)
- Dr Richard Sackelariou, FRACS (Plas) offers a Sydney consultation location as well as Melbourne locations.
- Dr Rebecca Wyten FRACS (Plas)
- Dr Douglas McManamny FRACS (Plas)
- Dr Geoff Barnett FRACS (Plas)
- Dr Richard Maxwell FRACS (Plas)
Breast Augmentation Surgery – Overview
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast Augmentation (breast implant) surgery is a breast enlargement procedure that uses breast implants to increase projection, shape and fullness of the breasts. The purpose of breast augmentation is to provide shapelier breasts, particularly if you are thin or have minimal natural breast tissues.
- Breast Implants can increase your breast size, volume, shape or projection.
- Incision areas are either under the breast (IMF) or in the armpit area (transaxillary method).
- The surgical procedure involves a Breast Augmentation Surgeon creating a surgical pocket under or over your chest muscles in order to insert the breast implant.
Which Breast Implants are best?
Best breast implants for your Breast Augmentation surgery are a personal choice, including which SIZE to choose.
- Breast implants are typically made from soft-gel silicone (a cohesive gel) OR saline encased in a silicon shell.
- The most frequently used types of breast implants (breast implants) are those by Mentor and Motiva.
- Many patients and Surgeons prefer SILICONE as they feel and look more natural than saline.
- A few patients report sensitivity to breast implants, however, a high majority of patients report high satisfaction rates with breast implants.
- Recommended reading: Motiva vs Mentor and How long do breast implants last.
- Read more below about the many options of breast implants (size, shape, texture and profile).
How do I choose a Melbourne Plastic Surgeon for my breast job?
Search for online REVIEWS to find out what patients say about their results (Google, Plastic Surgery Hub, Cosmetic Journey and RealSelf are common places patients look).
Get a second opinion before proceeding and DO your homework before choosing a Surgeon.
Attend a cosmetic surgery EVENT in Melbourne to meet several top Plastic Surgeons and get a sense of the Clinic and how you’ll be cared for as a patient.
What’s the difference between boob job surgery and breast augmentation?
The term ‘boob job’ surgery is the colloquial expression of a breast augmentation surgery procedure.
The term Breast Augmentation Surgery and boob job surgery mean identical things.
Breast Augmentation Surgery using Breast Implants (Silicone or saline or Breast Prosthesis) is the formal medical term for using implants and/or fat grafting to increase the size or projection of breast tissues (e.g., volume and size increases).
Breast Augmentation – Downloadable our E-Book
What are the benefits of Breast Augmentation?
Breast Enlargement surgery using breast implants or fat transfer aims to:
- create fullness in your breast area
- improve the shape of your upper-breast curves
- add volume to your inner-breast cleavage
- enhance ‘side boob’ proportions
Summary: Breast enlargement surgery can help increase your breast area volume, size, height, shape/width or cleavage of smaller breasts.
Primary Breast Augmentation Procedure Benefits
- Fill out less-developed breast tissues, treat asymmetrical breasts or misshapen breast, reconstructed breasts, ptotic breasts or tuberous breasts.
- Breast Implants can also help restore fullness and firmness to breasts that appear empty or droopy after childbirth or weight changes.
- Breast Surgery can also give a thin individual, competitive athlete or body-builder with a low BMI a more feminine chest appearance.
- Corrective techniques can also adjust for uneven breasts or nipple differences and/or other breast asymmetries or TUBEROUS breast conditions.
Which Conditions can a Breast Augmentation help?
Breast Augmentation surgery helps treat:
- low-volume breasts or underdeveloped breasts (flat looking chests)
- mildly sagging breasts (mildly ptotic)
- uneven breasts (asymmetric breasts)
- puffy nipples or pointy-looking breasts (tuberous breasts)
- low body fat/minimal glandular tissue
- upper pole dimensions/lack of upper pole cleavage
- post-mastectomy reconstruction due to breast illness
What are the alternatives to Breast Implants?
- An alternative to Silicone Breast Implants for breast enlargement is fat grafting or fat transfer.
- These methods suffer from some inconsistency and can only attain a mildly noticeable increase in size or cleavage shape.
- Fat grafting to breasts may help after augmentation with implants and may add shaping options as an adjunct or follow-up procedure.
- There is also a HYBRID breast augmentation method that combines breast implants with fat transfer.
Breast Augmentation in Melbourne – Costs
How much does Breast Augmentation COST?
Specific pricing and costs will vary between patients and procedures, however, as a guide, a breast augmentation in Australia can cost anywhere between $8,000 to just under $10,000 for a low costing Brfeast Augmentation. Mid-range from $10,000 to $14,500 and high-range Breast Augmentation up to $20,000.
There are many costs associated with surgery, like hospital or surgical costs, anaesthesia, medical tests as well as the surgeon or doctor’s fee.
- The price of Breast augmentation surgery and other cosmetic procedure prices can vary in Melbourne VIC (Australia).
- It depends on which Surgeon you choose, where you have your operation, whether or not you have general anesthesia in an accredited hospital vs a clinic back room vs awake surgery/twilight, and the quality of the breast prosthesis brand.
- Click here for average prices of Breast Augmentation | Breast Implant Surgery in Australia (Plastic Surgeons).
- Caution: Junior doctors in training who lack experience and non-specialist surgeons who operate in back rooms, who are not bonafide Plastic Surgeons, often offer LOW RATE surgery COSTS; but there are often higher risks to be aware of and consider when you choose a non-accredited surgeon who isn’t recognised by RACS (look for FRACS – Plas and ISAPS, ASAPS, ASPS to be sure you’re getting a REAL plastic surgeon).
- Quotes that estimate COSTS of Breast Augmentation in Melbourne MAY NOT BE INCLUSIVE of all related and necessary expenses. If not, you’ll likely pay more than expected.
- If you’re shopping for a low-cost operation, which is NOT recommended due to the likelihood it won’t be with a FRACS bonafide Specialist Surgeon, it is WORTH investigating WHAT IS actually INCLUDED in your Quote (and what is EXCLUDED).
- Do your research BEFORE deciding which Surgeon is going to be the most trusted and skilled surgeon you can find for your breast procedure.
- Because REVISION SURGERY is not only costly, it’s often not able to fix what goes wrong in the first operation and some patients are permanently disfigured by having chosen cheaper options as shown on FOUR CORNERS.
More about Breast Implant Surgery Prices in Melbourne
Can Medicare, Super & Private Health be used for Breast Surgery in Australia
Will Medicare pay for Breast Augmentation?
Is Breast Augmentation always cosmetic – or sometimes medically necessary?
- ‘NO, Medicare DOES NOT cover most breast augmentation procedures.
- That’s because most breast augmentation is a COSMETIC procedure.
Will my Private Health Insurance (PHI) such as BUPA or Medibank cover my breast augmentation surgery?
- Augmentation of breasts may be a reconstructive procedure for SOME patients (medically indicated).
- Most breast surgery is COSMETIC and hence, NOT eligible for rebates from your PHI.
- Medical reasons for augmentation surgery include reconstruction after mastectomy related to breast illnesses or cancer, Asymmetry correction surgery or tuberous breasts correction.
- Read how Breast Augmentation surgery improves the upper pole volume and breast curvature.
New information on Private Hospital Cover will give you a great understanding of Private Health Insurance.
Can I use Super to pay for breast augmentation?
- Early withdrawal of Super for cosmetic breast surgery is usually NOT an option.
- If you have a medically indicated reason or breast condition requiring breast implant surgery, then you may investigate early Super withdrawal for surgery.
- Payment methods
Breast Augmentation Before & After Photos
Melbourne | Top Breast Enlargement Plastic Surgeons
Who are the TOP SURGEONS in Melbourne for having a ‘boob job’ (Breast Augmentation)?
- Always choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has expertise in Breast procedures (look for FRACS qualifications and ISAPS, ASAPS or ASPS).
- Our TOP Breast Augmentation Surgeons operate in HOSPITALS (not back rooms) because hospital sterilisation and patient safety protocols are better monitored in these facilities.
- Remember, doctors, calling themselves “cosmetic surgeons” DO NOT HOLD the same qualifications or hospital operating rights as genuine Plastic Surgeon.
Surgeons at our Clinics offer breast augmentation procedures with best-practice methods including using high-quality Mentor and Motiva implants with 10-year warranties, inframammary incision methods using the Keller Funnel, fat grafting to breasts after liposuction, Hybrid Breast Augmentation (fat transfer and breast implants) and more!
Melbourne’s Best Breast Surgeons – Choosing the best Breast Augmentation Surgeon
We can suggest top Melbourne Breast Surgeons to review in Hawthorn, Berwick or Williamstown (ask us for an appointment or come to an event).
Our Surgeon’s affiliations include:
For more information on our Breast Augmentation Surgeons, click on individual surgeon links below who are all FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeons.
Which Hospitals do your Surgeons operate in?
Depending on your choice of Surgeon for breast augmentation, you may have your surgery in ONE of the following Hospital locations in Melbourne or Berwick:
Breast Augmentation Surgery (Breast Implant Options)
What decisions do I need to make for breast enlargement surgery?
- Surgeon – which type and who? Check your Plastic Surgeon’s online reviews and meet them during a consultation. If they are not FRACS or don’t feel ‘right’ to you, and they don’t have hospital operating rights, tread with caution. Be sure you’ve watched the Four Corners investigation into the cosmetic surgery industry and review.
- Where you’ll have Surgery – hospital? Clinic back room?
- Surgery Date – waiting periods apply. Surgery needs to be paid for completely 2 weeks in advance of your theatre date. A deposit holds your surgery theatre date.
- Recovery period – Where you’ll recovery, how long you’ll need to be off work or exercise or competitive sports after breast augmentation, who will help you as you heal.
- Whether you’ll need an IMPLANT or fat transfer or both.
- Breast Implant Brand – Be sure your Surgeon uses only top quality implant brands.
- Breast Implant Type – Saline or Silicone?
- Breast Implant Shape – Round or Anatomical?
- Breast Implant Size – A size that will work for you body shape & maintain long-term results.
- Breast Implant Texture – Smooth or Textured?
- Breast Implant Placement – In front or behind your pectoral muscle?
- Breast Pocket Incision Location – Your Surgeon will help to decide the best incision location for your particular surgery, such as under the breast (most popular) or in the armpit area (for people with scarring concerns due to highly pigmented skin or keloid scar tendencies).
An experienced and highly qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon will be able to guide you to make the right decisions for your Breast Augmentation Surgery. They will help you to understand which decisions will impact on the quality of your results and which are reflective of your needs, existing skin and body proportions, and reasons for having surgery (your surgery result expectations).
It is wise to choose a highly trained and experienced Plastic Surgeon with extensive breast augmentation to reduce your surgery risks, which range from bruising, bleeding and malposition to double-bubble, bottoming out or capsular contracture.
What are the best methods for breast augmentation?
The most common methods for breast enlargement/breast augmentation surgery include:
- silicone breast implants OR saline implants
- inserted into the chest area under using incisions under the breast crease
- alternatively inserted through an armpit incision
Less common methods that may be used include:
- fat grafting (on its own OR after implantation)
- Mastopexy-Augmentation (breast lift combined with breast implants).
- HYBRID Breast Augmentation – combined breast implants with fat grafting to breast
How long does Breast Augmentation surgery take?
- A normal breast augmentation surgery can take from 1 to 2 hours and may depend on the SKILL of the Surgeon.
- It is usually performed using General Anaesthesia for your COMFORT during the operation.
Does breast augmentation surgery hurt?
How painful is breast implants surgery?
- Every patient is different – pain after breast implant or breast augmentation surgery using fat transfer methods is also subjective.
- Our Surgeons also use special methods to HELP REDUCE pain and limit patient discomfort – many patients report they are fairly comfortable during initial recovery and that pain reduces over several days or weeks, but every patient is different and a small percentage feel the discomfort more intensely.
Special pain management after breast augmentation surgery with breast implants:
- Techniques range from general anaesthetic for your comfort during surgery, to local numbing anaesthetics and pain blocks for some patients to reduce after-surgery discomfort.
- We also offer recovery tips and guides and better sleeping suggestions to help you with your breast surgery healing.
What if my breasts are un-even in size (asymmetric)?
- Women with different sized breasts may investigate breast augmentation options, even if they have nicely shaped breast tissues, simply because they want MORE body balance or slightly larger chest size.
- Breast Implants often appeal to women who find their breast volume or shape does not seem to match the rest of their body; they wish for their physique to be more proportionate or to have more cleavage, roundness, perkiness and/or upper pole fullness in their chest area.
- Breast Implants can also help women after pregnancy; as well as women who experienced weight loss after obesity OR experienced other lifestyle changes or illnesses that have resulted in a smaller or ‘deflated’ breast size.
- Breast Implant Surgery can also be helpful for women with uneven or asymmetrical breasts who would like to even up their breast size and shape; but you must discuss your potential results with your Surgeon in detail (as even after surgery, breasts will never be perfectly symmetrical – it’s just not a human outcome as bodies are always asymmetrical).
- To be considered a suitable candidate for Breast Implant Surgery, you must have realistic expectations about what can be achieved.
- Beware, however, the tendency to choose implants that are too large for your body or your skin health, as they can increase your risk of experiencing premature sagging or bottoming out.
- Read the blogs on MINI breast augmentation or LARGER breast augmentation size choices (Mentor and Motiva).
Breast Implants Types (Prosthesis)
What types of breast implants are currently available in Australia?
- The main types of breast implants are silicone gel and saline-filled.
- Premium breast implant brands include Mentor and Motiva.
How do I choose the right breast implants?
Selecting which Breast Implant is right for you
When selecting the best-sized breast implant for your body, you and your Plastic Surgeon will need to assess numerous factors. Some of the factors taken into account in determining WHICH type of breast implant is best for what you’re wanting to achieve through breast surgery include:
- body proportions
- assessed by taking numerous measurements and
- assessing unevenness or proportional imbalances
- the quality or strength and resiliency of your skin
- what natural tissues are in place to reduce the visibility of the implant or add to the shape?
- will your breast envelope skin support the breast implant or do you need a nipple lift?
- sternum, nipple ptosis and breast symmetry (skin drooping and nipple position)
- where are your nipples located or positioned?
- how far apart (how narrow or wide is your inner breast curvature)?
- are your nipples generally even in size and placement on the breast mound?
- your BMI
How long do breast implants last?
- How long breast implants generally last VARIES from patient to patient.
- Many patients choose to replace them around or just before 10 years after their primary (initial) breast surgery.
- Re-operation may be needed at some stage – this can vary based on factors such as smoking, health, weight loss, pregnancy, complications, implant durability and more.
- More Information on how long do breast implants last and what’s covered in manufacturer warranties.
Breast Augmentation Incisions and Scars
What are the breast augmentation INCISION types?
- The most popular location for incisions for breast augmentation is under the breast.
- This type of incision is called inframammary incision.
- Transaxillary incision or ‘Armpit Incision’ breast implant insertion sites are typically used for patients with a history of scarring problems.
- This is also called an Asian Breast Augmentation because more pigmented skin types can be prone to keloid scar formations after having surgery for breast implants.
- Under the armpit, the scars may be less visible or fade into the natural skin folds under the armpit (they may be visible when the arms are raised, however).
Inframammary Incision for Breast Implants – under breasts
An Inframammary Incision is under the breast (in the breast crease) – and is the most common incision line area for Breast Augmentation Surgery by a Plastic Surgeon
- The most common incision which is made in the crease beneath the breast.
- This provides the most direct access & is the most reliable approach for achieving a symmetrical result.
Periareolar Incision for Breast Implants – nipple area
- Periareolar Incision: This incision is placed around the lower half of the areola at the junction with the breast skin to ensure the scar is less visible.
- This method is not commonly used as it might result in higher complication risks or potentially interrupt breast nipple functions (such as breastfeeding) or sensation (nerve endings).
- Our team believes the risks of this incision method outweigh the benefits.
- So our Surgeons perform the more trusted proven methods, being inframammary incisions under the breast crease AND under armpit breast implant incision methods (transaxillary incisions).
Transaxillary Incision for Breast Implants – under the armpit
- Transaxillary Incision is also called Asian Breast Augmentation.
- This ‘armpit area’ incision is ideal for Asian breast surgery patients and those prone to keloid scarring.
- It involves incisions into the armpit.
Breast Implant Placement
Where are the breast implants Placed?
- Under the muscle
- Over the muscle
- Dual Plane
Breast Augmentation Recovery
How long does recovery take after getting implants?
NOTE that this information and guides are general in nature and are NOT intended for use as medical advice; you must ask your Surgeon directly for recovery recommendations for returning to lifting, work or exercise.
How long does Breast Augmentation Recovery take? Returning to exercise and work.
- Most patients spend 1 to 2 weeks recovering initially, then graduate to modified activities or easy exercises (not heavy lifting or competitive sports).
- Read the RECOVERY TIPS blog for breast augmentation.
How can I go back to work after breast augmentation?
- NOTE: You can usually return to MOST normal activities – including work – in a few weeks.
- This can VARY depending on your healing process AND your occupation.
- Allow for variability; be guided by your Surgeon and your personal recovery experience.
- The GUIDE to Breast Augmentation, RECOVERY TIPS pages and cosmetic surgery recovery blogs, along with your Surgeon’s instructions, will help prepare you for recovery after getting implants.
When can I exercise again after getting implants?
- Your SURGEON will guide you on returning to your favourite exercises, gym classes or sports.
- Be sure you WAIT the recommended period of time BEFORE resuming lifting, exercising, running, horse back riding and other high-impact sports.
- You’ll ALSO be advised to wear a SUPPORT BRA 24/7 PLUS understand how to maintain skin health and improve your wound healing processes.
- Our SCIENCE AND LOVE post-op surgery package has healing aids and nutritional supplements – ask your Surgeon for details.
Breast Augmentation Video
How soon can I exercise after Breast Surgery? From Michelle Staughton
Breast Augmentation: Good Candidate Criteria
Age: How old do I have to be to get breast implants?
What is the minimum age for having Breast Augmentation / Breast Implant surgery?
- The minimum recommended age in Australia for having Breast Augmentation Surgery (Breast Implants) is 18 years old.
- Younger patients may not have fully developed breasts or maturity to make cosmetic surgery decisions that ultimately require re-operation and/or future removal and replacement surgery (explantation).
What age are most patients who get breast implants or breast augmentation?
- The MAJORITY of women having breast augmentation surgery are between 20 and 50 years of age.
- The MOST POPULAR age groups for breast implants range from 22 years to 38 years.
- An increasing number of Australian women in their late 40s and 50s are getting breast implants (or breast augmentation combined with Mastopexy) to treat mild to moderate ptosis.
How long do I need to WAIT before getting breast implants?
- In Australia, there is a 7 day cooling off period before you can have Breast Augmentation with Breast Implants or Fat Transfer – or other forms of cosmetic plastic surgery.
- To schedule your Breast Augmentation surgery procedure, a $1000 surgery date reserve fee (deposit) is required, with the balance due 14 days in advance of the procedure.
TIPS: Be sure you feel 100% comfortable with your choice of Surgeon and your decision, and never have surgery to please anyone other than yourself. Understand surgery and recovery can be an emotional period of time (read about post-surgery emotions during recovery after plastic surgery).
Can I get breast implants if I smoke?
- It is important that you DO NOT smoke before or after breast enlargement surgery.
- You need to be honest with your Surgeon and Anaesthetist about your smoking and substance use habits.
- Smoking impedes incision healing after surgery; leading to higher risks, increased wound complications and infections and other harms; it can delay recovery and detrimentally impact your results.
- Good health habits including good nutrition and resting are also important for healing and recovery.
Breast Augmentation Risks
What are the Risks and Possible Complications of Breast Augmentation?
Any surgery poses a certain amount of risk and potential complications.
Potential complications include, but are not limited to:
- poor scarring
- seroma (accumulation of fluid)
- implant issues (wrinkling, leakage, rupture)
- capsular contracture
Common side effects include bruising and swelling.
- The shape of the breast may change over time, and the final result may not be realized for a few months.
- Breast Lift is associated with a lower rate of corrective surgery than breast augmentation. It is highly important that you choose the best possible Melbourne Surgeon to minimise risks associated with your procedure.
Surgery Risks including General Anesthesia
General risks of breast surgery:
- Review general surgery risks.
- General Anaesthesia – Most healthy patients respond well to general anaesthesia as modern techniques are very safe. Our team will provide you with the details of your anaesthetists prior to your surgery to discuss any specific concerns.
- Bleeding (Haematoma) – This may require a visit to the operating theatre to remove the blood clot.
- Infection – Your Surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics and monitor you closely with regular visits at our room.
- Scars or Delayed Wound Healing – Your Surgeon and our clinical nurse will manage the healing process. This usually occurs within patients who are overweight, smokers or those who have an infection.
- Nipple Sensitivity or skin problems – You may lose nipple sensation permanently; however, this is very rare. Most patients lose nipple sensation temporarily and as nerve endings start to re-connect underneath the skin, sensations will return to the area.
- Breast Asymmetry – Most women will naturally have asymmetry to some degree. This is taken into account before the surgery. Asymmetry will also be visible after surgery to some extent but some breasts may have more asymmetry than others.
- Breastfeeding – Ability to breastfeed after this surgery may be affected.
- Allergies – To tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents.
All successful surgery outcomes are the result of realistic expectations of the patient, realistic surgical goals and the knowledge of possible risks and complications.
Nothing is ever guaranteed in science and medicine. Risks are minimised through careful patient screening and planning, high standards of surgical training, meticulous surgical technique and vigilant post-operative care.
Small, less serious issues are common and every effort is made to resolve them quickly. These rarely have a long term effect on an excellent final result.
- Some patients may have an unanticipated sensitivity to having implants, but this is relatively rare.
- The majority of surgery patients find augmentation surgery well-tolerated and report high satisfaction with results – but the quality of the implant is an important risk factor.
Should I get Breast Implant surgery overseas?
Dangers and Medical Warnings about Overseas Tourism for Breast Surgery
- Discounted surgery offers in Sydney resulted in legal cases subject to a larger review of cosmetic surgery in Australia.
- Overseas tourism resulted in botched cases that were not subjected to recourse or assistance in Australia (overseas patients with botched results have nowhere to turn).
- Watch the 4 Corners Report here about patient safety warnings and discounted or low-cost breast augmentation advertisements from less-trained, non-FRACS Surgeons.
- Experts in Surgery who have FRACS qualifications and belong to ASAPS, ASPS, ISAPS and more have dedicated ongoing education, advanced training and over 12 years of post-medical degree surgery experience and training. This is why they are not as low in cost or price as less trained surgeons, but if you take into account the quality of service AND the likelihood of a botched job if you choose a less-trained Surgeon, it’s worth investing in a genuine Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Remember, revision surgery is NOT inexpensive in cost.
- GPs and non-Plastic Surgeons do NOT have the same training, operating privileges in hospitals, insurance status and other factors as Plastic Surgeons with FRACS.
Why should I choose a Plastic Surgeon?
- Cosmetic Doctors who operate are NOT the SAME as a Plastic Surgeon recognised as having FRACS (Plas) qualifications.
- Watch the FOUR CORNERS Report into the Cosmetic Surgery industry by non-Plastic Surgeons.
- Specialist Plastic Surgeons are NOT the same as just a GP or skin doctor (Dermatologist) who later decided to expand into cosmetic breast surgery or eyelid surgery WITHOUT undergoing formal Plastic Surgery specialist training to gain AHPRA recognition.
What Medical Terms do I need to know about Breast Augmentation?
Medical Terminology associated with Breast Augmentation Surgery using Breast Implants
- Breast Augmentation – means ‘breast enlargement’ or enhancement, usually in terms of size, shape and projection.
- Breast Implants – a medical device (prosthesis) that adds volume, shape and more balanced proportions to the chest or breast area
- Silicone gel implants – cohesive gel breast implants that feel soft or natural and resist rupture
- Saline implants – breast implants that contain saline solutions encased in a silicone shell, inserted into the body then filled and which may be subject to sudden deflation
- Fat Transfer – a method that uses liposuction to move fat from one area of the body to another area (such as breasts) – may work for very small volume increases or breast shaping
- Hybrid Breast Augmentation – a method that uses breast implants for volume and breast projection, PLUS fat grafting (fat transfer) via liposuction, for extra cleavage shaping and/or implant edge covering in thin patients. It’s a COMBINATION procedure of fat grafting with breast implants.
- Inframmary crease – the area under your breasts where the breast tissue meets the skin on the upper torso; also known as the breast crease, which is where most incisions are made to insert the implants
- Transaxillary crease – under the armpit incision option also called Asian Breast Surgery
- Bilateral Augmentation or Bilateral Breast Lift – surgery on BOTH sides of the breast (both breasts)
- Unilateral Augmentation or Unilateral Breast Lift – surgery on ONLY one side of your chest/one breast
- Mastopexy / Breast Lift – An alternative to breast augmentation for women with breast ptosis or deflated-looking breasts, meaning tissues are elevated and sagging skin reduced, nipples moved upwards (no size increase occurs unless you combine a breast lift with breast augmentation/breast implants).
- Combined surgery – when more than one procedure is performed in a single theatre session
- Breast Implant Placement – the position of the implant inside the breast (e.g., above the muscle, below the muscle or dual plane)
- Scar – a visible mark after an incision, which may take 12 months to heal
- Recovery – the healing period or time frame and protocols for AFTER you have surgery
- Plastic Surgeon – a Specialist for cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive procedures, who has studied for at least 12 years and undergone substantial training and examination
- Cosmetic Surgeon – usually a GP, skin doctor or dentist who has NOT had specialist qualifications in plastic surgery and does NOT have operating rights in accredited private Hospitals; may have taken a year long course as opposed to the extensive training of a Plastic Surgeon, who is FRACS (Plas)
- FRACS – Royal Australasian College of Surgeons – a body that oversees surgical recognition and testing for Specialists in Australia who pass extensive exams
- ISAPS, ASAPS, ASPS – groups that only Plastic Surgeons can belong to.
- Surgery Risk – a potential unwanted outcome or complication that may be of concern
- Keller Funnel – a device and insertion method for inserting silicone breast implants with minimal handling
- Mentor or Motiva – Australian approved quality breast prosthesis for augmentation surgery (breast enlargement)
- Risks – health concerns or potential risks of having surgery or of having a complication
Schedule a Consultation with our top Plastic Surgeons:
- DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about the procedure OR contact us by email or phone (03) 8849 1444
- Visit our FAQs pages, learn more about your procedure, have a look at our Photo Galleries.
- You’re invited to attend our monthly Melbourne EVENT and meet our top Plastic Surgeons.
- Contact the Patient Care Team or phone number: (03) 8849 1444
Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons located in Melbourne Victoria will be able to assess your desired goals and suggest the best options for your Breast Augmentation Surgery. There are also top surgeons available in the Sydney locations (Double Bay/Bondi).
For more information about Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery options and research in Australia.
Read our Top Plastic Surgery Blogs
- Top blogs for Breast Augmentation Surgery
- Finding the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne
- Are Motiva Breast Implants Better?
- Breast Implant Size Choices and Types (Brands)
- How long do breast implants last
Breast Augmentation Surgery References and Peer-Reviewed Scientific Articles
Scientific Articles about Breast Augmentation Surgery and Recovery
Accessed online on 27 November 2018
Accessed online on 26 November 2018 (CM).
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: October 2015 – Volume 136 – Issue 4S – p 162–163
Type: Scientific Posters
Accessed online on 26 November 2018 (CM).
Patient Reference Resources
- Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Find specialist plastic surgeons)
- Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Patient Safety Regulated by Plastic Surgery Regulation Laws)
- Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (Information for patients)
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency AHPRA (Register of practitioners)
- Health Victoria (The Department of Health and Human Services)
Page last updated on 07 March 2019.