Breast Enlargement Surgery
- Do you want larger, more shapely breasts or curvier cleavage?
- Have you always thought about – even dreamed about – having more prominent cleavage or more balanced breast proportions?
- Do you want to know what the best practice surgery techniques for reducing complications is for Breast Implants?
Our top Breast Surgeons are FRACS qualified Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons – they perform most breast surgeries including breast augmentation, fat transfer to breasts, breast implant removal or replacement, and Revision Surgery.
Other breast surgeries they perform include breast reduction, breast lift with augmentation, or breast lift on its own.
Our Breast Specialist Surgeons can help.
Melbourne’s leading team of Plastic Surgeons for Breast Surgery
Your choice of six of Melbourne’s leading Breast Enlargement Plastic Surgeons — located in Berwick and Hawthorn in Victoria.
Our Specialist Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons for Breast Enlargement Surgery include (L to R) Dr Craig Rubinstein, Dr Douglas McManamny and Dr Geoff Barnett. Our Specialist Team of Surgeons, and Dr Richard Maxwell.
Our Breast Specialist Surgeons operate at accredited major hospitals using only experienced Anaesthetists and a top team of Surgical Support staff.
Our Surgeons offer Breast Enlargement using two key techniques:
- breast enlargement using breast implants (the most popular Plastic Surgery procedure for women)
- fat grafting to breasts using your own fat (autologous fat transfer)
Breast Enlargement Surgery: Are you a candidate for Surgery?
The decision to proceed with breast enlargement is a deeply personal one for every woman.
Our Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeons on our team fully customise every breast enlargement surgery for each individual patient.
You may be a candidate for breast enlargement surgery
- Are you dissatisfied with having small breasts or feel your breasts don’t fit the rest of your physique?
- Do you feel your breast size doesn’t match the cleavage that you want?
- Are you unhappy with post-pregnancy breast changes, such as drooping or sagging breasts?
- Have you noticed unwanted changes to breast size or shape after weight change?
- Do you want to even out uneven breasts (asymmetrical breasts)?
Why Breast Enlargement may be an Option for You
There are a number of reasons you may want Breast Enlargement (Breast Augmentation) surgery with Breast Implants.
Breast enlargement surgery can help you to:
- Feel more comfortable in different types of clothing, swimsuits or lingerie
- Enjoy more clothing choices or feel more confident
- Reduce self-consciousness about swimsuits or going to the beach
- Balance out your figure and overall proportions
Your Breast Enlargement Surgery Decision using Breast Implants such as Mentor, Allergan or Silimed
Deciding to seek advice about Breast Enlargement Surgery is a personal decision. You may be wanting to choose Breast Implants and Breast Enlargement Surgery for a number of different reasons. You may want a Breast Enlargement Surgery if your breasts haven’t developed as much as you would like them to, or if your breasts have reduced in size after either weight change or post-pregnancy and post-breastfeeding.
Sometimes breasts may have a noticeably different appearance or have dropped (drooped) over time. If these sorts of changes have occurred, they can be addressed through Surgery. However, the breast surgery operation may be more complicated.
Speaking to one of our experienced Plastic Surgeons will help you ascertain if Breast Enlargement and Implants are right for you to help you achieve your ideal shape. Our Breast Specialist Plastic Surgeons on our team can also assist you in deciding which specific Breast Implants will help you get the look you want.
About Breast Implant Surgery
Breast Enlargement with Implants is a cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure which can improve your breast profile.
During your Breast Implant operation, implants are placed behind your breast tissue.
Often your breast implants will be placed behind your pectoral muscles (or partially behind your pectoral muscles) as well, which can help enhance the size and shape of your breasts.
Planning Your Breast Implant Surgery
There are many choices you will need to make when you plan a breast implant surgery procedure to get larger, more shapely breasts or better cleavage. You want the best outcome for your breast implant surgery, so it is important that you get expert and experienced advice on what will get you the look you want, and which implants to use — as well as other considerations about your implant operation.
When planning a breast enlargement procedure, important decisions include:
- implant type choices (including texture, size, shape, brand or type – silicon or saline)
- incision location choices
- placement or location of your implant in your chest area
- whether the implant goes in front of or behind the pectoral muscles OR
- Dual Plane technique, which is partially behind the muscle
- In discussing your desired outcome, your Surgeon will take you through your options
- A highly-experienced Surgeon can recommend the best approach for you
- Not all Surgeons have the same experience and training – read more about the differences in Surgeons and the Dangers of Medical Tourism on our Blog.
*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature.
Breast Implant Types: Which Size or Type is best for You?
The first thing you need to consider is what your implants will be made of, or consist of.
All modern breast implants have a rubberised silicone outer shell, no matter what fill material is used. However, there are different textures and different implant brands.
There are generally two types of fill material: 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 Enlargement.
Saline filled implants
Saline filled implants have a ‘water bed like’ feel. If a patient has small amounts of breast tissue to begin with, then saline implants may result in rippling of the tissue which 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 below).
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: Round or Anatomical
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.
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 enlargement, 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 Enlargement Procedure
In discussing your desired outcome, your specialist surgeon will be able to take you through these options and recommend the best approach for you. 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) your surgery can proceed.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited private hospital facility. The operation itself is relatively straight forward, but good results depend on meticulous planning, measurement and marking by the surgeon before going into the operating theatre. Your surgeon will spend quite a bit of time measuring and marking out before the anaesthetic commences.
The Breast Enlargement Technique
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
- A specially designed funnel is used to insert the implant into the breast pocket, which eliminates the need for the implant to be handled. This technique reduces 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. Meaning that no stitches need to be removed following surgery.
- The suture (incision) line is covered with a water proof dressing and a soft crop top bra is fitted.
- In a standard breast enlargement procedure it is unusual for drain tubes to be used.
Risks of Breast Enlargement Surgery
All operations carry some risks and breast enlargement is no exception. As breast Enlargement is usually undertaken in young, fit, healthy patients, the risk of complications occurring is small.
Complications, if they occur can be thought of as:
- General – such as post-operative bleeding, infection or thickening of scars
- Specific – such as implants sitting too high, or sitting too low, or the breasts appearing noticeably different after surgery
It is best to discuss this aspect of your surgery at your first pre-operative consultation. Your surgeon will be able to take you through the risks associated with breast enlargement surgery as the possibility of complications vary from patient to patient.
Revision Surgery including Removing & Replacing Implants
Revisions or Removal related to implant life span or an implant issue
When gel filled implants break, a capsule contracture or hardening of the breast is likely to form. When saline filled implants break and deflate, a significant reduction in size occurs and is generally visible.
If there is a possibility an implant is broken but we are not sure, an MRI scan is ordered to help understand what has happened. A broken implant should be removed, and most people ask to have the implant replaced with a new one at the same time.
Revisions due to unsatisfactory results with overseas Surgery (Botched Medical Tourism)
Our Surgeons also see many patients who were dissatisfied with the results of surgeries done overseas or by less experienced surgeons (‘botched boob jobs’).
Contact us if you want to explore breast revision surgery to change the appearance of your breasts.
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Combined or Additional Procedures
If you want to combine breast surgery with other procedures including liposuction, tummy tuck, nose surgery or a Mummy Makeover, please discuss your surgery options with your Surgeon or Patient Coordinator.
Support for Interstate Patients
Please visit our Interstate & Overseas Surgery Patient page to find out how we can help you.
NEXT STEPS on your Surgical Journey
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1400 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
- Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $200 booking 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 Coordinator (FREE)
- Attend our Regular Practice Events and hear from our of Plastic Surgeons and their top support team (FREE)
- Organise a Skype call consultation with a Surgeon (available for Interstate patients)
- 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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