Procedure

Most standard breast augmentations take around 1 hour to complete.
We perform our breast augmentation procedures in our world-class day surgery hospital (Stonnington Day Surgery) which is fully accredited to the highest Australian and international standards worldwide.
There are three major incision choices in breast augmentations. These are within the fold of the breast (inframammary), around the nipple, or underneath the arm. Each type of incision has its advantages and disadvantages, according to the shape and the size of your desired implant and your clothing and lifestyle preferences.

Our preferred method of incision is inframammary. This is made in the fold where the breasts naturally drop. The incision line is approximately 4cm long and over time will fade out to a nearly invisible line if treated correctly. Note however that scarring varies from person to person and even in the best of hands can be slightly pigmented, raised or lumpy. Other scars on your body may give you a good idea of what to expect.

Your safety and wellbeing are our number one priority. Our team of specialist anaesthetists work side by side with our plastic surgeons to ensure each of our patients is free from discomfort throughout their procedure.

All of our anaesthetists are Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA). Each are highly credentialed and have years of experience in various surgical procedures and anaesthetic techniques.

All our anaesthetists work on a one-on-one basis with each patient, assessing patients during an initial consultation and closely monitoring patients throughout their procedure. A dedicated anaesthetic nurse is also always on hand to provide additional comfort, oversight and safety.

We do not believe in taking shortcuts with your safety so all procedures are performed under general anaesthesia. As a day procedure, patients are allowed to return home or to pre-arranged local accommodation ( if interstate or from overseas ) the same day. It is widely agreed that it is not safe or appropriate to perform breast augmentation under only local anaesthetic with sedation. The dangers of this have been highlighted by complications occurring at other facilities in Australia and overseas. Many clinics elsewhere only use local anaesthesia and sedation because they have not been accredited for full general anaesthesia and we believe this compromises safety. Always be sure to ask the reasons why you are not being offered general anaesthesia for breast augmentation.

Some surgeons use drains , others do not. This varies on a case-by-case basis. If drains are used they are removed the next day in our office.
Following your incision, breast implants are placed in two main ways. This can be either submuscular, known as ‘under the muscle’, or sub-glandular, known as ‘over the muscle’.

Each method of placement depends upon the shape of your breast and the amount of available breast tissue. Over the muscle placement may be more suitable to women who have a lot of breast tissue. If there is not much upper pole breast tissue then an implant placed over the muscle will show more and look more unnatural.

We do not have a preferred method of implant placement but instead we prefer the one best suited to your body and your desired result.

No, in most cases breast augmentation is performed as a day procedure and you will be free to go home after the surgery. You must however have a responsible adult drive you home as you will have had a general anaesthetic.

An appointment will be made for you to return to our clinic a day or so after surgery and, if appropriate, your drain tubes will be removed. Once your drain tubes have been removed you will be fitted into a sports bra which will provide support and also assist with gaining shape. You may also be fitted with an elasticised support; this will be fitted over the top of the bra. Despite the presence of some swelling, this is the first time you will see the initial results of your augmentation.  At the end of the first week, an appointment will be made for you to come in and see one of our plastic surgery trained nurses and your plastic surgeon for review.

Patients that have an office job can usually return to work within 5-7days. For other patients, it will depend on what sort of work you do.  Please contact our office for specific timeframes. Heavy exercise, including running and power walking should be avoided for 4-6 weeks and no heavy lifting 6 weeks.

Having treated many patients with complications from surgery performed at poorly qualified centres overseas we strongly advise against all forms of ‘cosmetic tourism’ undertaken in third world countries. The risks of serious infection and other complications are greatly increased in unregulated hospitals, unhygienic medical environments, tropical conditions and the lack of adequate aftercare procedures.

 

Be wary of the low cost advertising of these procedures as well. Many overseas clinics have hidden costs as well as unforeseen costs associated with accommodation etc. If there are complications with surgery and you are required to stay overseas longer, your expected cost of surgery goes up dramatically. With our competitive pricing there is no longer a need to travel outside of Australia for surgery.

Breast augmentation is an extremely safe procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there is always some level of risk. You can also actively reduce potential problems by adhering to the pre and post-operative instructions given to you by your surgeon. These risks will be discussed in full at your consultation with a plastic surgeon in our offices.

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