FAQ: Breast Implants in Melbourne
The cost of an initial consultation with a YourBreast Plastic Surgeon is $330 in Melbourne. This fee also includes your Vectra 3D breast imaging.
The cost of a YourBreast Breast Augmentation procedure is from $6,950. This fee includes plastic surgeon fee, round implants, specialist anesthetist fees, hospital and your immediate post-operative care. This fee is applicable to most of our patients requiring the more common and more straightforward type of augmentation. The price may vary for patients who present with other breast problems (ie droopy or constricted breasts). If this is the case, YourBreast surgeon will personalise a package right for you.
Our access to an in-house hospital facility and a trusted relationship with established quality breast implant manufacturers allows us to deliver massive savings to our patients, meaning breast augmentation is accessible to more patients in Australia without the need to travel to perhaps a less qualified discount provider in Australia or overseas.
Moreover your surgery will be performed by an expert specialist plastic surgeon not by a “cosmetic surgeon”, GP surgeon or trainee plastic surgeon. This means the highest standards of surgical care at highly competitive prices.
Our plastic surgeons evaluate each of our patients on a case-by-case basis. The best candidates for breast augmentations are typically in good physical health and fitness but want to improve the size or shape of their breasts. Good skin tone and a firm elastic skin also helps to achieve the best cosmetic result.
Please note that if you require a breast lift or have other more uncommon breast conditions ( for example constricted breasts or significant breast asymmetry) you may require a longer operation or non-standard breast augmentation which may increase the cost of surgery.
There are two main types of implants: silicone gel implants and saline implants. Both implants have a silicone shell, but saline implants are filled with salt water rather than silicone gel.
If a saline implant shell leaks, the body reabsorbs the saline, causing the implant to deflate and collapse. Saline filled implants have a more “squelchy” feel compared to the silicone filled implant. Although all implants can show some degree of rippling of the skin in a thin person without much breast tissue to cover the implant, saline filled ripples the most.
The most popular type of implant and our preferred choice is the cohesive gel smooth or textured implant. This usually leads to a nice shape with good upper pole fullness, reduced chance of ‘rippling’ associated with saline implants, and gives a more natural appearance and feel.
Both round and tear dropped shaped implants can create a natural appearance. Round implants typically improve the upper fullness or projection of the breast while teardrop implants result in more fullness in the lower breast.
Most patients prefer or are more suited to round implants. Under the muscle placement of round implants actually provides a slight teardrop shape as well, providing you with the best of both worlds. Teardrop implants can lead to implant movement or rotation and may need to be corrected with revisionary surgery. However some patients prefer or are more suitable to teardrop shaped implants and we are happy to use them in these circumstances, understanding that they are more expensive and add to the cost of the procedure.
Absolutely. We use silicone gel implants for all breast augmentations. These are premium implants which are supported by many years of medical research and clinical data and are considered to be amongst the best on the market.
Our silicone gel implants are approved in Australia under the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and in the United States under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as in Europe.
Yes. If your breasts were able to produce milk before you had breast enlargement surgery, then you should be able to breastfeed afterwards. Breast implants are placed beneath the gland of the breast, so they don’t interfere with the process of lactation.
Since breast enhancement surgery is ‘non-essential’ surgery, it makes sense to schedule it when all factors that contribute to a good result are in your favour. We advise waiting a minimum period of six months after breastfeeding , (when your breast glands have returned to their normal state), before considering breast surgery of any kind.
Breast implants are man made medical devices and as such will not necessarily last a lifetime. It is a good idea to consider that they may require changing 2 – 3 times in your life. Your breasts will change considerably as you age, have children, breast feed, etc.
This is why it is important for you to be regularly reviewed by your plastic surgeon who will clinically check your breast and implant for issues. Also you may be advised to have a breast ultrasound – this is a sound energy special breast study carried out by a radiologist experienced in breasts and implants.
There are no hard and fast rules as to how long breast implants will last, but rupture rates are low and at YourBreast we use only quality implants with a proven track record and you have a lifetime guarantee against rupture.
Droopy breasts often mean that to obtain the shape you want through breast augmentation, you may need a mastopexy (breast lift) as well. Very asymmetric or different breasts may need a highly tailored approach.
As every individual and every case is unique, it is advisable to discuss your needs with your surgeon. A mastopexy is a much more complex operation compared to a normal breast augmentation so involves more costs. All our YourBreast plastic surgeons are trained at recognizing whether you need a breast lift in addition to an augmentation and are experts in performing this surgery if required. Some women are also born with very unusual breast shapes called constricted or tuberous breasts and correction of this problem is more involved. We can advise you during your consultation if this is required.