What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to alter the size, shape, or symmetry of the breasts. The method involves the insertion of breast implants. It can be performed for a variety of reasons, including cosmetic reshaping, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, and help alter the appearance of breast asymmetry.
Below are details on what the breast augmentation mammoplasty procedure involves, possible potential complications of the surgery, what recovery could look like, and what to expect should the process be the right choice for you.
For many patients, a breast augmentation mammoplasty is cosmetic, while for others, the procedure is a part of rebuilding breasts after cancer, weight loss, and more. It is a frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedure.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
A suitable candidate for Breast Augmentation surgery typically:
- Has reached physical maturity and is over 18 years of age.
- Has breasts that are asymmetrical in shape
- Is in good health
- Has a clear understanding of what to expect from the procedure
- Has breasts that have lost volume due to changes over time
- Is emotionally stable and understands what to expect from the process.
It should be noted that breast augmentation mammoplasty is not for everyone. Some factors that may make this procedure unsuitable include:
- Unrealistic expectations of the potential outcome
- Breast cancer or abnormal screening results
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Active illness or infection
What Are the Common Reasons Patients Choose Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty?
Some common reasons patients choose breast augmentation mammoplasty include:
- Reshaping of the breast
- Increasing breast size is a common goal.
- This can alter symmetry.
- Altering breast shape
- Breast augmentation mammoplasty can also alter the shape of the breasts. This can help patients who have experienced changes in breast volume.
- Restoring breast shape after mastectomy
- The procedure may be an option for patients who have had a mastectomy.
It’s important to understand that results vary between individuals. Patients should discuss goals and concerns with their surgeon.
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A breast augmentation mammoplasty checklist can assist with preparing for consultations and the procedure. Download it here.
Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Before and After Photos
Before and after photos demonstrate a range of potential outcomes. The images show results from Dr. Briggs’ prior patients. Additional before and after photos are available here.
The photos on this website and in our office are for informational purposes. The images demonstrate the potential outcomes of procedures. Individual results will vary, and effects cannot be guaranteed. The photos do not promise or guarantee specific results. They are meant to help visualise potential outcomes.
Each patient is unique, and many factors affect surgical results.
In consultations, Dr. Briggs evaluates each patient and discusses realistic expectations.
What to Expect During Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgery?
The patient is under general anaesthesia during the procedure.
The surgeon will then make incisions in the selected area, which could be in the crease under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit, depending on the type of implant, the surgical plan, and the patient’s anatomy.
The surgeon creates a pocket and inserts the implant. The incisions are closed.
The surgery takes 1-2 hours. Patients often go home the same day. Recovery time varies.
Patients should follow all post-op instructions.
The breasts settle over time as the final results become visible.
Patients should understand that breast implants are not permanent implants and may need to be removed or replaced in the future.
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Recovery After Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
Recovery involves rest and limited activity. Patients may need to take time off work initially.
Pain, swelling, and bruising are joint initially and can be managed with medication and cold compresses.
Following all post-op instructions is crucial.
Many can return to work and light activity in 1-2 weeks. Strenuous chest and upper body activities should be avoided for around six weeks.
Follow-up appointments help monitor healing and address any issues.
The final breast shape develops, and incisions heal over time.
Minimising Scars after Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
Patients should understand that all surgical procedures, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods, leave scars.
Experienced surgeons carefully place incisions, and scars tend to fade.
Post-op appointments will be scheduled to monitor healing.
A scar consultation will occur around 6-8 weeks later, and follow-ups will be scheduled.
The dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customized selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils, Fraxel Laser, V-Laser,
Silicone strips & gels, and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!
Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stress during recovery.
Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty FAQ
What is the difference between breast augmentation mammoplasty and breast implants?
- Breast augmentation mammoplasty is just the name of the procedure, while breast implants are medical devices inserted during the surgery.
What does breast augmentation mammoplasty mean?
- Breast augmentation mammoplasty means the reshaping of the breast through the insertion of implants.
Which type of breast implant feels the most realistic?
- Generally, Silicone breast implants tend to feel more natural than their saline counterparts.
How painful is breast augmentation mammoplasty recovery?
- Pain after surgery is normal and often more noticeable during the first few days. Then, it gradually alleviates.
- Pain intensity varies from one woman to another, depending on your factors and the extent of the procedure.
What do breast implants look like when you’re old?
- Breast implants add more weight to the breasts, thus contributing to changes over time.
- As women age, their breasts often lose volume and elasticity, which can affect the appearance of breast implants.
- Additionally, breast implants may develop wrinkles or ripples, which can be more visible in thin or loose skin. Scar tissue formation, a condition in which scar tissue forms around the implant, may also cause the breasts to look and feel firmer or more distorted over time.
- It is important to note that the duration and appearance of breast implants can vary based on the individual and the type of implant used.
How long does it take for breast implants to take their final shape?
- It can take several weeks to several months for breast implants to settle and for the breasts to take on their final shape. Immediately after surgery, the breasts will be swollen, and the implants may sit high on the chest.
- Over time, the implants will gradually drop and settle into place as the muscles and skin stretch to accommodate the new size and shape of the breasts.
- It is essential to follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results.
- The exact timeline for breast implants to look “normal” will vary depending on factors such as the individual’s anatomy, the size and type of implant used, and the surgical technique used.
Do breast implants feel heavy?
- During the healing process, your breasts can feel heavy. Any heaviness occurs due to muscle healing and skin stretching. However, the actual weight of the implants is minimal.
What happens at six weeks post-op breast augmentation mammoplasty?
- At six weeks post-op breast augmentation mammoplasty, most patients can resume regular activities and exercise routines as long as their surgeon has cleared them to do so.
- Most swelling and bruising should have subsided, and the incisions should be well on their way to healing. However, it’s important to note that every patient heals differently, so following your surgeon’s specific post-operative instructions is essential.
- At this point, you may also have a clearer idea of your final results, though it can take several months for the implants to settle fully and for the breasts to take on their final shape.
- Your surgeon may also recommend you continue wearing a supportive bra to help the implants settle and provide extra support during healing.
- It’s still important to be mindful of any changes or concerns and continue attending follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure proper healing and suitable outcomes.
How Much is Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty in Melbourne?
The costs of Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty depends on various factors, such as:
- Surgeon’s reputation, level of expertise, qualifications
- What is included in the surgical quote or price estimate?
- Where the surgery is performed.
- Whether breast Augmentation Mammoplasty is a medically indicated or cosmetic procedure
- The complexity of the patient’s case
Low-cost breast augmentation mammoplasty procedures in Melbourne range from $8000 to $10,000, while mid-range breast augmentation mammoplasty surgeries go from $10,000 to $14,500. High-range methods start at $14,600 and may go up to $20,000 or even higher.
Learn more about the prices of Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgery here.
Funding Health Insurance & Medicare and Payments
Health insurance providers generally do not cover the costs of an elective breast augmentation mammoplasty that is purely for cosmetic purposes.
They may provide coverage if the breast augmentation mammoplasty is performed for reconstructive and medically initiated purposes, such as implants after breast cancer removal surgery.
Paying for surgery
Patients can pay for Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgery through various methods. These methods include:
- Payment in full at the time of the procedure using accepted payment methods such as credit cards (Visa, Mastercard), buy now, and pay-later products (such as Afterpay, Openpay, and Zip Pay).
- Non-commercial payment arrangements between the medical practitioner and patient, where the payment is made in installments.
- Medicare rebates if the surgery is considered medically necessary. (this will not cover the total cost, and patients will still have out-of-pocket costs)
- Private health insurance, if the patient has an appropriate level of coverage. (This is unlikely to cover the total cost, and patients may still have out-of-pocket costs)
We encourage patients to refrain from taking on debt or accessing their superannuation to pay for cosmetic surgery. Additionally, we do not offer or recommend financing schemes to patients, such as loans or commercial payment plans.
How to Find a Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgeon in Melbourne
Your surgical results will heavily depend on the surgeon you choose. Since breast augmentation mammoplasty is a significant procedure, you’ll need a Plastic Surgeon who has experience performing breast augmentation mammoplasty procedures.
Your surgical results will depend heavily on the surgeon you choose. Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty is a significant procedure; a reputable, qualified surgeon is needed.
In Australia, a plastic surgeon must have the following qualifications:
- An undergraduate degree in medicine, typically a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree.
- At least two years of general medical training as a junior hospital doctor.
- Completing the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) surgical education and training programme includes at least five years of accredited surgical training, with at least two years in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Plastic surgeons in Australia must also be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the Medical Board of Australia.
You also want to ensure the surgeon you choose has:
- Extensive experience in different types of breast augmentation mammoplasty procedures.
- Available Patient Before and After Photos.
- Thorough information on recovery
- Qualified support staff
- Health Direct – Breast augmentation (breast implants)
- University of Michigan – Breast augmentation implant and procedure types
- University of California San Francisco – Breast augmentation