Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures today. The operation is primarily concerned with increasing breast size although it is also used to:
- Reshape uneven breasts
- Correct congenital defects
- Reconstruct breast volume
Patients who have undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer or have lost significant volume following pregnancy or weight loss also benefit from breast enlargement.
YOUR REASONS FOR WANTING BREAST IMPLANTS
Why do you want breast augmentation surgery? Are you dissatisfied with how your breasts look? With its shape? To feel better about yourself?
It’s important to have clear reasons for wanting breast implants and to understand what the procedure can and cannot do. Breast augmentation can certainly make you feel more confident about yourself but you may be severely disappointed if you set unrealistic expectations for yourself.
Patients are advised to never undergo the procedure in response to external pressures. It is also equally important to make the decision yourself while carefully weighing all the risks involved for breast augmentation surgery.
For information about breast enlargement, request a consultation from your doctor to discuss details about the procedure to help with your decision.
THE TYPES OF BREAST IMPLANTS AVAILABLE
There are two types currently available: Silicone gel-filled implants and saline implants. Which one is ideal for you largely depends on your body size and shape. The differences between these two lie in their consistency and the materials used inside.
Silicone implants are pre-filled with a gel like fluid that feels more natural to touch. The downside is that these implants tend to cost more. Saline implants are postoperatively filled with a saline solution but feel less natural. Unfortunately, these are often more prone to rupture or deflation compared to silicone implants.
So which one should you choose? Speak with your surgeon for details about the different types of implants including advantages and disadvantages of each. Then ask for an honest assessment of which one is better suited for you.
Regardless of which one you choose, you may need to regularly visit your surgeon to ensure that the implants are still functioning properly.
PREPARING FOR THE CONSULATION
Being completely candid with your doctor is paramount to ensuring a successful procedure. The whole purpose of scheduling a consultation is to have all concerns addressed and to obtain as much information as possible.
Be prepared to discuss the following:
- Reasons for wanting breast augmentation surgery
- Desired outcome of the procedure
- Medical conditions including allergic reactions
- Family medical history
- Use of medications, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
Expect your doctor to:
- Assess your suitability for the procedure
- Evaluate your health for any risk factors
- Take detailed measurements of the areas you want cosmetic surgery for
- Discuss specifics about procedure and your options
- Outline potential risks of the operation
Your doctor will also explain the operation in detail but be sure to also ask the following questions:
- Which type of anesthesia will be used?
- How long will the breast augmentation surgery take?
- What are some possible side effects?
- What would happen in the event an emergency arises?
- When can I expect to see the final results?
- When can I return to normal activity?
- What are the qualifications of the staff assisting with the surgery?
- What kind of implants are recommended?
- Will I need to take any medications?
- What are the costs associated with different types of procedures and implants?
Any concerns or problems that you have should also be addressed during the consultation.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Absolute Cosmetic Medicine doctor’s fees start at $5,500 +gst, depending on the complexity of the operation. Other fees associated with having a breast implant procedure includes anaesthetist fees, theatre fees, medications, implants and garments. You will need to have a 1 hour consultation with a doctor for a final, itemised quote.
BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY SIDE EFFECTS
Just like with all types of major operations, there are risks involved with breast enlargement. Short term side effects include:
- Swelling around the operated areas following the procedure
- Bodily feelings of pain and discomfort
- Reduced mobility during the recovery process
Fortunately, most of these side effects are only temporary. Patients can be prescribed painkillers to ease the discomfort and can return to normal activity after about two weeks.
It’s important to always consider the complications that could occur with surgical procedures such as breast augmentation. There is a level of risk with every procedure no matter where it is performed but this risk is greatly diminished by having experienced, qualified doctors who will be close by. See some of the potential complications below and please read our Overseas Surgery section before considering traveling for surgery.
CHANGES IN BREAST SENSATION:
Some patients may experience diminished nipple sensation although this only affects a very small portion of patients.
INFECTIONS OR BLEEDING AROUND THE IMPLANTS:
Infections and bleeding are rare but if they occur then the patient may require further surgery to have the implants removed and replaced.
This is an abnormal response to foreign materials in the body and occurs when scar tissue shrinks. It’s also the most common complication which requires further surgery for revisions.
Scars eventually fade as swelling subsides. However, a small number of women may experience severe scarring on the treated areas.
RECOVERY FROM BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
The actual recovery time depends on the patient and the extent of the procedure. However, soreness and swelling are to be expected for the first few weeks but eventually begin to subside. Surgeons recommend that patients keep physical activity to a minimum and avoid any heavy lifting.
Guidelines will be given for how to care for your breasts and medications will be needed to aid the healing process. Following instructions from your surgeon is important to ensure the success of the operation. Patients are advised to seek medical attention immediately should they experience the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Severe discomfort
- Unusual heart beats
LONG TERM COMMITMENT OF BREAST IMPLANTS
Breast implants do not last a lifetime and require regular maintenance. The exact length of time that implants last is largely unknown as it all depends on the patient and a number of other factors. Patient may need to undergo additional operations to maintain the shape of the implants as they do change over time.
Patients are strongly advised to attend all postoperative consultations to ensure continued care.
Your doctor will be able to give you more details about post-care and what to expect. Breast augmentation surgery is a decision that should never be taken lightly.
At Absolute Cosmetic Medicine, our licensed Doctors are dedicated to the highest standards to ensure all patients receive exceptional care in our hands. We believe that patients should receive proper guidance and detailed information about the procedure to make an informed decision.
Absolute Cosmetic Medicine is a trusted provider of breast augmentation surgery in Perth and throughout Western Australia.
Schedule a nurse consultation today to discuss your suitability and requirements by calling (08) 9389 9099