Are you considering breast implants?
Breast enlargement surgery is not only Dr Jeremy Hunt’s most popular procedure, but also Australia’s. That’s because so many women want to be able to wear the clothes, underwear and swimwear that they love – and to feel sexy in it. To be more symmetrical. To be more curvy. To restore the size, shape, position and firmness of their breasts after pregnancy, weight loss or just getting older – or to achieve a shape they’ve never had. Whatever the reason you’re considering a breast augmentation, or “boob job”, Dr Hunt will take the time to talk you through all your options at your personal one-on-one consultation at his practices in Sydney and Wollongong.
Breast implant surgery
The incision site
You have three choices for your incision site: under the fold of your breast (the inframammary fold), around the nipple (periareolar), or through the armpit (transaxillary). Each of these sites has advantages and disadvantage in terms of how well your scar will be hidden, and most women have an immediate preference. It is 100% your choice where the incision is placed, so Dr Jeremy Hunt will explain the pros and cons of each site and answer any questions you have until you feel ready to make your decision.
The implant location
Your implants can be placed in front or behind the muscle. Placing implant in the subpectoral plane – behind the muscle – results in a more natural sloping of the breast, whereas implants in front of the muscle often have a more pronounced “roundness”. It all comes down to personal preference, and Dr Hunt will be there to guide and support your decision.
The implant type
There are many different types of breast implants available. Silicone, saline… Smooth, textured… Round, teardrop… High, moderate or low profile… Dr Jeremy Hunt will help you decide on the location of your incision and will talk you through all your options when it comes to choosing your breast implants. However, whichever you choose, you can feel secure knowing that Dr Jeremy Hunt invests in the best quality implants in the market. Unfortunately this is not the case with many surgeons, and goes some way to explaining the “bargain basement” prices you may have seen advertised.
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During your consultation with Dr Hunt, you will try on bras with implants in order to get a really good sense of what your new breasts will look like on your body. It’s just another technique Dr Jeremy Hunt uses to help you achieve your dream results.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.
Five Myths About Breast Augmentation
1. I cannot breastfeed after breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation does not interfere with the communication between the nipple and the breast tissue so that breastfeeding is not hampered or decreased by a breast augmentation.
2. Breast augmentation causes loss of sensation to the nipple.
There are techniques to preserve sensation to the nipple which are used in breast augmentation to ensure that patients do not lose sensation.
3. Breast augmentation interferes with mammograms.
A breast implant means that the settings for a mammogram need to be altered and this is a common procedure. With altered views, the detection of breast cancer is not decreased by the presence of a breast implant.
4. Breast implants need to be changed after 10 years.
After 10 years in place, it is not uncommon that people have undergone weight loss, weight gain and potentially had multiple pregnancies, children and breastfeeding. In these circumstances the breast tissue and the implant may not be harmoniously moving as one and there may be a need to revise an implant. Implants do not necessarily need to be revised unless there is a problem with the implant and this may include conditions such as capsular contracture, implant malposition or conditions with breast tissue and the implants are not moving harmoniously.
Five Breast Augmentation Mistakes
1. My implants are too big.
In cases where tissue is particularly thin, the expectation that this tissue will carry a particularly large implant may be a solution in the short term but not a solution in the longer term and patients may find that a particularly larger heavy implant drops over time. I would encourage patients to think about their result being a long-term one when deciding what size they would like to achieve as larger volumes often require revisional surgery in the longer term.
2. My implants are too small.
The entity known as “boob greed” does exist where patients will undergo a breast augmentation initially from a small cup size to achieve a more modest cup size and then wish they had gone even larger. Consideration does need to be given to this before undergoing the procedure and there should be multiple consultations to ensure the patient and the surgeon have a clear understanding of the patient’s expectations so as to avoid any need for revisional surgery.
3. Breast-lift with implant alone.
In cases where the breast tissue has deflated following weight loss or pregnancies and breastfeeding, an implant can be used to re-inflate the volume. This will achieve a larger breast mound but will not necessarily lift the height of that breast mound. Patients need to be cautious that using a big implant to avoid a breast-lift will result in disappointment in terms of the result achieved.
4. My implant will lift the breast.
A breast implant will restore volume but will not elevate the height of the nipple. If you stand in front of the mirror and your desire is reflected by putting the hands under the breast and lifting things upwards then you most likely need a breast-lift.
5. Cheap is best.
Cheap is not best when it comes to your health. Seeking the cheapest option often means it is a cut price procedure with less preoperative planning, less surgical technique, cheaper devices performed in an uncredited facility. This may mean the surgery is performed overseas or not performed by a fully accredited surgeon and is a recipe for disaster.
6. If it does not go well, I will just get it fixed.
The first time is the right time to achieve the best result. Any revisional surgery is unlikely to achieve as good a result as was potential in the first procedure so it is imperative that the first procedure is performed well by a fully accredited surgeon to ensure you get the best result in the short term and the long term.
Dr Hunt Discusses Breast Implants
Take the next step to new breasts today
Dr Hunt has performed hundreds of breast surgeries on women of all ages, from enlargements and reductions to lifts and reconstructions, but the end result is always the same – increased confidence and big smiles. Most women say it is the best thing they’ve ever done for themselves.
Book your personal consultation today to see many more of Dr Hunt’s breast augmentation success stories and discuss what he can achieve for your breasts.
Considering Breast Augmentation?
Is it for me?
If you would like to improve your self-confidence, feel more feminine and be confident to wear the clothing – and underwear – that you love, then yes, you’re an ideal candidate for breast augmentation surgery. It can help you change the size, shape, position, firmness or symmetry of your breasts, and help you achieve a curvier figure.
At your consultation with Dr Hunt, he will evaluate where you are starting from in regards to your breast size, shape, nipple position, skin elasticity and chest width. He’ll then take the time to understand what you are hoping your end result to be, before explaining the surgical technique and implant options available to you. If you decide to go ahead with your breast enlargement surgery, Dr Hunt will perform the procedure at your chosen hospital, under a general anesthetic administered by one of his hand-selected team of anesthetists. Dr Hunt will then insert your chosen implants according to the location and incision site you have discussed, taking every care possible to minimise and hide your scars. Dr Hunt will lift your breast tissue to make a pocket for your implant, either behind your breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle, before centering your implants behind your nipples. All sutures used are absorbable, so you won’t require any stitches to be removed, and no drains will be used. All in all, your surgery will take between one and two hours.
When can I go home?
It’s entirely up to you – you can choose to stay overnight, or go home the day of your surgery. You’ll need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours. When you leave hospital, you’ll be given prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication to minimise any discomfort.
Will I have to return for post-operative care?
You’ll see Dr Hunt three to four days after surgery. At this time, he’ll check on your progress and teach you how to massage and exercise your breasts for optimal results.
How long will I be off work?
Recovery times vary from woman to woman, however most of Dr Hunt’s patients require around one week off work.
When can I resume normal activities?
You can resume light activities within 48 hours, and regular activities within a week. However, you must not undertake any strenuous activities for four weeks, and do any chest or weight exercises for six weeks, at which point you will be fully recovered. You’ll experience the most discomfort in the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery. During this time your breasts will be swollen and tender, although this will settle quickly. Waterproof dressings are applied at the time of surgery – so you can shower immediately. You can remove the dressings over your incisions after three days. Most bruising will also fade within the first five or six days.
When will I see the end result?
You will see the final result of your breast augmentation at around six weeks.
How much will breast augmentation cost me?
Breast augmentation is a personalised procedure, which means costs will vary between patients. At a high level, surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees, as well as the cost of your implants, will all play a role in the final cost. Some patients may need to pair augmentation with other types of breast surgery, such as a breast lift, to achieve the desired result. In other instances, augmentation forms part of a more comprehensive surgical plan such as a mummy makeover. This too will influence the final cost of your breast augmentation surgery. Since this surgery is purely cosmetic, it won’t attract a Medicare rebate. The only way to determine what breast augmentation will cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr Hunt. During this time, your body shape and specific goals are taken into account to tailor a surgical plan that meets your requirements.