Why Patients Might Consider Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty with Implants Surgery
There are multiple reasons why patients might consider undergoing this procedure, but they are dependent on the patient’s goals and individual surgical plan. A person may seek the procedure to:
- Enlarge naturally small breasts
- Increase volume that has been lost due to pregnancy or weight loss
- Address asymmetries and proportions
Patients should be aware of both the benefits and the risks before undergoing breast augmentation mammoplasty.
About Breast Implant Surgery (Mammoplasty)
Your Breast Implant Options
There are many different types of breast implants available.
There are differences in brands and implant fillings, smooth or textured, round or teardrop, and high, moderate, or low profile.
Dr Jeremy Hunt will help you decide on which breast implants may work for your body shape and goals. He will talk you through all your options so you can weigh them up and make an educated decision.
We also recommend you visit the TGA website to learn more about the slight risk of BIA ALCL.
Whichever you choose, you can have the assurance that Dr Hunt uses only Motiva Implants & Mentor Implants.
Choosing a Breast Implant Size
Breast Implants come in a range of sizes from 100cc to 800cc. In Australia, the most popular implant sizes are around 300cc.
Picking the right size implant for your breast shape and body contour is vital.
During your consultation with Dr Hunt, you will try on bras with implants in order to get a sense of what your new breasts will look like on your body and to help you achieve your desired results.
Breast Implant Placement
Your implants can be placed in front of the muscle, behind the muscle or in between – dual plane placement. Placing a breast implant in the subpectoral plane – behind the muscle – can often create a more natural sloping of the breast, whereas implants in front of the muscle often have a more pronounced roundness and enhanced look.
It all comes down to your personal preference, and Dr Hunt will be there to guide and support your decision as each breast surgery approach has different benefits.
The Surgical Incision Site
You have three choices for your incision site: under the fold of your breast (the inframammary fold or IMF) and less commonly, around the nipple (periareolar), or very rarely, through the armpit (transaxillary). Each of these sites has advantages and disadvantages in terms of how well your scar will be hidden, and most women have an immediate preference.
Dr Hunt will explain the pros and cons of each incision site and answer any questions you have until you feel ready to make your decision.
Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Results
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
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Cosmetic Breast Surgery (Mammoplasty) Guide
A Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider this procedure.
Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of Breast Surgery, from what makes a good candidate, to pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from patients.
Dr Hunt answers your Concerns about Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
What will the Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty scars look like?
- All surgery leaves scars. Dr Hunt will use different techniques like a keller funnel to reduce the length of your scar and will place the scar carefully. Some patients prefer a small scar under the armpit (transaxillary) or under the breast crease (IMF incision). You can also have further scar minimisation treatments with a dermal clinician. However, it should be noted that all surgery results in scarring, and patients should be aware that their scars may be visible.
Will Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty cause loss of sensation to the nipple?
- There are techniques to preserve sensation to the nipple which are used in breast augmentation mammoplasty to help prevent loss of sensation. However, there is a risk that the sensation in the nipple will be affected.
Does Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty interfere 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 usually decreased by the presence of a breast implant.
Do my breast implants need to be changed after 10 years?
- Breast implants are NOT lifetime devices. Manufacturers suggest replacing older implants after 10 to 15 years although modern implants can last longer than that. Dr Hunt suggests regular breast implant checkups.
- Implants do not necessarily need to be replaced 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.
Will I need more breast surgery in the future?
- Yes – you will most likely need breast surgery again in the future. Patients that have undergone weight loss & gain and potentially had multiple pregnancies, children and breastfeeding might choose to undergo further surgery. In these circumstances, the breast tissue and the implant may not be harmoniously moving as one and there may be a need for breast revision surgery. Some patients have a problem with their actual breast implant and need breast implant revision surgery.
- Some patients have surgery to upsize or downsize their implants and some have them removed altogether when they get older.
Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Mistakes to Avoid
1. Choosing implants that 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. Dr Hunt encourages 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. Choosing implants that are too small
It is not uncommon for patients to undergo a breast augmentation mammoplasty from a small cup size to 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. Just getting breast implants, when your desired results would actually require a mastopexy or breast lift with implants (mastopexy with augmentation mammoplasty)
In cases where the breast tissue has diminished following weight loss or pregnancies and breastfeeding, an implant can be used to attempt to add the desired volume. However, this may not necessarily lift the position of the breast mound. Patients need to be cautious that using a big implant to avoid a breast lift mastopexy may not yield the desired outcome.
4. Choosing a very big implant when you really need a breast lift (mastopexy)
A breast implant can restore volume but will not elevate the height of the nipple. If you wish for more elevation of the breasts, then a breast lift mastopexy may be a better option for you. You should discuss your options and desired outcomes with Dr Hunt before surgery.
5. Choosing cheap plastic surgery
Cheap surgery should not be the priority when it comes to your health and wellbeing. Seeking the cheapest breast augmentation mammoplasty option often means a cut-price procedure done by an undertrained doctor or so-called cosmetic surgeon with less experience, less preoperative planning, less advanced surgical technique, cheapest implants and performed in an unaccredited facility.
6. Relying on another procedure to fix the problem
The first time is the right time to achieve the desired result. Any revisional surgery is unlikely to achieve as good a result as a potentially successful first procedure, so it is critical that the first procedure is performed well by a fully accredited and experienced surgeon to help you get the result you desire in the short and long term.
Recovery after Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty
The recovery period after breast augmentation mammoplasty procedure with implants is different from one patient to another. During recovery, you can experience a certain level of swelling and even bruising at the level of the operated area. These are normal side effects of the procedure that subside on their own within the next days and weeks following the intervention.
It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during these first two weeks after breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery, especially activities that entail lifting heavy objects or arm movements. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
- Keep the incisions site clean and dry at all times
- Avoid steam rooms, saunas, hot baths and pools for a few weeks
- Don’t sleep on your tummy or on your side
- Wear the compression bra at all times
To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s instructions closely
Breast Lift Mastopexy + Implant
Restoration of a D cup size post breast feeding – 200cc Round moderate profile implants placed under the muscle.
What can I expect from recovery after a breast augmentation mammoplasty?
Any plastic surgery procedure is going to require a recovery period. The good news is that the recovery from breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery is usually mild.
What to expect in week 1
- Tight skin – Immediately following the surgery, the skin will feel very tight. This is because the skin is not used to having to accommodate the volume of the implant. Over time, the skin will stretch and loosen, allowing the breast mound to be more mobile.
- Swelling – There will be some swelling after surgery and a surgical garment will compress the breasts and combat swelling. The breasts will be quite firm straight after the surgery due to the swelling, and you will appear up to a cup size larger for the first few weeks. This swelling usually resolves after about 6 weeks.
- Bruising – You may experience a fair degree of bruising of the breasts in the early stages of the breast augmentation mammoplasty recovery. This is normal and nothing to worry about and it will most likely fade in the first two to three weeks.
- Pain and Soreness – The breasts may be quite sore for the first few days. You can begin to increase the activities you do over the first week. Most people will be back at work after one week, though lifting heavy objects should not be attempted in the first week. You will be able to resume contact sport after 6 weeks.
- Stitches/Sutures – Dr Jeremy Hunt uses dissolving stitches. The wound will be covered with a waterproof dressing so you can shower the day after surgery.
- Sleep – The first few days after surgery, you will be required to sleep on your back with your head elevated to help with swelling
- Scars – The breast augmentation mammoplasty scars will be pink and tender to touch.
What to expect in week 2 to 4
- After the first week of recovery, your routines will be returning to normal.
- There will be less pain, swelling, and tenderness. The breasts will become softer and more mobile. About 50% of the swelling will have resolved, but you need to be patient and wait for all the swelling to go down before going bra shopping.
- You should be able to return to work such as a desk job after just a week off (usually less), and can resume light exercise after two to three weeks. Walking is good but jogging, especially without a tight sports bra, may cause more swelling. Strenuous exercise is allowed after 6 weeks
- Nipple sensation will likely be altered after surgery and can range from a decrease to hypersensitivity. As you progress through the later stages of the breast augmentation mammoplasty recovery, numbness is often replaced by hypersensitivity and then your normal sensation should return. This process can take a number of weeks. Permanent loss of sensation in the nipple area is a rare side effect.
Your Final Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Result
By three to six months after surgery, you should have recovered from all aspects of the procedure. Swelling and bruising should have slowly subsided to almost nothing, your breasts should look even and symmetrical, and the scars should have faded, although the scars will continue to fade even more over time.
Risks and Complications
For potential patients considering breast augmentation mammoplasty, they should be aware of certain risks and complications. In addition to the ordinary risks associated with surgery, there is the added risk of implant complications.
The potential risks of this procedure include:
- Poor scarring
- Unwanted outcomes
- Numbness or changes in sensation
- Wound infection
- Capsular displacement
- Capsular contracture
- Implant leak
- Reactions to anaesthesia
How much is Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty in Sydney NSW? Implant Prices & Fees
The cost of Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgery in Sydney, Australia can vary for each patient depending on the type of procedure, implants chosen, the results you want and the time required in theatre.
Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty is a personalised procedure, which means costs will vary between patients. Some patients may need to pair the surgery with other types of breast surgery, such as a breast lift (mastopexy) or fat transfer, to achieve the desired result. In other instances, augmentation mammoplasty can be combined with abdominoplasty surgery during postpartum surgery.
Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, breast implants, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support. Since this surgery is nearly always a purely cosmetic procedure, it won’t attract a Medicare rebate.
During your Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your body & breasts, discuss risks & concerns and provide you with an accurate cost for your breast implant surgery.
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Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty FAQs
What's involved with Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty?
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. Dr Hunt will then insert your chosen implants according to the location and incision site you have discussed. Dr Hunt will lift your breast tissue to make a pocket for your implant, either behind your breast tissue or underneath your chest 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 will I see the end result?
You can usually see the final result of your breast augmentation mammoplasty at around six weeks. Your breast implants will descend into their new position and post-surgery swelling will eventually reduce.
What are the Benefits of Breast Implants?
Should I have Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty with Implants?
The most reliable way to know if you are a candidate for breast augmentation mammoplasty is to consult with a surgeon such as Dr Hunt who has years of experience.
You may also wish to consider a hybrid breast Augmentation mammoplasty or using your own fat to enlarge your breasts – see the Fat Transfer to Breasts or Autologous Fat Grafting page.
What is the best breast implant position? – above the muscle or below the muscle?
Placement of the implant in a subglandular position will allow for a more natural movement of the implant though there needs to be adequate tissue coverage, particularly in the upper pole, to avoid visibility of the implant. Implants placed in a subglandular position may create a less natural appearance and for this reason, patients often elect to have the implant placed underneath the pectoralis muscles.
‘Dual plane’ is an implant that is placed underneath the pectoralis muscle with part of the implant placed underneath the breast tissue and is probably the most common location technique for implant placement. In Dr Hunt’s practice, this is his preferred approach in terms of appearance and mobility.
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.