The size of one’s breasts is—as it should be—a very private and subjective matter: it’s really up to you and no-one else whether you’re satisfied with your body or you elect to enhance it. What is really critical, though, before you commit to breast augmentation (breast implants) is that you make sure you get the best possible advice from someone you trust with your life, spend what you need to ensure an outcome you want to live with for the rest of your life and never compromise on surgical standards.
Cosmetic surgery is, after all, surgery, no matter which part of you is going under the knife.
Over the years, we’ve had to redress the disappointing results brought about by underqualified practitioners and inferior-quality implants. Likewise, we are often called upon to remedy surgery that has been performed overseas, where the qualifications and standards are not up to those here in Australia.
Breast augmentation or enlargement can rebalance your body with a bust that fits your overall shape and size. Many of our patients do it for their own satisfaction, gaining confidence and improving their self-esteem. Some women come to us after pregnancy to correct the reduction in volume after breastfeeding. There’s no real age limit to the procedure, but you do need good health before you head for surgery.
There are two main options for where we place the implants:
Each has its advantages and disadvantages. But your surgeon will lay those all out, advise which is the best option for you and answer all your questions well in advance of the big day.
This varies with each individual. You may be able to return to work after one week. Normal activities can be resumed within two to three weeks. You probably should avoid excessive exercise for up to six weeks.
First, let’s clear up two myths: implants do not cause breast cancer or any other diseases; nor do they necessarily interfere with breastfeeding. The real side effects, as with any surgery, are the inevitable scars. However, they usually will fade with time. Other than that, some bruising and swelling may occur. You could also experience a ‘tight’ feeling across the chest if a capsule of scar tissue forms. And the implant could settle in either a high or low position. But don’t worry: your surgeon can deal with both of these situations and will explain any possible complications during your consultation. We’re always here to support you right the way through recovery, anyway.