Breast Augmentation, also known as Breast Implant surgery, is performed to increase the size of the breasts, improve their shape or correct asymmetry.
There are many factors that make women consider breast augmentation surgery apart from it being purely about size. Some women lose volume in their breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding and wish to regain a more youthful breast appearance. Insufficient development of the breasts can leave some women unsatisfied with their breast size and shape. Significant weight loss can also change the look of the breasts.
What do you need to do before this procedure?
Smoking and being overweight have been shown to cause more complications after surgery. We will insist that you stop smoking 3–4 weeks before your breast augmentation surgery and have a healthy and stable weight.
Breast augmentation surgery is one the most common procedures done in cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, because of the high demands, there are a lot of doctors who are not properly trained as plastic surgeons who perform this procedure. Make sure that your surgeon is a properly trained specialist plastic surgeon in Sydney and has the ability to look after you in the event that a complication arises. We will continue to see you on a yearly basis to monitor the health of your breasts and implants.
How do I know if breast augmentation surgery is the right fit for me?
Breast augmentation is a personal procedure – everyone chooses to undergo surgery for different reasons. To begin with, you should always consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon before making any final decisions about breast implants. There are a number of factors that need to be considered, including your medical history, the health of your breasts and your expectations being some of them.
Breast augmentation surgery could be right for you if you’re in good physical health, have fully developed breasts, and want to enhance the shape and size of one or both breasts. The procedure is very popular amongst those who have lost weight, recently had a child or are experiencing some of the common signs of ageing.
Before you consider this procedure, keep the following in mind:
- While there’s no way to determine this, augmentation may affect your ability to breastfeed.
- Breast implants won’t last a lifetime, so you may require a second surgery later on in life to replace or remove your implants.
- If you’re a smoker, your healing could be delayed and you have a higher risk of developing complications. Dr Safvat will insist that you stop smoking before this type of surgery.
- You should only undergo this surgery for yourself, not because someone else has convinced you to. Your personal reasons for wanting to receive implants should also be considered.
Do implants make it more difficult to detect breast cancer?
If you have a history of breast cancer, it’s important to bring this up during your consultation. There is no evidence that breast implants increase your risk of cancer but they can make it slightly more difficult to detect cancer during a mammogram. Telling your x-ray technician about the implants will ensure the right techniques are used during testing. We will also show you how to correctly check for lumps and abnormalities in between your check-ups.
Is scarring something I should be worried about after augmentation surgery?
Scarring is par for the course after undergoing any type of surgery, including breast implant surgery. However, steps can be taken to minimise scarring. Incisions are made in areas that will hide scarring under clothing or in the natural folds of the body and skin. We will also provide you with a list of scar management techniques that will ensure they fade as much as possible over time.
Should I pair augmentation with a breast lift?
It’s very common for women to pair breast augmentation with a lift. You should consider both procedures in the following situations:
- You want to increase the size of your breasts and achieve a more elevated position
- The level of droopiness that’s present can’t be corrected with implants alone
- You want more upper pole fullness, something that can only be achieved with a lift
- Moderate to significant volume loss and excess skin is present due to weight loss or breastfeeding
The best way to determine whether you would benefit from both procedures is to schedule a consultation with Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Andre Safvat.
When will I see the final results of my augmentation procedure?
It can take up to 3 months to see the final results of your surgery, so patience is required. Directly after your surgery, your breasts will appear larger than they are due to swelling. Your implants also need time to settle in order for the results to look more natural. How long it takes to see your final results will depend on the type of implant that was used, where the implant was placed and your body type. The stronger your pectoral muscles are, the faster you will heal. It’s natural to want to see your results as soon as possible, but giving your body time to heal from a breast augmentation is well worth it.