Is breast augmentation surgery the right choice 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 plastic 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 children 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.
What can I expect over the long term after breast augmentation surgery?
Breast implants do not last forever. Generally speaking, they have a life of around 10 years. However, in saying that there is no reason to remove the implants after 10 years unless they are causing any issues. The breast shape may change over time with weight gain or loss, pregnancy as well as with the natural aging process.
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. Breast Implants can make it slightly more difficult to do 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.
What is alcl?
Anaplastic large cell Lymphoma also called Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (blood cancer), associated with textured or polyurethane breast implants. The incidence for microtextured implants is about 1/18000. The incidence for macrotextured implants are much higher but they have been withdrawn from the Australian market.
ALCL presents with fluid around the implants or a lump. The median time for BIA-ALCL is about 8 years but can happen between 1-37 years after implant insertions.
In most cases the treatment for BIA-ALCL is total capsulectomy (removal of the capsule around the implant and the implants themselves). This is the only time that total capsulectomy is warranted.
So it is important to have regular checks of your implant or see Dr Safvat if you feel a lump or there is a change in the size of your breast.
IS SCARRING SOMETHING I SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT AFTER AUGMENTATION SURGERY?
Scarring is unavoidable after 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 COMBINE 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 Dr Safvat in one of his rooms in Miranda Concord or Bowral.
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 going to be, 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.
Where does Dr Safvat perform this procedure?
Dr Safvat does the Breast Augmentation procedure in the Sydney region (Sutherland Shire and Inner West) as well as in the Southern Highlands, NSW. He only operates in fully accredited Private Hospitals, these being Kareena Private Hospital (Caringbah), Strathfield Private Hospital, Southern Highlands Private Hospital (Bowral) and Ramsay Surgical Centre Miranda.
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Dr Safvat is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Every patient is unique and results may vary. Any surgical procedure carries risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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DR ANDRE SAFVAT (MED1155201)
Registered Medical Practitioner, Specialist Plastic Surgeon (specialist registration in Surgery – Plastic surgery).