A Complete Guide for Breast Augmentation

A Complete Guide for Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation, also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty, can be achieved using either Breast Implants or Fat Transfer for those not wanting implants.

We have put together a list of questions that are often asked about breast augmentation, but it is still essential to always consult either certified Cosmetic Surgeons or Plastic Surgeons (Our Surgeons) with experience and a reputation in cosmetic breast surgery for their expert opinion as to your suitability and best options.

A well-performed breast augmentation can deliver beautiful, natural-looking breasts by an increase in the size as well as a better shape (Breast Augmentation) – which in turn result in an improved self-image and greater self-confidence.

1. What is the difference between Breast Augmentation and Implants?

There are some important differences between Breast Implants (Breast Impant Types) and Breast Augmentation. Augmentation is the overall procedure to enhance breast size by whatever means, while implants are what are actually inserted into the breasts to increase their size.

However, a Breast Augmentation does not necessarily have to be done using implants. Breast size can also be increased by injecting one’s own fat into the breast for those women who don’t want implants. The fat is collected from one or more body areas of excess fat and then injected into the breasts to deliver a very natural ‘feel’.

Implants on the other hand, are artificial devices filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone, and come in a myriad of sizes and shapes with different surfaces. Accordingly, one important factor you need to know is that not all implants perform equally nor deliver the same ‘look’.

Do breast implants feel real?

Silicone breast implants do have a more ‘natural’ feel than saline implants because they more closely approximate the consistency of breast tissue. However, no implant should be considered undetectable to the touch. Only Breast Augmentations by Fat Transfer (Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation) can be expected to impart a completely natural ‘feel’ to the touch.

How big should I get my implants?

The choice of implant size should be entirely yours! Choose the size that YOU like, not what you think others will like!

How much does a ‘natural’ Breast Augmentation cost?

Unfortunately, the cost of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, often referred to as ‘natural’ Breast Augmentation, cannot be predicted until the Surgeon has seen you for the following reasons. The fat to be injected first needs to be collected from one or more areas of excess body fat by liposuction, then processed, and finally injected into the breasts in a carefully controlled and systematic manner. And, because the Surgical, Hospital and Anaesthetic Fees are each time-based, even an approximate fee cannot be given before the Surgeon has seen you and calculated how long each step will take.

Can I fix my sagging breasts?

The simple answer to this is YES! However, how it’s done will depend on the degree of sagging. If your sag is only minor, an appropriately sized and shaped implant can lift the breast upwards and correct the sag. If, however, your degree of sagging is more than any implant could possibly correct, some form of ‘lift surgery’ would be required. A Breast Lift (known medically as a ‘Mastopexy’) (Augmentation Mastopexy) is achieved by simply removing the excess stretched breast skin only. This maneuver tightens the breast ‘envelope’ which then has the effect of moving the entire breast upwards to a more pleasing and natural position on the chest.

A straightforward Breast Lift as described above is all that’s required if you’re happy with the size of your breasts and just want to correct the sag. If, however, you want to also increase the size of your breasts, implants can be inserted at the same time and this is then known as an ‘Augmentation Mastopexy’.

2. What is done in Breast Augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is a very popular procedure that can be done in a number of different ways using implants or by Fat Transfer for those women keen to increase their breast size without implants.

When it comes to implants, you will have quite a number of choices: the Type (Saline or Silicone), Shape (Round or Teardrop), Surface (Smooth or Textured) and last but certainly not least, the Size!

Then, even when you’ve decided on your implants, your surgeon will offer you even more choices: where the Breast Implants will be placed – (Breast Implant Positions ) ‘in front of the muscle’ or ‘under the muscle’), and where you would prefer to have your incisions (and therefore the final scars): under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit.

If, on the other hand, you are inclined to increase your breast size by Fat Transfer, you need not worry about any of the above choices. Fat Transfer is an excellent alternative for those women wishing to increase their breast size without resorting to inserting implants. This option has a number of merits, not the least of which are a very natural ‘feel’ to the touch and the avoidance of any tell-tale scar anywhere on, or under, the breast.

Whatever your preferences, in the best interests of patient comfort and safety, All Breast Augmentations should be performed in a licensed hospital under General Anaesthesia.

However, hospital stay is not necessary, and you can return home in the company of a responsible adult shortly after your procedure.

What do Teardrop Breast Implants look like?

Teardrop-shaped silicone implants are a very popular type of breast implant because they mimic the natural shape of the breast. They deliver maximum fullness and projection to the lower breast but then taper in profile towards the top allowing a very natural ‘drape’ of skin from collarbone down to nipple.

3. How long can breast implants last?

The lifespan of any implant can never be predicted or guaranteed. In other words, the lifespan of any implant is unknown. Although there are many women who have had the same silicone breast implants in place for many years without any problems, there are also women who have had to replace their implants within a relatively short period of time.

Nevertheless, since implants were first introduced many years ago, successive improvements in implant design and technology have significantly increased the lifespan of today’s breast implants when compared to those of yesteryear.

Admittedly, the chances of implant rupture do increase with the number of years you’ve had them but then again, regular ultrasound checks on the integrity of the implants can detect an early or ‘silent’ rupture and allow an immediate breast implant replacement (Implant Revision Surgery).

4. Does it hurt to get breast implants?

The Breast Augmentation procedure itself will not cause any pain because it’s performed under General Anaesthesia.

However, after the surgery, expect to feel some soreness in your armpits and chest area but it’s never agonising pain and is described by most patients as a sensation of ‘pressure’ on the chest. In any event, it will largely settle over the next 5-6 days and in the meantime, it can be easily relieved with the pain-relievers your surgeon will have prescribed. By the end of the first week, even though you may feel occasional ‘twinges’ on certain movements, you should not need any regular pain-relievers.

What can go wrong with breast implants?

Most breast augmentations with implants proceed smoothly and uneventfully without complications.

However, every surgical procedure has potential risks and breast augmentation is not an exception. All possible complications of the breast surgery should be explained by your surgeon at your initial consultation(Your Unique 2-Hour Consultation) so that you are then able to make an informed decision as to whether or not to have the procedure.

5. How painful is recovery from breast augmentation?

After the breast surgery(What To Expect When Recovering From Breast Augmentation), expect to feel some soreness in your armpits and chest area but it’s never agonising pain and is described by most patients as a sensation of ‘pressure’ on the chest. In any event, it will largely settle over the next 5-6 days and in the meantime, it can be easily relieved with the pain-relievers your surgeon has prescribed. By the end of the first week, even though you may feel occasional ‘twinges’ on certain movements, you should not need any regular pain-relievers.

When can you shower after breast augmentation?

In Recovery, you will notice a small dressing covering each incision. Even though these are waterproof dressings, do not soak them by having a full bath or shower. You can sit in a low bath to wash your lower body and sponge under your arms but do not wet the dressings.

After your sutures are removed in 10 or 11 days, the doctor will place a transparent plastic, waterproof dressing over each incision.  These are to be left in place for 4 days.  With these in place, you can now have a shower but don’t let the strong shower jet hit these dressings directly otherwise they will get peeled off.  After 4 days, you can remove them and shower and bathe normally.

What should I wear after breast augmentation?

In the first 3 months after breast surgery, a good supportive, non-under-wire bra is all that is required. Other than that, wear whichever clothes are comfortable and easy to put on. After 3 months, you can resume wearing bras of any brand and style including under under-wire bras.

Can I sleep without a bra after breast augmentation?

Just for extra support until all tissues heal and strengthen, it’s probably better to sleep in a bra during the first 3 months to prevent rolling on to your breasts and pushing the implants out of position. For the same reasons, if you have always slept on your stomach, you must now sleep on your side during the first 3 months. Preventing yourself from turning onto your stomach during sleep can be easily achieved by placing a pillow on each side of your body.

When should I start massaging my breast implants?

Some surgeons believe that massaging helps to prevent the complication known as ‘Capsular Contracture’ in which the breast feels firmer due to shrinkage of the fibrous envelope that normally forms around every breast implant. Other surgeons dispute this theory believing that massaging could cause micro-hemorrhages in the fibrous envelope and actually increase the chances of developing Capsular Contracture.

If truth be known, the most effective protection against Capsular Contracture were the Polyurethane Foam-Covered Silicone Implants but unfortunately, these are no longer available in Australia.

Does your areola get bigger after breast augmentation?

As the entire breast skin will stretch to accommodate the breast implant under it, so too will the areola stretch along with it. Naturally, the larger the implant size, the more the skin and the areola will stretch. Nevertheless, this rarely stretches to an unacceptable degree.

6. Is Breast Augmentation scary?

Breast Augmentation is a great way to boost any woman unhappy with her current breast size. Understandably, surgery still makes some people nervous, so knowing how to prepare yourself for surgery can help lessen any anxiety.

Feeling confident with your chosen surgeon through their reputation in Breast Augmentation is always a great start. Detailed pre-operative instructions and preparations (Need Least 2 Weeks Prep Time Breast Augmentation). In addition, having pre-operative pathology tests to confirm you are fit and healthy for anaesthesia and surgery – should also help to lessen any nervousness.

Can you still feel pleasure with breast implants?

It has been reported that many women experience improved sexual satisfaction, better intimate relationships and more frequent sex after breast augmentation – possibly because they feel more physically attractive to their partners.

When is it bad to get a ‘Boob Job’?

Women with a history of thickened scars or keloids would not be considered suitable candidates for Breast Augmentation surgery.

How do I prepare for a boob job?

While Breast Augmentation is generally viewed by patients as a safe and worthwhile procedure, it is still a surgical operation performed under General Anaesthesia. As patient safety is always a primary consideration, it’s important you disclose your full medical history, follow all the pre-operative instructions, and have pre-operative blood tests to ensure you are fit and healthy to undergo surgery and anaesthesia.

What age is best for Breast Augmentation?

For most women, breasts are not fully developed until 18 years of age and accordingly, Breast Augmentation is not recommended earlier than 18.

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