Frequently Asked Questions
Are modern silicone implants safe?
Successive generations of Silicone Breast Implants since the 1960’s have seen continuing improvements and refinements making them far safer than the originals. Today’s Cohesive Silicone Gel Implants are a far cry from the Liquid Silicone Gel Implants of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Moreover, all implants used in Australia have been thoroughly assessed and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and deemed to be safe and effective devices.
Do implants need to be routinely replaced every 10 years?
We frequently get asked this question and our simple answer is a definite NO! Although the exact life span of any implant is unknown, we are of view that unless there is a specific problem, implants do NOT need to be replaced. We see no justification in subjecting every woman with implants to the inconvenience, costs and risks of repeat surgery every 10 years when there is no necessity to do so!
How much time do I need off work?
This will vary with the type and amount of physical work you do. Generally, sedentary “non-physical” occupations such as office work need only around 10-14 days off work whereas more physically demanding jobs require longer.
When can I resume exercise or get back to the gym?
This will vary according to what you exactly have had done. Generally, if you’ve had implants put ‘under the muscle’ you will have to wait longer before resuming strenuous physical exercise than if your implants are ‘in front of the muscle’. With implants ‘under the muscle’, you should be able to resume lower body exercises (e.g. exercise bikes, moderately-paced walking) after about 3 weeks and upper body/treadmill after about 6 weeks. Needless to say, when you decide to resume exercising, you must resume it GRADUALLY. If the activity doesn’t cause you any discomfort, you can increase it a little each time. However, if it causes discomfort, wait for two weeks and then try it again. Eventually, you’ll be able to do it without discomfort. Most importantly, when exercising in the first 3 months, always wear a supportive sports bra.
What can be done to reduce the chances of developing Capsular Contracture?
Over the years, various strategies have been suggested to prevent Capsular Contracture – the most common reason for repeat surgery. Most of these strategies have been ineffective. The only proven strategy to dramatically reduce the incidence of this complication is to use Polyurethane Foam-Covered Silicone Implants – manufactured in Germany by Polytech. However, these implants do require special techniques with which not all surgeons are familiar. At Breast Excellence, our Chief Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr George Mayson, is one of the largest users of these proven safer implants.
How old do you need to be to have Breast Augmentation?
Most women we see seeking Breast Augmentation fall into the 19-45 age group. That is not to say Breast Augmentation cannot be done in women older than 45 or in girls as young as 17 but careful selection as to suitability needs to be exercised.