Changes in our bodies can occur for many reasons, including hormonal shifts, aging, and life events such as childbirth. These natural processes can sometimes result in changes to the shape, size, and volume of the breasts.
Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) is a procedure focused on adjusting the size and shape of your breasts with the placement of implants or fat transfer, making them appear larger and fuller according to your personal objectives.
At our Sydney clinic, we offer Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) procedures. The procedure can assist with changes in breast size or shape that some women may wish to address.
The decision to undergo Breast Augmentation is a deeply personal one and should not be seen as a societal expectation or norm. It is one of the ways people choose to manage changes in their bodies, and it’s important that you consider all available options. These can range from accepting natural body changes and exploring wardrobe enhancements, to considering non-surgical procedures.
Our team, led by Dr. Tim, ensures a professional, respectful, and patient-focused approach to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your personal objectives and overall wellbeing.
Breast Augmentation is a procedure that can address changes in the size and shape of the breasts.
It involves the placement of implants or fat transfer to adjust the volume and shape of the breasts, making them appear larger and fuller.
The procedure can be carried out under general anaesthesia.
The operation duration can vary depending on the technique used and individual circumstances.
A variety of implant options exist, including saline and silicone, each with its own set of considerations that can be discussed during your consultation.
It is suitable for women who are at a stable health condition and body weight, and who have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure.
Please note that these facts are general in nature, and specific details may vary based on individual circumstances. We encourage patients to have a detailed consultation with Dr. Tim to understand the procedure fully.
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia as an inpatient in hospital.
The surgery itself is around 1 to 2 hours and is normally performed as day surgery. But some patients do prefer to recover overnight in the hospital.
You will have to wear a compression bra for 6 weeks post-operatively.
Recovery time varies but most people are able to return to work after 3 to 7 days for submammary implants. For subpectoral implants, the recovery time is around 5 to 10 days.
Physical contact with the breasts or lifting should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks.
You can expect to see the final results within 1 month for submammary implants. And within 4 months for subpectoral implants.
Breast augmentation surgery is designed to offer long term results. Your specific length of the result will vary with the aging process.
Risks of Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation)
As with any surgical procedure, Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) comes with potential risks and complications. Dr. Tim believes in ensuring patients are thoroughly informed about all possible outcomes, and here are a few risks associated with this surgery:
Bleeding: As with any surgery, there’s a risk of bleeding during and after the procedure. Dr. Tim takes every precaution to minimise this risk.
Infection: Though rare, infections can occur after any surgical procedure. If an infection occurs, it’s typically treatable with antibiotics.
Capsular Contracture: This is a condition where the scar tissue that naturally forms around the implant hardens, which can alter the shape of the breast or cause discomfort. If severe, it might require additional surgery.
Changes in Nipple or Breast Sensation: Some patients may experience a temporary or permanent change in nipple or breast sensation.
Implant Leaks or Ruptures: While modern implants are durable, there is a chance of implant leaks or ruptures over time. In these cases, further surgery may be required to replace the implants.
Scarring: All surgeries result in some degree of scarring. Dr. Tim employs surgical techniques to minimise visible scarring, and any remaining scars often fade over time.
Anaesthetic Risks: As with any surgery that requires anaesthesia, there’s a risk of an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic. This will be discussed in detail prior to your procedure.
It’s important to discuss these risks thoroughly with Dr. Tim during your consultation. His extensive experience and commitment to patient safety help minimise these risks, ensuring an optimal surgical outcome.
Recovery after Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation)
The recovery period after Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) surgery is usually relatively short, but it can vary depending on individual circumstances and the type of implants used. Dr. Tim’s expertise and personalised care aim to provide comprehensive guidance to each patient during the post-operative period. Here is a general timeline and what to expect during your recovery:
You will be observed in a recovery area immediately after surgery. Your chest area will feel tight, and you may feel groggy from the anesthesia. You will need to arrange for a someone to drive you home and ideally stay with you for the first 24 hours.
First Few Days
You will likely experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Pain can be managed effectively with prescribed medications. Dr. Tim will provide you with specific post-operative care instructions. These may include how to care for your incisions, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with Dr. Tim.
First Few Weeks
Over the first two to four weeks, you should start feeling better and can gradually resume normal activities, as advised by Dr. Tim. You will be instructed to wear a special support bra to help your breasts maintain their new shape and to minimise swelling.
After One Month
Most patients can return to normal activities and gentle exercise after one month. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activities or any activity that could potentially result in a blow to the chest.
Over the next several months, your breasts will settle into their new position, and any residual swelling will resolve. Scars, while permanent, will fade over time.
Throughout your recovery period, it’s essential to attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Tim, who will monitor your healing progress, provide advice, and answer any questions you may have. Remember that everyone’s body is different, and individual results can vary.
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