Why get breast augmentation surgery?
Women of all ages and walks of life seek breast augmentation for very personal reasons. For some, it’s to rejuvenate their breasts after having children. Others are dissatisfied with their appearance and opt for surgery. And then there are those who—through injury or medical ailment—wish to restore their body with the help of breast enhancement.
Whatever your reason for wanting breast augmentation, Dr Doyle offers a number of implant types and approaches to implant placement to suit you. As a qualified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Doyle is positioned to provide you with a safe environment and decades of experience to help you achieve your desired outcome.
What’s involved in a breast augmentation procedure?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase and enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast. There are a large number of options with breast augmentation, including implant choice and surgical techniques. Dr Doyle will discuss these with you, ensuring you can achieve your desired outcome.
Breast augmentation surgery typically takes under an hour. The location of the incisions depends on your anatomy, goals, and the type of implant you choose. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, we make every effort to ensure that your incisions are as small as possible.
During breast augmentation, a space (or pocket) is created under the breast. The implant is then placed behind or in front of the chest muscle, depending on the look you want to achieve. Most patients receive dissolvable stitches and the surgery is performed as a day surgery procedure at John Flynn Hospital.
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How long do breast implants last?
The average lifespan of older breast implants is about 20-25 years. Newer implants have not been available for this length of time but it is expected that they will last longer than the original implants. However, this does vary from person to person, and depends on which type—and where—the implant is placed. The quality of the implant is also a factor in its lifespan. We only use the highest quality implants at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery.
Do breast implants drop?
Implants shift and wear over time due to the natural movement of your body. Larger implants and therefore, heavier implants, are more likely to drop with time. Pregnancy, breast feeding and weight changes will all influence the position of the implants. This means you will have to replace your implants at least once if you want them for life. You should always ensure you visit a plastic surgeon who uses top quality products.
How long is breast augmentation recovery?
A full recovery can take up to four weeks. We recommend that you take a week off work after your augmentation procedure. This will give your body time to recover and most pain should have subsided within a week. With this being said, you may experience some discomfort and swelling for a few weeks post-surgery. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for four weeks after surgery.
Can you breastfeed after breast augmentation?
It is possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation. The type of surgery and in particular, the incisions used for your surgery, can impact your ability to breastfeed. The implants are positioned behind the breast and should not affect breast function. However, you won’t know if it’s possible until you try. And this is something you must consider prior to surgery. If you are planning on having children, you need to weigh up the possibility you won’t be able to breastfeed your child.
Some clients have expressed concern that silicone implants could be dangerous to a baby. There is no evidence to suggest this is true. To date, there are no known dangers to either baby or mother when breastfeeding with implants.
Is it worth getting breast implants?
It can be worth getting breast implants if:
- you are healthy
- have realistic expectations about what breast implants can do for you
- you are getting them because you want them
How much will breast augmentation surgery cost?
Since every patient has different requirements, the cost of breast augmentation surgery will differ too. Some of the elements that are included in the final cost include the implants as well as the hospital and anaesthetist fees. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it won’t attract a Medicare rebate. The only way to receive a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on breast augmentation is to schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle.
Which type of breast implant is right for me?
There are three main types of breast implants that patients can choose from:
Saline. These implant shells are filled with saline water once they’ve been inserted into the breast pocket. Because the implants are only filled after insertion, the required incisions are much smaller. While saline implants are safer if they rupture, some say that they don’t look or feel as natural as the other types of breast implants.
Silicone. This has been a preferred choice for many years. These implants are filled with a silicone gel, which gives the breasts a far more natural look and feel. Ruptures do need to be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid negative complications.
Gummy bear. These are very similar to silicone implants. However, they’re far more stable and the silicone remains in place if the implant happens to rupture.
Dr Doyle will take you through these options and the different sizes that are available during your appointment. You will have the opportunity to try different size implants by using a specialised bra. This will help you envision what your results will look and feel like.
Is it possible for breast implants to increase my risk of cancer?
There is no known connection between breast implants and breast cancer. In the cases where this has occurred, it’s a coincidence more than anything else. It should also be noted that breast implants do not interfere with the detection of breast cancer either. Patients should, however, let their doctor know that they have implants prior to any scans.
Am I too old to undergo breast augmentation surgery?
While most breast augmentation patients tend to be in their 30s, many women choose to have implants inserted in their 40s and 50s. Regardless of your life stage, if you feel that you would benefit from breast implants, rather schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle before you decide that you’re not eligible. What is recommended is that you wait until after you’ve had children to schedule this type of surgery. This is not to say that having breast implants will affect future pregnancies or your ability to breastfeed though. There is, however, a chance that your results will be affected by pregnancy. The choice is yours.
Can I undergo breast augmentation if I have sagging skin?
Sagging skin, or ptosis, shouldn’t deter you from undergoing breast augmentation surgery. If the sagging is severe, the procedure may need to be combined with a breast lift to achieve a more favourable result. If any excess skin is not removed, the implants will only cause the breasts to sag even further. Dr Doyle can advise you whether a lift will also be necessary once your breasts and goals have been evaluated.
Will my nipples lose feeling after my augmentation procedure?
Loss of nipple sensation is always a risk after breast augmentation surgery. However, in almost all instances, sensation returns within a few months. It’s very rare for sensation to be lost completely. Dr Doyle will explain the techniques he uses to minimise the risk of complete sensation loss.
To find out if breast augmentation is right for you, book a consultation with Dr Doyle, an experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon on the Gold Coast.