Breast Augmentation Melbourne FAQ
Breast augmentation (enlargement) surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures being done today. Having your breasts enlarged can not only change the physical shape and appearance of your breasts, but it can also change the way your entire body looks, improving your confidence and sense of self. However it is a big step to take, so it is important to make sure that you know your reasons for considering breast augmentation, as well as working with the right surgeon to make the experience as positive and fulfilling as possible.
Feel free to take this opportunity to explore up to date information on the process through this breast augmentation Melbourne website, to understand it fully, answer any questions you may have and make an informed decision as to whether it is for you or not.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What exactly is breast augmentation?
A. Breast Augmentation is the surgical enlargement of the breasts, usually by placing a breast implant under or on top of the pectoral muscle.
Q: Why do women decide to have their breasts augmented?
A. Many women choose this option for their own personal reasons, such as being self conscious of having smaller breasts, not being able to wear the clothes they like, feeling unfeminine, wanting more cleavage, losing shape due to breastfeeding or pregnancy or being better proportioned.
Q: Is breast augmentation safe?
A. The silicone gel implants used to today have a good record for safety. It was only those used before 1994 that used liquid instead of gel silicone that tended to leak through their much thinner outer shells. Breast augmentation is however a surgical procedure and therefore does come with the usual risks associated with any surgical procedure. These should be discussed with your medical practitioner. Other than using an experienced and skilled surgeon, your greatest risk is capsular contracture (see below).
Q: What is capsular contracture?
A. Our bodies treat any implant as a foreign body and therefore surround it with a layer of collagen to protect it from the rest of the body, in effect creating a complete thin “capsule” to contain it. Should that capsule thicken too much, it can affect the appearance and feel of the breast. It is not unusual for a slight, insignificant contracture, however although major grades are not as common, they can result in the implants being removed and replaced. Doctors can help prevent capsular contracture by ensuring that the operation is performed in a completely sterile environment, as well as using antibiotics if necessary and making sure that the pockets made for the implants or completely clear of any debris. However capsular contracture can have genetic or other causes so it cannot always be predicted or prevented.
Q: Where about is the implant placed?
A. The implant can be placed either in front of or behind the pectoral muscle. Your surgeon will decide on the best option based on your current breast shape. For example, should your current breasts sag somewhat, he or she will choose to place the implant in front of the muscle to avoid a double sag effect, or should you have very small breasts, a better option would be behind the muscle to avoid an unnatural, implant-shaped curve at the top of breast. See the How is it Done page for more information on breast augmentation.
Q: What are the different types of breast implants available?
A. There are a number of options to choose from when making a decision on what type of implant to select. All implants have a shell made of solid silicone, with either gel silicone or saline inside.
- Silicone implants – these are by far the most popular choice. Modern implants are filled with a silicone gel that is more cohesive and safer than its liquid predecessor and create a better shape.
- Polyurethane coated implants – these are also known as “Furry Brazilians” and consist of a silicone gel implant coated with polyurethane. While modern PCI’s have fewer problems than those that were around 20 years ago, they are more difficult to insert into the correct position. The polyurethane does however dissolve after a few months in the body, which can make it difficult to remove if only half-dissolved, however PCI’s do offer a lower rate of capsular contracture.
- Round – these are dome-shaped implants shaped more like a natural breast, particularly when the woman is standing up. For this reason they are the most popular choice.
- Anatomical / tear drop – these are made using a firmer cohesive gel and are more “breast” shaped. However they are not as popular as they sometimes turn once placed. They also require a much longer incision for insertion.
- Smooth – these are implants with a smooth outer shell
- Textured – these implants have a roughened surface, created to reduce the occurrence of capsular contracture, however it is uncertain if it actually does.
Size / Projection:
Most women are looking for an implant that looks natural but still with a noticeable enlargement. “Projection” describes how the breast is projected forward, as opposed to breast size. There are a number of projection options, from very high to low. Size and projection is dependant on your body shape and size and what you feel is right for you. This is a personal choice and would need to be discussed with your surgeon. It is important to take your time making these decisions before you go ahead with the surgery. Explore breast augmentation Melbourne further for more information.
Q: How long will it take to recover?
A. For the days following surgery most women feel sore and a bit tight around the chest, but every day shows improvement. You will need to take at least two weeks off, possibly longer – it depends on how long you usually take to recover from an operation. You will also be required to wear a support around your breasts to aid healing while still giving you movement in your arms and shoulders.
Q: Can I breastfeed after having a breast augmentation?
A. Yes. The positioning of the implants do not affect the glands and milk ducts used for breast feeding so they should work as they would have before.
Q: Can I have a mammogram after having a breast augmentation?
A: Yes. Mammograms do not affect your implants in any way although occasionally extra images may be needed by the radiographer to make sure they get full results.
Q: How do I choose a surgeon?
A: Please see the “How to Choose a Surgeon” page for further information.