Who is a good candidate for a Breast Augmentation?
The ideal candidate for breast augmentation is someone who is:
- Aged 18 to 80 years
- In good overall mental and physical health
- Six months post-pregnancy or post breastfeeding
- Wants to improve overall body proportions
- Has noticeable breast asymmetries
- Has realistic wants and expectations
For best results, a breast augmentation may be combined with other procedures, such as a Breast Lift or Fat Transfer.
Benefits of a Breast Augmentation
- Create a curvier figure
- Improve proportions, shape and symmetry
- Restore volume
- Enhance shape and definition
- Boost self-confidence
- Correct congenital defects
Recovery from a Breast Augmentation
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the sensation as mild aches and pressure rather than pain. We ensure your post-operative comfort with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.
Following the operation, patients will require a dressing change at one week and two-week intervals. Out of Town Patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they cannot attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.
Most patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with office jobs can usually return to work after one week; however, more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym exercises, by six weeks.
There may be swelling and bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one-year mark. A compression bra will need to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.
We will schedule post-operative appointments throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Clinic or in person at our James St clinic.
0.45 – 1.15 hours
Required at weeks 1, 2, & 3
TIME OFF WORK
1 – 4 weeks
None for 6 weeks
Required for 6 weeks
Scarring from a Breast Augmentation
Inigo Cosmetic utilises the Keller funnel with all surgeries that involve the insertion of breast implants. This device not only minimises the risk of infection but also allows the incision to be smaller with less trauma on your body. The funnel acts as a piping bag to squeeze the implants directly into the breast pocket. Surgical incisions are placed discreetly under the breast and are usually only 2-3 cm long. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.
Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.
Not sure where to start? Request a complimentary, obligation-free quote from one of our surgeons.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, changes in breast or nipple sensation, capsular contracture, implant rupture, dissatisfaction with cosmetic result. Please request a copy of our Breast augmentation information sheet and surgical consent for more information.
As breast implants are placed under the breast and not in the actual breast tissue, they won’t interfere with the milk ducts. One in five women have trouble breastfeeding (without implants), but a breast augmentation should not affect with your ability to do so.
A breast augmentation will not help sagging breasts. Unfortunately, we are not able to put a bigger implant into ‘fill out’ loose skin. Implants won’t lift or reposition the breast skin or tissue, and won’t elevate the nipple position on the chest. A lift may be required in conjunction with a breast augmentation.
No, breast implants do not cause cancer. However, Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) is a rare type of lymphoma associated with breast implants. This is rare (1 in 80,000) and most patients make a full recovery if the condition is detected and treated early enough.
All breast implants that are currently available in Australia are considered safe, and are approved for use by The Federal Goods Association (FDA) and The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Breast implants are a lifetime commitment and not a one time cost. At some stage you may require additional surgeries to replace, lift the skin, or you may decide to get the implants removed. Current FDA guidelines state that breast implants should be replaced every 10 years. However, with proper monitoring (self-exams and regular doctor check-ups) you don’t need to automatically replace your implants unless you are experiencing an issue with them.
Stretch marks are are form of scarring on the skin, usually caused by a rapid growth. Stretch marks are mostly the result of your genetics. Inserting breast implants may cause stretch marks – but only if you are prone to them
There are varying degrees of nipple inversion, but as long as the inversion is not too severe, breast implants will usually stretch the skin enough to correct the nipple. If not, there are additional surgical options available.
Although the idea of going overseas for surgery might seem appealing price wise, please keep in mind that all surgeries (cosmetic or not) have associated risks and complications. If you have had your surgery done overseas and experience a complication you will need to see a Surgeon in Australia which will end up costing a lot more than the original procedure.
Most people bounce back quite quickly following breast surgery, but it is crucial you follow the time frames below to prevent any complications. Reintroduce all activities slowly!
- Week 1: Gentle walking only.
- Week 2: Sexual intercourse (lower half)
- Week 6: (Pending review) Gym work, running, swimming (do not submerge your body in water before 6 weeks – this may lead to serious infections)
- 3 Months: Contact sports
The cost of your breast augmentation can be broken down into four main components: the surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees and implant costs. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each individual patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please get in touch to book in a consultation with one of our surgeons.