Breast Augmentation With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
As a woman, your breasts likely play an important role in your identity and sense of femininity. Feeling happy with your shape and size can make a huge difference in the satisfaction and enthusiasm you feel every day. But if you’ve noticed unwanted changes with time or pregnancy, or you’ve always felt your breasts were lacking, you may find it difficult to maintain the positive self-image and self-esteem you would like to have.
Breast augmentation is an excellent path back to confidence. There are many reasons for the ongoing popularity of this procedure. Modern breast implants are safe and durable, with an array of shapes and sizes to suit all aesthetic tastes. Today’s advanced surgical techniques produce minimal scarring and lasting, beautiful results.
You deserve to love your body. Dr Choy has mastered the art of body transformation through breast enhancement and can help you achieve your goals.
THE BENEFITS OF BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY
Can breast augmentation surgery really help me? Does breast surgery work for everyone?
Women consistently choose breast augmentation as a plastic or cosmetic surgery priority because of the procedure’s outstanding and long-lasting results. Breast augmentation (also called breast enlargement, augmentation mammaplasty or a ‘boob job’) is most commonly performed on women with smaller (A or B cup) breasts. It is also helpful in restoring breasts that have reduced in size following pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Additionally, many women notice their breasts losing volume or changing shape over time as a natural result of ageing, and they desire a more voluptuous and symmetrical breast appearance resembling their younger selves. Breast augmentation can help these women enjoy the fuller and more youthful breasts they had before these changes occurred.
Other reasons to consider breast augmentation include:
- One breast is smaller than the other or looks noticeably different
- Your breasts are out of proportion with your body and you feel like you look imbalanced
- You don’t fill out clothing and swimsuits the way you’d like to
- You’ve lost volume and shape following weight loss
- You’d like to treat yourself to something that makes you feel happier and more confident
The great satisfaction that comes with looking vibrant and expressing your femininity fully is priceless!
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSULTATION WITH DR CHOY
I’m afraid the doctor won’t listen to my concerns or won’t understand how I want my body to look. This is really important to me because I will have to live with the results for a very long time. I want the doctor to hear what I’m saying and respect my wishes.
Satisfactory breast augmentation outcomes depend on a healthy and genuine working relationship between the client and their surgeon. You have many factors to consider, including your personal goals, the type of implants to be used, the appropriate placement of the implants and getting sufficient care during recovery. Considering all these aspects is crucial to creating an effective surgery plan that will get you the results you want and deserve.
A breast augmentation procedure with Dr Ellis Choy is a caring and personal experience that will set your mind at ease from the very beginning, enabling you to take the next step of your journey with confidence and plan your goals using all the benefits of his expertise.
Your in-person consultation is an ideal time to explore different implant sizes and styles. You can even try on a surgical bra fitted with different implants to give you a better idea of your ideal body shape aspirations. As you discuss your surgery with Dr Choy, you will learn that he uses only the most advanced equipment and refined surgical techniques, resulting in optimal patient outcomes and shorter recovery times. During your consultation, you can expect to discuss:
- The condition of your breasts, including the quality of the existing breast tissue
- Where the incision marks will be hidden
- The size, shape and type of implants to be used
- The positioning of your implants (above or below the chest muscles)
- Whether a breast lift (mastopexy) may also be necessary
You can discuss anything that might concern you during your consultation with Dr Choy without self-consciousness — because if it is important to you, it is also important to your surgeon. This includes anything in your medical history that could impact your results or any apprehensions you may have about your surgery or results. In fact, the more open you are during this process, the better the results you can expect to receive after surgery. This is why Dr Choy so strongly emphasises the importance of having a thorough and unguarded consultation.
WHICH TYPES OF BREAST IMPLANTS ARE AVAILABLE?
It’s really important to me that my appearance reflects who I am. I don’t want to look like everyone else who’s had breast surgery. How can I be sure I will get the look that feels like me?
There are two main types of breast implants available to plastic surgery patients in Australia. These options give women important choices about how their breasts will look and feel after their surgery. Each option comes in different sizes, and one in different shapes, to provide women an even greater opportunity to personalise their results. Let’s explore these two different types of breast implants so you can begin thinking about the kinds of results you want post-surgery.
A saline implant is made up of a lightweight silicone shell filled with saline water — water with a high salt content that has been sterilised. For many years, saline implants were the primary type of implant for breast augmentation in Australia. However, in recent years, they have been overtaken in popularity by their silicone counterparts.
Saline implants tend to lack the realism and the naturalness of silicone implants, although high-quality results can still be achieved. In the event of rupturing or damage to the implant, the saline water is simply absorbed into the breast tissue with no potential harm to the patient.
The silicone implant is a more recent development in the world of breast augmentation. These implants have been championed over their saline predecessors thanks to the more natural and realistic look they achieve for the breasts. Dr Choy and his team strongly favour silicone implants over saline versions.
The silicone material inside the outer shell poses minimal risk of harm to the patient, like saline water, and the risk of rupture of the shell is also very low. In the event of rupturing or damage, the silicone may leak out into the scar tissue capsule immediately surrounding the implant, but this is rare. Most patients experience no problems with their silicone breast implants.
OTHER BREAST AUGMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS
Selecting the type of implants that will be used in your procedure is only one part of the breast augmentation preparation process. You will also make decisions about the shape and texture of your implants, the size and projection of the implants, the placement of the implants in your body and the incision technique that will be used.
There is no right or wrong choice and there are few limits with many of these considerations. However, each option has distinct advantages and disadvantages that will influence your final choice. Dr Choy will guide you through the decision-making process to ensure you understand all facets of the breast augmentation procedure and make choices that align with your anatomy and goals.
For example, you and Dr Choy will discuss the placement of your implants. Implants are traditionally placed either above the pectoral muscle (subglandular/submammary placement) or beneath the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement). Submuscular placement is ideal for women with little natural breast tissue because it increases the amount of tissue covering the implant, creating a more natural look and feel. Women with ample breast tissue can opt for subglandular placement because their natural tissue will cover the implant sufficiently. Women who lead active lifestyles may also prefer subglandular placement because it does not disrupt the chest muscle.
DUAL-PLANE BREAST AUGMENTATION
What is the dual-plane method of breast augmentation, and how can it help improve my final look after surgery? Am I a candidate for a dual-plane surgery?
The dual-plane method of breast augmentation is widely considered to be the most effective surgical technique in terms of both aesthetics and long-lasting results. For many years, the gold standard for breast augmentation has been to ensure that as much soft tissue is covering the breast implant as possible during the procedure. This is difficult to achieve using the single-plane method in which the breast implant is covered by a uniform layer of soft tissue.
However, this became far more achievable with the introduction of the dual-plane method by Dr John B. Tebbets. This method positions the breast implant behind two planes of tissue and in front of the chest wall, in an area known as the dual-plane pocket. The upper portion of the implant is covered by a layer of breast muscle, breast tissue and skin. The lower portion is covered only by breast tissue and skin because the breast muscle has been repositioned.
This method creates a far more realistic and natural breast presentation. The dual-plane method has been shown to provide the best results and is the method favoured by Dr Choy. Most women can have a dual-plane breast augmentation, but the only way to determine this for certain is through a thorough, in-personal consultation and examination by Dr Choy.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY DAY ARRIVES
I know that breast surgery is common, but I also know that it has some risks. How worried should I be? I really want to take care of these problems with my breasts because I want to feel good again. I just want to be sure that surgery is really the best way.
Breast augmentation surgery is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery, and the overwhelming majority of women who have it done do not experience problems during or after their surgery. Your odds of success increase even more if you select a qualified surgeon with significant experience in breast augmentation surgeries like Dr Choy. Not only will you have a safe surgery, but you will also get the results you want based on your in-depth consultation.
Breast augmentation surgeries are usually performed under general anesthesia and take about an hour to complete. The operation may take longer if it involves more invasive or complex procedures. (You will have already covered these possibilities during your consultation.) Generally, an incision is first made under your existing breast and a pocket is formed. Your implant will then be inserted into the pocket and positioned to create the desired symmetrical and aesthetic effect.
Prior to completing the surgery, Dr Choy will examine your new look thoroughly to ensure your breasts have a natural appearance whether you are sitting, lying down or standing up. A local anaesthetic may be administered to assist during the operation and with post-operative pain relief. Bandages and dressings are applied to restrict unnecessary movement during the healing phase.
Depending on your individual requirements, you may be allowed to return home on the same day as your surgery. In some cases, an overnight stay in-hospital for rest and recovery is advised. After being given the ‘all-clear’ by Dr Choy, you will be allowed to return home. You can remain confident that, throughout the surgical process, Dr Choy’s helpful staff will be available to assist you with any follow-up information or advice you may require.
ALL-NATURAL BREAST AUGMENTATION WITH FAT GRAFTING
Breast augmentation with implants has been popular for decades, but it is no longer the only option. Fat grafting, also called fat transfer, is a newer technique that allows unwanted fat to be taken from one area of the body and moved to another. Using this approach, Dr Choy can enhance your breasts without any foreign material, while simultaneously slimming and contouring another part of your body.
Breast fat grafting is a two-part procedure. First, fat is harvested from a donor area using liposuction. Then, it is strategically injected into the breasts. The overall effect is the creation of the desired shape and volume along with some ‘bonus’ body sculpting.
Breast fat grafting is a very rewarding choice for women who want a breast augmentation that looks and feels completely natural. The procedure is less invasive than a traditional implant augmentation, requires less recovery time and leaves behind virtually no scarring. It also avoids the potential for implant-related complications or the future need to replace implants. Your initial consultation with Dr Choy will establish your breast augmentation goals and determine whether fat grafting is a suitable option for you.
COMPLEMENTARY PROCEDURES FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION
Breast augmentation achieves dramatic and beautiful results on its own, as well as in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. Dr Choy sometimes recommends combining breast augmentation with other procedures for more satisfying results.
Breast augmentation focuses on increasing breast volume and improving breast shape. It does not correct drooping breasts. In contrast, a breast lift focuses on breast position and does not increase breast size. These procedures are frequently combined to achieve a volume increase and simultaneously restore the breasts to a more youthful, elegant position.
Fat grafting is not just an organic alternative to breast implants — it can also be a wonderful adjunctive procedure that enhances the results of implant augmentation. Fat grafting can add volume in the upper pole, lower pole or cleavage area to improve breast shape and achieve a larger breast size with a smaller implant.
Bringing new life into the world is a beautiful thing, but it also takes a toll on the body. A mummy makeover is a customised combination of procedures that reverses unwanted changes associated with pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Many mothers are left with sagging, deflated breasts that can be revitalised with breast implants and/or a breast lift.
NIPPLE AND AREOLAR CORRECTION
Aesthetically-pleasing breasts are balanced. Some women choose to undergo nipple or areolar correction in conjunction with a breast augmentation to improve the overall harmony of the breast area. These relatively simple procedures can address excessively long nipples, large or stretched areolas, and asymmetries between the left and right breast.
BREAST AUGMENTATION AFTER-CARE AND RECOVERY
I feel confident that Dr Choy will perform a safe surgery, but what happens when I get home and I’m on my own? How do I take care of myself and protect my results? Will my surgeon be there for me if I have questions or need help?
Dr Choy’s tireless commitment to patient care doesn’t end when you leave the operating theatre. He will amply prepare you for your recovery before you have your surgery, and he will be there for you afterward to answer any questions and perform routine follow-ups to ensure you are recovering as expected. You will also be able to reach Dr Choy in the very unlikely event that something unexpected occurs.
Here’s what you will experience immediately after surgery. There will be some initial discomfort and swelling after your operation. Your new breasts may also feel abnormally firm at first, but will return to a more natural state as recovery progresses. You will be advised regarding appropriate care for the surgical site during recovery. Dressings or healing tape can be applied when you return to Dr Choy for a progress check-up.
There will be a small, well-concealed scar under the breast. The appearance of the scar will steadily improve over time, fading to a similar colour as your natural skin tone. Any internal stitches will dissolve. Dr Choy will recommend the best bra to wear after breast augmentation, along with instructions for how long you must wear it. Most patients wear a surgical support bra day and night for one to two weeks, then transition to a comfortable sports bra. Underwire bras should be avoided as they can irritate the healing incisions, making the scars more visible. Dr Choy will advise you on when you can return to wearing underwire bras.
You should resume work, exercise and regular activities at a slow and conscientious pace to avoid disrupting a full and satisfactory recovery. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be postponed for at least a month after surgery. It is important to remember that, even at the end of this month-long period after surgery, your breast augmentation recovery is still ongoing. This means that while vigorous exercise, heavy lifting and any activity that places excess strain on the body is now possible, you should approach this tentatively and with caution.
To achieve optimal results – like those displayed in our breast augmentation before and after gallery – great care must be taken during recovery. If you experience any pain at all, at any point during the augmentation recovery process, give Dr Choy and his team a call. He will advise you on how to manage the discomfort with pain medication or ask you to come in to determine the best course of action given your circumstances. Remember: your safety and comfort are of utmost importance!
DO BREAST IMPLANTS LAST FOR A LIFETIME?
I’ve heard different things about the life expectancy of implants. Some say they last ten years, while others say you can keep them as long as you don’t have problems. Will my implants last forever and how long after my surgery should I start thinking about having them checked?
By selecting an extremely qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your breast augmentation, you significantly lower your risk for problems or side effects from surgery. Dr Choy’s superlative training, along with today’s technological advancements and well-manufactured implants, further reduce your risk of complications, such as capsular contracture or implant rupture.
However, even if you have a safe and problem-free surgery, you should not expect your implants to last forever. For example, an unexpected trauma or injury to the chest area could require you to have your implants replaced. Implant failure due to age is also a possibility; however, most implants can last safely in the body for well over 10 years without any reason for removal or replacement. If you are not experiencing any problems, even if you have had your implants for 10 years or more, you will likely not need to do anything, but it will always be the safest course of action to schedule a routine follow-up as a preventative measure around this time.
If you do have complications or change your mind about your breast implants, there are options. Your breast implants can be exchanged for new implants if you have problems like capsular contracture, rupture, displacement, rippling or other complications. Your implants can also be exchanged if your aesthetic tastes evolve and you want a new size, shape or style. Breast implant removal, or explantation, is an option if you wish to remove your implants entirely. Secondary breast surgery is often more complex than primary breast surgery, but in Dr Choy’s experienced hands, the results can equal or exceed those of the original surgery.
Dr Choy is a proud member of the Australian Breast Device Registry and is committed to helping his patients maintain their implant health in the years after their breast augmentation.
WHY SYDNEY-AREA PATIENTS TRUST DR CHOY FOR THEIR BREAST AUGMENTATION AND RESHAPING PROCEDURES
I want a plastic surgeon who I can trust — someone who understands the best way to perform my surgery and, more importantly, someone who understands what this means to me and who will give me the results I want. Who can I visit in Sydney to have a safe surgery that will best express me?
Dr Ellis Choy brings top-flight credentials, innate talent and considered taste to each client interaction at his Sydney area practice. These characteristics set Dr Choy apart from his colleagues and are the reasons his clients return to his practice for additional care when needed. His approachability, perceptiveness, empathy and sensitivity not only lead to exceptional outcomes, but also to long-lasting patient relationships.
Dr Choy was educated at the University of Sydney, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and has been accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. These credentials underscore Dr Choy’s desire to hone his craft and deliver results that exceed his clients’ expectations.
Clients in Sydney and surrounding areas who are concerned about the appearance of their breasts should schedule an appointment with Dr Choy immediately. You may call the doctor’s offices on 02 8962 9388 or book your consultation online if you prefer. Dr Choy looks forward to welcoming you to his practice and showing you the transformational benefits breast implant surgery can have.
BREAST AUGMENTATION PATIENT STORY
The decision to have breast enhancement is sometimes an easy one to make. “I decided to have breast augmentation because my breasts were uneven, making me extremely self-conscious. I wanted to improve my confidence and be happy with my femininity. I wanted to be able to wear a bra and bikini and actually fill it and flaunt it,” a breast enhancement patient relates.
However, truly outstanding results don’t simply happen on their own. Each woman will need to make several critical decisions to ensure her desired outcome. One of the most important decisions in this process is selecting her surgeon. Her doctor should have, at minimum, training and certification in breast enhancement surgery along with significant experience performing the procedure.
Women seeking breast enhancement surgery can make their selection process easier by having their first consultation with Dr. Ellis Choy in Sydney. Dr. Choy combines all of the above qualifications along with a genuine concern for each of his patients, insights into which techniques will produce the best outcome and a desire to bring his patients’ desired look to life.
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