There are many reasons why women choose breast augmentation as a plastic or cosmetic surgery priority. Breast augmentation (enlargement) is most commonly performed on women with smaller A or B cup breasts, although it is also helpful in restoring breasts that have reduced in size following pregnancy. Some women notice their breasts losing volume or changing shape over time, and desire a younger, symmetrical and more voluptuous look.
The Breast Augmentation Consultation
Satisfactory breast augmentation outcomes are reliant on a good working relationship between the patient and surgeon. There are many things to consider, including your personal goals, the type of implants used, and appropriate care during recovery time. A consultation with Dr Ellis Choy is a caring, personalised experience that will set your mind at ease and enable you to take the next step of your journey with confidence.
Your consultation is an ideal time to experiment with 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.
Dr Choy uses the most advanced equipment and refined surgical techniques, resulting in optimum patient outcomes and shorter recovery times. Factors to consider during your consultation include:
- The condition of your breasts, including the quality of existing breast tissue
- An understanding of where the incision marks will be hidden
- Positioning the implants above or below the chest muscles
- Is a breast lift (Mastopexy) also necessary?
All your concerns can be discussed during the consultation, including any medical history that could impact on results. Some women have a mammogram performed prior to surgery to dispel any doubts moving forward.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
A breast augmentation is usually performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes about an hour unless the operation involves more invasive or complex procedures. Generally, an incision is first made under your existing breast, forming a pocket. Your implant will then be inserted and positioned to create the desired symmetrical and aesthetic effect.
Prior to completing the surgery, Dr Choy will examine your new look to ensure a natural appearance whether you are sitting, lying down or standing up. 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, although 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. Rest assured, Dr Choy’s helpful staff are available to assist with any follow-up information or advice you require.
Which Types of Breast Implants Are Available?
There are two main types of breast implants available to plastic surgery patients in Australia. Both provide similar shape and size of breasts for patients – the shape and size can be discussed during the initial consultation sessions – however, the feel of each type is slightly different.
We have explored these two different types of breast implants below:
A saline implant is comprised of a lightweight ‘shell’, filled with saline water – water with a high salt content which 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 natural aesthetic 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 breasts. Dr Ellis Choy and his team favour the silicone implant over the saline version.
While the silicone material in the ‘shell’ is less harmful than saline water, the risk to the patient is still very low. In the event of rupturing or damage, the silicone may leak out into the scar tissue immediately around the implant, but this is extremely rare. Most patients experience no problems whatsoever with their silicone breast implants.
What Is the Dual Plane Method of Breast Augmentation?
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 where 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. Covering the upper portion of the implant is a layer of breast muscle, breast tissue and skin, while the lower portion has only a layer of breast tissue and skin because the breast muscle has been repositioned.
The purpose of this method is to create a far more realistic and natural effect for the breast. The dual plane method has been shown to provide the best results and is the method favoured by plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy.
Breast Augmentation after-care and recovery
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, and 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, and you will need to wear a surgical support bra for some time, according to your surgeon’s instructions. 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 strenuous 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, get in touch with your plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy and his team. He will advise you on how to manage the discomfort with pain medication, and the best course of action to take, for you. Remember; your safety and comfort are of utmost importance.
Do breast implants last for a lifetime?
Surgical methods used by Dr Choy are the result of high attainments in training, and vast experience as a qualified practitioner. The technology is better than ever, and implants are manufactured to stand the test of time, however, there is a small chance of the implant rupturing. This can also be caused by unexpected trauma or injury to the chest area. For these reasons, implants should not necessarily be considered devices that last forever, and may at some point in the future need to be replaced.
For more inspiration, have a look at these amazing before and after images of Dr Choy’s Breast Augmentation results.
Natural Look Information Sheet
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