Breast Implants

Breast implants are one of the most commonly requested plastic surgery procedures in our Sydney clinics. Many women want larger breasts and more and more of them are gaining the confidence and independence to make that happen.getting breast implants in sydney

Technological advances and deeper knowledge have caused drastic changes in breast implants and breast implant surgery over the last few decades and yet myths still persist.

Every woman who comes to us about getting breast implants needs to consider certain things like the size, type and positioning of the implant but at Sydney Plastic Surgery our aim is to explain the breast implant procedure carefully and empower women to make the right choice for them.

With that in mind here are the main things women in Sydney and throughout Australia should know before getting breast implants.

1. What results to expect from getting breast implants 

Breast implant surgery is a unique combination of science and art. Because of the artistic element every plastic surgeon will have a different approach and opinion about the best possible outcome.

Most women who want breast implants these days want to have natural looking breast implants that suit their unique body shape but no matter what results you’re after it’s important to talk openly and honestly with your surgeon to make sure you get the results you want. It’s your body and you will be living with the breast implants and we’ll help you make the best choice.

Your plastic surgeon should take time to explain what getting breast implants entails and make sure you understand all the options. You should be able to see, feel and hold implants in different materials and sizes so you can choose what’s right for you.

Computer mock ups are available to allow the surgeon to recommend the best size and shape of your breast implants. Computer mock ups and breasts digital imaging will help you and your plastic surgeon make sure your breast enlargements meet your expectations; however such technology has its limitations.  Your plastic surgeon’s experience and the patient’s chest measurements remain the most reliable method to choose the right breast implants for each individual.

If you’ve spent time thinking about what you want and have the support of your partner or family then scheduling a consultation with your plastic surgeon in Sydney can be the best way to discuss the breast augmentation surgery and try some implants on your chest. When you and your surgeon are both clear on the wishes and procedures then the breast implant surgery can proceed and should meet your expectations.

2. The three main types of breast implants

When I talk about three different types of breast implants what I’m mainly referring to is the shape and outer cover. The breast I use are all silicone because that is far superior to saline implants in terms of feel, shape and longevity.

Silicone breast implants are made from a rubber shell filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel making them lighter, softer and with a more natural feel than saline breast implants. Because the gel is cohesive they do not leak and that’s another reason why I recommend them.

There are many different manufacturers of breast implants around the world but at Sydney Plastic Surgery we only use the very best American, European and Brazilian made breast implants.

The three different types of breast implants used are:

– Teardrop breast implants

Teardrop breast implants produce a very natural breast shape and I commonly use these breast implants for my Sydney clients. Teardrop breast implants are also known as natural implants or anatomical breast implants.

– Brazilian breast implants

Brazilian breast implants are similar to regular silicone implants with an additional layer of polyurethane-foam that creates a ‘furry’ suede-like feel to the outer shell hence they are often called ‘furry’ breast implants.

Brazilian breast implants are recommended because they reduce the risk of capsular contracture which is caused by our bodies natural defense against any foreign object that in our body. Sometimes when a foreign object such as a breast implant is introduced our bodies try to create a capsule (or lining) of tissue to wrap around the implant and keep it away. This is a normal part of having breast implants but sometimes the contracture becomes too tight or smaller than the breast implant causing problems.

– Traditional round breast implants

Round breast implants are very popular and I use them commonly for people who lack upper pole fullness.  The common belief is that round implants give you a “fake breast look”, it is not entirely true as round implants can give you a very natural shape when they are placed underneath the muscle or in a dual plane.  Round breast implants can be either smooth or textured and are suitable for above muscle, under muscle or dual plane breast enlargements.

3. Why dual plane breast implants might be best for you

Dual plane breast implants are positioned half under the muscle and half under the breast tissue. Dual plane breast implants is the latest technique in breast enlargement and recommended because it offers the advantages of both the sub-muscular and sub-glandular techniques.  You can find out more about the different positioning of the breast implants on the breast implant procedure page.

4. Breast implant incisions and scar options

Scars take time to heal but overtime will become barely visible. None the less scarring after breast implant surgery is inevitable due to the incisions which are made when the breast implants are inserted.

You need to talk about the options for the incisions and the scarring with your plastic surgeon during your initial breast implant consultation. The three options for incisions are in the lower portion of the breast crease where the breast tissue meets the chest, around the nipple or in the armpit.

Your surgeon will advise you on the best approach for your breast implants during your initial breast enlargement consultation.

5. Recover time after breast implant surgery

Breast implants surgery takes between 60 and 120 minutes and is performed under twilight sedation and local anesthetics so the patient is asleep for the entire procedure.

You’ll need to wear a compression bandage for approximately 24 hours after your breast implant surgery but you should be able to go home on the same day of the surgery.

You’ll have to rest completely for the first 48 hours after breast implant surgery but should be able to return to light work after five to eight days.

You will need to keep wear a dressing and keep the area dry for one week after breast implant surgery and wear a sports bra for four to six weeks.

You’ll be able to lift heavy objects or return to full physical activities one month after breast enlargement surgery.

For more details about getting breast implants including information on  types of implants, positioning and incisions along with costs see the breast implant procedure page

Is there anything else you’d like to know about getting breast implants? Just leave a comment below and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

Or to book a private consultation with Dr. Laith Barnouti call Sydney Plastic Surgery on  1300 002 006 or 02-9561 0222 .

For specific questions about getting breast implants you can also email Doctor Laith Barnouti at drbarnouti@plasticsurgery-sydney.com.au.