Breast Augmentation – Information and Costs
Breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty and often called a “boob job”, is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed today. Studies have shown that more than 50% of women wish to alter the appearance of their breasts. Dr Barnouti works with those women to recommend and perform the optimum procedure for their personal wishes and body proportions.
Breast augmentation helps to increase or balance breast size and restore breast volume. Augmentation surgery is sometimes combined with breast lift surgery to additionally correct sagginess of the breast tissue.
How much do breast implants cost?
|Procedure||Price Estimate||Conditions/ Comments|
|Breast Augmentation/ Enlargement||$8,990||Your choice of teardrop or round implants. The cost includes surgeon, implants, Day surgery, anaesthetist & 6 weeks follow up. Polyurethane implants $600 extra.|
|Breast lift/ Mastopexy||$10,990||This price includes surgeon fee, anaesthetist fee, Day surgery & 6 weeks follow up fees if Private health rebate is applicable. If Private health rebates do not apply to your situation, count on around $3,300 for hospital/ day surgery fees. If applicable, you may get around $750 rebate back from Medicare.|
|Combined breast lift and breast implants||$11,900||This price includes surgeon fee, implants, anaesthetist, Broadway day surgery & 6 weeks follow up fees. If Private health rebates do not apply to your situation, count on around $3,900 for hospital/ day surgery fees. If applicable, you may get around $750 rebate back from Medicare.|
All surgical costs are inclusive of GST. Consultation fee is $200. If you have a doctor referral, you can claim $70 back from Medicare or $104 if you have a private health fund. A referral is only necessary if you intend to claim some money back.
About the surgery
However, there are three reasons people prefer to get breast implants in Sydney with Dr Barnouti.
- Safety – Dr Barnouti is a highly qualified plastic surgeon and member of FRACS. He and all the staff at his clinics adhere to the strictest safety recommendations and ethical frameworks. When you choose a plastic surgeon, your life is in their hands so you want to choose the best. Plastic surgery may be available overseas for a slightly lower cost but if you want to work with a suitably qualified doctor who adheres to the highest standards possible, Australia is the safest option.
- Reputation – Dr Barnouti has performed plastic surgery thousands of times and is highly respected in this specialised field. He is an acknowledged expert in breast augmentation and is frequently asked to speak about the subject.
- Superior Results – Dr Barnouti focuses on creating fuller breasts that look completely natural. To achieve this, he considers each client’s wishes, body type and goals including exact details on the width, height and projection to be achieved based on his measurements. He then creates a tailored approach to suit the individual client. This takes into consideration:
- Position of incisions;
- Implant type;
- Implant placement;
- Implant texture;
- Implant size;
- Breast tissue thickness;
- Breast sagginess;
- Breast asymmetry.
His careful consideration of all these elements, attention to detail and focus on achieving a natural finished look ensure our clients get the result they dreamed of.
Each woman has her own personal reasons for considering breast enlargement. Deciding to go ahead is a very personal decision which should not be made lightly. Choosing the correct technique and having it performed by a suitably qualified and experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon is key to making sure you get the great results you want.
Dr Barnouti will discuss your reasons for getting breast implants with you during your first consultation.
- “I’d like my breasts to be better proportioned for my body”
Many women feel there’s a mismatch between their body type and their breast size. For some women, this means requires getting a breast reduction while others choose breast enlargements. In both cases, the woman feels plastic surgery is the only way for them to get a well-proportioned body which looks more aesthetically pleasing with or without clothing. Every woman has a different image of their ideal body shape and Dr Barnouti will strive to accomplish your dream proportions.
- “I can’t find clothes that fit me”
Long hot summers are the norm in Sydney and around Australia, but many women, tell us they can’t find summery clothes or beach wear that fits their body shape. Many women believe they’ll look more attractive and feel more desirable with larger breasts and others believe clothes and swimwear look better on them when they have larger breasts.
- “My breasts got smaller after pregnancy or with age”
During pregnancy, the breasts expand as milk producing glands enlarge in preparation for breast-feeding. Many women welcome change this change and enjoy having larger breasts during pregnancy. However, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women experience breast tissue shrinkage and would now like their breasts to look as they did before or during pregnancy. This is an excellent reason to get breast implant surgery; we love helping mothers of all ages who’d like to recover the fuller, higher, more youthful breasts they had before pregnancy or breastfeeding caused their breasts to atrophy.
- “My breasts are sagging”
Ptosis or drooping breasts can be another unwanted side effect of pregnancy or ageing. A breast lift alone may correct this problem, but sometimes breast implants are the best way to make the breasts sit higher. A breast lift or mastopexy can be performed at the same time as breast implant placements to create younger looking breasts.
- “My breasts are different sizes”
Breast asymmetry is normal and a certain degree of natural asymmetry should be expected. However, if your breasts vary significantly in size or appearance, surgery can create a more symmetrical look. While no two breasts will ever be exactly the same size, with or without surgery, breast enhancements through plastic surgery can make it difficult to notice any difference in the size or shape of your breasts.
We encourage you to bring your partner or a family member to Sydney for the first consultation with Dr Barnouti if you’d like support or feel they’ll help you make the right decision about your surgery.
During your first consultation, Dr Barnouti will review your full medical history including lifestyle, breastfeeding history or preferences, and family planning.
A full breast examination will be performed with specific attention to key measurements such as:
- The distance from the areola (nipple) to the inframammary crease (where the breast tissue meets the chest);
- The transverse diameter (horizontal distance around the breast);
- The height of the breast and the accurate desired position of the inframammary fold.
After a comprehensive evaluation, taking precise measurements and a detailed discussion, Dr Barnouti will determine if you’re suitable candidate for the procedure.
If so, you’ll be given assorted implants in different shapes and sizes to try on. To help with this process, we recommend you bring a sports bra to your consultation. This will help you get a better idea of the desired look and feel of your breast augmentation so you can make the right decision.
Based on your preferences, you and Dr Barnouti will select the ideal size, shape and projection of your implants and determine the best surgical approach.
Every woman is unique so we’ll make recommendations and customise the procedure to suit your individual needs. This will be based on the current shape of your breasts and amount of breast tissue; your overall body size; and the exact scientific measurements of your breasts which will determine the size, position and texture of the implants chosen and the exact position of the incisions.
Dr Barnouti may also use computer analysis to help explain your wishes and ensure the results meet your expectations.
No. Although we usually use breast implants, enlargement is now possible without implants through fat injections and Macrolane biosynthetic products.
You can get more information about the latest techniques and expected outcomes for your individual body type during a private consultation at one of our Sydney clinics.
To find out more book a consultation with Dr Barnouti today.
Breast implants procedures are performed under twilight sedation and local anaesthetic so you’re asleep for the entire procedure. The operation takes between 60 and 120 minutes depending on what technique is used.
During breast augmentation surgery, a pocket is created beneath the breast tissue or muscle and a breast implant is placed inside. There are many decisions to consider when choosing breast implants including the implant type and size; and pocket and incision placement.
Dr Barnouti can help you decide what’s best for you during a consultation in one of our three Sydney clinics.
Please read the what happens during surgery section below for more details on the procedure.
There are six main steps to surgery.
To start with, Dr Barnouti will mark the breast or breasts outlining the correct position for the incisions.
Step 2: Creating incisions for the implants
After cleansing the skin with antiseptic agent and draping the area with sterile sheets, Dr Barnouti will make a small incision of about 4cm long, either in the lower portion of the breast crease where the breast tissue meets the chest (an inframmammary incision), around the areola (the nipple) or in the armpit. Dr Barnouti will advise you on the best approach during your initial consultation.
|Incision in the breast crease.||Incision on the areola.||Incision in the armpit.|
Step 3: Creating a pocket for the breast implants
The third step is for Dr Barnouti to create a pocket through the incision. The pocket size is carefully created to fit the selected implant. This pocket can be created under the muscle (for sub-muscular breast implants), under the breast tissue (for sub-glandular breast implants) or half under the muscle and half under the breast tissue (known as dual plane breast implants).
Dr Barnouti prefers to use the dual plane approach to create the pocket for breast implants. This is the latest technique in breast enlargement and offers the advantages of both the sub-muscular and sub-glandular techniques.
Step 4: Inserting the implants
Once the pocket has been created, Dr Barnouti inserts the selected breast implants into their pockets and check the breasts for symmetry. This often involves sitting the patient up while still under sedation to see how the implants look under the influence of gravity.
This check ensures the breast implants sit well in their pockets and look natural, both when you’re lying down and when you’re standing or sitting up.
The incisions are then closed using self-dissolving stiches so you won’t have to go through the inconvenience of having them removed.
Dr Barnouti will fit you with a compression garment or special breast enlargement bra to aid the healing process. Compression garments provide support and comfort, minimise swelling, and help keep the implants correctly positioned.
The entire procedure takes between 60 and 120 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case.
As with any surgery, breast augmentation surgery will cause some pain and swelling afterwards. Most breast swelling should subside within a few days but some swelling may persist for up to six weeks.
For fast and effective healing, a compression bandage must be worn on the chest for approximately 24 hours after surgery.
You will need to keep the dressing on and keep it dry for one week.
The stitches are generally reabsorbable so will not need to be removed and bruising should go down in one to three weeks.
After that, you will need to wear a sports bra for four to six weeks. Scarring is minimal and often becomes virtually invisible over time.
For your health and safety, Dr Barnouti maintains strict post-surgery protocol in his Sydney plastic surgery. However, recovery is fast and you should be able to go home three to four hours after surgery. However, you’ll need to be picked up from the surgery because you cannot drive for 24 hours after sedation.
You’ll be given a prescription for oral antibiotics and analgesia to take home.
To help speed up the healing process, breast enlargement wounds need to kept dry for one week, but during this time you can have sponge baths.
A follow up visit will be arranged one week after surgery. Your dressing will be changed and you’ll be able to have a shower and pat dry the area.
You’ll have to rest completely for 48 hours after surgery and may experience a burning sensation during this time.
You can go back to work three to seven days after surgery. However, you must avoid any strenuous activity, including heavy lifting, for approximately four weeks because such activities may delay healing or damage your implants.
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in one of our three Sydney clinics to talk about your personal preferences and breast enlargement options.
If you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation, Dr Barnouti will help you choose the right procedure for your body type and lifestyle.
Contact us today to book your consultation. Click here to book online or call us now:
– Free phone 1300 002 006 if you’re outside Sydney;
– Or call 9561 0222 if you’re in the Sydney area.
We look forward to finding out more about your wishes and helping you get the body you want.
Common questions about implants
The latest silicone breast implants are far superior to saline implants in terms of feel, shape and longevity which is why Dr Barnouti usually recommends them.
Silicone implants are made from a rubber shell filled with a highly cohesive silicone gel making them lighter, softer and more natural feeling than saline impants.
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti in one of his three Sydney clinics to talk about your wishes and work out which implants are most suitable for your body type and personal preferences.
During your first consultation, Dr Barnouti will help you choose the right implant for your body and lifestyle including the ideal shape, texture, profile, width, height and volume.
We use only the best breast implants
Here’s an overview of the options to help you better understand the process:
Round implants can be either smooth or textured. For under the muscle breast enlargements, there’s no significant difference between using smooth or textured implants, However, for above muscle breast enlargements, Dr Barnouti usually recommends textured round or teardrop implants.
Teardrop breast implants
Also known as natural implants or anatomical breast implants, teardrop implants produce a very natural shape.
Brazilian breast implants are similar to silicone implants with an additional layer of polyurethane-foam that creates a suede-like feel to the outer shell. Hence they are often called ‘furry’ breast implants.
These are another excellent choice for breast enlargement and enhancement because they reduce the risk of capsular contracture which is caused by our body’s natural defence against a foreign object in the 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 implants but sometimes the contracture becomes too tight, or smaller than the implant causing problems.
Brazilian breast implants carry a much lower risk of capsular contracture making them a good choice for women who require revision surgery treatment for breast contracture which has caused the breast tissue to harden around other implants.
There are three common incisions used in performing enlargements and positioning implants. The most common is an incision directly under the breast. Alternative options are making an incision around the areola or in the armpit.
This diagram shows the three choices for your breast implants incisions:
Under the armpit (A), around the areola (B) or in the breast crease under the breast (C).
Dr Barnouti will select the position of your incision to suit your breast anatomy and the type of implants you select.
Dr Barnouti prides himself in creating breast enlargements which look natural and he uses very exact measurements to ensure your new breasts meet your expectations. The exact millimetre technique he uses was developed in Europe and is being successfully practiced there, in the USA and in our Sydney surgeries.
Our implants have a lifelong guarantee against rupture or leak. Rupture of breast implants is very rare these days due to improved manufacturing technology. Silicone implants contain a highly cohesive gel which, in the highly unlikely event of breakage, will not leak into the breast tissue.
Dr Barnouti favours the dual plane technique because it creates natural looking breasts and reduces the risk of contractures.
During the dual breast implants process, the muscle is released from its lowest origin in the inferior and lower medial portions of the breast area and elevated to the superior aspect of the breast implant pocket. Because of this inferior release, the breast implant is allowed to rest behind the breast tissue in the lower aspect of the pocket. In this way, the muscle shields the upper breast implant so it is not easily seen or felt.
At the same time, the dual plane breast implant position allows the implant to fill out the breast in the lower region, behind the nipple, to create a desirable teardrop shape and natural looking breasts.
Another benefit is that the muscle can massage the implant in the superior portion of the pocket which reduces the risk of capsular contractures that may cause problems with other techniques.
The position of the incisions and resulting scars in the armpit, around the areola or under the breast crease mean breast augmentation scars are fairly well hidden. New scars can be red and raised directly after surgery but will fade slowly over a few months.
It may take up to a year before the scars settle completely but over time they will continue to fade and often become barely noticeable.
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