This procedure helps increase or balance breast size, and restore volume. It is sometimes combined with a breast lift to correct sagginess. Dr Barnouti will work with you to recommend and perform the best procedure for your preferences and body type.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
|Procedure||Price Estimate||Conditions/ Comments|
|Breast Augmentation/ Implants||$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 the 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 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.
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About the surgery
There are three reasons women prefer to get implants 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 surgeon, your life is in their hands so you want to choose the best.
- Reputation – He has performed breast surgery thousands of times and is highly respected in this specialised field. He is an acknowledged expert and is frequently asked to speak about the subject.
- Superior Results – He focuses on creating fuller breasts that look completely natural. To achieve this, he considers each client’s wishes, type of breasts and their goals, including exact details on the width, height and projection to be delivered. He then creates a tailored approach to suit the individual client, and takes into consideration:
- Position of incisions;
- Type of implant;
- 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 dream of.
Each woman has her own personal reasons for considering breast implants. Deciding to go ahead is a very personal decision which should not be made lightly. Choosing the correct technique is key to making sure you get the great results you want.
Dr Barnouti will discuss your reasons for getting surgery during your first consultation.
- “I’d like my breasts to be better proportioned”
Many women feel there’s a mismatch between their body type and their breast size. For some women, this means getting a reduction while others choose enlargements. Every woman has a different image of their ideal shape and we will strive to accomplish your dream proportions.
- “I can’t find clothes that fit me”
Many women tell us they can’t find summery clothes or beachwear that fits their shape. Some 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 breastfeeding. However, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, many women experience tissue shrinkage and would now like their breasts to look as they did before or during pregnancy. This is an excellent reason to get implant surgery; we love helping mothers of all ages.
- “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 implants are the best way to make the breasts sit higher. This can be performed at the same time as 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.
We encourage you to bring your partner or a family member to Sydney for the first consultation with us to help you make the right decision about your surgery.
During your consultation, we 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 nipple to the inframammary crease;
- The transverse diameter (the 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, we will determine if you’re a 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, we will select the ideal size, shape and projection of your implants together and determine the best surgical approach.
Every woman is unique so we’ll make recommendations and customise the procedure to suit your individual needs.
We may also use computer analysis to help explain your wishes and ensure the results meet your expectations.
No. Although we usually use 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 during a private consultation at one of our Sydney clinics.
Surgery is 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 surgery, a pocket is created beneath the tissue or muscle and an implant is placed inside. There are many decisions to consider when choosing implants including the implant type and size; and pocket and incision placement.
We can help you decide what’s best for you during your consultation.
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 breasts outlining the correct position for the incisions.
Step 2: Incisions for the implants
After cleansing the skin with an antiseptic agent and draping the area with sterile sheets, he will make a small incision about 4cm long, either in the lower portion of the crease where the tissue meets the chest (an inframammary incision), around the nipple or in the armpit. We 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 implants
The third step is 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 implants), under the tissue (for sub-glandular implants) or half under the muscle and half under the tissue (known as dual plane implants).
Dr Barnouti prefers to use the dual plane approach to create the pocket for implants. This is the latest technique in 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 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 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.
We will fit you with a compression garment or special enlargement bra to aid the healing process. Compression garments provide support and comfort, minimise swelling, and help keep the implants correctly positioned.
Between 60 and 120 minutes, depending on the complexity of the case.
As with any surgery, there will be some pain and swelling afterwards. Most 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, strict post-surgery protocol is maintained in our clinic. Recovery is fast and you should be able to go home three to four hours after surgery. You will need to be picked up from the surgery as you can’t 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, the operation area needs to be kept dry for one week. 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.
If you’re a good candidate for breast augmentation, Dr Barnouti will help you choose the right procedure for you.
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.
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Common Questions About Implants
The latest silicone implants are far superior to saline implants in terms of feel, shape and longevity which is why we 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 implants.
Book a consultation with Dr Barnouti to talk about your wishes and work out which implants are most suitable for you.
During your first consultation, we will help you choose the right implant for you and your lifestyle including the ideal shape, texture, profile, width, height and volume.
We use only the best 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 enlargements, there’s no significant difference between using smooth or textured implants, However, for above muscle enlargements, we usually recommend textured round or teardrop implants.
Teardrop breast implants
Also known as natural implants or anatomical implants, teardrop implants produce a very natural shape.
These are another excellent choice 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 an 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 implants are a good choice for women who require revision surgery for 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 nipple or in the armpit.
This diagram shows the three choices for your implants incisions:
Under the armpit (A), around the areola (B) or in the crease under the breast (C).
Dr Barnouti will select the position of your incision to suit your anatomy and the type of implants you select.
Our implants have a lifelong guarantee against rupture or leak. Rupture of 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.
He favours this technique because it creates natural looking breasts and reduces the risk of contractures.
During the dual 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 implant pocket. Because of this, the implant is allowed to rest behind the tissue in the lower aspect of the pocket. In this way, the muscle shields the upper implant so it is not easily seen or felt.
The dual-plane 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 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.