Breast Augmentation Overview

Breast augmentation or enlargement is a surgical procedure to enhance the size of your breasts using implants. As well as breast enlargement, implants can improve appearance, shape and symmetry, providing a greater sense of balance or proportion with the rest of your body.

CosMedicWest plastic surgeon Mark Duncan-Smith says research is an important first step in helping you decide whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you. Consulting a specialist plastic surgeon for specific advice about your individual circumstances is also essential to maximise your results.

We provide some general information about breast augmentation here and invite you to make an appointment at CosMedicWest, Perth, for more detailed information and expert assessment.

Reasons to Consider

Breast enlargement can be extremely satisfying for any woman who feels that they have disproportionately small, droopy or uneven breasts.

Some reasons to consider breast augmentation include:

  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • You are dissatisfied with your shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with ageing
  • Your breasts vary in size or shape
  • One or both failed to develop normally

Surgery may be a good option if you are physically healthy, you are fully developed and your have realistic expectations about what can be achieved.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

There is not a one-size-fits-all method of breast enlargement. Decisions about the type and placement of breast implants will vary depending on individual circumstances.

If you present to a surgeon regarding breast enlargement and you are only offered one type of implant and one type of implant placement - this may suggest that this is the method of breast enlargement that they are most comfortable with, rather than what best suits your needs.

There are two main types of breast implants used in Australia, silicone and saline. Implants are inserted either between the breast tissue and the chest muscle, or behind the large chest muscle called the pectoralis major.

Breast augmentation surgery is routinely carried out as day surgery at CosMedicWest by Mr Duncan-Smith.

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur and do not necessarily mean an error has occurred. Surgical complications can include bleeding and bruising, swelling and infection.

Changes in sensation can also occur and incisions will result in a scar that usually fades over time.

Capsule formation occurs as the body's response to the implant. It is only if the capsule becomes particularly thick and constricted that this becomes a capsular contracture. Capsular contracture can result over time, with the implant becoming harder and smaller, and may be a reason for repeat surgery. For textured implants the risk of a bad capsule is 1.7 % (Bronz 1999).

Recovery Following Breast Implants

The recovery period for breast implant surgery will vary depending on placement. After a post-surgical recovery period of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few days, patients may experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks.

Following your surgery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. You may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimise swelling and to support your operation site as it heals. Drains are not typically required. Rarely, a small, thin tube may also be temporarily placed through the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may need to take a few days off work to rest. Avoid heavy lifting, swimming and strenuous exercise until advised by your surgeon.

Cost of Augmentation/Enlargement

The price for breast augmentation procedures can vary depending on patient medical history and circumstances, hospital used and other factors.

Costs generally associated with breast augmentation may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anaesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests

As breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure, rebates from Medicare and private health funds are generally not available. In some circumstances however, breast augmentation surgery for issues such as asymmetry may attract rebates.

This is typically the case when augmentation is only done on one side for severe asymmetry. In mild asymmetry, if the difference in the size of the breast implants used is greater than 10 %, then private insurance may also assist with the costs.

Some private health insurance companies in Australia will assist with bed and theatre fees for cosmetic procedures. We advise to check your level of cover with your health insurance fund.

Contact our office for a general guide to breast augmentation costs. We welcome your questions regarding fees. Specific costs, relevant to your procedure, are detailed in an information package following your consultation.

Get More Information

Contact CosMedicWest in Perth today to get more information and let us answer any questions you may have. Call 9228 2188 to book your appointment or submit an online enquiry