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Get the facts about breast augmentation surgery in Perth, cosmetic injectables or information about the CosMedicWest clinic from some of our frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer to your question or would like more information, please contact us.

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About Breast Augmentation Surgery in Perth

About Cosmetic Injectables

About CosMedicWest

Breast Augmentation, Plastic Surgery in Perth

What is breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic procedure in which implants are inserted behind the breasts to enlarge them.

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How long does breast augmentation surgery take?

Breast augmentation surgery is a routine procedure that takes about one hour and is performed under light general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. It is usually performed as a day surgery.

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What implants should I choose?

CosMedicWest typically offers round and shaped/anatomical breast implants that are textured and gel filled. However, your choice will be determined by your individual circumstances and advice from our plastic surgeon. Read more about breast implants.

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What incision should I have?

The type of incision to be used forms an integral part of the discussion between you and our surgeon before surgery occurs. The three most common incisions used are:

  • Inframammary incision - An incision 40 to 50 mm in length where the breast joins the chest wall
  • Periareolar incision - An incision that goes in a semi-circle around the lower half of the junction of the areola and skin of the breast
  • Armpit incision - An incision in the apex of the armpit, which then allows endoscopic dissection and placement of the implant.

We consider the incision in the infra mammary fold to be the best option as the revision rate is lower compared to the other incisions. Also, almost no revisionary surgery can be done via the armpit, it has the highest revision rate and therefore such unfortunate patients end up with four incisions (arm pits and under the breast). With the incision under the breast, if you are unfortunate to need further surgery, then that incision is all you will need.

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Where will my breast implants be placed?

Breast implants may be placed either in front of the chest muscle (pectoralis muscle) or behind it. The choice is made in consultation with our surgeon and depends on factors including tissue thickness to create a natural result. Behind the muscle is often also called 'dual plane' or 'partial retro-pectoral'.

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Are there any side effects or complications to the procedure?

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur. Surgical complications can include bleeding and bruising, swelling and infection. There may also be changes in sensation of the breast and nipple and a hard capsule can form around the implants.

The potential risks and complications will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.

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Is it painful and how long will it take to heal?

Everyone experiences pain differently. In general, you are likely to be uncomfortable for several days following breast augmentation surgery, but any pain can usually be controlled with medication.

Recovery is generally estimated at several days to a week, avoiding strenuous activity for about two to three weeks, before returning to full physical activity.

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Will I have a scar?

Every effort is made to minimise scarring. All incisions result in scars that usually fade over time. Placement and length of incisions mean they are less noticeable as they fade.

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How much does it cost?

Breast augmentation or enlargement costs vary depending on factors such as choice of implant, hospital, anaesthetist and medical history. Please contact our office for a general guide to breast augmentation/enlargement costs. We welcome your questions regarding fees. Specific costs, relevant to your procedure, are detailed in an information package following your consultation.

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Will I need further surgery?

Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Future surgery may be required to replace one or both breast implants. As with all surgical procedures, additional surgery may also be necessary to correct any problems that may develop.

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Cosmetic Injectables

What are cosmetic injectables?

Cosmetic injectables are non-surgical treatments such as wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers used to soften facial features, reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate your appearance.

Dermal fillers comprise a choice of products and are injected below the skin surface to 'fill-in' wrinkles and plump areas to create a smooth appearance on the skin surface.

Wrinkle relaxers are a purified protein injected into specific muscles to relax them, reducing wrinkles.

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What areas can be treated?

Dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers can be used to treat a number of facial and body areas including:

  • Forehead lines
  • Cheek fullness
  • Crow's feet
  • Frown lines
  • Brow lines
  • Nasolabial folds (folds running from the nose to the sides of the mouth)
  • Lip lines
  • Mouth frown
  • Neck lines

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How long is the procedure?

The consultation and injection procedure takes about 20 minutes for wrinkle relaxers and about 45 minutes for dermal fillers.

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Are there any side effects/complications?

Complications are minimal but can include:

  • Wrinkle relaxers - Pain and bruising, slight asymmetry, need for further injection to achieve desired effect
  • Dermal fillers - Bruising, swelling at injection site, asymmetry, infection, scarring, allergic reaction - remove scarring

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How long do the results last?

Regular treatments are needed to maintain any smoothing effects. For wrinkle relaxers the results can last three to four months, depending on the area injected. The effect of dermal fillers can last between nine months to two years, depending on the filler used.

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How much does it cost?

The cost of wrinkle relaxers is, on average, about $350 per treatment area. The cost for dermal fillers is approximately $550 per syringe.

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CosMedicWest

What services do you offer?

CosMedicWest is a multi-disciplinary medical clinic specialising in breast augmentation and cosmetic plastic surgery. We also offer non-surgical solutions including cosmetic injectables such as wrinkle relaxers and dermal fillers.

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Are you a registered specialist plastic surgeon?

Yes. Our Medical Director Mark Duncan-Smith is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a subspecialty interest in cosmetic breast surgery.

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Why should I choose a specialist plastic surgeon?

Reduce the chance of risk and complication by consulting a specialist plastic surgeon trained, qualified and accredited to perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Specialist plastic surgeons have extensive surgical education and training including a minimum of 12 years medical and surgical education, with at least five years of specialist postgraduate training.

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Where are you located?

Our metro clinic is located in West Perth while our regional clinic is located in Bunbury.

Surgery is carried out at accredited hospitals including the Mount Hospital, Attadale Hospital, Cambridge Day Centre and St John of God Hospital (Bunbury).

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How can I find out more information?

Contact CosMedicWest in Perth today to get more information about our services or answers to your specific questions. Book an appointment on 9228 2188 or submit an online enquiry.

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