What you need to know before having breast surgery
As one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery performed in Australia, breast surgery is probably more common than you realise.
If you’re thinking about undergoing breast surgery, you most likely want to know more about the various options available to you. There are many important factors to take into consideration when choosing a surgeon to ensure you receive the highest level of care and achieve the best possible results.
To help you on your way, we’ve pulled together this guide to help you work out which type of breast surgery is right for you.
Breast implant surgery (also known as breast enhancement or a ‘boob job’) aims to not only enhance the size of your bust, but to also improve the shape and contour of your breasts. Generally, you would be offered a choice between either round or tear drop implants to achieve the desired shape.
The procedure is performed by making a small unobtrusive incision under the fold of the breast, around the nipple or under the arm, before inserting a silicone or saline breast implant inside the breast either on top of or beneath the muscle tissue (depending on the result you’re looking for). This technique minimises the amount of scarring resulting from the procedure, which should also fade over time.
As an alternative to Breast implant surgery, a Breast lift (also known as Mastopexy) causes the breast to lift significantly and reposition the nipple and areola. Performed by removing excess skin from around the areola, nipple or underneath the breast, it effectively lifts the breast to remove sagging and create a perkier bust, however it can result in some degree of scarring which may be visible.
If scarring is a major concern for you, a Scarless breast lift (or Breast Ptosis) may be a good alternative. By making a small incision in the armpit and conducting a procedure which promotes the formation of collagen and causes the breast to lift significantly without needing to remove any skin, the procedure can achieve similar results to a traditional breast lift without the scarring, also providing a shorter recovery period.
While most people usually associate breast surgery with making the breasts larger, there’s also a range of circumstances where patients want to reduce the size of their breasts. Women with a large bust could suffer from various issues such as back ache, neck pain, breast pain or pain when running or playing sport—issues which a breast reduction can eradicate completely.
There are two main ways breast reductions can be performed:
- a traditional breast reduction, which involves making incisions on the skin, tissue and breast glands and removing excess fat, skin and tissue, or
- a breast reduction by liposuction, whereby the size of the breast is reduced by inserting a cannula into the breast and removing excess fat.
There are various pros and cons to each method, so it’s important you consider both options to decide which is best for you.
While breast reductions are usually performed on both breasts, if you have uneven breasts, breast reduction surgery can also be performed on only one breast to achieve greater symmetry.
Implant revision or correction surgery may be required to fix problems that have resulted from a previous breast augmentation surgery. It could be because the patient is not happy with the size or shape of the implants used in the initial procedure, or because the breast implants have encapsulated (meaning the patient’s body has rejected the implants and they need to be removed).
Choosing the right clinic and surgeon
Choosing the right clinic and surgeon to perform the procedure is arguably the most fundamental step to ensure a successful breast surgery.
Because of the risks associated with any type of surgery, it’s important that your chosen clinic and surgeon are able to provide you with an appropriate level of care and also achieve the results you’re hoping for.
Here are a few things to look for when selecting a clinic and surgeon:
- A highly qualified and experienced surgeon who takes the time to fully explain each of your options, how the procedures work, the associated risks and the expected recovery time.
- An unblemished safety and patient satisfaction record.
- A facility fitted-out with the latest equipment and technology.
- A thorough post-surgery follow-up and care plan to promote a speedy recovery and ensure any issues are identified and addressed promptly.