Breast augmentation surgery with breast implants is a cosmetic surgery procedure for breast enlargement.
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia. A nerve block (PECS II block) using local anaesthetic medication is also performed by your Specialist Anaesthetist before the operation starts to provide additional pain relief both during and after your operation.
Dr Wyten’s technique for this surgery involves a small incision under the breast to create a pocket for the breast implant under the breast tissue. Breast implants can be placed above or under the pectoralis muscle, depending on the type of implant used and the desired look.
This procedure typically takes approximately 1 and a half hours to perform in the operating theatre, and an overnight stay in hospital is not usually required.
Benefits of breast augmentation surgery with breast implants
Breast augmentation surgery alters the size and shape of your breasts, and can offer the following benefits:
- Increased breast size, shape and projection
- Improved symmetry of breasts
- Increased cleavage and breast definition
- Restoration of breast volume loss after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery with breast implants?
It is important to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with this surgery, and to consider your natural breast size and shape, and what will suit your overall body physique.
It is also important to be in good physical and mental health, and be a non-smoker to reduce your risk of complications during and after surgery. If you are considering having breast augmentation surgery, it is now an Australian requirement that you have a consultation with a General Practitioner (GP) or other specialist medical practitioner first to discuss your health, and for an appropriate referral to a surgeon.
Types of breast implants
Dr Wyten uses Motiva and Mentor brand implants.
During your consultation with Dr Wyten, she will help you choose the best suited implants for your desired outcome considering the following options:
- Silicone or saline implants
- Implant size
- Implant texture (smooth or nano textured)
- Implant shape
- Implant projection (low, medium or high)
What can I expect during recovery following breast augmentation surgery with breast implants?
A minimum of 2 weeks recovery off work or strenuous home duties is typically required following this surgery. Some patients may require up to 6 weeks off. It is important to follow the instructions given during your recovery, including when you can resume driving and exercise. It may be necessary to get additional support for childcare, pet care, and other activities around the home during your recovery as you will be unable to do any lifting.
It is typical to have some discomfort after breast augmentation surgery. You will be given instructions after your surgery on how to manage this in the first couple of weeks after surgery. You will also need to wear supportive undergarments and Dr Wyten’s preferred supportive post-surgical bras will be provided after your surgery. You may wish to purchase some additional post-surgical bras for your recovery.
Risks of breast augmentation surgery with breast implants
All surgery has risks, including the risks of scarring, bleeding and blood clots (deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli), and infection. There are also risks associated with a general anaesthetic.
Risks specific to this surgery will be discussed with you by Dr Wyten during your consultation. Written information will also be provided for you to read before you proceed with surgery. Some risks associated with this procedure include:
- Contracture of the fibrous capsule that develops around the breast implant (capsular contracture) which can cause pain and/or deformity of the breast shape
- Rupture of implants
- Need for implant replacement
- Some types of breast implants are associated with the development of a type of cancer, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)
If you experience any unusual pain, swelling or bleeding after surgery, please seek help immediately.
Choosing an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon, such as Dr Wyten, is the safest option when considering this type of surgery.