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Breast Enlargement

Breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation, is one of the top plastic surgery procedures performed today, due to the highly satisfying results it provides. This procedure entails the use of implants placed into breast tissue to add size and fullness to the bust line. For women that are unhappy or self-conscious about their body contour, breast enlargement surgery can often provide the results they are looking for.

Candidates for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Women who are the best candidates for breast enlargement surgery have one or more of the following concerns:

    • Asymmetrical or different sizes of breasts
    • Breasts that are too small in proportion to the rest of the body
    • Breasts that have lost fullness due to pregnancy and breast feeding
    Self-consciousness about wearing certain types of clothing due to breast size

About the Procedure

vectra-x3-breast-capture-2Prior to your breast enlargement procedure, Dr Thomas will work with you to help you make the various decisions involved with this surgery. Some of those choices might include:

Implant type – cohesive silicone gel implants can be smooth or textured
Implant size, shape and projection – round or tear dropped shape
Incision location – in the breast crease, under the arm, or around the areola,
Implant placement – below or above the pectoral muscle

Utilising the 3D Vectra camera, simulations are performed to assist patients in their choice of implant and assists in educating patients with their expected results.

Breast augmentation is performed under general anaesthesia. Most patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure, although some may prefer an overnight stay in the hospital.

See Before and Afters

breast-sculptor-blue-animation_largeWhat to Expect after Surgery
After breast enlargement surgery, you will be placed in a surgical bra to hold breasts in place during the healing process and minimise post-operative bruising. Oral pain medications will help to keep you comfortable during the first 48 hours after your procedure. Most patients are able to return to activities within one week, although more strenuous exercise will likely be restricted for much longer. Breast implants offer immediate, dramatic results that can last over a lifetime for some patients. However, implants are not designed to last forever, and some patients may find they need to replace or remove their implants after many years of use.

Breast augmentation is a highly personal choice, which is why Dr Thomas will handle your experience with discretion and sensitivity. He will also walk you carefully through each decision and step of the process to ensure you enjoy the most satisfying results after your procedure. To learn more about your choices in breast enlargement, contact Dr Thomas on 03 9034 7738 to schedule your private consultation.

 

Activity Guidelines After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Complications can occasionally arise after breast augmentation, these include bleeding and infection. Post-operative instructions are targeted to minimize these risks. Activities that increase heart rate or blood pressure are best avoided immediately after surgery, as is anything that can contaminate the surgical incision.

 

Guidelines:

  • No exercise for 2 days post-surgery
  • From day 3, resume walking at a leisurely pace. It is important to avoid sweating.
  • 1 week onwards: Driving is okay as long as you feel safe and able to do so.
  • 3 weeks: Resume light lower body resistance training and stationary cycling.
  • 3 weeks: Avoid any activities that could contaminate the incisions such as hot tubs/spas and pools, until completely healed.
  • 4 weeks: Gentle shoulder stretching after 4 weeks, should not experience pain when doing it though
  • 6 weeks: Jog / run, and road cycle activities are acceptable.
  • 12 weeks: You can resume all activities, but listen to your body and use discomfort or tightness as a guide so you don’t overdo it. In particular, using upper body weights should not be commenced before 12 weeks. Most implants will be placed under the muscle, this needs time to settle and excessive chest muscle use can cause problems.
  • Avoid excessive shoulder movement especially overhead and sideways movements.Following surgery, you will be required to wear a compression vest for several weeks under your clothing. This is to assist with swelling and wound healing. Light exercise can be undertaken during this recovery period. It is important to avoid resistance training and activity which causes sweating.

 

Dr Damon Thomas