Breast augmentation (also known as breast implants, breast enhancement, breast enlargement, or a boob job) is a surgical procedure designed to increase the size of your breasts, correct proportion issues and help balance the overall aesthetics of the bust line.
Many women pursue a breast augmentation to help themselves feel more feminine or love their bodies. Typically, breast augmentation can help those who:
- Feel their breasts are smaller or disproportionate to the rest of their body
- Have unequal sized breasts
- Or have experienced decreased breast size after pregnancy
- Are NOT pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery
Breast Augmentation Options
Breast augmentation procedures are performed by inserting implants under the breasts to enlarge them. Implants are placed behind the breast, not within the breast tissue, and can be inserted either:
- Between the breast tissue and the chest muscle, or
- Behind the chest muscle (pectoralis major)
Each position has advantages and disadvantages, and which one is right for you will depend on your body type and desired outcome from your breast augmentation. Your surgeon will be able to provide further details in your consultation, along with making a recommendation on which position and type of implant is most suitable for you.
There are two main types of breast implant used in Australia – Saline Implants and Silicone Implants.
Saline breast implants are a silicone envelope filled with sterile salt water (saline). The amount of saline in the implant can vary depending on the desired size of the patient, and can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast after surgery. If the silicone envelope leaks, the implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Silicone breast implants are a silicone envelope filled with an elastic gel that replicates the feel of natural breast tissue. Silicone breast implants come in varying sizes depending on the desires of the patient, and maintain a consistent shape and firmness regardless of size. If a silicone breast implant leaks the gel may remain within the implant envelope or it may escape into the scar capsule around the implant. A leaking silicone implant may not collapse.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
At Sculpt we understand it is essential for women to be involved in the treatment planning process for all our procedures. This is why our expert plastic surgeons will always sit with you to discuss your goals and what type of breast augmentation surgery may be right for your body. We do this by:
- Holding a detailed initial consultation where a thorough examination is performed
- Having different size and shaped implants shown and tried on
- Informing you about the options available
- Discussing the pros and cons of each alternative
- Explaining the risks and complications
- Answering any questions
After a minimum of two consultations, patients can then choose to proceed with surgery.
What can I expect after surgery?
Immediately after surgery it is normal to feel pressure on your chest, some discomfort and moderate pain. We would advise you to take regular pain relief for comfort. The first few days may require stronger pain relief medication but after that, the pain medication can be gradually reduced.
Breast Augmentation Before and After
View a series of breast augmentation before and after photos at our gallery page.
If you would like to find out more about our breast augmentation procedure please do not hesitate to book an appointment at our Perth cosmetic clinic by contacting us.