The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is the first important decision you will need to make following careful consideration. The next decision is the type of implant, size of implant, choice of surgeon and the hospital where the surgery will be performed. One of the factors which can influence how happy you will be with the outcome of the surgery is the choice of breast prosthesis or breast implant.
This article explains the four criteria you need to consider in choosing the breast implant that will provide you with the results you are looking for.
The choice of implant depends on the proportions of your breasts in relation to your chest wall, how much breast tissue you already have, its position on the chest wall and how you want your breasts to look. Your surgeon will guide you and show you before and after pictures from previous clients to help you make your decision.
Once your individual anatomy and the “look” you want to achieve has been taken into account, the four issues to be considered in regard to your breast implants are: Size, Shape, Texture and Fill.
Capsular contracture occurs when the capsule of soft tissue forms which forms around the implant contracts or “shrinks” thereby compressing the implant and making the breast feel unnaturally firm or appear rippled. In advanced cases, the implants may have to be removed along with the capsule and a new implant placed in a fresh pocket. Polyurethane coated breast implants are thought to have a lower risk of capsular contracture due to the manner in which the foam integrates with the breast tissue.
Breast augmentation surgery has the ability to make a real difference to a woman's confidence and self-esteem, but there are many factors to consider when choosing the 'look' that you will be most satisfied with. Your choice of surgeon is important, so it's important to speak to more than one surgeon before making your decision. The right surgeon will make the whole experience easier, and give you confidence that your procedure will go smoothly and you will be happy with the final result.
Ideally, your Surgeon should make you feel comfortable and have significant experience in performing breast augmentation surgery. In Australia, any medical doctor can perform cosmetic surgical procedures without specialist training. Plastic and Reconstructive surgery is a recognised specialty and requires several years of specialist training in a dedicated training program after having completed a basic medical degree.
Your choice of Surgeon should be a plastic surgical Fellow of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, including the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of England. Such Fellows have completed post graduate training in plastic surgery and work under strict professional and ethical guidelines. However, training in plastic surgery does not necessarily mean training in cosmetic surgery, so always specifically ask your surgeon if they have undertaken dedicated training in cosmetic surgery. In Australia, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery is the only College that offers formal training and accreditation in cosmetic medicine and surgery.
Only accredited hospitals offer the facilities necessary to safely perform breast augmentation surgery under general anaesthetic. As breast augmentation surgery performed under twilight sedation has been associated with serious medical complications, it is important to check that your Surgeon will be performing your surgery under general anaesthetic administered by a specialist Anaesthetist in an accredited hospital.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and have questions you would like to ask, or if you would like to book a confidential consultation at a cost of $140, click below or call (03) 9088 5000 for the Melbourne practice or (07) 3180 3400 for the Brisbane practice. The Cosmetic Surgery Co-ordinators of NorthEast Plastic Surgery will organise a consultation with Mr Tansley or Dr Seneviratne who are highly qualified and experienced surgeons. They will assess your individual requirements and discuss your preferences in regard to breast augmentation surgery.
NorthEast Plastic Surgery has been designed to offer a bespoke and unrivalled cosmetic plastic surgical service of superlative standard and quality. Dr Seneviratne and Mr Tansley share their Australian and British plastic and cosmetic surgery experience in these educational articles.