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Breast Augmentation Brisbane

Breast augmentation is one of the most common surgical procedures requested by women today.

Every woman is unique, so it takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to achieve breasts that work with a patient’s goals, body shape and lifestyle.

What is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation or mammaplasty involves the placement of an implant behind the breast. This will increase breast size, upper pole fullness, and create cleavage and breast outline. Breast implants will also fill out and lift the breast to a certain degree.

Women undergo a boob job for several reasons, such as volume loss after breastfeeding or weight loss, which may have significantly altered breast shape and size. In some cases, women who have had a mastectomy may want a breast augmentation as the first step of breast reconstruction.

When you see Dr Broadhurst, you will be treated in confidentiality and comfort. Your procedure will be performed to the highest surgical standards for a smooth, comfortable, and positive experience.

Breast Augmentation with Dr Broadhurst

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Types of Breast Implants

The type and size of the implants you choose will depend on what size you want your breasts to be, your skin thickness and elasticity, your breast anatomy, and your body type. Dr Broadhurst will work with you to determine which choice is right for you, as there are many factors to consider.

The types of breast implants used for breast augmentation surgery include:

Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are made of a cohesive, elastic gel designed to mimic the look and feel of natural breast tissue. Even if your implants rupture or leak, the gel will stay together, reducing the potential for risks such as silicone migration and extracapsular spread.

Saline Implants

Saline implants contain a certain amount of sterilised saltwater surrounded by an outer silicone layer. This implant has a different feel, shape, and firmness than silicone implants. In the event of a saline implant leaking, it will collapse, and the body will naturally absorb the saline.

You will need to decide on the shape of the breast implants. Both implant types are available in the following forms:

Round Breast Implant

Round breast implants are the most common breast implant shape. There are four different types of projection with round implants, which can influence the volume, upper pole fullness, cleavage, and overall shape. Round implants create more fullness at the top of the breasts and are suitable if you want to correct sagging for a fuller appearance.

Teardrop Breast Implant

Teardrop breast implants provide a more natural breast appearance, making the bottom of the breasts fuller rather than the top. Breast volume and fullness is not lost; instead, it is concentrated around the bottom portion of the breast. This is an excellent option for women who prefer a very natural look.

This all may seem overwhelming, but Dr Broadhurst will indicate what choices are best for you based on your body anatomy. There is no wrong choice, as it is all about your individual needs and preferences, and all options have their pros and cons. It is about deciding which options suit you the best, comparing the positives and negatives for the most optimal result.


What to expect during your consultation?

Dr Broadhurst’s focus is two-fold: to ensure that you are happy with your breast enlargement procedure and to leave with a finished result that is proportional, natural-looking, and symmetrical. He will consult with you in detail about your breasts’ shape, size, and style and work closely with you to ensure that you make the right choice concerning your breast implants.

Your initial consultation is a virtual appointment via FaceTime.
Dr Broadhurst will ask you questions about your medical history. You will discuss your treatment plan in detail and begin making decisions about your breast enlargement.

In consultation with him, essential decisions will be made about implant type and size, incision placement, and implant shape. You will also discuss what the procedure entails and what you can expect after surgery and during your recovery.

Your Second Consultation

You will see Dr Broadhurst for a second consultation, face to face, at our Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, or Bundaberg locations, and can be had at the location closest to you. This appointment will be scheduled to ensure you completely understand your procedure and express any concerns or anxieties that you may be experiencing. You are eligible to book your surgery date 7 days after your second consultation if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.

With 18+ years of experience, Dr Andrew Broadhurst has heard almost every patient question or concern. You can feel confident he will provide you with well-informed answers about breast surgery for your peace of mind.


What to expect during your procedure?

Breast augmentation is performed as day surgery under a general anaesthetic. The surgery roughly takes one hour to complete unless you combine your breast augmentation with other procedures such as an abdominoplasty.

Dr Broadhurst carefully measures and marks the implant ‘pocket’. An incision is made through the skin and down to the site where the implant is placed. He will create a dual plane pocket under and over your breast muscle to fit the implant. An internal bra is also used to support your implant and ensure it stays exactly where it is placed. Accurate implant pocket creation, precise implant placement, and attention to detail are critical to a successful surgery. Once the implant is inserted, the incision will be closed with internal dissolving sutures.

Breast Implant Placement

Sub-glandular Placement

Sub-glandular or ‘over the muscle’ is when the breast implant is placed above the pectoralis muscles but underneath the breast tissue. Placing the implant in front of the muscle is the simplest option. Still, in women with small breasts and those who are very thin, the implant’s upper border can be visible due to insufficient tissue overlying it.

Sub-muscular Placement

Submuscular or ‘under the muscle’ is when the breast implant is placed under the pectoralis muscle. Placement of the implant under the muscle allows for more breast tissue coverage helping to camouflage the implant providing a more natural appearance. Placement of the implant under the muscle also reduces the rate of capsular contracture (a firm scar that can form around the implant).

Dual Plane Placement

Dual plane placement is a combination of both over and under the muscle. It can provide the best of both worlds by camouflaging the upper part of the implant whilst allowing for a full-looking lower ‘pole’. This type of placement will often create the most natural, aesthetically pleasing breasts, so Dr Andrew Broadhurst most commonly uses this placement.

Incisions & Scarring

An incision in the skin is required to insert an implant. The three most common types of incisions are infra-mammary (in the fold underneath your breasts), peri-areolar (semi-circle around the lower part of your nipple) and axillary (in the armpit). Dr Broadhurst performs a 4-6cm incision at the infra-mammary fold as scarring is concealed, gives excellent surgical access during the procedure, and allows a new fold to be made.

Depending on the extent of physical activity you undertake, you should fully recover within one to two weeks.

Incisions & Scarring

The types of breast implants used for breast augmentation surgery include:

Surgeon’s fees

You should make sure you choose a qualified, experienced, and accredited plastic surgeon like Dr Broadhurst, ensuring the best quality outcome for you. However, the surgeon’s costs can be high and varied, depending on which surgeon you choose. The fees reflect differences in a surgeon’s professional accreditation, reputation, professional qualifications, and experience. The geographical location of a surgeon’s offices can also influence a surgeon’s fees.

Anaesthetist’s fees

Again, this fee will depend on the anaesthetist’s qualifications, expertise, and experience. Anaesthesia always has a degree of potential risk associated with it, and therefore, you want to make sure you have a qualified anaesthetist with expertise. They will monitor your vitals while you’re asleep, and if any complications occur, they will know how to troubleshoot the situation. They will also monitor your comfort before, during, and after the surgery.

Cost of breast implants

Dr Andrew Broadhurst performs breast augmentation surgery with Motiva breast implants. Motiva is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and with the smooth silk surface reports fewer high risk and low risk complications. Dr Broadhurst will discuss which style of Motiva breast implant (round or ergonomix) is best suited for you. The cost of these breast implants will be provided to you after your initial consultation.

Hospital fees

A boob job is usually a day procedure and should always be performed in an accredited medical facility. The complexity and length of the procedure will influence the cost of using the operating room, and if patients should require an overnight stay, that will also increase hospital costs. The cost varies widely with hospital fees and cannot always be quoted precisely.

It is important to note that your consultations with Dr Broadhurst will have a cost. After your surgery, there will be aftercare costs for any medications prescribed after your procedure.

Patients who have had a mastectomy may be eligible for partial coverage by Medicare and private health insurance. However, you will need to check the criteria to ensure your eligibility.


Recovery from Breast Implants surgery

Immediately following surgery, you will experience moderate pain, discomfort, and grogginess. You may also have some swelling and bruising around the surgical sites. These post-surgery symptoms are normal and will be at their worst for the first few days but will dissipate over the next seven days. You may be prescribed pain medication to ease your discomfort, and you will need to wear compression garments to help minimise bruising, swelling and support your new breast shape. Your breasts may appear in a higher position at first, but this is nothing to be alarmed about. Over the next few weeks during your recovery, your implants will settle into a more natural, desired position.

You may return to work after one week of rest, so long as your job is sedentary and doesn’t require extensive physical activity. You will need to follow your aftercare instructions which can include:

  • Wear your compression bras at all times until you’ve fully recovered. These garments are designed to minimise discomfort, provide stability for your implants, increase blood circulation, and mild compression that ensures proper lymph drainage.
  • Ensure you have a good support network of people who can help take care of you, as your movement will be restricted for the first ten days.
  • Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and extensive upper body movements for at least six weeks.
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications to lessen excessive bleeding, bruising, and swelling.
  • Take all prescribed medications and lotions to ease your discomfort and minimise scarring where possible.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing and wear loose clothing to avoid lifting your arms above your head.
  • Get plenty of rest – sleep is your body’s natural way of recovering.
  • Maintain a healthy diet to maximise healing.
  • Do not take off your bandages or dressing as this can increase the risk of infection. Wait until you see Dr Broadhurst, who will assess the area and remove the bandages.

Procedure risks & complications

Patients should be aware that any medical or cosmetic procedure they choose to undergo has potential risks and complications associated with that surgery. Breast augmentation surgery is no different, and Dr Broadhurst will detail all the associated risks and complications, which include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Rupture
  • Implant discplacement, malposition, palpability, rippling, ptosis with time, residual ptosis
  • Movement of submuscular implant
  • ALCL
  • Wound breakdown
  • Infection
  • Prominent scarring
  • Extrusion
  • Haematoma
  • Seroma
  • Skin and tissue necrosis
  • DVT/PE (blood clots)
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Necrosis
  • Swelling/bruising
  • Displacement of implants
  • Changes to nipple and skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Death

Following your post-surgery aftercare instructions as advised by Dr Broadhurst will help to minimise the potential for these risks or complications to occur. However, breast implant complications may happen months or years after your augmentation. Regular check-ups with your surgeon will be required to continue to monitor your breasts and the implants.

Breast Implant Complications

There are known complications with breast implants that may require implant removal, and it is vital that patients are aware of these symptoms. The following complications may occur:

Capsular Contracture

Your body’s immune system will respond to the presence of your implants, which are foreign materials, by building a ‘capsule’ around each implant. The capsule is made of collagen fibres and scar tissue interwoven together. In some cases, this capsule can tighten over time, causing your breasts to harden and become tender or painful.

Saline Rupture

If a tear or hole occurs in the saline implants shell, it will rupture and begin to deflate like a balloon. This deflation may not be evident until all the saline from the implant has leaked out and been reabsorbed by your body. It can happen all at once or over a few days, dramatically changing the size and shape of the breast.

Silicone Rupture

Since silicone gel is much thicker than saline, this gel often does not leak into the body and will stay inside or near the implant surrounding scar tissue. Therefore, silicon ruptures are also referred to as silent ruptures because they often go unnoticed. Most patients do not experience symptoms from silicone ruptures. However, it can still occur and includes:

  • Decreased breast size
  • Asymmetrical breast appearance
  • Hard knots
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Changes in sensation such as tingling, burning, or numbness
  • Swelling

Rippling and wrinkling may also occur with the implants, and these wrinkles may touch your breasts, causing the changes to be seen through the skin. Naturally, as you age, your breast implants may change their position too due to sagging which can cause appearance abnormalities. A breast lift or implant replacement may help if this is the case.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the results last?

The results of your breast augmentation are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. However, implants can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years but are not impervious to natural ageing. The implants may need to be removed or replaced after 8 to 10 years, occurring for roughly 20 percent of boob job patients.

Can I breastfeed after a boob job?

Whilst pregnancy can affect the look of your breast implants, multiple studies have concluded that breastfeeding after a breast augmentation is safe. However, some surgical techniques can potentially affect nipple sensitivity and milk production. Therefore, if being able to breastfeed after your boob job is a concern, you should discuss this at your consultation.

What if my implants need to be removed?

Regular appointments with your surgeon are necessary to monitor how your breasts and implants are doing after surgery. However, if complications with the implants occur or you no longer like the look of your implants, they can be removed. Implant removal surgery does not need to be done by the same surgeon who performed your augmentation.

In some cases, implant removal can cause cosmetic abnormalities such as sagging, deflation, dimpling, and asymmetry. Therefore, your doctor may recommend replacing the implants with a different shape or size, but this depends on your health concerns and desired outcomes.

Will I have visible scars?

The type of incision used for your breast augmentation will depend on the type of implant and the extent of augmentation you wish to undergo. Any surgery you undergo, whether medical or cosmetic, poses the risk of scarring, and there is no guarantee that no scarring will occur. Incision placements are designed to conceal the visibility of scarring, but several factors will influence how visible scarring is after you heal. Factors like age, breast shape, skin tone, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices such as smoking will impact your body’s natural healing process post-surgery.

You will also be provided with silicone gel that can be applied once our nurses have reviewed you at 2 weeks post surgery.

Is there an alternative to breast implants?

Patients who do not wish to receive breast implants for aesthetic or medical reasons can undergo breast fat grafting augmentation. This involves removing unwanted fat from other body areas such as thighs, arms, and abdomen via liposuction and reinjecting that fat in the breast area to achieve the desired breast size and shape. This procedure comes with its risks, such as fat necrosis.