Why get breast augmentation surgery?
Women of all ages and situations seek breast augmentation for very personal reasons. For some, it’s to rejuvenate their breasts after child rearing. Others are dissatisfied with their appearance and opt for surgery. And then there are those who—through injury or medical ailment—wish to restore their body with breast enhancement.
Whatever your reason for wanting breast augmentation, Dr Doyle offers a number of implant types, and approaches to implant placement to suit you. As a qualified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Doyle is positioned to provide you with a safe environment and decades of experience to help you achieve your desired outcome.
What’s involved in a breast augmentation procedure?
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase and enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast. There are a large number of options with breast augmentation including implant choice and surgical techniques. Dr Doyle will discuss these with you depending on the result you are looking to achieve.
Breast augmentation surgery typically takes under an hour. The location of the incisions depends on your anatomy, goals, and the type of implant you choose. At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery we make every effort to ensure that your incisions are as small as possible.
During breast augmentation, a space (or pocket) is created under the breast. The implant is then placed behind or in front of the chest muscle, depending on the look you want to achieve. Most patients receive dissolvable stitches and the surgery is usually done as a day surgery procedure at John Flynn Hospital.
Breast Augmentation Before and Afters
How long do breast implants last?
The average lifespan of the older breast implants is about 20-25 years. The new implants have not been available for this length of time but it is expected that they will last longer than the original implants. However, this does vary from person to person, and depends on which type—and where—the implant is placed. The quality of the implant is also a factor in its lifespan. We only use the highest quality implants at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery.
Do breast implants drop?
Implants shift and wear over time due to the natural movement of your body. Larger implants and therefore heavier implants are more likely to drop with time. Pregnancy, breast feeding and weight changes will all influence the position of the implants. This means you will have to replace your implants at least once if you want them for life. You should always ensure you visit a plastic surgeon who uses top quality products.
How long is breast augmentation recovery?
To be fully recovered can take up to 4 weeks. The first week after surgery we recommend you take off work—this will give your body time to recover, and most pain should subside within the week. However, you may experience some discomfort and swelling for a few weeks post-surgery. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 4 weeks after surgery.
Can you breastfeed after breast augmentation?
It is possible to breastfeed after breast augmentation. The type of surgery and in particular the incisions used for your surgery can impact your ability to breastfeed. The implants are positioned behind the breast and should not effect breast function. However, you won’t know if it’s possible until you try. And this is something you must consider prior to surgery. If you are planning on having children, you need to weigh up the possibility you won’t be able to breastfeed your child.
Some clients have expressed concern that silicone implants could be dangerous to a baby. There is no evidence to suggest this is true, and to date there are no known dangers to either baby or mother when breastfeeding with implants.
Is it worth getting breast implants?
It can be worth getting breast implants if:
- you are healthy
- have realistic expectations of what breast implants can do for you
- you are getting them because you want them
To find out if breast augmentation is right for you, book a consultation with Dr Doyle, an experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon on the Gold Coast.