Achieving a natural breast augmentation in Sydney
Dr Simone Matousek offers all the options available for the most natural looking breast augmentation. All major types of breast implants are available and the decision for the best breast implant to use is made in conjunction with the patient. Breast augmentation can be done with breast implants alone, breast implants and fat grafting or fat transfer alone. Dr Simone was one of the first surgeons to perform large volume fat transfer to the breast in Australia and therefore is one of the most experienced surgeons in combining this with your breast augmentation if necessary or beneficial.
Which breast augmentation procedure is best for you will depend on a number of factors including age, body type, patient preferences.
You will be measured up in the office and be able to try on sizers to simulate the final result. The most accurate way to determine the best final size and shape are by use of intraoperative sizers once the breast implant pocket has been created. The patient is sat up whilst asleep to simulate the final result. Small refinements like this help make sure that you get the most natural looking breast augmentation.
The most important aspect in achieving a natural looking breast augmentation is choosing the correct shaped implant for the person’s chest wall dimensions so the implant does not end up to wide, the implants are not too close together in the midline. For example two implants of exactly the same volume can have completely different shapes. Other factors depend on where the native inframammary crease sits and if there is constriction (tightness) of the native breast or a congenital problem known as a tuberous breast which makes breast augmentation more complex.
Many patients fear breast augmentation with implants looking unnatural. Correctly chosen implants should be imperceptible in all positions and clothing. The overriding reason most patients end up with an operated look is because of poor technique and having implants placed that are way too big for their physique and chest wall. There are limits to size for certain patients with tight tissues or extremely thin tissue cover. You will be advised as to the best size range for you during your breast augmentation consultation.
Decisions to be made for breast augmentation surgery include the following:
Which type of breast implant?
Breast implant shape
Breast implant fill and shell
saline with a textured shell
saline with a smooth shell
Silicone feels more natural and is less prone to rippling than saline. It is important to note that saline implants have a silicone shell as there is the common misconception that saline implants don’t contain any silicone. In any case, silicone has been proven to be safe in large multicentre trials in tens of thousands of patients. There has never been any proven association with joint disease, autoimmune disease or any other illnesses.
Breast implants under or over the muscle?
In patients with adequate tissue to cover the breasts, it is better to place the implant on top of the pectoral muscle.
Many patients presenting for breast augmentation, however do not have enough tissue to cover the implant and this can lead to visibility. When placed under the pectoral muscle (it is actually the upper part of the implant that is under the muscle) Dr Simone uses the dual plane technique.
Where to place the breast augmentation incision?
In the majority of patients, Dr Simone places the incision in the inframammary crease (the crease under the breast). This incision is around 5cm and when it fades, is the least visible place for a scar.
In some patients the periareolar (around the nipple) approach is used. This is preferable if the nipples are large or asymmetrical.
Dr Simone does not use the armpit incision as this is the only socially visible scar, implants cannot be placed easily through this incision and all revision surgery needs to be performed through an incision in the crease or the nipple.
Breast augmentation surgery
Surgery is performed in a hospital under general anaesthetic with an anaesthetist. It is day surgery in the vast majority of people. Dr Simone does not use drains for primary (first-time) breast augmentation.
Patients usually go home the same day with regular pain relief prescribed. Local anaesthetic is injected at the time of surgery to help with post-operative pain relief. It is normal for the breasts to be bruised and swollen after the surgery. Waterproof dressings are placed over the wounds and patients are placed in a firm bra after surgery to be worn day and night.
Return to work after breast augmentation
This depends on the type of work, some patients can be back within a matter of days to a desk job.
For people with an active job, polyurethane implants allow an earlier return to activities.
Return to exercise after breast augmentation
This depends on the the type of implant used and whether the pocket is under or over the muscle. For a more rapid return to exercise, particularly upper body work, a polyurethane implant has an almost zero risk of rotation or movement.
Lifespan of breast implants
Most breast implants are said to last around 10 years. They are a device, and therefore after several years, it is usually a deterioration in cosmetic appearance that brings people to have them removed and replaced. This is usually the result of a capsular contracture, but can also be due to other factors such as changes in the overlying breast tissue, weight changes and ageing of the breast. Rupture is a much less common reason for removal these days as the gel is cohesive (like a jelly baby) therefore does not leak even in the event of a rupture.
Breast implant warranty
Implant warranties vary slightly according to the manufacturer. All brands used by Dr Simone carry a lifetime warranty against rupture.
Polyurethane-coated implants are the only implants to carry a 10 year warranty against capsular contracture, rotation and movement.
Breast implant choice
Dr Simone is not affiliated with any implant manufacturer. Whilst she will advise during the breast augmentation consultation which implant would be best for a particular body size and shape the ultimate decision as to which implant a patient ultimately wants rests with them. Whilst Dr Simone can give you guidance, she does present you with more than one option. No implant is perfect and without risk or complication, it’s about working out the advantages and disadvantages of the options presented.