Breast Enhancement Procedures

Breast Plastic Surgery

Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is our most popular cosmetic operation making amazing changes to women’s lives. We use only the highest quality implants with the longest safety profile. Our operations are only performed in accredited hospitals using some of Australia’s leading anaesthetic doctors.

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What is the cost of breast augmentation?
What is the cost of breast augmentation?

The total costs for breast augmentation covers the leading implants on the market, the accredited day hospital fees, one of Australia's leading anaesthetists, surgical costs and follow up. We also include a 3D simulation to see the differences between various implants, see cosmeticdesign.com.au This helps us give you best feel for how you will look after surgery. With costs continually changing due to variations in costs at hospitals and from the implant companies, the best place to get an accurate, up to date price is from our staff. They are happy to chat either via email or on the phone.https://samcunneen.com.au/contact/ At the time of writing the costs are between $12,000 and $13,000. Be aware that the cheaper clinics tend to cut costs in various ways. There was an interesting story on 60minutes regarding this. http://youtu.be/6J5jgt07pFo

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Tear drop or round implant?
Tear drop or round implant?

Tear drop implants give more options in terms of their base size than the round implants. This is critical if a shorter lady is trying to achieve ‘side boob’ to offset larger hips. The big disadvantage of tear drop implants is rotation. This leads to a quite odd looking breast and generally leads to further surgery to correct the rotation. Interestingly studies have found that in comparing women with tear drop implants to women with round implants, plastic surgeons are unable to tell the difference. Because of this I tend to use round implants unless there are compelling reasons to do otherwise.

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Under the muscle or over?
Under the muscle or over?

There are pros and cons to both approaches. I tend to favour under the muscle as the implant is held a little better with more tissue covering it giving a more natural look and feel. However it is a little more uncomfortable and associated with increased swelling. If you are after a very fake look, this is best achieved by placing the implant on top of the muscle.

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How to choose the volume?
How to choose the volume?

We help you choose your volume by measuring your chest to see how much volume is possible for your breast width. Based on this assessment we ask you to try various breast implant sizers placed inside a sports bra so you can feel the weight of the extra volume and see the different shape that it creates. Once we have an agreed approximate size, we use 3D photography which enables us to show you a representation of you with your chosen sized implants (cosmeticdesign.com.au).

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How painful is the surgery?
How painful is the surgery?

Intra operatively local anaesthetic is placed around the breast which allows the surgery to be performed as a day case. Depending on pain tolerance, size of implant and implant position, the first night can be uncomfortable. Our anaesthetist makes sure you are sent home with the best regime of analgesia to make your evening tolerable. Ladies are usually back at work 5 to 7 days following surgery, although this is quite variable between patients. I recommend a snug surgical bra to be worn for 6 weeks following the augmentation and no jogging for that first 6 weeks.

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Do I need a lift combined with an augment?
Do I need a lift combined with an augment?

If you don’t want any extra volume then you don’t need a breast augment and you can simply have a lift. If you would like volume in the upper pole then a lift can achieve this for a short time but an implant will maintain volume in this area for longer. For a number of reasons I tend to prefer to stage lifts first and perform the augmentation at least 3 months later if required. The reasons for this are that 1) I find the operation is safer 2) The scars heal better 3) Often the patient decides that they don't actually need an implant once their own breast tissue is squeezed into a tighter skin envelope. 4) If an implant is decided upon sizing is much simple with less errors made.

Lift/Mastopexy

Breast lifts are a procedure which repositions the nipple higher up the breast and removes the excess skin. The aim is to preserve as much breast tissue as possible and only dispense with the droopy skin.

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Will private insurance cover the costs?
Will private insurance cover the costs?

Part of the operation cost is covered by most private health funds.

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What incisions are used?
What incisions are used?

The types of incisions and therefore scars vary depending on how much skin needs to be removed. The most common incision is one around the areolar with a vertical line down to the breast fold and then a smaller horizontal line along the breast fold. For smaller reductions some ladies are able to get away with just an incision around the areolar.

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Do I need a lift combined with an augment?
Do I need a lift combined with an augment?

If you don’t want any extra volume then you don’t need a breast augment and you can simply have a lift. If you would like volume in the upper pole then a lift can achieve this for a short time but an implant will maintain volume in this area for longer. For a number of reasons I tend to prefer to stage lifts first and perform the augmentation at least 3 months later if required. The reasons for this are that 1) I find the operation is safer 2) The scars heal better 3) Often the patient decides that they don't actually need an implant once their own breast tissue is squeezed into a tighter skin envelope. 4) If an implant is decided upon sizing is much simple with less errors made.

Reduction

Breast reduction is an amazing operation for women with breasts so large they are getting back and neck pain or rashes under the breasts. The relief patients feel after the removal of those kilos of extra tissue often has them asking why it took them so long to have the surgery.

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What incisions are used?
What incisions are used?

The types of incisions and therefore scars vary depending on how much breast tissue and skin needs to be removed. The most common incision is one around the areolar with a vertical line down to the breast fold and then a smaller horizontal line along the breast fold, like for a breast lift. For larger reductions the horizontal incision is longer to allow removal of the extra skin and breast tissue.

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Will private insurance cover the costs?
Will private insurance cover the costs?

Part of the operation cost is covered by most private health funds.

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What is the recovery time following surgery?
What is the recovery time following surgery?

Most women are back at work within 2 weeks of surgery. there is a natural variation in this however with some returning much earlier and some a little latter.

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Remember that all surgical procedures carry risks and complications. It is vital you fully understand these before committing to an operation. Make sure you are completely happy with your consultation, and if not, always seek a second opinion from a plastic surgeon