Dr Sellars Approach to Breast Implants and Breast Enlargement
Breast enlargement in Sydney is increasingly popular as a cosmetic surgery procedure. Our focus is on providing beautiful, natural looking results using breast implants.
I’ve had the opportunity to undertake thousands of cosmetic surgery procedures, with many years of experience performing breast enlargement and other related surgeries.
Breast augmentation is one of our most requested and frequent surgical procedures. Please call our office to book a personal consultation, where I can best advise you on your particular circumstances and needs.
Common Reasons for Considering Breast Implant Surgery
Women of all ages choose breast implants for many different reasons. Breast implants can increase your self confidence and also improve your physical appearance. Enlarging your breasts may also improve your overall body proportions. The size and shape of your breasts can also be corrected where this may be required, such as post breast feeding and pregnancy, or in the case of unwanted breast sagging.
Breast implants will make your breasts larger, however your underlying breast shape will remain unchanged, and sometimes the differences in breast size and shape could even be more obvious after surgery.
The primary motive for choosing a breast enlargement procedure is for improved body image and personal satisfaction, rather than the pleasing of a partner.
Understanding Your Choices
Breast implant surgery brings with it a range of choices that need to be made. It is important to take the time to determine your requirements and make appropriate choices. All of these choices have advantages and disadvantages, which you should understand before you make a breast enlargement decision with your Surgeon.
Breast Implant Options – Silicone or Saline?
There are 2 basic types of Breast Implant available. These are either the Silicon Gel Breast Implant or the Saline Breast Implant.
There was some controversy around Silicone Gel Implants during the 1990s, which led to a level of misinformation. This, in combination with an increase in the diversity of Implantable devices, created some confusion for Women looking to undergo a breast enlargement procedure.
These days, the majority of patients choose silicone breast implants rather than saline implants due to their natural appearance and feeling. Greater than 90% of breast implants used in Australia are now silicone gel filled.
Saline Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are now used less frequently due mainly to the improvements in silicone implants. The primary benefit for choosing a saline implant is that in the event of an implant rupture, whilst the breast will deflate, the released saline is just absorbed into the body. Further surgery is then required to correct this. The rupture rate for saline implants is around 1-3% per year.
Saline breast implants may also create wrinkles, that can sometimes be seen, and also felt. This wrinking is prevented by over filling the implant, which leads to an increased fullness in the upper breast area, a firmer feel, and a more spherical appearance.
Silicone Breast Implants
Silicone breast implants have improved significantly and are very different from those used in the 1980s. The breast implant casing is often textured and much thicker, which significantly reduces the likelihood of implant hardening (capsular contracture). The silicone gel in a modern silicone gel breast implant has a jelly type consistency and is not in liquid form like the old silicone implants.
Additionally, Silicone Gel Breast Implants are made in various round and tear-drop shapes, allowing a choice over the breast shape desired.
SURGICAL Placement of Breast Implants
Breast Implants are placed either underneath the muscle on the chest wall (Pectoralis Muscle), or underneath the breast gland tissue.
Breast Anatomy and Breast Implant Placement
Characteristics of Breast Implants positioned Underneath the Muscle (Submuscular):
- Generally have more natural shaping in women who are thin
- There is a lower likelihood of breast implants hardening (capsular contracture)
- Allows for easier completion of breast screening
Characteristics of Breast Implants Positioned Underneath the Breast Gland (Subglandular):
- Look natural in women with thicker tissue over the muscle
- Better for correcting sagging of the breasts
- More natural aging for women who have reasonable levels of pre-implant breast size
There is also a choice of incision for Breast Implantation
Breast implants may be inserted in the crease under the Breast, under the Areola around the nipple, or in the armpit.
There are advantages and disadvantages of each of these incision points, which will be discussed in detail during your consultation with Dr Sellars.
Additional Breast Implant Surgery Information
A general anaesthetic will be required for Breast Implant surgery. The operation itself usually takes around 1-2 hours and can be performed as either overnight or a day stay procedure.
After Breast enlargement surgery you will be required to restrict your self to light activities, and no heavy lifting for 7-10 days. Usually patients are able to return to work and drive again with about 10 days. Sport and heavy duty activities should be avoided for a period of 3-4 weeks after the surgery.
Breast Feeding with Breast Implants
The presence of Breast Implants does not affect Breast feeding. Additionally there is no significant difference in the silicone levels of breast milk for women with Breast Implants vs. those without.
Breast Screening With Breast Implants
The standard mammographic views taken during breast sceening will not be sufficient where Breast Implant surgery has been undertaken.
The standard procedures can be supplemented with further oblique views and also ultrasound imaging to ensure that satisfactory screening is completed.
Imaging for screening purposes is improved where the Breast Implants are placed underneath the muscle rather than between the muscle and breast gland. Statistics show that there is no increased incidence of breast cancer in patients who have Breast Implants.