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Outcomes of Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty) Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery aims to change the size and shape of a woman’s breasts using implants or fat transfer. Aside from cosmetic purposes, this procedure can also be performed to address concerns due to surgical removal of the breasts as part of cancer treatment or congenital defects. Outcomes of breast augmentation can vary widely depending on the individual goals of the patient, the type of implants used, the surgical techniques employed, and the initial conditions of the breasts.

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Reasons for having Breast Augmentation

Choosing to undergo a breast augmentation is a personal decision. Patients may choose to undergo the procedure in order to:

  • Change the size and shape of their breasts because of aesthetic preferences
  • Address breast changes due to the natural process of ageing, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss
  • Address structural defects in the breasts that result from birth or traumatic injury
  • Address breast concerns following surgical removal of one or both breasts (mastectomy) as part of cancer treatment

Patients with these breast conditions may choose to undergo the procedure. However, they should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure, and be willing to commit to post-surgical instructions to be considered a suitable candidate for breast augmentation.

Outcomes

Whatever your reasons might be, studies have shown that breast augmentation does more than just increase a patient’s breast size.

Postural Changes

In a study of 48 patients with breast hypoplasia (underdeveloped breasts) who underwent breast augmentation, posture changes were assessed using the Fastrak™ system and stabilometry before, and 1, 4, and 12 months post-surgery. [1] Early results showed a retropositioning of the upper body. Retropositioning describes the displacement or shift of a body part away from its normal or original position towards the back. One year after the procedure, a reduction in retroposition of the head and anterior positioning of the pelvis was observed.

Symmetrical Breasts

A study using BREAST-Q analysis revealed that patients undergoing contralateral breast augmentation reported an increase in breast symmetry, as evidenced by a high statistical significance. [2] In addition, this group of patients also scored highest in terms of symmetry, shape, and overall aesthetic results according to the Kroll Scale (a clinical assessment tool used to evaluate the aesthetic outcomes and quality of breast reconstruction surgery). This research pioneers the use of BREAST-Q to assess the long-term stability of breast symmetry post-reconstruction. The findings underscore that implant-based contralateral management can help achieve symmetrical breasts.

References:

  1. Mazzocchi M, Dessy LA, Iodice P, Saggini R, Scuderi N. A study of postural changes after breast augmentation. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2012 Jun;36(3):570-7. doi: 10.1007/s00266-011-9841-6. Epub 2011 Nov 16. PMID: 22083412. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22083412/.
  2. Barone M, Cogliandro A, Signoretti M, Persichetti P. Analysis of Symmetry Stability Following Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction and Contralateral Management in 582 Patients with Long-Term Outcomes. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2018 Aug;42(4):936-940. doi: 10.1007/s00266-018-1082-5. Epub 2018 Jan 22. PMID: 29359234. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29359234/.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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