Breast surgery encompasses a range of procedures designed to address various aspects of breast appearance and functionality. From Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction to Breast Lift surgeries, these procedures are tailored to individual needs. They aim to achieve aesthetic enhancements and alleviate discomfort all while considering each patient’s unique body type and desired outcomes.
Breast Procedures Melbourne
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Lift
- Fat Transfer to Breast (Natural Breast Augmentation of Autologous Fat Grafting)
- Removal of Breast Implants
- Breast Implant Revision
- Tuberous Breast Surgery
- Asymmetric Breast Surgery
- Nipple and Areola Surgery
- Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia
Breast Surgery – Enhancing Form and Function
Breast surgery encompasses a range of procedures specifically designed to not only enhance the aesthetics but also address functional aspects of the breasts. Beyond its cosmetic implications, breast surgery often serves as a solution to various medical conditions triggered by breast-related issues. For instance, it can alleviate discomfort caused by oversized breasts, including back pain, rashes, and other irritations.
In the realm of modern aesthetic medicine and surgical techniques, each procedure is uniquely tailored to meet your specific needs and aspirations. This personalized approach, coupled with the expertise of our professional and seasoned specialist surgeons, leads to the achievement of a common goal, the mutual satisfaction of the medical professional and the patient.
Before and After Breast Surgery Photos
Want to see photos of real patient results? Then click below. All surgeries are performed in accredited Melbourne Hospitals by our highly experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Surgery?
In order to undergo surgery patients must meet specific prerequisites to determine their candidacy for the procedure. The nature of the surgical procedure plays a pivotal role in outlining the criteria a patient must satisfy. Nevertheless, there are essential factors that a specialist surgeon evaluates to ascertain whether you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.
These conditions include but are not limited to:
- Physical Health: Good overall health and absence of underlying medical conditions that could pose risks during surgery and recovery.
- Realistic Expectations: Having clear and reasonable expectations about the outcomes of the procedure and understanding its limitations.
- Non-Smoker: Non-smokers generally have better surgical outcomes and reduced risks of complications.
- Stable Weight: Maintaining a stable weight for some time before the procedure to ensure consistent results.
- Breast Concerns: desire to change breast size, shape, symmetry, or position.
- Pregnancy Plans: For certain procedures, it’s best to wait until after completing pregnancies, as pregnancy can affect the results.
- Breastfeeding Consideration: If breastfeeding is important, discussing the procedure’s potential impact on breastfeeding with the surgeon.
- Communication: Open communication with the surgeon about medical history, medications, allergies, and aesthetic goals.
- Realistic Motivation: Choosing the procedure for oneself, not to please someone else.
- Consultation: Undergoing a thorough consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess candidacy and discuss options.
It’s essential to remember that each individual’s case is unique, and a personalized assessment by a qualified plastic surgeon is necessary to determine if breast surgery is appropriate and which specific procedure would be suitable.
Benefits of Breast Surgery
The benefits of breast surgery are much like the surgery itself, dependent on the reason and the person undergoing the procedure. Some of the potential benefits of breast surgery include;
- Physical Comfort: Relief from discomfort associated with heavy breasts, such as back, neck, and shoulder pain.
- Improved Proportion: Achieving breasts that are better proportioned to the body’s overall frame.
- Enhanced Mobility: Experiencing increased ease of movement and physical activities with lighter breasts.
- Posture Improvement: Alleviating strain on the upper body, leading to improved posture.
- Reduced Skin Irritation: Minimized skin chafing and irritation under the breasts or in the breast crease.
- Customization: Tailoring the procedure to address specific concerns, such as breast ptosis (sagging) or asymmetry.
- Personal Satisfaction: Achieving desired aesthetic goals and greater satisfaction with breast appearance.
- Aesthetic Enhancement: Achieving a more balanced and harmonious breast appearance that complements the body’s natural contours.
It’s crucial to note that while these benefits are commonly associated with breast surgery, individual experiences can vary. A thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to understand the specific benefits that breast surgery can offer based on personal circumstances and goals.
Most Popular Breast Surgery Procedures
- Also commonly known as a ‘boob job‘
- It involves the enlargement of the breasts through the use of implants.
- The procedure can also reshape the breasts or improve the appearance of asymmetrical breasts.
- The aim of breast reduction is to relieve the weight of large, heavy breasts and improve physical discomfort, skin chaffing, and indentations in the skin.
- The procedure can also improve the shape, appearance, and size of heavy breasts.
- This procedure involves the lifting and reshaping of the breast to remedy severely skin ptosis, commonly known as droopy or sagging breasts.
Mastopexy Augmentation/Breast Lift with Implants
- As the name suggests this combines a breast lift with implants, adding more upper pole fullness and volume.
- It also adds fullness to the general breast shape and involves repositioning the nipples to a more central location on the breast mound if necessary.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
- This surgery can improve the appearance, shape, and profile of your breasts.
- This is a breast augmentation procedure that uses your own fat, rather than a silicone or saline implant.
- A Fat Transfer Breast Enlargement is performed by transplanting fat from a donor site (such as the hips, buttocks, and waist) to the breasts.
Breast Implant Removal
- Implant Removal or Enbloc Removal is available to patients who are either dissatisfied with the appearance of their current breast implants or have experienced a problem with their implants such as a rupture, or capsular contracture (when breast implants become misshapen or firm), or other complications.
Breast Revision Surgery
- If your breast implants have been in place for some time (the life of implants is approximately 10 years) or if you have concerns you may opt to replace your breast implants with a different size or newer version.
Tuberous Breast Surgery
- Also known as Tubular Breasts, is a specific type of breast shape that appears pointed, narrow, or puffy in nature.
- Tuberous breasts tend to lack the more rounded or teardrop shapes breasts that the majority of women develop post-puberty.
Breast Asymmetry Surgery
- Noticeably mismatched (severely asymmetric) breasts and nipples, is known as breast asymmetry.
- Surgery can help improve the appearance of this condition.
- Furthermore, it may be cosmetic or even medically warranted.
Male Breast Reduction
- Male breast reduction surgery for Gynecomastia aims to help men attain a flatter chest contour.
- It involves liposuction and/or excisions to reduce excess skin, protruding tissues or fat deposits that have accumulated in the chest/breast area of men.
Recovery after Breast Surgery
Recovery after breast surgery is a gradual process that involves several stages. The initial days after the surgery are focused on rest and healing. It’s normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions, including information about pain management, activity restrictions, and caring for your incisions.
In the first week, rest and limited movement are crucial for proper healing. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise should be avoided during this period. Swelling and bruising are common and will gradually subside over the next few weeks.
By the end of the first month, you may start to feel more comfortable and see noticeable improvements. However, it’s important to continue following your surgeon’s guidelines, which may include wearing compression garments and attending follow-up appointments.
After around 6 to 8 weeks, most patients can resume light exercises and normal daily activities. The final results of your breast surgery will continue to develop over the coming months as swelling diminishes and the tissues settle into their new position.
Keep in mind that everyone’s recovery timeline can vary based on the specific type of breast surgery and individual healing rates. Following your surgeon’s instructions diligently will contribute to a smooth recovery and optimal results.
For more information on Breast Surgery Recovery, you can visit Recovery Tips page.
Risks and Complications of Breast Surgery
- Anesthesia Risks
- Changes in Sensation
- Implant-related Issues
- Implant rupture
- Implant leakage
- Infections around the implants are also a potential risk.
- Capsular Contracture
- Delayed Healing
- Poor Scarring
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- And, more.
It’s important to note that while these risks exist, modern surgical techniques and preoperative assessments have significantly minimized these complications. Your surgeon will thoroughly discuss potential risks with you during the consultation process and take steps to mitigate them.
All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of breast surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.
How much is Breast Surgery? Costs and Prices
Most cosmetic breast surgery procedures do not fall under Medicare-covered procedures. As a rule, procedures that are only aesthetic in nature are not covered by health insurance. However, those that impair the functionality of your body and life will most likely be covered. It is important to consult with your healthcare provider to find out which procedures fall into the group of those that are funded and those that are not.
For accurate and personalized information regarding the cost of your breast augmentation surgery, it is best to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, they can provide a detailed breakdown of the expenses involved and address any specific concerns you may have.
You can visit our pricing page to learn more about breast surgery payment plans, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.
Choosing the best breast surgeon for you
When considering any plastic surgery procedure, it is essential to select a qualified and experienced surgeon. Look for a surgeon who;
- Specializes in the surgery you are considering
- Has completed the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) surgical education and training program, with at least five years of accredited surgical training, including two years in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
- Is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and adhere to the standards and guidelines of the Medical Board of Australia.
Want to know more about our top plastic surgeons for breast surgery in Melbourne
Dr Gary Kode
Plastic Surgeon, Melbourne
Dr Broughton Snell
Plastic Surgeon, Melbourne and Bendigo
Dr Stephen Kleid
ENT Surgeon, Melbourne
Choosing the Best Breast Surgeon in Australia
There are huge differences between cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons with respect to their education, training, qualifications, operating rights and more. Our plastic surgeons are highly experienced breast surgery experts and members of FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons), ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), ASAPS (Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) or ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons), all of which are protected medical titles and ensure a certain (minimum) level of expertise and experience. Moreover, they are specialist plastic surgeons that are qualified to operate in accredited hospitals around Australia.
Plastic Versus Cosmetic Surgeons
There are definite benefits to choosing a plastic surgeon over a cosmetic surgeon, and it is important for you to know who your surgeon really is. Advertising is often deceptive, and “cosmetic surgeons” are NOT specialist plastic surgeons.
A cosmetic surgeon could just be a regular GP who has decided to perform breast surgery, whereas a qualified plastic surgeon will have years of study and a FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) membership from their governing body.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t require much training to become a ‘breast surgeon’ in Australia, the existing medical laws allow almost any doctor with basic qualifications to perform these surgeries, should they choose to. Not all surgeons who perform breast augmentations, reductions or breast lift surgeries in Melbourne have extensive training. In spite of the current rules or lack thereof, there are many government health departments and advocates who are lobbying for reduced health risks through the adoption of stricter regulations.
Locations for Breast Surgery
Hawthorn East (Convenient to Melbourne CBD, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, South Yarra, Kew, Hawthorn, Balwyn, Richmond, Brighton, Glen Iris, Toorak, Camberwell, and Bayside suburbs)
The best inpatient care in accredited hospitals by fully qualified plastic surgeons for breast surgery.
All of the plastic surgeons on our team are highly qualified and able to operate in accredited major hospitals across Australia. In other words, they do not operate in back rooms. Furthermore, they are supported by experienced experts including anaesthetic and other surgical support members. And, they use only quality implant brands like Motiva or Mentor Breast Prosthesis, so that patient care is not compromised.
We pride ourselves on having NO junior plastic surgeons. You will only be getting highly experienced breast surgery experts, with a proven track record in successful surgeries.
If you live outside of Melbourne or Sydney and want a Melbourne Surgeon or Revision Surgery expert, contact us using the form below or visit our Interstate and Overseas Surgery Patient page to find out how we can help you.
Further Reading – Medical References
- Breast Surgery Melbourne by Dr Craig Rubinstein
- Types of Breast Implants | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Surgery Information – Breast Augmentation
- Options in Cosmetic Surgery for Breasts
- Breast Surgery Melbourne by Dr Patrick Briggs