Breast Surgery by Specialist Plastic Surgeons at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Melbourne & Sydney
Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery offers a range of breast surgeries and procedures including
- Fat Transfer to Breast – Natural Breast Augmentation – Autologous Fat Grafting
- Breast Augmentation
- Boob Reduction
- Breast Lift
- Removal of Breast Implants
- Breast Implant Revision Surgery
- Breast Reconstruction
- Tuberous Breast Surgery
- Asymmetric Breast Surgery
- Nipple & Areola Surgery
- Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynaecomastia
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About Breast Surgery
Breast surgery is among the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the world. Every year more and more women are having breast surgery, either with silicone implant augmentation, asymmetry correction, breast reduction or lift, or reconstructive surgery after mastectomy.
Breast surgery is a set of surgical procedures aimed at improving not only the function but also the appearance of your breasts. Furthermore, it often resolves various medical conditions that breast issues can cause. For example, oversized breasts that create back pain, rashes or other irritations etc.
Patients often want breasts that are more proportionate with their body, to not only feel better but to also increase confidence. Thanks to the advancement of aesthetic medicine and surgery in general, each surgical procedure is individual, and as such can be tailored according to your needs and desires. Such an approach, combined with a professional and experienced specialist surgeon, leads to the achievement of a common goal, the mutual satisfaction of the medical professional and the patient.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Surgery?
All surgical procedures require certain conditions to be fulfilled in order to be considered a good candidate. The surgical procedure itself largely determines and sets the conditions that the patient must meet. However, there are certain conditions that must be met in order for a specialist surgeon to determine whether or not you are a good candidate.
These conditions include but are not limited to:
- Being a Non-smoker
- Having good overall health
- Realistic expectations
- Existing medical conditions like Diabetes, High blood pressure, Bleeding disorders, Heart disease or depression
- Having any other medical conditions that can impair healing or increase surgical risk
Benefits of Breast Surgery
Congenital and acquired defects, cause dissatisfaction, reduced self-confidence, and can affect patients both mentally and physically.
The benefits of breast surgery are much like the surgery itself, dependent on the reason and the person undergoing the procedure. Whilst someone might want bigger breasts, others may want smaller. Perhaps they are recovering from a battle with breast cancer or simply want their breasts to be more even to balance their appearance. Regardless of whether the benefits of surgery represent an aesthetic or functional improvement for you, most patients feel better and more confident after opting for breast surgery.
It is for this reason that we want to emphasize the importance of the psychological factor, which we believe is one of if not the greatest benefit patients experience.
Most Popular Breast Surgery Procedures
As previously stated, Breast surgeries have been the most popular surgical procedure for years. Every year, in reports of performed cosmetic surgeries, breast surgeries often take first place. However, there are many different types of breast surgeries. For example;
- 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 correct 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 as well as skin droopiness or sagginess (skin ptosis).
- This procedure involves the lifting and reshaping of the breast to remedy severely skin ptosis, commonly known as droopy or sagging breasts.
- As the name suggests this combines a breast lift with implants, adding more upper pole fullness & volume. It also adds fullness to the general breast shape and involves repositioning the nipples to a more central location on the breast mound.
- 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.
- Transaxillary methods involve an armpit insertion approach to breast implants. The armpit breast implant insertion technique may help reduce visible scars under the breast area and help avoid keloid scars on the breasts of women with higher skin pigmentation.
- Implant Removal or Enbloc Removal is available to patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their current breast implants or alternatively patients that have experienced a problem with their implants such as a rupture, capsular contracture (when breast implants become misshapen or firm), or other complications.
- If your breast implants have been in place for some time (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.
- Noticeably mismatched (severely asymmetric) breasts and nipples, is known as breast asymmetry. Surgery can help correct this condition. Furthermore, it may be cosmetic or even medically warranted.
- 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.
- Male breast reduction surgery for Gynecomastia aims to help men attain a flatter-looking, firmer 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. Causes of gynecomastia are varied and may include;
- Hormonal changes
- Substance use
- Androgen or testosterone imbalances
- Medication side effects
- and/or illnesses.
Recovery after Breast Surgery
Recovery is as important as the procedure itself. Shorter and easier recovery largely determines the overall impression and experience of the surgery. Every person’s recovery is individual and determined by not only the patient’s age and general health condition, but also the experience of your specialist surgeon and the extent of the surgical procedure.
As each plastic procedure is individual, so is the time and difficulty of recovery. However, there are a few universal facts that apply to all plastic and aesthetic surgeries.
Most importantly, following the surgeon’s instructions can greatly impact how quick, and painless your recovery is. Following the instruction given to you will help you get back to your daily life and activities as soon as possible.
Furthermore, if/when your specialist surgeon schedules a follow up appointment, it is vital you attend. These are scheduled so your surgeon can monitor your results and ensure a quick and stable recovery.
Breast surgery is often accompanied with a degree of pain and discomfort. Thankfully with over the counter medications, or ones prescribed by your doctor, pain and discomfort can, in most cases be managed very easily.
For more information on Breast Surgery Recovery, you can visit our page with instructions and guidelines to help you get your recovery going as smoothly as possible.
How much is Breast Surgery? – Costs & 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
You can visit our pricing page to learn more about breast surgery payment plans, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.
Further Reading – Medical References
- Options in Cosmetic Surgery for Breasts
- Types of Breast Implants | American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Breast Augmentation Surgery Information | ABCS
Complications & Risks of Breast Surgery
Every surgery comes with certain risks and complications, some more than others. Side effects are always a concern and depend on several factors include not only the extent of the procedure, the patient’s health condition and age but also the skill of your specialist surgeon. Similarly, an inexperienced surgeon, who is not a specialist (in the field of your surgery) can also greatly influence the outcome and results.
Common risks and complications include:
- Implant rupture
- Loss of sensation in the chest area
- And, risk of poor reaction to anaesthesia
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Breast Surgery FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Surgery
How long does it take to recover from a breast surgery?
- Everyone’s body is different, which makes every surgery and subsequently every recovery different. As stated above, it depends on the extensiveness of the procedure itself, and on the patient’s general health and abilities.
How dangerous is breast surgery?
- Breast surgeries are among the safest plastic surgery procedures IF your surgeon specializes in this area and also provided they have the necessary knowledge and experience to make your operation successful.
Which breast surgery is best for me?
- There is no best or worst breast surgery. To ascertain which is the best option for you, we recommend doing your research but more importantly organising a consult with a surgeon to discuss your options. For more information or to book a consult please contact us.
How long should I wait after finishing breastfeeding before having Breast Surgery?
- We recommend waiting several months after you’ve finished breastfeeding your last child before having breast surgery. Typically a minimum of three months after breastfeeding finishes is recommended.
Will my breast surgery affect breastfeeding later in life?
The answer depends on what type of breast surgery you have. For operation-safety and patient satisfactory, it is usually best to avoid surgery using incisions around the nipple-areola complex and, depending on the patient, it may also help to avoid having “above the muscle” implant placement. But this can vary from patient to patient.
While the above information is important your choice of surgeon is also vital, you should choose an experienced plastic surgeon – not an underqualified ‘cosmetic surgeon’ or physician.
We generally recommend “below the muscle” implants as well as incisions under the breast to ensure the best results for those that want to breastfeed children later in life or want the lowest chance of lost nipple sensation.
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, ISAPS, ASAPS or ASPS, 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.
You can request a Bio on any of our surgeons before proceeding with your surgery.
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 membership from their governing body (ASAPS, ASPS, ASPS-USA, ISAPS).
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 regulation.
What We Do Differently at Coco Ruby
There are hundreds of breast experts. Unfortunately, every doctor’s experience and knowledge is not on the same level. You only have one body and for that very reason, you owe it to yourself to choose the best available. A wrong selection can lead to increased risks, complications, and dissatisfaction. Unsatisfactory results are almost inevitable.
Coco Ruby works only with the best specialist surgeons, whose many years of experience and knowledge has set them apart from the competition. If you are worried about whether your surgery will end in severe scarring, or may require a repeat procedure, choose a specialist surgeon from the Coco Ruby group.
In addition, recovery is very important when we talk about plastic and cosmetic surgery. Time is money, and every day in recovery is a day lost, not living your life. A trained surgeon with extensive experience can greatly reduce recovery time and the intensity itself. Less pain and less discomfort. And, a specialist surgeon who is always open to your inquiries before and after the operation and one that will help you overcome stress and fear.
How can you ensure that you are choosing a top breast surgeon in Melbourne?
Before you go ahead with surgery, you could ask your surgeon the following questions to ascertain their credibility and expertise:
- Firstly, ask if they are a plastic surgeon with a FRACS, PLAS accreditation from ASAPS, ISAPS or ASPS?
- Secondly, Ask operation-related questions;
- How many operations do you perform in a year?
- Which type do the most often?
- How many times have you done this procedure?
- Then, ask how they handle complications?
- Another, is to ask about their scar management protocol, do they have one? If yes, what is it?
- And, do they have any other special education or technique that gives them an added advantage over other plastic surgeons in Melbourne?
- Finally, ask if you see before and after photos of past patients.
- You can also ask if you can speak to any past patients directly.
When it comes to surgery, choose from the best breast surgeons in Melbourne
Plastic cosmetic surgery decisions and surgery risks should never be taken lightly. As with any surgical procedure, there are certain protocols to be followed, and a certain level of risk involved, so you want to be sure you are well-informed before you make a decision.
If you are considering breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast implant removal, replacement or even a breast lift surgery, then click here to choose from the top breast surgeons in Melbourne.
Our surgeons operate in Melbourne and Berwick and will give you honest feedback and inform you of all the associated risks, ensuring you know what to expect. Due to this, you can rest assured that should you have a consultation with any of our specialist plastic surgeons your questions will be answered honestly and they will help you understand how to achieve the look that you desire. In addition, our surgeons operate only in reputed Australian hospitals, along-with highly experienced anaesthetists with a stellar surgical and patient support team.
For procedure-related information about specific breast surgeries, including the complex ones, visit our page links, listed below.
Know more about the top plastic surgeons for breast surgery in Melbourne
Dr Craig Rubinstein – Plastic Surgeon, Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Dr Geoff Barnett – Plastic Surgeon, Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Dr Richard Sackelariou – Plastic Surgeon Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Dr Rebecca Wyten – Plastic Surgeon, Hawthorn East, Melbourne and Berwick (St John of Gods Hospital)
Dr Patrick Briggs – Plastic Surgeon, Melbourne
You can feel at ease if you choose any of these breast surgeons, as they are regarded among Melbourne’s most skilled and reputable surgeons. A look at their affiliations below can assure their expertise.
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)
- Berwick (Convenient not only for the South Eastern Suburbs, the Mornington Peninsula, Berwick, Frankston, but also Cranbourne, Sorrento and Gippsland)
- Williamstown (Convenient to Point Cook, Ballarat, and other western Melbourne suburbs as well as western regional Victoria).
Our Promise: The best inpatient care in accredited hospitals by fully qualified plastic surgeons for breast surgery (no juniors)
All of the plastic surgeons on our team are highly qualified 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 anaesthetics 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 & Overseas Surgery Patient page to find out how we can help you.*
NEXT STEPS: Book your Initial Breast Surgery Review or Patient Consultation
Email us or Call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
Another option is scheduling a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon – a $300 booking fee applies (or attend a Plastic Surgery event at no charge to meet the surgeon in advance).
Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?
There are many ways to gain more information before you come in for a consultation. Knowing the basics will help you ask the right questions at your first consultation.
- Be informed – DOWNLOAD A SURGERY GUIDE about the procedure.
- Or, book a complimentary consultation with a nurse or speak to our patient coordinator over the phone on 1300 264 811
- Alternatively, you can attend our Cosmetic Surgery Events in Melbourne and meet our Plastic Surgeons along with their top support team.
- You can also speak with past patients who have had your chosen procedure.
What should you bring to a consultation for breast surgery?
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
- We also recommend taking lots of notes and thoroughly reading the documents provided.
- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
*Please note that this information is of a general nature and that for information specifically related to you and your appearance goals, you will want to visit with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.
Please contact us using the form below to arrange a consultation with one of our expert specialist plastic surgeons or to speak with our patient care team on 1300 264 811