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Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty

Breast augmentation mammoplasty involves enlargement of the breasts through the use of implants. It can not only help reshape the breasts, and increase volume and projection it can also help reshape the appearance of breast asymmetry.

Why consider Breast Augmentation?

Add volume to breasts

Reduce sagging

Lift and tighten

Reshape and contour

Breast Augmentation

Before and After Gallery

Disclaimer: The outcomes shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty, Melbourne

Breast augmentation mammoplasty involves enlargement of the breasts through the use of implants. It can not only help reshape the breasts, and increase volume and projection it can also help reshape the appearance of breast asymmetry.

Other Terminology for Breast Augmentation include;

  1. Breast augmentation surgery
  2. Breast implant surgery
  3. Augmentation mammaplasty
  4. Breast enlargement surgery

What Are Some Common Reasons Patients Choose Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Breast augmentation/breast enlargement surgery offers several potential benefits for individuals who choose to undergo the procedure. Some of the key benefits include;

  • Increased Breast Size: This can help increase projection and alter your overall body proportions.
  • Augmentation Symmetry: If you have asymmetrical breasts, breast augmentation can help create more symmetrical proportions, balance, and symmetry.
  • Cleavage definition: Individuals with originally low chest volume often find that breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery can alter the shape and appearance of cleavage. By increasing breast volume and projection, the gap between the breasts can be reduced.
  • Restoration after volume loss: Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and significant weight loss can lead to changes in breast volume and shape. Breast augmentation mammoplasty can help alter the shape of the breasts after changes.
  • Reconstruction after Mastectomy: Breast augmentation mammoplasty is commonly used in breast reconstruction following mastectomy, helping women regain a sense of normalcy after breast cancer treatment.

It’s important to have a thorough consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, expectations, and potential outcomes of breast augmentation mammoplasty surgery. This will help you make an informed decision based on your individual needs and desires.

Am I a Suitable Candidate For Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Some key factors that make a person a suitable candidate for breast augmentation, include;

  • Physical Health: Candidates should be in good physical health, without any underlying medical conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery.
  • Mental Health: Emotional and mental well-being are important. Candidates should have a clear understanding of the limitations and potential outcomes of the procedure.
  • Realistic Expectations: Candidates should have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery. It’s important to understand that breast augmentation mammoplasty can augment breasts through implants, although the appearance of the breasts may not necessarily meet all aesthetic desires.
  • Stable Weight: Candidates should have a stable weight, as significant weight fluctuations can affect the long-term results of the surgery.
  • Non-smoker: Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Candidates are generally advised to quit smoking before and after surgery.
  • Breast Development: While breast augmentation mammoplasty is performed for various reasons, candidates should have fully developed breasts, usually around the age of 18 or older.
  • Breastfeeding Considerations: Women should consider how breast implants may affect their ability to breastfeed.
  • Informed Decision-Making: A good candidate has thoroughly researched the procedure, understands the potential complications and is ready to make an informed decision.

During your consult, a board-certified plastic surgeon will assess the candidate’s physical health, discuss their goals and expectations, explain the procedure and available options, and provide personalised recommendations based on their anatomy and desires.

Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty – Implant Choices

Before undergoing a Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty procedure, there are several important factors you should consider regarding regarding Breast Implants Options and Breast Implant Surgery Choices, including;

  • ImplantBrand – Not all implant brands are equal in reputation and longevity.
  • Type/filling– The material they are made of and filled with
  • Shape– Round or anatomical (teardrop)
  • Size– What size will work best for you and your body in the long term?
  • Placement– In front of the muscle, behind the muscle, or dual-plane?
  • Incision Location– Inframammary or periareolar

You and your surgeon will discuss these options during your consultation. You will collaborate and choose the suitable options for you.

Potential Complications of Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty

Breast augmentation mammoplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. Here is a list of some of the possible risks and complications associated with breast augmentation mammoplasty:

  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Implant Rupture or Leakage
  • Implant Malposition
  • Rippling or Wrinkling
  • Changes in Sensation
  • Scarring
  • Unsatisfactory Aesthetic Outcome
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Delayed Healing
  • Breastfeeding Changes
  • Breast Pain
  • Need for Additional Procedures
  • Fat Resorption (in fat transfer breast augmentation)

It’s important to note that these risks are not exhaustive, and the likelihood of experiencing them can vary from patient to patient. Before undergoing breast augmentation mammoplasty, thoroughly discuss potential risks and complications with your board-certified plastic surgeon. They will provide detailed information and guidance to help you make an informed decision about the procedure. Visit the risks of surgery page for more information.

The Procedure

The Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty procedure involves several steps, from getting a referral from your general practitioner to the initial consultation and through the recovery period. Below is an overview of the typical process, however the specific details will vary depending on the patient and their needs;


  • Consultation: Once you have gotten a referral from your general practitioner you will be able to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During this appointment, you will discuss your goals, expectations, medical history, and any concerns you may have about breast augmentation mammoplasty. The surgeon will evaluate your anatomy, recommend implant options, and provide personalised recommendations based on your preferences and body type.
    • Choosing Implants: You and your surgeon will collaborate on the appropriate type, size, shape, and texture of breast implants. Consider factors such as your body proportions, desired outcome, and lifestyle. Your surgeon will guide you in making the best decision for your goals.
  • Pre-Operative Preparation: Before the surgery, your surgeon will provide pre-operative instructions, which may include avoiding certain medications, arranging for transportation on the day of surgery, and following dietary guidelines. You may also need to undergo medical tests or evaluations.

DAY OF SURGERY – with implants

  • Anesthesia: On the day of surgery, you will be placed under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure.
  • Incision Placement: The surgeon will make incisions in the pre-determined location.
  • Inserting the Implants: The surgeon will carefully create a pocket for the implants in the predetermined position.
  • Adjustments and Sizing: Once the implants are in place, the surgeon will assess their positioning and make any necessary adjustments to ensure symmetry and a natural appearance.
  • Closing Incisions: The incisions are closed using sutures.
  • Dressing and Recovery: Dressings and bandages are applied to protect the incisions and provide support to the newly augmented breasts. You will also be given a supportive bra to wear during the initial healing phase.
  • Initial Recovery: After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will be monitored as you awaken from anesthesia. Once your surgeon is satisfied with how you are doing, you will receive post-operative instructions on wound care, medication, and follow-up appointments.
    • You will be discharged and able to go home, usually the day of or the day after the procedure.
    • You will need to have organised for someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few days.

DAY OF SURGERY – with fat deposits

  • Anesthesia: On the day of your surgery, you will be administered both medication and General Anaesthesia.
  • Liposuction: The surgeon will identify and mark the areas on your body with excess fat, often the abdomen, thighs, or flanks. They will then perform liposuction to harvest fat from these donor sites. A thin tube (cannula) is used to remove fat. The technical term for this procedure is tumescent liposuction
  • Fat Processing: The harvested fat is processed to remove impurities, fluids, and damaged fat cells.
  • Injection: The processed fat is strategically injected into the breast tissue in multiple layers. This process may be repeated several times to achieve the desired breast size and shape.
  • Closing Incisions: The small incisions made for both liposuction and fat injection are closed with sutures or tape.
  • Initial Recovery: After the procedure, you’ll be monitored in a recovery area. Most patients can return home on the same day as their surgery, once they receive post-operative instruction.
    • It’s crucial to have someone available to drive you.

The procedure itself generally lasts for 2-4 hours. But, this will vary from patient to patient.


  • Post-Operative Period: Follow your surgeon’s guidelines for postoperative care, including taking prescribed medications, avoiding strenuous activities, and attending follow-up appointments. Swelling and discomfort are normal initially, but they will gradually subside over the following weeks.
  • Results: Over time, your breasts will settle into their final position, and you will begin to see the full results of the surgery. It’s important to be patient during the healing process.
  • Follow up appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing and ensure the expected outcome. Follow any long-term care recommendations to maintain the appearance of your augmented breasts.

Remember that each individual’s experience may vary, and it’s important to follow your surgeon’s specific instructions to ensure a careful and successful breast augmentation mammoplasty journey.

Breast Augmentation

Before and After Gallery

Disclaimer: The outcomes shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

Recovery from Breast Augmentation Surgery

The length of your recovery period will depend on not only your procedure but also on other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. The general rule, however, is that you should allow at least 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. However, scar maturation will take longer.

You will also need to work with your Surgeon to ensure you allow time for adequate and proper healing. Moreover, it is of the utmost importance that you consult with your Surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting, and exercise.

It is also important to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the required time frames. At Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery, your garments will be provided by your Surgeon. Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. You will also need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by your Surgeon and attend all post-operative appointments.

Maintaining your results

Every patient is unique and surgery results can vary from patient to patient. It is important to work with your Surgeon and to keep your expectations realistic.

Every patient is unique and surgery results can vary from patient to patient. It is important to work with your Surgeon and to keep your expectations realistic. Please keep in mind that different factors can impact your results, including; fluctuations in your weight, skin health, or Body Mass Index (BMI). Pregnancy and breastfeeding may also impact your surgical results following your Breast Surgery.

To maximise the longevity of your Breast Surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.

Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Melbourne Cost How much is Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Melbourne?

The cost of surgery can be influenced by several factors, such as the type of implant chosen, the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s fees, the length of hospital stay, and other related expenses.

For accurate and personalised 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.

Medicare may cover your Fat Grafting procedure if you have a developmental disorder of the breast (Item numbers 45535 and 45534).

Meeting the Medicare item number criteria may make you eligible for a Private Health Insurance subsidy too if you have the right level of cover.

Here is some information on Private Health Insurance

Further Reading – Medical References

Download the 2023 Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Guide

This complete guide to Breast Augmentation Mammoplasty Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
  • Learn more about Breast Augmentation

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

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 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.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 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.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 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.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 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.

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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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