Breast Procedures

Breast Augmentation

With Dr Alaina Taylor

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Breast Augmentation Surgery or Breast Enlargement Surgery is performed for women who desire an enhanced breast shape and volume.

These women may have naturally small breasts or they may have been born with breast asymmetry or a congenital breast abnormality. Loss of breast volume with pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight change and aging, may also cause women to seek breast augmentation.

Breast volume enhancement can be achieved with placement of a breast implant. In many cases, a patient’s own fat can be collected from somewhere else on their body and redistributed to the breast to enhance the appearance of the implant. In very few cases, fat alone is sufficient to increase breast volume.

Consultation

During your preoperative consultation, your specific situation, needs, and desired outcome will be discussed. Your medical history will be discussed including lactation, breast oncology, medical conditions and medications. A physical evaluation will be performed to assess your breast, chest and body shape/weight.  Measurements and clinical photographs will be taken. These measurements will help to determine the most suitable implant in terms of shape and size and the appropriate surgical technique for placement.

Crisalix 3D Imaging

Dr Taylor uses 3D Crisalix Imaging to help you to visualise your results and make decisions about the look you desire.Dr Taylor will take photographs and upload them to the Crisalix 3D simulation system application. A 3D image will then be created which can be viewed from multiple angles. This image can then be used to “try on” different implants, modifying shape and size and making adjustments as necessary so that you see the predicted result of breast enhancement surgery. Once you have had your consultation, you will have access to your images and simulation through your own Crisalix account.

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Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is performed in an accredited hospital under general anaesthetic. The surgery takes approximately 1.5 hours and can be performed as a day procedure, however some women will stay overnight.

Risks and complications

All surgery causes bruising, swelling, some oozing or small amount of bleeding from wounds, new scars and carries a risk of wound infection and wound healing problems. Deep vein thrombosis and risks associated with general anaesthesia must be considered.

Some risks and complications specific to breast implant surgery include:

  • Postoperative bleeding requiring return to theatre
  • Nipple-areaola complex changes – changes in sensation/sensitivity
  • Seroma – accumulation of fluid within the breast which may become infected
  • Asymmetry
  • Wound infection, which may require antibiotics, ongoing dressings and occasionally surgical management
  • Implant infection which in most cases requires surgical intervention and removal of the implant
  • Appearance of rippling, visible contour of implant
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant migration
  • Capsular contracture
  • Poor scarring including hypertophic and keloid scars
  • Small lumps in the breast tissue and/or lymph node tissue due to silicon
  • Need for revision surgery