What you need to know about breast augmentation

May 9, 2018 | Breast Augmentation, Breast Surgery

Breast augmentation is a procedure in which the breasts are enlarged with the use of implants.

But, what does the process involve, and is it right for you?

Why is the procedure performed?

Many women feel dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts, often for a number of reasons, including lack of development, or as a result of the physical changes associated with pregnancy and ageing. As such, the procedure is a good option for patients who would like to increase the fullness and enhance the projection of their breasts. It can also be helpful in balancing the appearance of one’s figure and creating even proportions between the breasts.

What does the procedure involve?

The process of undergoing breast augmentation begins with a consultation with Mr David Morgan. During this consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss the various options available to you in terms of implant size, shape, implant location, scar placement and the type of implant best suited to you.

Mr Morgan and his team understand that every woman is different, so your unique expectations and needs are taken into account before each element of the procedure is decided on. At your consultation, Mr Morgan will show you some before and after images of some his previous patients, so that you can see the kind of results you can look forward to.

The next step is the surgery itself, which is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure is often a day surgery, although in some cases it may involve an overnight stay in hospital. During the procedure, Mr Morgan will make an incision either in the armpit, the lower part of the breast or along the edge of the areola. An implant is placed in each breast and adjusted according to the best possible position.

Any post-operative pain is managed with the use of pain relief medication, and your wounds will be covered with waterproof dressings so that you can shower as soon as you feel ready to. Mr Morgan will recommend that you wear a soft surgical bra after surgery. This will provide support and comfort in the two weeks following the procedure, and will help your breasts to heal in their new shape. It is important that you avoid heavy lifting for at least six weeks after surgery, to ensure proper recovery.

How long does it take to recover?

Every patient is different, so your recovery time will depend on a number of factors. While it is uncommon, complications can arise during your breast augmentation procedure, in which case recovery will take longer than usual. Most women are able to return to light activities within a week after surgery, and in many cases, it is possible to go back to work and social events after around two weeks as swelling should have lessened by this time. You should, however, avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks.

What kind of results can I expect?

For the best results, it is a good idea to enter into the process with very clearly defined concerns, as well as realistic expectations about what you hope to achieve by undergoing breast augmentation surgery. It’s also important to remember that the decision to have breast surgery is a personal one — don’t opt for the procedure because someone else has suggested you should.

When breast augmentation is done for the right reasons, most women enjoy very effective results. The procedure produces a more youthful appearance, and breasts will be larger and firmer than before.

If you are considering breast augmentation surgery and would like to discuss the procedure, please feel free to get in touch so that we can arrange a consultation with Mr David Morgan. Call us on 03 9591 0422 or use our online form to schedule your consultation. If you are a new patient, please download and complete our registration form before your first visit.