When considering any elective surgery, it’s best to put a lot of time and thought into deciding what you want. It is both a personal journey of self-discovery and a search for the options that suit your needs best. At Panthea Clinics in Sydney and Canberra, we provide World Class services for a wide range of surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lifts. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
WHY CHOOSE OUR CLINIC FOR YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Breast augmentation is one of Dr Farhadieh’s areas of special academic interest and expertise. As an internationally recognised plastic surgeon, Dr Farhadieh has both provided expert commentary for international plastic surgery journals, as well as accruing ongoing recognition for authoring a chapter on this topic in an international plastic surgery textbook: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Approaches and Techniques. With this level of expertise guiding everything he does, you can have confidence in Dr Farhadieh’s ability to provide World Class care tailored to your needs.
WHAT IS A BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Breast augmentation – or ‘breast implants’ as they are more commonly referred to – are the most common cosmetic surgery procedure throughout the western world. There are many reasons why women might want to undergo this surgery:
- To augment the natural shape of their breasts,
- To accentuate existing or define their contours,
- To help restore breast volume that was lost during breastfeeding, weight loss and/or ageing,
- To correct a noticeable difference in size between the two breasts or asymmetry
During breast augmentation surgery, implants are optimally placed on the chest wall partially behind the pectoralis major muscle and partially under the breast gland for the best and longest lasting results.
Implants are created using various different materials for both the outer shell and the inner material. The outer shell is made of silicone and can be either textured or smooth. For the filling content, either silicone or saline may be used. The shape of the implants can differ also, with some being round and symmetrical in shape, while more recent innovations offer tear-dropped or anatomical shaped options. The latter accentuate the lower breast pole once they are inserted, which aims to give a more natural appearance. They have recently been implicated in Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Cell Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Most plastic surgeons have moved away from textured implants. Dr Farhadieh recommends use of smooth implants in the upcoming chapter on breast augmentation to all plastic surgery trainees and plastic surgeons.
At Panthea Clinics in Sydney and Canberra, we use only the highest quality implants available. With a lifetime guarantee, this gives you complete confidence knowing that the risk of complication is low and you’re covered if something does happen to go wrong.
There are a few different approaches to breast implant surgery. Axillary or armpit incisions are suited to patients getting saline implants, while periareolar (nipple) or inframammary (below the breast) incisions are usually used for silicone implants.Scientific literature reflects that inframammary approach is the safest and best option.
During your initial consultation with Dr Farhadieh at either our Sydney or Canberra clinics, we will discuss all options available to you in order to formulate a plan for your individual wants and needs. During this session, the risks associated with the surgery will also be explained and smokers will be asked to cease smoking for at least 3-6 weeks prior to surgery and 3-6 during the postoperative period. You will also be required to stop taking any medications, herbal remedies or supplements that cause increased bleeding for at least 2 weeks prior to and 1 week following your surgery. Depending on your age, medical and family history, you may be asked to have a screening mammogram prior to surgery. Preoperative photographic images will be included in your medical records.
Once your surgery day arrives, your incision lines will be marked while you’re awake and you will be able to ask any remaining questions as we go through our checklist with you. Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and patients will usually be discharged either the same day. Long-lasting local anaesthetic is injected into the surgical area, alleviating any immediate discomfort postoperatively.
The incisions are closed using absorbable sutures before being sealed with dermal glue and covered with tape. There may be some discolouration or mild swelling, however this will disappear quickly and will be completely resolved within 10-14 days. Throughout this healing time, straining, bending or lifting should be avoided and you should wear your supportive bra for at least 8 weeks. You will be able to go back to work within a few days of surgery and your breasts will find their final shape within 3 months. You will receive comprehensive postoperative instructions.
Although the risk profile of breast augmentation surgery is low, all surgery carries a risk of complications. Dr Farhadieh will discuss these risks with you, during your consultation for implants. With Panthea Clinics, however, you can have complete peace of mind knowing that you’re being cared for by a team of dedicated specialists at our Sydney and Canberra locations.
Before proceeding make sure that you have read all the information sheets and have your questions answered.
SPEAK TO US ABOUT BREAST IMPLANTS IN SYDNEY & CANBERRA
Be sure that you get the latest and detailed information about breast augmentation surgery, the best outcomes from your breast augmentation surgery is our main aim. Contact Panthea’s Sydney or Canberra clinics today to book your initial consultation or have your questions answered by our dedicated team of surgical professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is some discomfort associated with surgery. Most patients report a ‘tightness’, rather than pain, due to the excellent pain control regime we use, which includes local anaesthetic for the immediate postoperative period as well as powerful analgesics.
The breasts will not only heal during the first 6 weeks, but will also gradually find their natural postoperative position. Gravity, healing and surgery drive this process. The final shape is usually reached by 3 months. The incision scars will fade over the first 12 months and will often be barely visible beyond the first year.
Within 2 weeks you will be back at work and able to resume most normal activities. During the subsequent weeks you will return to your pre-surgery levels of activity. We have a postoperative regime to help you through this time.
Your scars are routinely placed under the breast fold, hidden from view. Not only do bras or swimwear hide the scar, in time it will fade and be barely perceptible. Dr Farhadieh commonly uses a short scar mastopexy approach, which entails an incision around the nipple and extending down the breast vertically.
Dr Farhadieh believes that the relationship between doctor and patient is sacred and privileged. Our practice is based on compassion, honesty, transparency and, above all, patient welfare. We pride ourselves on making sure that you feel supported at all times. We will be available during each stage of your journey and will schedule short-, medium- and long-term follow-up appointments as part of our overall practice.