If you’ve been thinking about getting a boob job, you’ve come to the right place. With all the articles and opinions you’ve found online, things can get confusing. Dr Scott Turner FRACS(Plas) is a breast surgery expert and Specialist Plastic Surgeon with clinics in Newcastle and Sydney NSW. Here are his answers to some of the frequently asked questions about a boob job – the Boob Job FAQs.
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Boob Job FAQs about your different options
Should I get a boob job?
This is one of the first and most important questions you might be asking yourself. There are so many reasons that might make you want to get a boob job. Having small boobs, asymmetric boobs, tuberous breasts or boobs that are disproportional with the rest of your body are all valid reasons to consider getting a boob job. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss might have caused loss of volume and drooping of your breasts, and you just want to improve how they look. Plastic surgeons aim to give you young natural-looking breasts to help make you feel more attractive and satisfied with your body.
What other methods of breast augmentation are there?
You’ve probably heard of boob jobs using fat transfer or boob fat grafting jobs. When getting a boob job by fat transfer, your surgeon will remove fat from another part of your body (like your buttocks or thighs) and inject it carefully into your boobs to increase their size and achieve the desired contour, profile, projection, and size. Fat transfer boob jobs achieve great results in patients who want a minimal increase in size to contour their breasts and improve their appearance. It’s better when combined with traditional breast augmentation using boob implants, where fat grafts are used to make a final optimization of shape and symmetry (A Hybrid BA). Advantages of fat grafts include a smaller incision (compared to implant surgery), natural-looking and feeling breasts, with the option to contour the donor fat sites in your body using liposuction.
What are the best boob implants for me?
Dr Turner prefers MENTOR breast implants. These boob implants are considered top of the line in breast augmentation surgery, and they have been trusted for decades by plastic surgeons and patients worldwide. Breast implants come in many shapes, sizes, types, and textures. Some of the things you might want to know about your boob implant:
- Boob implant material: All breast implants have an outer silicone shell, however, their filling may differ. The two main implant types are saline and silicone implants. Saline implants are filled with normal saline (saltwater). Their advantages include a smaller incision and better adjustability during surgery since they are inflated intraoperatively. The second boob implant type is silicone-filled implants. These implants feel softer and can mimic the feel of a natural breast.
- Boob implant size: Size is very important when choosing your breast implant. Dr Turner will help you choose the perfect breast implant size depending on your desired shape and the current characteristics of your breast and skin. Breast implant sizes are measured in cubic centimeters (cc) and not the traditional bra cup size. They usually range between 80cc and 800cc. The 375cc implants and 400cc high profile implants are, for example, very popular.
- Boob implant shape: Breast implants are usually either round in shape or teardrop-shaped. Teardrop (or contoured) implants mimic the natural look of the breast, however, they may require a larger incision. Round implants provide more fullness to your boobs and can make them project more.
- Boob implant surface: Breast implants come in a range of surface texture from ultra smooth to heavily textured. Smooth-surfaced implants are less likely to be felt within your breast. The advantage of textured surface implants is that their design helps them stay in place and not migrate and that they carry less risk of causing scarring around the implant. The risk of BIA-ALCL has also become a concern for patients having textured implants.
What goes into making the perfect boob job?
There are a few things you should consider if you want to get a perfect boob job:
- Boob fullness: The first of the essential features of perfect looking boobs is the upper pole fullness. Upper pole fullness means that the upper parts of your boobs are made to appear full and firm. This gives you perky young-looking breasts and outlines a perfect cleavage. Fullness is very much related to the breast implant shape, with round implants usually giving a more full appearance on the top than teardrop implants.
- Boob projection: A second feature is projection. The projection is defined as the distance between your chest wall and the outer side of the implant. This determines how much your boobs will project in front of you. The term “high profile” is usually used to describe breasts that have more projection, while the term “low profile” describes breasts with lower projection. Projection is also involved in how your side boob will look. A perfect side boob needs enough projection.
- Boob firmness: Another critical feature that you need to look for is firmness. You would want your boobs to feel natural, and this is determined by the type of breast implant you receive. Gel implants are usually better in giving natural feeling boobs, while saline will likely give you more firm boobs.
Boob jobs can become confusing when you read about the many different boob implant options – shapes, sizes, and types online. Here’s where an experienced plastic surgeon steps in. Your plastic surgeon will ask you how you want your breasts to look before performing the boob job. They will help you choose a breast implant that is not too big and not too small, but just perfect for your body proportions. Cleavage lines, side boob, boob shape, and boob size are all things that you will be discussing with your plastic surgeon before getting the perfect boob job.
Boob Job FAQs about finding the Best Boob Job Surgeon
How do I find the best boob job surgeon in NSW?
Always choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon rather than any other lesser-trained doctor. You have probably seen the headlines about ‘pop-up clinics’ and the botched patients in Sydney. Always start by looking at your surgeon’s qualifications, past patient online reviews and before and after photos. Make sure your surgeon will be operating in an accredited hospital not just a day surgery centre because most larger hospitals will NOT accredit underqualified doctors to do breast surgery. Be careful of choosing the lowest price BA surgery. Do your research!
Where can I get a boob job?
To get a boob job, you need to look for an experienced plastic surgeon and not just a cosmetic or general surgeon. Plastic surgeons are surgeons that have received extensive training in breast augmentation surgery, and they are the best choice to get your boob job done. The market is full of pretenders and surgeons in training or pop-up clinics that might try and convince you that they can deliver the best results. However, you should be careful, as such businesses can scam you out of your money and leave you with suboptimal cosmetic outcomes. It is all about the after-care and follow-up. This is why you need to choose a certified and well-known plastic surgeon with experience in performing boob jobs. While looking up a surgeon, make sure they belong to FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS. Members of these societies are accredited and recognized plastic surgeons that you can trust to give you a great boob job.
Why are boob job before and after photos important?
When choosing a plastic surgeon to get a boob job, before and after pictures are usually the first thing that catches your eye. Before and after pictures can help you better explain to your surgeon what kind of boobs you want. You can discuss with them specific details: size, shape, projection, nipple shape, among other things while using before and after photos as a reference for your desires. Your surgeon can also use their own before and after breast enhancement photos to explain to you what each implant will achieve, by showing you examples from previous patients.
Boob Job FAQs about Surgery
What happens after I get a boob job?
Here is what to expect after breast augmentation surgery. Your boobs will be sore and swollen for the first few weeks after surgery. You might notice some bruising that will go away after a few days. You will see the small surgical scar which, depending on your specific case is usually right on the crease under your boob (the IMF or inframammary fold). This scar will fade away with time and become barely noticeable after a couple of years. Regarding the results, it is important to have realistic expectations. The shape of your boob will change – you will have larger, more symmetrical, and firmer boobs that are more proportional with your body. This should help improve your self confidence and your body image. Keep in mind that even after surgery, your skin and boobs will still age and will most likely need revision breast surgery after a decade or so.
How long do boob job results last?
One of the most frequently asked questions about boob jobs is “how long do breast implants last?”. Even though modern breast implants are very durable, they won’t last forever. On average, experts estimate that implants need to be changed around 10 years after surgery. A lot of boob implants last for longer than that, but some may need changing earlier for a size change, complication or rupture. Losing weight, breastfeeding, and gravity can -with time- change how your breasts look, and you might need revision surgery. Implant rupture and fibrous tissue formation are also reasons why this might happen. Surgery can usually restore your breast appearance and give you back natural young looking boobs.
Boob Job FAQs about funding and planning a Boob Job
Are boob jobs covered by insurance in Australia?
Boob jobs for purely cosmetic reasons are very unlikely to be covered by insurance in Australia since most taxpayers don’t consider this as a necessary medical act. Breast reconstruction for corrective reasons, like tuberous breast surgery or after a mastectomy, are more likely to receive a rebate from Medicare and third-party health insurers. Many boob job patients seek medical finance companies for affordable payment plans.
Can I take sick leave to get my boob job?
After a boob job, you will need some time to rest at home. You will need to check with your human resources department at work to learn what qualifies as sick leave but it is possible. Purely cosmetic surgery is sometimes not considered essential and is therefore not granted sick leave. Corrective plastic surgeries (like tuberous breast surgery) are more likely to be covered by sick leave. Either way, you will need to check with your specific work policies in this matter. Your medical leave certificate will not have any information about your specific surgery for medical privacy reasons, however, it will be signed by a plastic surgeon. Make sure to ask about these details before planning the right time for surgery.
Download our plastic surgery guides or give us a call to learn more about the services our surgeons offer. You can book an appointment to get a full assessment by Dr Turner to discuss breast augmentation and see which implant size and type are best for you.
Medical References – Further Reading about Boob Job FAQs:
- Is Breast Augmentation Right for Me? – Breast Implants by Mentor
- Breast Augmentation Choices – Mentor Direct
- ASPS Cosmetic Procedures – Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
- Implant-based breast reconstruction and augmentation – UptoDate.com
- Breast Implant Surgery – Medical Devices Breast Implants
Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures.
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.
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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?
- A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
- Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
- Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral
Making The Most Of Your Consultation
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
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How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner
- You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.
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