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Do I need a referral for Breast Augmentation?

A referral is not necessary to see Dr Turner for breast augmentation surgery. There is no Medicare or private health fund rebate available for cosmetic breast augmentation. If however you have significant breast asymmetry or tuberous breasts than you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate and such a referral from your local doctor would be beneficial.

I don't want to be too big. Can I choose the size?

At the consultation with a combination of measurements and 3D imaging technology we will select a range of breast implants that suits your natural breast dimensions. You will have the opportunity to try different size implants in a bra to get a sense of what your breasts will look like after surgery. We assist you in selecting the right implant to give you the results you desire to complement your natural body shape.

My breasts are empty and droopy after breast-feeding. Can I have breast enlargement or do I need breast uplift? 

There are two aspects that often need to be addressed with breast ptosis (droopy breasts) after children / breast-feeding; volume loss and nipple position. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts in a bra than a breast lift would be more appropriate. However if there is a combination of volume loss with descent of nipple position than breast augmentation can be a good option to give fuller breasts with mild elevation of nipple position. If the nipples have dropped below the breast fold than a combination of a breast lift with an implant is recommended.

Can I have breast enlargement without scars on my breast?

Yes, the implant can be put in through an incision under the breast, around the nipple or through the armpit. The scar in the armpit often fades well into a crease and with this particular technique there are no scars on the breast itself. However not all patients are suitable for this approach.

Will there be scarring?

Scars are a part of the breast augmentation process. You will have one, whether it is around the areola, in the armpit or under the breast. Fortunately, breast augmentation scars, regardless of where they are located, tend to heal extremely well. Immediately following your breast augmentation, your scars will be visible and pink but over time, they will fade and become unnoticeable.

Will I have swelling?

Swelling is very common post-operatively, so you will most likely have swelling to some degree. The swelling will dissipate within a few weeks. A surgical compression bra will help in minimizing swelling which helps relieve tension on the breast and improves comfort.

When can I expect to return to work and resume my normal activities after my breast augmentation?

Most women can return to normal activities after a few days to a week. It is important as part of your recovery that you still get up and move around, however during the first month strenuous physical activity and exercise should be avoided. By six weeks most women can resume all activities without restriction.

How long will the results last after a breast augmentation?

Due to the effects of gravity and the normal aging process the size and shape of every woman’s breasts continue to change. If after a period of time you are dissatisfied than you may choose to undergo a breast lift to restore a more youthful breast shape.

Are breast implants permanent?

While many of the current breast implants have lifetime warranties for rupture, they are generally not considered lifetime devices and most women undergoing breast augmentation will require surgery in the future. 

Can I breast feed after the operation? 

Breast enlargement does not interfere with your ability to breastfeed as the implants are always placed behind the breast tissue. However, some women are unable to breastfeed regardless of whether or not they have had surgery. Studies have shown that silicone in the breast milk of women with any type of breast implants are not higher than in those without breast implants.

How will I know when my implant has failed or leaked?

While with older saline implants this was often noticeable with a change in the size and shape of the breast. With new silicone implants, rupture of the implant shell is often asymptomatic due to the form stable silicone used in within the implant – with no change in breast shape or pain. Older silicone implants can leak silicone which can result in pain around the breast or armpit. An ultrasound or MRI scan can be used to detect these leaks or ruptures in breast implants.

What is silicone?

Silicone is actually from the naturally occurring substance, silicon. Silicon is a metal-like element that reacts with oxygen to become the most common substance on earth, silica. From beach sand to crystals, silica exists on the earth naturally. With intense heat and carbon, silica becomes silicon, which then can be further processed to become silicone. It is commonly used in lubricants and oils, such as polishes, body lotions, soaps, processed foods, chewing gum, and waterproof coatings.

Are silicone breast implants safe?

There is no evidence that silicone implants are responsible for any major diseases of the whole body. Women are exposed to silicone constantly in their daily lives.

When I get a mammography, will breast implants affect it?

You should inform the radiologist before your mammography examination as breast implants can interfere with the normal procedure to image the breast. The radiologist needs to use additional views of the breast to see as much of the breast tissue possible. Due to the popularity of breast implants this is a relatively common situation that radiologists are experienced at dealing with.

After I've healed, can I suntan?

Of course. Sun tanning will not hurt the breast implant, but the implant may become warm while tanning and cool down more slowly. Sun tanning may adversely affect the scar and it’s recommended to cover the scar or use 30+ sunscreen during the first year after surgery.

When can I start flying or scuba diving again after the breast augmentation surgery?

Changes in pressure may cause breast implant shells to slightly expand or contract, causing minimum amounts of air bubbles. There is no concern about breast implants rupturing (or exploding) and implants should return to normal within 24-48 hours.

After the breast augmentation surgery, when can I start wearing under wire bras again?

For the first 6 weeks after breast augmentation surgery you will need to wear a surgical compression bra. After this period it is recommend that you wear a non-underwire bra / sports bra for another 6 weeks while your breasts are still healing before you go out and buy the many new bras to fit your new shape.

After the breast augmentation surgery, will my nipples lose sensation?

Most women experience a change in nipple sensation after breast augmentation, which is temporary lasting 6-12 months before it returns to normal. In 10% of woman there can be some permanent alterations in nipple sensation (slight dullness) however total loss of sensation is very rare. If the nerves have been stretched they can also become sensitive during this recovery period for a month or so before settling down again.

What happens when I'm pregnant?

Breasts with breast implants will naturally enlarge during pregnancy. All other natural and usual changes will also occur, but to what extent will depend on each woman and the size/type of the implants as well.

When will I be able to drive after breast augmentation?

Most women may start driving one week after surgery, if they are no longer taking pain medication.

Is there an increased risk of breast cancer after having breast augmentation?

There is no increase in breast cancer – detection, survival in patients that have had breast augmentation.

Can I use fat from other areas of my body to augment my breasts?

Fat transfer to the breast has gained popularity in other parts of the world however due to the concerns with the potential to cause breast cancer or delay diagnosis of breast cancer it is still considered experimental in Australia and is not currently allowed.

One of my breasts is smaller than the other, can breast augmentation help correct this?

Breast asymmetry is a very common problem, with some women having more than a cup size difference between their breasts. There are several options available including reduction on the larger size, implant on the smaller size to match or implants of different sizes on both sides to correct volume mismatch to lead to symmetrical breasts with improved shape.

Do you use a general anesthetic to perform the procedure?

All patients undergoing breast augmentation have the procedure done in a fully accredited private hospital under general anaesthesia. It is day surgery and patients go home 3-4 hours after the surgery.

Will I experience much pain post operatively?

You will most like have some tightness / dull ache in your chest / breasts after the procedure but will be comfortable. Before your go home you will be given medication and instructions in how to use these medications to control your pain at home. Most people only require simple panadol after 3-5 days and can resume normal activities around 1 week.

Will my cleavage look more visible but still natural after a breast augmentation?

We aim to create a natural, beautiful shape breast with enhanced cleavage without the overdone / obviously augmented look that you see in many of the glossy magazines. It is through appropriate implant selection and surgical planning that Dr Turner can discuss the options with you during your consultation process to give you the confidence that you have made the right decision.

It is possible to rupture a breast implant with physical activity or excessive pressure on my breasts?

Breast implants are pretty tough in general. However, the older they get, the weaker the outer shell can become, and it is possible to break them by squeezing them too hard or even by getting a mammogram.

What are the causes of implant rupture?

Defective implants may rupture.
This is why you should insist on quality implants from reputable implant companies – Dr Turner only uses Allergan, Mentor and Silimed implants.
Capsular contracture may cause an implant to rupture.
Implants, particularly older ones, may rupture during mammography.
Breast implant may be damaged during surgical placement.
A breast procedure on a woman with implants (breast biopsy or cyst aspiration) can damage the implant.
Trauma to your chest, as can occur in a motor vehicle accident or fall, can damage the implant.
Normal aging of the implant causes a “wearing out” of the outer implant shell.


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