Breast Implants/ Breast Augementation
At A Glance

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- What information should I know if I am considering breast augmentation?

By inserting an implant behind each breast, our surgeons are able to increase a woman's bust line by one or more bra cup sizes.
- Will I be a good candidate for breast implants?

Breast enlargement can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently.

Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with our surgeon.
The best candidates are women who are looking for improvement, not perfection, in the way they look.

If you're physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, you might be a good candidate.
- What are the types of Implants?

A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline.
- Are there any risks?

The surgery is relatively straightforward. But as with any operation, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.
The most common problem, capsular contracture, occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. This squeezing of the soft implant can cause the breast to feel hard. Capsular contracture can be treated in several ways, and sometimes requires either removal or "scoring" of the scar tissue, or perhaps removal or replacement of the implant.

As with any surgical procedure, excessive bleeding following the operation may cause some swelling and pain. If excessive bleeding continues, another operation may be needed to control the bleeding and remove the accumulated blood.

A small percentage of women develop an infection around an implant. This may occur at any time, but is most often seen within a week after surgery. In some cases, the implant may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears. A new implant can then be inserted.
Some women report that their nipples become oversensitive, undersensitive, or even numb. You may also notice small patches of numbness near your incisions. These symptoms usually disappear within time, but may be permanent in some patients. There is no evidence that breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to nurse. If, however, you have nursed a baby within the year before enlargement, you may produce milk for a few days after surgery. This may cause some discomfort, but can be treated with medication prescribed by our doctor.
- What should I consider when planning my surgery?

In your initial consultation, our qualified and experienced surgeon will evaluate your health and explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you, based on the condition of your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, our doctor may also recommend a breast lift. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with our surgeon and be assured that our qualified and experienced surgeon will be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each. You may want to ask our surgeon for a copy of the manufacturer's insert that comes with the implant he will use -- just so you are fully informed about it. And, be sure to tell  our surgeon if you smoke, and if you're taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
- What should I do when preparing for my surgery?

Our surgeon will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
- What types of anesthesia will be used?

Breast enlargement can be performed with a general anesthesia, so you'll sleep through the entire operation. Sometimes depending on the patient our surgeon might use a local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy, so you'll be relaxed but awake, and may feel some discomfort.
- What happens during the surgery?

The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy and our surgeon's recommendation. The incision can be made either in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit.

Every effort will be made to assure that the incision is placed so resulting scars will be as inconspicuous as possible.
Working through the incision, our surgeon will lift your breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle (the pectoral muscle). The implants are then centered beneath your nipples.

Sometimes depending on the patient our surgeon might put the implants behind your chest muscle as this may reduce the potential for capsular contracture. Drainage tubes may be used for several days following the surgery. This placement may also interfere less with breast examination by mammogram than if the implant is placed directly behind the breast tissue. Placement behind the muscle however, may be more painful for a few days after surgery than placement directly under the breast tissue.

You'll want to discuss the pros and cons of these alternatives with our surgeon before surgery to make sure you fully understand the implications of the procedure our surgeon recommends for you.The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete. Stitches are used to close the incisions, which may also be taped for greater support. A gauze bandage may be applied over your breasts to help with healing.
- What happens after my surgery?

You're likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you'll be up and around in 24 to 48 hours. Most of your discomfort can be controlled by medication prescribed by our doctor.

Within several days, the gauze dressings, if you have them, will be removed, and you may be given a surgical bra. You should wear it as directed by your surgeon. You may also experience a burning sensation in your nipples for about two weeks, but this will subside as bruising fades.

Your stitches will come out in a week to 10 days, but the swelling in your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear.
- How long before I get back to feeling normal?

You should be able to return to work within a few days, depending on the level of activity required for your job.
Follow our surgeon's advice on when to begin exercises and normal activities. Your breasts will probably be sensitive to direct stimulation for two to three weeks, so you should avoid much physical contact. After that, breast contact is fine once your breasts are no longer sore, usually three to four weeks after surgery.

Your scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks. Then they may remain the same size for several months, or even appear to widen. After several months, your scars will begin to fade, although they will never disappear completely.

Routine mammograms should be continued after breast implants for women who are in the appropriate age group, although the mammographic technician should use a special technique to assure that you get a reliable reading, as discussed earlier).
- What will my new look be?

For many women, the result of breast implants can be satisfying, even exhilarating, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance.

Regular examination by our cosmetic surgeon and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated.

Your decision to have breast implants is a highly personal one that not everyone will understand. The important thing is how you feel about it. If you have met your goals, then your surgery is a success

- What is the cost of the surgery?

Sydney/Canberra : $6,995 (INCL GST) - special costing for April, May, June, July 2014 special

Fee includes:

  • Surgeon's Fee - Dr Jorge Lopez/ Dr J Daood
  • Kingsgrove Day Hospital Theatre and Bed Fee (based on 1.5 hour estimate surgical duration)
  • Anaesthetist based on 1.5 hour theatre duration
  • Breast Implants x 2 (Round Cohesive Gel Implants)
  • 4 Post Surgery Consultations
Cost will differ should different style of implant be used - the above quotes is based on round cohesive gel implants from Nagor. Anatomical (tear drop implants) and Silimed furry brazillian implants costs more.

Brisbane: $8,618 (Incl Gst) - Special costing for April, May June, July 2014

Fee includes:

  • Surgeon's Fee - Dr Jorge Lopez/ Dr J Daood
  • Montserrat Day Hospital Theatre and Bed Fee (based on 1.5 hour estimate surgical duration)
  • Anaesthetist based on 1.5 hour theatre duration
  • Breast Implants x 2 (Round Cohesive Gel Implants)
  • 4 Post Surgery Consultations
Cost will differ should different style of implant be used - the above quotes is based on round cohesive gel implants from Nagor. Anatomical (tear drop implants) and Silimed furry brazillian implants costs more.

Cost of Consultation

  • Canberra and Sydney: $150/-
  • Brisbane: $150/-
As we allocate and exclusively reserve an hour in consultation time with the surgeon, it is practice policy that we obtain your credit card details when booking and confirming your consultation. All payments are processed 5 working days prior to the date of consultation. This policy has been implemented to discourage no shows and last minute cancellations.

The Esteem Cosmetic Studio website provides general information about cosmetic surgery.General information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment, and should not be accepted in place or in preference to a consultation with a surgeon

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