As a Plastic Surgeon, operating in Canberra for nearly 20 years, I have often seen the results of surgery that has been undertaken without proper consideration of the risks or possible long term implications.  This is especially the case with Breast Augmentation surgeries. Breast Augmentation can be a life changing procedure for women who have little breast tissue or women who wish to restore their breasts after children or weight loss, but it is a decision for life and therefore must not be entered into without fully understanding the risks and long term responsibilities.

The top three factors you need to consider before undertaking a Breast Augmentation are: safety, size & shape, and longevity.

SAFETY
Patient safety is the most vital factor when considering Breast Augmentation.  This type of surgery is increasingly being viewed more like a commodity in the market, with cut prices and the off­er of quick fixes. In reality, this often translates into compromises in the areas of patient safety and curtailed post-operative responsibilities.  A thorough ‘no obligation’ consultation is the key where questions can be asked and addressed with honesty and clarity. This gives you, the patient, a complete picture of your surgeon, the services o­ffered both before, and after, and addresses all the safety aspects.

Consider these questions:
-Does the outcome of the surgery outweigh your personal health risk?
-Do you have to compromise your health and safety against the cost?
-Is the hospital and theatre accredited against the National Safety and Quality Health Standard?
-Is there a qualified Anaesthetist at your surgery?
-Does your surgeon hold a Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) – as not all surgeons do.
-Does your surgeon follow the recommended 14-point plan to reduce infection and long term issues
with the implant?
-Does your surgeon o­ffer full post-operative care?

SIZE & SHAPE
The implant should be chosen from what fits your body shape, not on what volume your friend had. Size and shape are very important. Most surgeons will off­er you a range of styles and shapes, which will determine the end result and the look you are after.  In all cases the breasts should never be looked at in isolation, you must also consider the waist, hips and overall body proportioning. Round vs teardrop, heights and widths should be harmonious with your body measurements. Saline vs cohesive gel and di­fferent projections and widths will have an eff­ect on the overall look and feel of breast.

LONGEVITY
Longevity is not something anyone wants to think about when undertaking this surgery but it is also very important!  A cheap surgery can rapidly turn into a very expensive exercise if you have a problem and require revisional surgery.  If you go too big and haven’t had children, you must remember your breasts will change dramatically during pregnancy and breast feeding. Sport and fitness enthusiasts often find large implants impede their ability to participate and excel in their chosen sport.

However, with the right implant, positioned well and sized to fit your body shape this will substantially reduce the likelihood of future problems. Additionally, supporting the breast properly by limiting the time you go braless and wearing a correctly fitted bra will also help. If you have concerns or are considering Breast Augmentation, please call our clinic and speak to one of our patient managers or alternatively visit our website for more information.