Breast Augmentation / Breast Implants

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is one of the most common plastic surgery operations. Breast implants are used to increase the breast volume. They may also improve the breast shape.

Is it suitable for me?

Most women who are interested in this operation either wish to regain breast volume they may have lost through weight loss or following childbirth, or wish to enhance their natural breasts. Marc Seifman aims to help guide you on your journey to achieve your own personal goals.

What can I achieve with breast augmentation?

Depending on your personal goals, Marc Seifman will tailor your augmentation surgery to your needs. People may increase the shape and volume of their breasts, potentially improve symmetry and even achieve a degree of breast lift.

What type of implant do we use?

Breast implants are either filled with silicone or saline. Silicone gel gives a more natural feel but does require monitoring to ensure there is no rupture. Saline implants are more obvious when they rupture, and require less monitoring. Marc Seifman generally uses smooth round implants for breast augmentation.

Where is the implant placed?

The breast implants can be positioned in front of your pectoralis muscle (pre-pectoral/subglandular pocket) or behind your pectoralis muscle (sub-pectoral pocket). A number of factors influence this decision, including how much soft tissue you have naturally, your lifestyle, and your desired appearance. There are advantages and disadvantages for either of these, and Marc Seifman is happy to explain these to you and what best suits you.

How is breast augmentation performed?

Breast implants can be inserted via an inframammary fold (IMF) approach, a transaxillary approach in the armpit, or along the nipple-areolar complex (periareolar). There are advantages and disadvantages for each of these, and Marc Seifman is happy to explain these to you and what best suits you. Marc Seifman typically uses the IMF approach, and the scar is usually very well hidden, and less than 5cm long.

Can I have a breast lift at the same time?

Some people may wish to have a breast lift (mastopexy) at the same time as having breast augmentation. For details on mastopexy, please click here.

Can I have a breast augmentation and breastfeed after?

There is a significant proportion of people who are unable to breastfeed their babies, even when they have not had breast implants. While people have had breast implants and breastfed successfully afterwards, there is a chance that you may not be able to breastfeed after your breast augmentation.

What is the usual timeline?

To begin your journey with Marc Seifman, you will typically have an initial consultation to discuss your goals and see how we can help you. It is important to remember that the initial consultation is a no obligation consultation. If you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

The night after your procedure and the day after you may feel that your breasts are swollen and your chest region mildly tight. You will be wearing a post-operative surgical bra and have instructions for medications to take at home, and exercises to perform. You should be able to go home that same day.

You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first six weeks.

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