We answer 6 of the most common breast augmentation questions

Breast Augmentation (Enlargement) Surgery using breast implants involves surgically placing an implant behind each breast to increase its volume, change its shape and firmness and change the overall look of the breasts.

No matter your goals, the decision to undergo any kind of breast surgery is a highly personal one.

This month, our plastic surgeons in Melbourne take a closer look in particular at breast enlargement (also known as augmentation) surgery. We’re answering some of the most common questions women find themselves asking during the planning process.

Do you have a question about breast enlargement surgery? Please contact Brighton Plastic Surgery today for a confidential chat with our team. We are happy to help and want to ensure you feel confident, informed, and secure throughout your entire plastic surgery journey.

Question 1: what makes someone a good candidate for breast augmentation?

There are several factors we look at when determining if a prospective patient makes a good candidate for breast implants.

You may be considered a good candidate if you:

  • Are in generally good health and are not overweight
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Have realistic outcomes for surgery

It is imperative that your decision is for you, and you alone.

You must understand that adequate time will be required to rest and recover. That means not only taking time off work but also avoiding everyday tasks such as housework, exercise and even lifting heavy objects or driving to allow your body to recuperate

Breast surgery – or any kind of plastic surgery, for that matter – is real surgery, so your recovery should not be underestimated.

Question 2: Is breast augmentation safe?

Yes, breast augmentation is considered a safe procedure. However, just like with any other surgery, there are risks and results can never be guaranteed and this would be discussed in detail at a consultation.

The risks of Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) has, understandably, left some prospective patients confused and concerned, so we encourage you to speak to your Melbourne plastic surgeon about this and we will provide you with accurate information about this.

It is important to note that BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer; it is a type of lymphoedema that usually develops as a swelling of the breast. The risk of breast cancer in a woman’s lifetime is much higher, so ongoing monitoring of your breasts throughout your life is important for many reasons.

Question 3: How long is the recovery time following breast augmentation?

Generally, the full recovery period can take anywhere from four to six weeks, and it can take six to 12 months for your breasts to settle into the final result.

Immediately following surgery, we require that you organise a trusted adult to take you home after your procedure, as you will not be allowed to drive or take public transport or a taxi.

A support person should be with you as you rest and recuperate and assist with tasks around the home. This may involve grocery shopping, meal prep, and light housekeeping.

You cannot rush or fast-track your recovery, so make sure you plan well to give yourself time to recover.

How long should I take off work after breast enlargement?

This varies depending on the individual and the type of work you do, but in most cases, we will recommend you take at least two weeks off work in order to adequately rest and give your body time to heal.

During your post-operative appointments with our practice nurse, they will help guide you through your recovery and advise you when you can resume activities such as working, driving, walking, and light exercise.

Question 4: How long should I wait to get pregnant after breast surgery?

This is a great question.

Both breast enlargement and pregnancy are significant events for a woman both mentally and physically.

As such, we strongly recommend you give your body plenty of time to recover from surgery before you start trying to conceive and embark on the pregnancy and childbirth journey.

This is usually at least 3-6 months, however, we invite you to speak to your doctor who can provide guidance based on your specific circumstances. In many cases, women may choose to wait until they have finished having children before embarking on their breast enlargement journey.

Conversely, if you have recently given birth or will be soon, there is a recommended period of 6-12 months following birth if you are considering implants, usually after you stop breastfeeding.

Question 5: Should I wait until I am done having children before getting a breast augmentation?

As you know, the female body goes through tremendous changes during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, the latter in particular can affect the size, shape, and volume of the breasts.

Many patients choose to wait until their family is complete. However, for those who are still planning their family, you can still come see us and discuss your options.

Question 6: How do I know if something is wrong after breast augmentation?

While swelling, discomfort, and mild pain are all common side effects following surgery, we always encourage our patients to get in touch if they have any doubts or worries, or if something doesn’t feel “right”.

It is important to follow our post-operative instructions, however, we understand that sometimes, these things can be out of anyone’s control.

Some signs to look out for:

  • If you have a fever and severe pain in the breast
  • If your breasts are hard
  • Sudden swelling or bleeding

When in doubt, the best thing to do is speak to a professional, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and speak to our practice nurse and surgeons.

Interested in learning more about breast enlargement surgery?

If you are considering breast enlargement surgery, we invite you to get in touch with Brighton Plastic Surgery to learn more or to book a consultation with our plastic surgeon in Melbourne, Associate Professor Ramin Shayan.

Contact us today by calling (03) 9592 0522 or submitting an enquiry form.

Additionally, our surgeons perform a range of other breast procedures, including breast reduction and breast lift in Melbourne.