If you are undergoing breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, or augmentation mammoplasty (a breast lift with implants), then you will likely be wondering about your breast implant options. There is a wide variety of high-quality breast implant choices in Australia allowing your specialist plastic surgeon to customise your surgery to achieve your desired results.
Breast Implant Brands
There are three high quality brands used by leading plastic surgeons in Australia. These include:
These are the main brands used by Dr Rubinstein due to the fact they are all highly reputable and consistent brands. Further, they offer patients long-lasting, natural feeling results.
Further, these implants can be inserted using a Kellar Funnel, minimising handling, and helping prevent implant rupture during the procedure.
Breast Implant Types
There are two breast implant types available in Australia: saline and silicone. Dr Rubinstein prefers using silicone implants as they produce a better, natural look and feel than saline. Saline can also suffer from a “waterbed” rippling look.
Further, saline implants can be more difficult to insert and can even create a “sloshing” noise during exercise. While some patients might be nervous about silicone implants, they produ7ce a better result and have the same silicone shell as saline.
Breast Implant Shapes
Implants come in a few different shapes. Currently these are round and tear drop or anatomical. The choice of shape depends on what you require top get the results you need. Round implants can move in the breast pocket, generally without affecting the shape of the breast. Anatomical implants, however, while giving you a more natural shape, will deform the shape of the breast if they move in the pocket.
Breast Implant Textures
Implants can also come in two different textures, smooth and textured. Smooth surface implants have a softer feel and are generally easier to place in the breast pocket. Textured implants, however, reduce the risk of implant movement and allows the breast tissue to better adhere to the implant surface.
Breast Implant Sizes
A small sized implant might be around 150 to 200 CC while a large implant is considered to be anything above 400 CC. How large or small an implant is on your body, however, is determined by your physique and torso dimensions. A 400 cc implant might be far too large on a smaller patient, but look perfectly natural on a taller one. As a result, it is essential that you work with your specialist plastic surgeon to find the correct implant for your surgical aims.
Your Breast Implant Consultation
During your personal consultation, Dr Rubinstein will assess your existing anatomy and physique. This includes:
- Are you short or long waisted?
- Is your chest narrow or broad?
- How much space is there between the breasts or nipples?
- Do you have a concave chest?
Further, during your consultation, Dr Rubinstein uses a range of size selection and planning tools, including Vectra 3D imaging and bra cup sizers to assess your needs. He also takes extensive measurements of each patient’s torso and chest area to help him anticipate what the end result of your procedure will be.
Dr Rubinstein uses these tools to keep results natural looking while improving size, fullness, proportions, and cleavage. He also uses a “laser level” to help identify the level of existing asymmetry of the breasts and/or nipples as well as other factors that may impact your surgical results.
The Next Steps
- Visit the FAQs pages and patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your consultation with Dr Rubinstein
- A referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes