Breast Augmentation in Melbourne, Australia
Breast augmentation surgery is a procedure performed by Melbourne plastic surgeon Dr Craig Rubinstein. This surgical procedure focuses on increasing the size or altering the appearance of the breasts. The most common method involves using silicone breast implants, although in some cases, the procedure may involve transferring or grafting a patient’s own fat to the breasts, known as autologous breast augmentation/fat grafting (Dr Rubinstein does not offer this procedure).
Dr Craig Rubinstein has extensive experience in performing breast augmentation surgeries and can provide personalised recommendations based on individual goals and preferences.
Breast augmentation using breast implants continues to be one of if not the most popular plastic surgery procedure. There are various, unique reasons why women seek out breast enlargement surgery. Some of the common reasons include:
- Alter breast size and shape.
- Address the appearance of asymmetry.
- Reconstructive purposes (breast reconstruction after mastectomy or to congenital abnormalities)
Ultimately, the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery is personal and unique to each individual, based on their desired outcomes and goals for their appearance. It is important for women to have thorough consultations with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss their expectations, options, and potential risks associated with the procedure.
What Makes a Suitable Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Choosing breast augmentation surgery is a deeply personal decision. It is important to have a private consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, like Dr Craig Rubinstein, to determine if this is the right procedure for you.
A suitable candidate generally has the following:
- Breasts that are out of proportion with the rest of the physique.
- Lost volume post-pregnancy or post-weight loss.
- Asymmetrical breasts.
- Good physical health.
- Good emotional well-being (stable emotional and psychological state).
- Fully developed breasts.
- Realistic expectations.
- Commitment to post-operative care.
It is crucial for individuals considering breast augmentation to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate their unique circumstances, perform a thorough examination, and provide personalised recommendations based on their specific goals and medical history.
Your Breast Implant Options
Although small-volume breast augmentation can be achieved through fat grafting techniques, the most frequently employed method involves the use of breast implants.
There are several types of breast implants available including:
- Saline (less common, but used in the USA more than Australia)
- Anatomical or shaped implants
Dr Craig Rubinstein will discuss the different implant options with you.
Before and After Breast Augmentation Photos
View some of Dr Rubinstein’s previous breast augmentation before and after photo galleries from real patients.
How Long Do Breast Implants Usually Last?
The longevity of breast implants can differ among patients, but it is common for many individuals to consider replacement approximately 10+ years after the initial surgery.
A breast implant revision operation is most likely to be required at some future stage based on several factors, including:
- Desire to change implant size
- Preference for implant removal
- Implant damage or rupture
- Other complications related to the implants
- Changes in weight that affect skin elasticity due to weight gain or loss
- Alterations in breast shape following pregnancy
- Impact of smoking on skin quality and healing
- Other underlying health issues
Breast Augmentation Surgical Techniques
There are several different incision techniques for breast augmentation with implants, including:
1. Transaxillary Incision
Also known as the “Armpit” incision, this is a technique in which the incision is not made on the chest or breast tissue but under the armpit for those prone to keloid scarring. Popular for Asian Patient Augmentation.
2. Periareolar Incision
This incision is made under the lower half of the areola.
3. Inframammary or IMF Incision
This incision is made under the breast, in the breast crease. It is the most popular method and the one most often used by Dr Rubinstein.
Where are the Breast Implants Placed?
There are three different placements for breast implants: under the muscle, over the muscle, and a dual-plane technique.
‘Under the muscle’ is often the preferred location for the implant as it generally results in a more stable implant that is less likely to cause complications like breast ptosis.
Breast Augmentation Surgical Procedure with Dr Craig
Dr Rubinstein only performs breast augmentation surgery with patients under a general anaesthetic in a sterile hospital environment.
After the incision is made, he then inserts the implant using a Kellar Funnel (see picture) for added sterility. A Kellar Funnel is a medical device that allows the insertion of an implant into the breast pocket without handling, helping prevent implant rupture or contamination.
Once Dr Rubinstein has inserted the implant he closes with stitches and the incisions are covered with a waterproof dressing. You will also be fitted with an appropriate, soft, crop top bra.
Usually, a breast augmentation procedure can take from 1-2 hours, though the length of time will depend on factors like the technique and individual patient.
Does a Breast Augmentation Hurt?
Pain is subjective and all patients are different. However, there is generally an element of pain with all invasive surgeries, regardless of whether they are general or plastic surgery procedures.
Dr Rubinstein will use a range of methods to help reduce or limit patient discomfort, including general anaesthetic, numbing anaesthetic, and pain blocks for post-surgical discomfort.
Breast Surgery Risks and Complications
Every surgery has risks and complications that can occur. These include infection, hematoma, implant issues, changes in sensations, asymmetry and poor scarring.
Please visit our Plastic Surgery Risks page to find more information on general surgical risks and plastic surgery risks.
Recovery After Breast Augmentation
After breast surgery, most patients typically require an initial recovery period of 1-2 weeks before gradually transitioning to modified activities or light exercise. However, it is important to avoid heavy lifting or engaging in competitive sports during this time.
The timeline for returning to work can vary depending on the nature of your occupation, but many patients are able to resume their work duties within a few weeks.
It is important to note that these are general guidelines and each patient’s recovery may differ based on their individual health and lifestyle factors.
During your consultation, your surgeon will provide you with a personalised recovery outline tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.
They will take into consideration your overall health and lifestyle to ensure the best possible recovery outcome for you.
How Can Scars be Minimised After Surgery?
- All surgery leaves scars, including plastic surgery procedures like breast augmentation. However, experienced surgeons like Dr Rubinstein are careful about scar placement and minimisation.
- Fortunately, most surgical scars generally fade over time.
- Dr Rubinstein’s Team also conducts follow-up treatments using Lasers and Healite II to minimise your scars.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?
The cost of breast augmentation surgery can vary across Melbourne and Australia. It depends on several factors, including the surgeon you choose, their level of experience and qualifications, where you have your operation, how long you stay in hospital (if you stay overnight), the quality of your breast implant and time in theatre.
Dr Rubinstein cautions “shopping for low-cost surgery” as it is unlikely that an experienced FRACS specialist plastic surgeon will be performing the procedure.
It is important to do your research before deciding on a surgeon for your procedure. Further, revision surgery is costly and is not guaranteed to fix the issue you experienced with your initial surgery if you choose to explore cheaper surgical options.
It is important to pursue plastic surgery based on skill, not cost.
Visit Prices for Surgery and Payment Plan Options for more information.
Will Medicare Cover Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- No, Medicare will NOT cover most primary breast augmentation procedures as they are usually classified as purely cosmetic procedures.
- Some patients with congenital defects like tuberous breasts may be eligible.
Will Private Health Insurance Cover My Surgery?
- In cases where breast augmentation procedures are reconstructive, then your private health insurance may cover some of your procedure.
- However, most breast surgeries are classified as cosmetic and are not eligible for rebates.
- It is best to discuss this with your plastic surgeon or doctor.
FAQS for Breast Augmentation Surgery
Will Breast Surgery Affect Breastfeeding Later in Life?
- It is possible. There is always a risk.
- It can depend on what type of breast surgery you choose. It is often recomended to avoid incisions around the nipple-areola complex, as well as breast implant placement above the muscle.
- We recommend placing breast implants below the muscle and incisions made under the breast. This allows for a lower chance of nipple sensation loss and desired results if you are planning on breastfeeding children later in life.
- Many women are unable to breastfeed, regardless of whether they have undergone a breast augmentation procedure or not. However, breast augmentation may affect your ability to breastfeed.
- It is also possible that you may experience a slight loss of nipple sensation.
Will Breast Implants Affect Future Breast Screening?
- In general, breast implants cause very little, if any, interference with mammography. However, you must discuss your risk of breast cancer with your plastic surgeon and GP, especially if you have a first-degree relative with a history of cancer.
- All women who have had breast implants should inform their radiographer so tests can be adjusted as needed.
What is the Minimum Age for Breast Implants?
- The minimum age for breast augmentation surgery in Australia is 18 years old.
Further Reading – Medical References
About Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) is an experienced Melbourne Specialist Plastic Surgeon for breast and abdominoplasty surgery.
Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised abdominoplasty surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.
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About Your First Consultation
- Dr Rubinstein’s Consultation fee is $300.
- A referral from your GP or specialist is essential.
- A referral helps when claiming Medicare or Private Health Insurance coverage.
- Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery to book your consultation.
What to Bring to Your 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.
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