Breast Augmentation Sunshine Coast

Breast augmentation surgery is designed to improve or restore volume, shape, and projection of the breasts using implants placed either above or below the breast muscle. The surgery may be reconstructive for patients who have had a mastectomy or experienced other trauma. Breast augmentation surgery can be combined with other procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) based on a patient’s individual needs.

There are a variety of different options and choices to consider when deciding to have breast augmentation surgery that will be discussed with plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk during consultation, such as:

  • The type of implant used
  • What shape is best suited to an individual’s goals and body shape
  • The type of implant finish required
  • The best incision placement to minimise scarring and to suit a patient’s lifestyle

Dr Fraser-Kirk uses silicone implants in breast augmentation surgery:

  • Silicone Implants

Silicone implants contain an elastic, cohesive gel designed to look and feel like natural breast tissue. The gel tends to stay together even if there is a rupture or leak to the implant itself. Problems such as silicone migration and extracapsular spread are reduced with silicone implants.

Breast augmentation surgery model 01-4, Fraser-Kirk Plastic Surgery Sunshine Coast

What can be achieved with a breast augmentation?

There are a variety of reasons patients may consider a breast augmentation, and it is a personal decision that should be made for themselves. A breast augmentation aims to achieve the following:

  • Create a natural, fuller breast contour
  • Correct undesirable effects from any previous surgeries
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence
  • Eliminate skin laxity caused by pregnancy, aging, or weight loss

How is a breast augmentation performed?

The procedure is conducted under general anaesthetic and is normally a day procedure unless other surgeries are to be performed with a breast augmentation. Every breast augmentation surgery is conducted with a personalised approach for each patient and will differ depending on what Dr Fraser-Kirk evaluates as the best option for an individual.

Breast augmentation incision types:

  • Inframammary Incision

An incision is made under the breast where visible scarring is inconspicuously hidden by the crease of the skin and allows for good manoeuvrability when inserting the implant. This is the most common technique used.

  • Periareolar Incision

A semicircular incision is made beneath the nipple around the areola, creating the least visible scarring. However, it does come with potential added risks including loss of nipple sensation and the inability to breastfeed.

  • Transaxillary Incision

An incision is made in the armpit area where implants are placed through this incision and can be used in circumstances where there is a potential risk of keloid scarring. This is the least common technique used.

Once the incisions are made, a pocket is created to insert the implants which can differ for every patient to accommodate their health and lifestyle. The pocket locations include:

  • Sub-glandular: behind the breast tissue and over the pectoral muscle
  • Sub-muscular: under the pectoral muscle
  • Dual plane: partially behind the pectoral muscle and mammary gland

After the implants are inserted, the incisions are closed with sutures, and drainage tubes may be inserted in the surgical sites to collect excess fluid or blood. The procedure may take between one to two hours.

What can I expect following my surgery?

Some light bleeding through your dressings is normal and should only last a couple of days.
If a breast becomes swollen, tense or painful please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk.

When you come home from surgery you will have a compression garment in place with some absorbent combine pads in place.
There may be two drains, one from each breast. The drains will remain in place until less than 20ml is collected in a 24hr period.
All dressings are to remain in place and dry until your post-operative appointment.

You should rest. Sleep supported by pillows for 7 days post-operatively. you will leave the hospital with white compression stockings on your legs; these will stay on for 3 days to help maintain circulation and prevent blood clots.
No driving for 7 to 10 days. 6 weeks of rest with no heavy lifting is required.

Light walking can be resumed 2 weeks after surgery. No strenuous exercise for at least 6 weeks.

Pain relief will be prescribed to you to assist with the discomfort. If you run out of these, Panadol and Ibuprofen should be sufficient. It is common to experience some bloating and constipation following your surgery – if required, use coloxyl and Senna.
Aspirin should be avoided.

Once your surgical dressings have been removed, taping of the scars is recommended.
Micropore tape can be used to tape the wound for up to three months post-operatively.
Taping the wound prevents stretching of the scar and promotes scar maturity. Micropore can be purchased from most pharmacies and will need to be changed once weekly. You can get this wet, pat dry after showering.
Please notify Dr Fraser-Kirk if your scar appears lumpy, red or raised. A more suitable dressing may be required.

If you experience pain, widespread redness or offensive discharge from your surgical site please contact Dr Fraser-Kirk. These symptoms can indicate infection and may require antibiotics.

How much will breast augmentation cost in Sunshine Coast?

Due to the highly personalised nature of this procedure, the cost can vary for every patient, as their personal health and individual goals are considered. At a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk, he will discuss with patients their health and wellbeing, their reasons for surgery, and their anticipated outcomes. Factors such as the complexity and length of the procedure, surgeon costs, hospital fees, anaesthetist costs, and post-operative care costs will influence the estimated costs. Post-mastectomy and trauma patients who require a reconstructive breast augmentation may be eligible for Medicare or private health insurance coverage.

If any questions should arise regarding costs, please contact us.

What are the associated risks and complications?

A degree of risks or complications can be present in any procedure patients undergo. These are the associated risks and complications with a breast augmentation surgery:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Anaesthesia complications
  • Poor scarring
  • Changes to breast and nipple sensation
  • Rupture of implant
  • Capsular contracture
  • Persistent pain
  • Skin wrinkling over the implant

Notify us if you experience any of the following

  • Heavy bleeding from the incision site that is difficult to control
  • If you have severe or increasing pain not relieved by Panadol
  • Temperature above 38 degrees celsius or chills
  • Redness around the incision site that is spreading
  • Pus or discharge that is foul smelling
  • DO NOT SMOKE. Smoking delays healing, increases risk of infection and complications can result.

Proper adherence to the personalised recovery instructions given to patients will help to mitigate the associated risks and complications, including minimising scarring where possible.

Book your surgery with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today

Our philosophy is about focusing on the patients and their goals to help empower them in becoming the best versions of themselves. If you are considering a breast augmentation, book an in-depth consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk where your needs and circumstances will be discussed to help create a tailored surgical plan that suits your lifestyle.