Myth-Busting Breast Augmentation

Have you ever been interested in breast augmentation surgery? Whether you’re thinking about going up a cup size, downgrading or even making your breasts look firm and shapely, this kind of cosmetic surgery is one of the most popular trends in Australia at the moment. Growing at a rate of 30 per cent year-after-year, it is time to debunk any myths about breast augmentation, and just face the facts if you’re interested in going under the knife.

The Cosmetic Institute is a world-class facility offering breast augmentation surgery, amongst other cosmetic procedures. With their flagship store located in Parramatta and second established just months ago in bustling Bondi Junction, they offer exceptional surgical outcomes, brilliant patient care and support at a fair price. Breast augmentation surgery at The Cosmetic Institute is available for $5,990.

Here are some common misconceptions about breast augmentation surgery, as told by David Segal, co-founder and managing director of The Cosmetic Institute, and author of the book Skin – The Essential Australian Guide.

Breast implants are only for women who want to increase their cup size

A far cry from the assets of celebrities such as Brynne Edelstein or Pamela Anderson, in reality, many clients just want to go from an A to a B or a C cup. “The size of the implant is determined in consultation with the patient, taking into account their height, weight and frame, but for the most part, we don’t see women who are looking to go really big,” says David. Implants are not a ‘one size fits all’ type of procedure. They are chosen in proportion to body-type, and how to best flatter the rest of the patient.

Implants will make you lose the sensation in your breasts

Although patients will usually have a different reaction from the procedure, in most cases this is treated as a rare concept. While everyone will react differently after the implants are inserted, the loss of sensitivity isn’t usually a permanent side effect. “The vast majority of patients experience no permanent sensory changes after undergoing a breast augmentation,” David said.

You cannot breastfeed after having implants

One of the most common misconceptions about breast augmentation surgery is definitely in regards to difficulty breastfeeding in the future. The implant is usually inserted under the muscle, since this will not interfere with any flow from the milk ducts. If you do plan to have kids or breastfeed, don’t let this common misconception deter you from the idea of breastfeeding.

Breast augmentation requires a lot of attention and time off work

While everybody is different and has a varied amount of pain tolerance, breast augmentation isn’t treated like a surgery which requires a tremendous amount of down-time. Most patients will be back and on their feet within 5-7 days after the procedure has been completed. “Most of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the procedure and the time it takes to recover.  The procedure itself takes just 45 minutes on average and does not require an overnight hospital stay.  Patients are able to recuperate at home once discharged from recovery,” says David.

Having the procedure in Thailand or overseas will be cheaper and act like a mini-holiday

A large number of people choose to get their breast augmentation surgery in countries such as Thailand, Lebanon and Bali. These procedures are often advertised as cheap and are romanticised since they also look like a mini-holiday which takes over the recovery period. In reality, this is nearly impossible since patients need an adequate amount of care, rest and follow-up support which doesn’t exist in these types of scenarios. “In addition to not being able to swim, patients may be in pain and must keep movement to a minimum.  Additionally, people are often travelling to very hot, humid climates, where the risk of infection is high, and most importantly, should something go wrong, a patient has no access to their surgeon once they have returned home,” David warns.

Silicone implants are not safe

Much has been said over the past few years in regards to the safety of silicone implants. Actually, these implants have gone through numerous tests and research which determine that they are extremely safe and reliable. “Silicone is actually the most biocompatible material known to man and silicone-filled implants are supported by extensive pre-clinical testing, US clinical studies and European rupture prevalence data,” David says. If you are worried about the safety of silicone implants, do your research and read-up as much as you can on the topic before deeming it unsafe.

Implants make it difficult to detect breast cancer

Actually, quite the opposite. Breast implants have often had a bad reputation in regards to blocking the detection of breast cancer. Instead, the implants push forward the breast tissue, which makes it so much easier to detect any incoming lumps or bumps which are of concern.


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Plastic Surgery Guide: Breast Reduction

While it may seem like the majority of women seeking cosmetic surgery on their breasts want to go bigger, there are others who go under the knife in order to reduce the size of their bustlines. Breast reduction surgery is growing in popularity, becoming the sixth most performed cosmetic surgery procedure in Australia in recent years.

What is reduction mammoplasty?

Reduction mammoplasty is the procedure for reducing the size of large breasts. The typical patient for this surgery suffers from chronic pain in her neck, back and shoulders due to the excessive weight of her breasts. Overly large breasts can cause more serious problems such as difficulty breathing and impaired circulation.

In addition to the physical problems caused by very large breasts, women may also be plagued by the difficulty of finding clothes that fit as well as unwanted stares and comments. This can lead to lowered self-esteem and poor mental health.

Breast reduction procedure

Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, skin and glandular tissue to create a breast more in proportion to the woman’s body. This cosmetic surgery is more complicated than the procedure for breast augmentation and also leaves more obvious scars.

Reduction mammoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and involves one of three types of incisions: a circular pattern around the areola, a keyhole-shaped pattern around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease or an inverted T-shape. After the incision is made, the nipple is repositioned and reduced in size.

Next, the underlying breast tissue is reduced, shaped and lifted to produce a smaller, more aesthetically pleasing breast. If the breasts are especially large, the nipple may need to be repositioned higher on the breast. Lastly, the incisions are closed with sutures and surgical tape.

Cost of breast reduction

The costs for breast reduction surgery can vary drastically according to the difficulty of the procedure and the doctor you choose. Surgeon’s fees tend to range between $6,000 and $8,000, plus there are the assistant surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fee, cost of hospital facilities and follow-up visits. Since reduction mammoplasty is considered to be medically necessary in some cases rather than purely cosmetic, your insurance may pay for part of the costs.

Risks of breast reduction

Before considering breast reduction surgery, you should be in good health and at your optimal weight. The most common complaints following reduction mammoplasty are loss of sensation in the nipples and unattractive scarring. Some patients are unable to breast feed after having the surgery.

As with any major surgery, there are possible risks including infection, bleeding, blood clots and poor healing. There is also the chance that revisional surgery will be necessary at a later date.

Celebrities who have had a breast reduction

Despite all the possible problems, most women are happy with the results of the surgery. Most are able to live a more active, pain-free life and find shopping for clothes much easier. Celebrities who have had their bustlines reduced include Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah, Patricia Heaton and comedian Janeane Garofalo.

Have you ever considered having breast reduction surgery?

Plastic Surgery Guide To Abdominoplasty

If your tummy isn’t as flat as you would like for it to be, you may have considered having abdominoplasty, or as it’s commonly called, a tummy tuck. While having this surgery can definitely improve the way you look in tight jeans or a swimsuit, don’t expect miracles. Here’s a realistic guide to abdominoplasty.

What a tummy tuck can do

Abdominoplasty can remove excess skin and fat as well as repairing stretched-out muscles resulting from pregnancy, ageing, weight fluctuations or heredity fat deposits. A tummy tuck can give you a smoother, flatter abdomen.

What a tummy tuck can’t do

While tummy tuck surgery can remove some stretch marks, it can’t get rid of all of them.

Abdominoplasty is not the lazy woman’s shortcut to weight loss. For the best results, the patient should already be at a healthy and stable weight before undergoing the surgery. If you’re planning to get pregnant in the future, this surgery should be postponed until afterwards.

Have realistic expectations

If you look at all those flattering photos in ads for plastic surgeons, you’d think that you could emerge from your abdominoplasty with the toned, flawless tummy of a swimsuit model. You need to have realistic expectations and your cosmetic surgeon should talk you through them.

The abdominoplasty procedure

There will be one incision made between the pubic line and the navel that will leave a scar at the bikini line. If you have a large amount of excess skin and fat, another incision will be necessary around the navel in order to reposition it higher on your abdomen. This is also likely to leave a scar.

Abdominoplasty cost

In Australia, a tummy tuck can cost from $6,000-$10,000. None of that will be covered by insurance unless your doctor considers it medically necessary to repair a condition like an abdominal hernia.

Down time after abdominoplasty

The average down time following a tummy tuck (or before you can drive and go back to work or other moderate activity) is 10 to 14 days. Full physical activity like exercise is permitted after six weeks.

Liposuction and other surgery

In some cases, abdominal liposuction can be more successful than a tummy tuck, so speak to your cosmetic surgeon about both options and which, if any, are best for you.

If you are considering getting other cosmetic surgeries like a breast reduction, these can sometimes be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck. Discuss your plan with a plastic surgeon.

Would you consider getting a tummy tuck?