Breast Augmentation/ Breast Enlargement with Implants
Breast enlargement/ augmentation is Dr. Hamilton’s most popular treatment. It is also his favourite treatment to perform because of the happiness and boosted self-esteem it instils in his patients.
Dr. Hamilton will conduct an extensive consultation with you before surgery and listen very carefully to understand your goals. This includes the thorough assessment of your chest frame and breast tissue characteristics, exploration of various implant options, and the use of computer-aided 3D Vectra renderings of what you can expect to look like after surgery. The pre-op planning by Dr. Hamilton and discussion with you, the patient, is crucial to obtaining a great result; one which best suits your body. Every patient is special and different.
Please note that the information about this procedure is given as a general guide, and is not a substitute for an in-depth, personal consultation with Dr. Hamilton. As with any surgery there are risks and complications to consider, all of which will be clearly communicated to you during your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Hamilton.
Breast Enlargement / Breast Augmentation Overview
Breast enlargement, or augmentation with Breast Implants is a frequently performed cosmetic procedure designed to add volume and shape to the bust line to create a more youthful, contoured appearance.
There are many reasons patients seek breast enlargement, including:
- Flat chest with underdeveloped breasts
- Small breasts disproportionate to the body frame
- The desire for a firmer, fuller bust line
- Improvement of breast shape
- Difficulty in finding suitable clothing
- Wanting to better ‘fill’ bras and bikinis
- The desire to feel more womanly
- Breast size decrease following pregnancy
- Breasts drooping or sagging
- One breast may be smaller or larger than the other
Trained in Adelaide, New Zealand, Melbourne and Sweden, at some of the world’s most prestigious centres of surgical excellence, and with more than 20 years’ experience in breast enlargement surgery, Dr. Richard Hamilton is a highly skilled plastic surgeon offering exceptional breast augmentation surgery at our Adelaide practice for patients from across the country. Contact the Adelaide office of Hamilton House Plastic Surgery with any questions or concerns you might have for an in-depth, confidential discussion with one of our very knowledgeable patient advisors.
Breast Implant Information
At our Adelaide practice, Dr. Richard Hamilton pairs his surgical skill with the highest quality silicone gel or saline Nagor implants, which are British made and recognised as amongst the world’s leading implants. Silicone gel is a soft cohesive medical grade material with breast feel characteristics confined within a shaped silicone rubber shell. Saline is a salt-water solution that is contained within an outer silicone rubber shell, which is easily absorbed by the body in the case of implant leakage. Both saline and the silicone cohesive gel-filled breast implants are equally safe; and the latest technological advances in breast implants have further increased their effectiveness and durability. Depending on your desired outcome, Dr. Hamilton will guide you through the process of choosing between silicone or saline breast implants at your initial consultation.
Breast Implant Sizes
Breast implants come in a range of sizes, from smaller implants designed for subtle breast enlargement, to larger styles for patients who desire or need more dramatic results. There are also different shapes, predominantly round or tear drop. Dr. Hamilton will assist you to select the best implant to achieve your desired results, and most importantly, to fit the shape of your body contour. The Vectra 3D computer imaging is a great tool to show you on the screen what a breast augmentation will do for you, and is part of the science of determining which is the best implant for your particular body and breast. Dr Hamilton’s expertise and years of experience is invaluable when it comes to his assessment of which will work best for you after a full clinical examination. As with any surgery, there can be complications, and Dr. Hamilton will discuss with you all the risks and benefits of the various types of implants used at our practice. Each case is unique, but usually, soft silicone gel implants are used when tissue coverage is thin, and saline filled implants may be used where there is more breast tissue cover. Dr. Hamilton will also discuss the best options for exact placement of the implants; either behind the chest muscles or directly underneath the breast tissue, uniquely dependent to you.
The Breast Enlargement Procedure
Breast enlargement implant procedures are performed at Hamilton House Day Surgery at facility in Adelaide, as a day procedure. An incision is made usually in the fold under the breast, and a breast implant is carefully inserted under the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscles. The implant is inserted with the aid of a Keller Funnel to avoid contact between the implant and the skin where contamination could otherwise occur. Once the implant is correctly in place, the incision is carefully closed in layers with a concealed absorbable stitch. The procedure is performed under intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic by a specialist anaesthetist, and takes up to two hours to complete.
Recovery after Breast Enlargement
During recovery, patients typically experience breast sensitivity, soreness, swelling, and sometimes a temporary decrease in nipple sensation. However, most side effects usually subside within two days. Post-operative discomfort can be relieved with our special post-op pain management plan, which includes local anaesthetic placed in the pocket just before the operation concludes, oral medication and a nasal spray analgesic for instant pain relief. A fine catheter can be placed in the breast pocket through which local anaesthetic can be instilled for rapid pain relief. Dr Hamilton will personally check you the day after the procedure and frequently during the first two weeks. You’re able to shower on the second post-operative day. Some patients who are from out of town may prefer, or may be advised to spend the first few nights at our after care facility at 1 Narinna Avenue – a relaxing, cosy cottage, conveniently located right next door to Hamilton House.
Most patients who have undergone breast enlargement at our plastic surgery centre are able to resume their normal daily routines, including work, around two weeks after the breast augmentation procedure, sometimes even less. The post-op management is different for silicone gel and saline breast implants. Dr. Hamilton will discuss this with you at the initial consultation at Hamilton House. Dr Richard Hamilton and the team at Hamilton House Plastic Surgery will ensure you’re fully informed and given the best possible care every step of the way.
Scarring After Breast Enlargement
Dr. Richard Hamilton will make the incisions as small and as well hidden as possible. There are a variety of techniques Dr. Hamilton uses to minimise the appearance of scars, and most of the scarring from the breast enlargement procedure will fade with time, ultimately becoming a barely noticeable fine line under the breast.
Possible Breast Enlargement Complications
In addition to sensitivity, soreness, temporarily decreased nipple sensation and swelling, there are some instances when an implant will become encapsulated, a condition in which scar tissue forms around the implant and makes it feel hardened. Rarely, the implant may leak and deflate, after which it would require replacement or removal. Dr. Hamilton will discuss all of the aspects of recovery, risks and complications from breast enlargement with you in a frank and open manner before the procedure to ensure you are fully informed.
Many medical treatments have been associated with a possible but remote cancer risk. In breast implant surgery, there could be an extremely rare cancer risk of less than 1 in 500,000 of ALCL (Atypical Large Cell Lymphoma) development. This risk is so remote that it is akin to being hit by an asteroid. Conversely however, a reputable Danish study suggests there could actually be some protection from developing breast cancer from breast implants. Dr Hamilton will brief you about the science of this subject during your in-depth consultation.
Results Achieved with Breast Implants
Patients who have had breast enlargement surgery at Hamilton House Adelaide have achieved remarkable results, with fuller, firmer bust lines and breasts that are more proportionate to their body frames. Many patients find that having a rejuvenated bust line greatly enhances their self-confidence by providing a body image more in tune with their desired appearance. They find they can now fill a bra, with no need for padded bras, and are able to wear clothes of a more flattering form, and importantly, they feel more womanly. At the initial consultation, Dr. Richard Hamilton will go over your goals for breast enlargement, and together you and he will decide on the best way to produce the results you want. Dr. Hamilton will take the time to thoroughly discuss every aspect of the process and procedure to ensure you feel confident at achieving the best outcome from breast enlargement surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery Clinics performing Breast Augmentation
Over recent years a number of General Practitioner staffed Cosmetic Surgery Clinics have arisen throughout the Adelaide area and in the Eastern states for the provision of cosmetic services including Breast Implants. Although these clinics may provide a worthwhile community service in non surgical services (cosmetic injections for example), patients should understand that these clinics are not normally staffed by specialist plastic surgeons with the FRACS qualification. If you are attending these clinics and are considering breast augmentation surgery, please consider asking for a referral to a properly trained FRACS qualified plastic surgeon, to make sure that only the best surgical and anaesthetic techniques are employed in a thoroughly safe and regulated environment, to ensure the best aesthetic outcome and the safest result for you. It’s important to understand the difference between a ‘cosmetic surgeon’ and a qualified Plastic Surgeon. Cosmetic surgeons may have only taken brief courses to learn certain procedures, whereas a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS, who has undertaken the highly specialised further eight years of practical instruction and training (on top of their basic MBBS medical degree) which is needed to qualify as a Plastic Surgeon. Plastic Surgery is a serious matter and not without risk. Choosing a cheaper, quick fix option usually means short cuts may be taken, which may compromise care and safety, often with tragic results. There is only one valid qualification for performing advanced cosmetic plastic surgery such as breast augmentation and that is FRACS, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Costs of Breast Augmentation
Dr. Hamilton will discuss all the costs involved in breast augmentation surgery in an open and frank manner after he has fully assessed your requirements and the scope of the procedure at the initial consultation. Please remember every case is different, and the procedure is specific for each patient. There are no Medicare item numbers and no rebates for primary cosmetic procedures. The costs involved include surgical fees, day surgery theatre fees, and the actual implants. Cosmetic Surgery fees are always prepaid. Aftercare visits with Dr Hamilton for six months are without charge. The fee for the specialist anaesthetist is additional, and will vary according to the complexity and duration of your surgery. GST applies to cosmetic procedures. For patients who desire a payment plan for their procedure, we are conveniently partnered with Mac Credit and Mediplan to provide finance.
Contact us about Breast Enlargement and Breast Implants
Many women have solved lifelong body image issues and radically boosted their self-confidence with breast implants. Breast enlargement offered at our Adelaide Clinic can augment your bustline and improve your confidence. At Hamilton House Plastic Surgery we understand the decision to undergo breast augmentation is an important one that is filled with concern and anxiety. What size, what shape, what incision and what position is best for me? What happens before, during and after surgery? We will take all the time you need to inform and guide you through the decision-making process.
At Hamilton House Plastic Surgery in Adelaide we offer a range of other cosmetic procedures including rhinoplasty, short scar face lift, tummy tuck, non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques, lip enhancement and more. To learn more about breast enlargement and other cosmetic procedures, please contact Dr. Richard Hamilton today.
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Photos taken 8 weeks post surgery
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Photos taken 7 weeks post surgery
260 cc round textured implants
Photos taken 7 weeks post surgery