Breast Augmentation Sydney FAQs

What is breast augmentation?
Breast Augmentation ?most commonly referred to as breast enlargement ?is the process by which an implant is placed behind the breast tissue to increase the volume or to enhance the shape of your breasts.

How old do I have to be to have breast augmentation?
Dr Chan recommends that a patient’s breasts be fully developed before undergoing surgery. This happens at different ages for every woman. It is now by law that you have to be 18 years old before you can have cosmetic surgery.

How long will the operation take?
Dr Chan performs breast augmentation in his theatres at Macquarie Street practise in Sydney. Although the actual operation only lasts one hour, you should expect to spend approximately four hours at Dr Chan’s practice on the day. This time is necessary to allow for preoperative preparation and postoperative recovery time. You will be discharged when the recovery nurse is satisfied that you are fit to go home.

What is Twilight Sedation?
Dr Chan prefers a method called Twilight Sedation, with a Consultant Anaesthetist who specialises in Twilight Sedation. With this type of sedation, patients require less time to recover from surgery and experience fewer side effects such as swelling and bruising. Twilight Sedation is best described as being in a very deep sleep but still in control of your reflexes. This means that you are breathing on your own throughout the procedure.

Would I be a good candidate for breast augmentation?
If you are unhappy with your breasts for any of the following reasons, you could be a good candidate for breast augmentation:

  • It bothers me that my breasts are small
  • I feel self conscious when I wear a swimsuit or a fitted top
  • Clothes that fit me well around the hips quite often gape around the breasts
  • My breasts are smaller and not as firm after having children
  • I have lost weight and the size and shape of my breasts has changed
  • One of my breasts is noticeably smaller than the other

If the decision to consider surgery is yours entirely and you have realistic expectations on what can be achieved, you are also a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

What happens in the first consultation?
Please visit our Breast Consultation page for more information.

What role does the Cosmetic Surgery Consultant play?
The Cosmetic Surgery Consultant plays a very important role in the consultation process for breast augmentation. They will be present with you during your first consultation with Dr Chan. More often than not, they are the person you speak to when you call to arrange a consultation time. Your Consultant will continue to be your first point of contact for any questions you have before and any concerns you may have after surgery.

They are specifically trained in the area of breast augmentation. You will find them to be particularly empathetic in relation to your concerns. Their training ensures they are able to provide you with detailed and relevant information.

Dr Chan’s Consultants are professional but very personable in their approach and our patients find the consultation a very positive experience.

Is there anything specific I can do to prepare for surgery?
Please visit our Pre-Op Information page for more information.

What should I expect after my operation?
Please visit our Post-Op Information page for more information.

Will I have scars as a result of my breast surgery?
You will have stitches under the breast where the skin is cut for the implants to be inserted. Over time, any initial scarring should fade to a thin white line. The stitches dissolve.

Will breast augmentation help me to achieve a cleavage?
If you have very little body fat and naturally wide set breasts, it may not be possible for you to achieve a cleavage. Dr Chan will be able to tell by assessing your breasts your chances of achieving a natural looking cleavage.

When can I go back to work?
Depending on what type of work you do, you can go back to work as early as 3-5 days after surgery. If you have a more physical job, you should wait at least one to two weeks until you feel comfortable before returning to work.

Is there anything I should avoid after surgery?
Please visit our Post-Op Information page for more information.

How long will my implants last?
Breast implants have a lifetime replacement guarantee. How your body responds to the implants and what type of implant you choose (i.e. saline or silicone cohesive gel) will affect the durability of your implants. When you commit to breast surgery, you do so with the understanding that you may, at some stage require further surgery to replace or remove the original implants. You will be given a booklet Considering Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants written by the TGA to read prior to surgery. This will provide you with detailed information on the type of implant you have selected.

My breasts are asymmetrical. Will breast augmentation help fix this?
Breast augmentation may be successful in correcting a noticeable difference between the sizes of your breasts. Some women also have concerns with uneven nipples or areolas or imbalanced positioning or shape of the breasts. Breast augmentation will not be able to correct any of these complaints and the asymmetry will remain obvious.

I haven’t had children (or I plan to have more). Will breast implants affect my ability to breast-feed?
Having breast implants won’t affect your ability to breast-feed because the implant is placed behind the breast tissue.

Can I still have mammograms after breast surgery?
Yes. You should continue to have regular mammograms as suggested by your doctor. We recommend you go to a specialist breast-screening clinic where special techniques can be used to view your breasts.

Will having breast implants increase my chances of breast cancer?
There is no medical evidence to show that women with breast implants have a higher chance of getting cancer, including breast cancer.

What are the differences between saline and silicone cohesive gel implants?
Click here to read some of the differences between saline and silicone implants.