Dr Mistry Explains: Breast Augmentation Expectations

Breast Augmentation

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Possible Risks and Complications

While breast augmentation is generally a safe procedure, it is essential to be aware of the potential risks and complications that may arise. Dr. Mistry and his team prioritise patient safety and will thoroughly discuss these factors during your consultation. Understanding these risks can help you make an informed decision about the procedure. Some possible risks and complications include:

  • Infection: Like any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection at the incision site or around the implants. Dr. Mistry will prescribe antibiotics and provide post-operative care instructions to minimise this risk.
  • Capsular Contracture: In some cases, scar tissue (capsule) can form around the breast implant, causing it to harden and possibly distort the shape of the breast. Revision surgery may be necessary to correct this condition.
  • Implant Rupture or Leakage: Although modern breast implants are designed to be durable, there is a small chance that they may rupture or leak over time. In the case of saline implants, the saline is harmlessly absorbed by the body, but silicone gel implants may require surgical replacement.
  • Anaesthesia Complications: While anaesthesia is generally safe, there are potential risks associated with its administration. Dr. Mistry works with experienced anaesthesiologists to ensure your safety during the procedure.
  • Changes in Nipple or Breast Sensation: Some patients may experience temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation following breast augmentation.
  • Asymmetry: It is common for breasts to have slight differences in size and shape before surgery. Breast augmentation may improve symmetry, but perfect symmetry cannot always be guaranteed.
  • Delayed Wound Healing: In some cases, the incision sites may take longer to heal, leading to delayed wound healing.
  • Scarring: While Dr. Mistry employs advanced techniques to minimise scarring, all surgical procedures will result in some degree of scarring.
  • Seroma or Haematoma: Fluid accumulation (seroma) or blood collection (haematoma) around the surgical site may occur and may require drainage.
  • ALCL: Breast implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that has been linked to certain types of breast implants. It’s essential to emphasise that BIA-ALCL is quite rare, but understanding its potential risks is crucial for anyone considering or already having breast implants. For more information click here: https://plasticsurgery.org.au/protecting-patient-safety/bia-alcl/
  • Associated Breast Implant Illness: Breast implant illness is the name for a broad cluster of symptoms that researchers, physicians and patients attribute to breast implants. These symptoms may occur either immediately after getting implants or years later. They may include joint and muscle pain or weakness, memory and concentration problems, chronic pain, depression, fatigue, chronic flu-like symptoms, migraines or rashes and skin problems. For more information click here: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/patient-safety/breast-implant-safety#:~:text=These%20symptoms%20may%20occur%20either,or%20rashes%20and%20skin%20problems.

Note: Returning to the theatre (operating room) is typically a decision made by your surgeon, Dr Mistry based on the assessment of the complication and the best course of action to address it. It’s essential to follow up with Dr Mistry regularly post-surgery and report any unusual symptoms or concerns promptly to minimise the likelihood of complications that might require further surgical intervention.

After Surgery Recovery

Dr. Mistry and his team will provide comprehensive post-operative instructions to ensure a comfortable healing process and optimal results. Here are some key aspects of the after-surgery recovery period:

  • Rest and Recuperation: Plan to take it easy for the first few days after surgery. Arrange for someone to assist you with daily activities during this time. Avoid strenuous physical activities, heavy lifting, and exercise for the first few weeks, as this can strain the healing tissues.
  • Pain Management: Some discomfort and soreness are normal after breast augmentation. Dr. Mistry will prescribe appropriate pain medications to manage any post-operative pain. Always follow the dosage instructions provided and avoid over-the-counter medications without consulting the medical team.
  • Compression Garments: You may be instructed to wear a surgical bra or compression garment to support your breasts during the initial healing phase. This helps minimise swelling and promotes proper healing.
  • Managing Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after surgery and will gradually subside over several weeks. Elevating your upper body while resting can help reduce swelling. Avoiding salty foods and staying hydrated may also help.
  • Restrictions on Activities: Avoid any activities that could strain your incisions or breasts, such as lifting heavy objects, reaching overhead, or engaging in vigorous physical activity. Dr. Mistry will provide specific guidelines on when you can resume normal activities and exercise.

During your recovery from breast augmentation with Dr. Mistry, avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption to enhance healing and reduce complications. Recognise that emotional well-being is essential, and seek support from loved ones or support groups if needed. Be patient with the healing process, as individual recovery times vary, and practise self-care to support your overall well-being. Following Dr. Mistry’s post-operative instructions diligently will promote a smoother recovery and yield the best possible results. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our medical team for guidance and reassurance—we are here to support you on your journey.

Breast Augmentation in Newcastle

If you would like to inquire about having a breast augmentation procedure in Newcastle, or if you would like to book a consultation, contact the team at Dr Mistry’s today or call 02 4002 4198.

Breast Augmentation

Frequently Asked

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape, or fullness of the breasts. This is typically achieved through the use of implants or fat transfer techniques.

Good candidates for breast augmentation are individuals who are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and desire to enhance the size or shape of their breasts.

There are primarily two types of breast implants: saline implants, filled with sterile saltwater, and silicone implants, filled with silicone gel. There are also different shapes, sizes, and textures available.

Recovery time varies, but generally, patients can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising for a few weeks. Physical activity and heavy lifting are usually restricted during the initial recovery period.

Dr Mistry prefers Motiva implants due to their advanced technology, high-quality materials, safety features, and their natural look and feel. The choice of implants can vary based on individual patient needs and preferences.

While breast implants are long-lasting, they are not considered permanent devices. It’s generally recommended to monitor them regularly and consider replacing them every 10 years or as advised by Dr Mistry.

Breast augmentation is primarily considered a cosmetic procedure, aimed at enhancing the appearance of the breasts. However, in some cases, it can also be part of reconstructive surgery, such as after a mastectomy.

Bilateral breast reduction Medicare item number 45523 (surgery performed on both breasts) can be applicable to those who need the surgery to relieve neck, back or shoulder pain.

Patients may also be eligible for unilateral breast reduction Medicare item number 45520, (surgery performed on one breast only).

Yes, like any surgical procedure, breast augmentation carries inherent risks that patients should be aware of. While the vast majority of breast augmentation surgeries are successful, it’s important to consider potential complications. Some risks associated with breast augmentation include:

  1. Infection: The risk of infection exists with any surgery, despite antibiotics being prescribed.
  2. Capsular contracture: Scar tissue forming around implants can cause discomfort and changes in breast shape.
  3. Implant rupture or leakage: Both saline and silicone implants can rupture or leak over time.
  4. Changes in sensation: Nipple sensation may be temporarily or permanently affected.
  5. Anaesthesia risks: Allergic reactions or other complications related to anaesthesia are possible.
  6. Scarring: Incisions result in scarring, though surgeons aim to minimise it.

Discussing these risks thoroughly with a specialist plastic surgeon (FRACS) and following all pre and post-operative instructions can help minimise them and achieve optimal results.

The lifespan of breast implants varies, but they typically last around 10 to 15 years before needing replacement. Factors such as implant type, surgical technique, and individual factors can influence longevity. Regular check-ups with a plastic surgeon are important for monitoring the implants and addressing any issues. While some implants may last longer, others may need replacement sooner due to complications or changes in preference. It’s crucial to discuss concerns and goals with a qualified surgeon before undergoing breast augmentation surgery.

Dr Mistry primarily uses Mentor or Motiva breast implants as they both have an excellent international reputation for safety and longevity.

Yes, breast augmentation can potentially affect breastfeeding. Factors such as the type of surgery and incision location can play a role. Implants placed under the chest muscle might have less impact, but there’s still a risk of interfering with milk ducts and nerves, affecting milk production and flow. It’s crucial to discuss breastfeeding intentions with your surgeon beforehand. While many women with breast implants can breastfeed successfully, individual experiences may vary.

Dr Mistry primarily places his implants under the muscle via inframammary fold incision. There are a multitude of reasons for this, but it also minimises any disruption to the breast tissue/ducts. As such should not interfere with future breast-feeding activity.

Understanding the difference between cosmetic surgery vs. plastic and reconstructive surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance. It is associated with aesthetic goals aimed at improving or altering physical features to achieve a more pleasing look. 

Cosmetic surgery procedures are entirely elective, and they are not typically covered by Medicare or private health funds. In most cases, patients pay for cosmetic surgeries out of their own pockets.

One important distinction to note is that cosmetic surgery is not associated with the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) in Australia, and as a result, there are no corresponding MBS item numbers or codes for these procedures. Therefore, individuals who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery can expect to bear the full cost of the procedure. Surgical costs include (but are not limited to): 

  • Fee for surgeon
  • Fee for anaesthetist
  • Fee for theatre

Plastic and reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that is primarily concerned with restoring or improving the aesthetic and function of the body. 

These procedures often involve addressing congenital abnormalities, trauma-related injuries, or medical conditions that affect a person’s appearance or bodily functions. Importantly, many plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures may qualify for coverage by private health fund providers.

In Australia, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are typically associated with MBS item numbers. If the criteria specified in the MBS guidelines are met, private health fund providers may partially cover the cost of these procedures. This means that patients who meet the necessary requirements under their insurance policy can benefit from reduced out-of-pocket expenses when undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Surgeries such as Abdominoplasty for example can be both a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.