Breast Enlargement

Surgery to increase breast size involves inserting silicone bags (implants) filled with silicone gel or salt water (saline) under the chest muscle or breast gland.
The procedure involves making a cut (incision) either in the armpit (for saline filled implants), under the breast or in the lower half of the areola (the dark area around the nipple) through which the implant is inserted. The surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia (you will sleep through it) and it will take about 2 hours.
We usually like you to stay in hospital overnight to ensure you get the right amount of painkiller, antibiotics, anti-nausea medications etc. however we do many augmentations on an outpatient basis now. We put in nerve blocks between the ribs before you wake up so this keeps you numb for many hours after surgery, allowing you to go home and rest there. We give a prescription for suitable painkillers, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents to keep you comfortable. In these cost conscious times avoiding an overnight stay will save many hundreds of dollars!

You will need to arrange for someone else to drive you for the first week after surgery.
You will need to take medication for pain relief for 2-3 days and you should rest for the first week after surgery. You will probably be able to return to work after 7-10 days. We like you to wear a non-underwire bra for 3 months after surgery as wired bras are rigid and tend to make the newly healing scars uncomfortable. It will take several months for the scars to fade.

At your pre-op consultation we encourage you to try out implants or 'sizers' in a suitable bra to assess the size you wish to be. Putting a t-shirt on over the bra and implant will give you a good idea of what you will look like to other people.

This page was last updated at 3:28PM on July 23, 2021.