Dr Drew Cronin Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants)

Women that are happy with their breast position and nipple position, but want to achieve an increase in breast volume may be a suitable candidate for breast implant / augmentation surgery.

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Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic breast surgery in Australia, typically on young women that do not yet have any breast ‘droop’ or ptosis.  This involves the insertion of a silicone breast prosthesis behind the breast in a ‘Dual Plane’ position.

Are breast implants safe?

There has been a lot of attention over recent years towards the potential risks associated with breast implant surgery.  Dr Cronin employs the ‘Gold Standard’ 14 point-technique to optimise sterility during breast implant surgery, minimising surgical complications and optimising results.  He also uses only the highest quality breast implants from the most reputable brands, with the best safety records in the market.  Patient safety and patient outcomes are the highest priority.

Can implants help with ptosis (droop)?

Breast Augmentation alone will not resolve ptosis and often a mastopexy is coupled with augmentation to assist in lifting the breast higher on the chest wall and repositioning of the nipple.
Women that experience breast ptosis, without excess breast volume, may be a candidate for a mastopexy (breast lift) with, or without augmentation to reposition the nipple and replace or add volume.
A mammoplasty (breast reduction) aims to remove excess breast weight, while reshaping and lifting the breast back onto the chest wall, and re-positioning the nipple onto the front of the breast. It’s less common to pair breast augmentation with mammoplasty.

Breast Augmentation: The Procedure

We’ve sat down with Dr Cronin to discuss some of the most commonly asked questions about Breast Augmentation surgery. 

  • Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?
  • How we help you determine the right implant size
  • Round or teardrop implants
  • Where are implants placed?
  • The different types of incisions?
  • Recovering after surgery
  • Implant care over the years
  • Breast screening after implants
  • Breastfeeding after implants
  • Can I have a breast lift and augmentation in the same surgery?

Watch the video to learn about Breast Augmentation with Dr Drew Cronin.

Choosing the size and profile of your implant

Implants come in various sizes (by cc) and profiles such as high, medium, and low.
Often the size you wish to achieve is not solely reliant on the size of your implant, but also on the profile of your implant. During your consultation with Dr Cronin, you will have the opportunity to discuss what size and profile may be suitable to help you achieve your desired breast augmentation outcome.

How are breast implants inserted?

There are three preferred surgical approaches that can be taken for the insertion of a breast implant including under the breast in the fold of the skin, areola, or lower armpit. The choice of where to insert your implant will depend on your anatomy and preference. Our specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr Drew Cronin will discuss your options and answer any questions or concerns you may have during your breast augmentation consultation.

Scarring after breast surgery

Being a certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr Drew Cronin has the appropriate skills and experience to ensure you can achieve minimal scaring. The incision for breast augmentation surgery is typically between five to six centre meters long and immediately post-surgery may be red and thicker than expected. It’s important to remember that all scars take time to heal and fade. Your surgical care team will also provide you with guidance on how to achieve minimal scaring post-surgery.

Before and After Gallery

Individual results will vary from patient to patient and according to factors including genetics, age, diet, exercise. All invasive surgery carries risk and requires a recovery period and care regime. Be sure you do your research and seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon before proceeding. Any details are general in nature and are not intended to be medical advice or constitute a doctor-patient relationship.⁠

For comprehensive information on the potential risks and post-surgery recovery process, please see risks associated with surgery section towards the bottom of this page.

What are the different types of breast implants available?

Breast implants come in various shapes to cater to an individual’s anatomy and desired outcomes. Two common shapes are round and teardrop (also known as anatomical). Watch this video with Dr Drew Cronin discussing the chest plate and how in many cases it may determine the most appropriate choice of implant.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we haven’t addressed your inquiries yet, here are some frequently asked questions that may provide the information you’re looking for. However, if you still have any remaining questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our clinic at 07 5683 0820 or via email at admin@thecoastalclinic.com.au. Our team is ready to assist you.

Breast implants can potentially affect breastfeeding, but the impact varies from person to person. In general, many women with breast implants are able to breastfeed successfully. If you are considering breast implants and have plans for future breastfeeding, it is crucial to discuss your concerns with one of our plastic surgeons who can provide personalised advice based on your individual circumstances.

The decision to undergo breast augmentation after a history of breast cancer should be made on an individual basis in consultation with your oncologist and a certified plastic surgeon such as Dr Drew Cronin with experience with breast reconstruction. There are several factors to consider, including the type and stage of breast cancer.

An alternative to breast augmentation is fat grafting, this procedure involves removing fat from one part of your body through liposuction and transferring it to the breasts. This method can enhance breast volume and shape naturally, using your body’s own fat.

Yes, breast implants can potentially affect mammogram results. When breast implants are present, it can make mammogram images more challenging to interpret and may affect the visibility of breast tissue. Implants can obscure a portion of the breast tissue, making it more difficult to detect small abnormalities.

It is important to inform the mammography facility about your breast implants beforehand so that they can use appropriate techniques to ensure the most accurate results.

Risks associated with surgery

As part of our commitment to delivering exceptional patient care, we aim to provide you with comprehensive information regarding the general risks associated with surgical procedures, anaesthesia, and procedure-specific risks.

General Operative and Anaesthetic risks

  • Acute medical event: Heart or lung complications (e.g. heart attack, stroke, chest infection)
  • Death
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolisms (PE)
  • A sore throat/breathing difficulty due to the general aesthetic or the endotracheal tube, which can cause swelling, noisy breathing or discomfort
  • Short-term nausea following general anaesthesia
  • Wound infection, which may result in treatment with antibiotics or further treatment/surgery. This is more likely in a smoker or a person with diabetes.
  • Heavy bleeding from the wound, which may result in further treatment/surgery
  • Wound discharge
  • Poor or slow healing of the skin; wound breakdown; skin necrosis
  • Wound dehiscence (wound ruptures along the surgical incision)
  • Bruising and swelling. This will start to subside in one to two weeks but can take up to several months to settle
  • Abscess/Haematoma/Seroma/Oedema
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Allergic reaction to sutures, dressing, antiseptic solutions
  • Altered or loss of sensation in and around the treated area, which may persist for some months, numbness maybe permanent
  • Adverse scarring
  • Revisionary surgery
  • Psychological impact of change in appearance
  • Unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance

Specific Procedure Risks:

  • Loss of nipple sensation
  • Parasthesia (may be numbness or tingling)
  • Asymmetry
  • Capsular contracture
  • Infection
  • Reoperation
  • Rupture of implants
  • Rotation of implants
  • Migration of implants
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