Considering undergoing breast augmentation? Knowing where to start researching can be confusing – especially considering the wealth of information available on the Internet. Today we are hoping to make this process easier for you.
In this two-part series our head surgeon Mr Frank Lin will be answering the five most commonly asked breast augmentation questions by our patients here at Eastern Plastic Surgery, starting with Part 1 below.
Q: When is the best time for me to consider undergoing breast augmentation?
Mr Lin: Breast augmentation is usually performed for one of the following reasons –
- To enhance the size and shape of small breasts;
- To restore the volume and shape of the breasts after pregnancy or breastfeeding; and
- To correct breast asymmetry.
Unsurprisingly, the most common time patients decide to have the operation is following completion of childbirth and breastfeeding. Depending on your individual circumstances, a breast lift may be necessary especially if drooping of the skin or nipple has occurred. In general we recommend that you wait at least 6 months after finishing breastfeeding to allow your body to recover its shape, so an accurate individual assessment can be made by your surgeon.
Patients may also decide to undergo breast augmentation before childbirth. This is especially common in patients who may have been born with small or underdeveloped breasts, or in cases where the breasts are noticeably asymmetrical.
Q: What size and shape implant should I choose?
Mr Lin: The answer to this question will be very specific to the individual. In general, this would depend on your existing breast size and shape, your chest dimensions and, of course, your own wishes and expectations.
As you would expect, there are some limitations to the range of sizes suitable for each person. Usually we strongly encourage a natural result which compliments your body’s natural shape and frame. In many cases, less really is more!
Regarding the choice between a round or anatomical (“tear drop”) shaped implant, once again it is very much dependent on the individual. As a general rule, if you have small native breasts anatomical implants will accentuate their natural shape. An endoscopic technique may be suitable in conjunction with anatomical implants for these patients.
Q: What is the endoscopic technique, and am I a suitable candidate?
Mr Lin: Endoscopic axillary breast augmentation is a relatively new technique in which an endoscope (surgical telescope) is used to perform the procedure through a small incision in the armpit. In contrast to traditional approaches, the endoscopic method leaves no marks or scars on the breast itself, but instead a very well-hidden scar at the deepest point of the armpit. Because of this it is a particularly suitable technique for Asian patients who may have a strong hereditary tendency to develop keloid (or thick) scars on the chest.
In general, this technique is suitable for patients who undertake a small to medium-sized augmentation. For those patients who require a simultaneous breast lift the endoscopic method may not be appropriate.
Endoscopic breast augmentation requires specialised equipment and expertise as it is technically more demanding than traditional techniques.
Eastern Plastic Surgery’s Mr Frank Lin is one of the few Australian plastic surgeons who routinely perform endoscopic breast augmentation procedures. Mr Lin has specifically undertaken subspecialty fellowship training in Japan and Korea in endoscopic techniques, in addition to a fellowship in breast reconstruction in London. Call (03) 9890 2800 to book a consultation.
In Part 2 of this series Mr Lin will outline the risks and recovery factors of the breast augmentation procedure.