breast implant considerations
Breast augmentation with implants has become increasingly common over the years, offering women the opportunity to achieve a variety of aesthetic goals. However, it’s essential to approach this cosmetic procedure with careful consideration and thorough research. From understanding the removal process to evaluating costs and examining before and after images, there are several breast implant considerations to address before undergoing breast implant surgery.

Understand What Breast Implants Can Achieve

Breast implants can help women achieve a variety of aesthetic goals, including:

Increased breast volume

Breast implants can enhance breast size and shape, creating a fuller and more proportionate bustline and breast shape.

Improved symmetry

For women with asymmetrical breasts, breast augmentation with implants can help create a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.

Correct Sagging Breasts

By adding volume and fullness, breast implant augmentation can give sagging breasts a lifted appearance. However, additional procedures like a breast lift may be necessary for optimal results.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast implants are commonly used in breast reconstruction post-mastectomy. They restore breast volume, aiding in the physical and emotional recovery of women who have undergone breast cancer treatment. It’s important to have realistic expectations about the results of breast implant surgery and to communicate openly with your surgeon about your goals and desired outcomes. The images above are displayed with the consent of the patients. The outcomes shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience. Our team will discuss any factors that could influence the results that you may get.

Finding the Right Breast Implant Shape and Type

One important consideration is finding the ideal breast implant shape and type for your body type and goals. Here’s a useful overview to help you make your choice:

Round implants

These are the most commonly chosen option due to their versatility and ability to provide fullness and enhanced cleavage. They are suitable for a wide range of body types and aesthetic preferences.

Teardrop-shaped implants

Also known as anatomical or contoured implants, these mimic the natural slope of the breast, with more fullness towards the bottom and a tapered appearance towards the top. They are ideal for those seeking a subtle enhancement and are often recommended for patients with minimal breast tissue.

Saline implants

Filled with sterile saltwater, saline implants offer adjustability in size during surgery, making them suitable for correcting breast asymmetry or achieving precise volume enhancement. They have a lower rupture risk compared to silicone implants and typically result in smaller incisions since they can be filled after placement.

Silicone implants

These implants are filled with silicone gel, providing a softer, more natural feel that closely resembles natural breast tissue. Silicone implants are preferred by many patients for their aesthetic appeal and realistic texture. They are less prone to rippling or wrinkling than saline implants and are often chosen for their durability and long-lasting results. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial to discuss your goals, assess your anatomy, and determine the most suitable implant shape and type to achieve optimal results tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Breast Implant Shapes | Breast Implant Types | Breast Augmentation | Cosmetic Clinic Sydney

Potential Issues and Considerations

While breast augmentation can yield positive results for many individuals, it’s essential to be aware of potential issues and considerations, including:

Saline or Silicone Breast Implant rupture

Although breast implants are designed to be robust and long-lasting, both saline and silicone implants can rupture. In these cases, patients will need breast implant removal or implant replacement.

Capsular Contracture

Scar tissue can form around the implant, causing it to feel firm or distorted. Depending on the severity of the scar tissue, patients may need to undergo breast implant removal and removal of the scar tissue.

Changes in sensation

Some women may experience changes in nipple sensation following their breast augmentation surgery.

Revision surgery

Over time, individuals may choose to undergo revision surgery to address changes in breast appearance or implant replacement later in life.

When Do Breast Implants Need to be Replaced?

While breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, there is no set expiration date for when they need to be replaced. Factors such as implant type, age, and individual circumstances can influence the need for implant removal or replacement. Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon and routine breast implant evaluations can help identify any issues early and determine the appropriate course of action.

Your Safety and Finding the Right Clinic and Surgeon

Ensuring the safety and success of breast implant surgery requires careful selection of a qualified clinic and experienced cosmetic doctor. Here are some tips for finding the right provider:

Research credentials

Look for board-certified plastic surgeons with extensive experience performing breast augmentation procedures.

Read reviews

Read patient reviews and testimonials to gauge the experiences of others who have undergone breast implant surgery at a particular clinic.

Schedule consultations

Take the time to meet with potential surgeons to discuss your goals, ask questions, and assess their approach to patient care.

Review before and after images

Request to see before and after photos of previous patients to evaluate the surgeon’s skill and aesthetic outcomes.

How to book an appointment with ICCM in Sydney

To book an appointment or inquire further about breast implant surgery, you can fill out our online contact form, email us at [email protected] or contact us by telephone at 02 9233 3103 (Sydney CBD Clinic) or 02 4605 9024 (Campbelltown Clinic).


How long do breast implants last?

While breast implants are not designed to be lifelong devices, they can last for many years. On average, implants may need to be replaced or removed after 10-15 years due to factors such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or changes in aesthetic preferences.

Can breast implants affect breastfeeding?

Breast implants can potentially interfere with breastfeeding, although many women with implants can successfully breastfeed. It’s essential to discuss any plans for breastfeeding with your surgeon, as they can provide guidance on implant placement and its potential impact on lactation.

How much does breast implant surgery cost?

The cost of breast augmentation surgery for implants can vary widely depending on factors such as the surgeon’s experience, the type of implants used, facility fees, and geographic location. Our prices for breast augmentation surgery in Sydney start from:
  • $8,990.00 (round implants)
  • $10,500.00 (teardrop implants)
  • The $150 consultation fee is redeemable should you go ahead with the surgery
PLEASE NOTE: These costs are general, and depending on your circumstances, they are subject to change. An exact cost applicable to your situation will be provided during your consultation.

Do breast implants carry a risk of breast cancer?

Breast implants themselves do not increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However, they can make it more challenging to detect breast cancer in breast tissue during mammograms, potentially leading to delays in diagnosis. Breast implant patients must continue regular screening, including clinical breast exams and other imaging modalities recommended by their healthcare provider.

About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS (Melb) FACCSM (Med) FCPCA / Cosmetic Doctor Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.Read More