Are you considering breast implants?
Whether you are at the beginning of your breast augmentation journey or ready to consult with a plastic surgeon, Dr Joseph Rizk can assist you by answering any questions that you have regarding breast enlargement and breast implants.
Dr Joseph Rizk, MBBS, FRACS, is a Member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Member of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and an expert Sydney Plastic Surgeon. He has undergone significant training in Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States to become an expert in the fields of body, face, and breast surgery.
Creating confidence and healthy self-perception plays an important role in every woman's life. Some may seek out breast augmentation to correct congenital or developmental defects while most patients want a cosmetic and aesthetic enhancement.
Breast shape, size and proportion are all considered to provide a tailored and personalised result for each patient's individual desires. There are several techniques available for breast augmentation, including implant surgery and fat transfer surgery.
Breast augmentation surgery — also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty, a “boob job,” or breast implant surgery — is cosmetic surgery to increase breast size using breast implants. Breast implants are medical-grade pouches inserted into the breasts to increase the size and enhance their shape and feel.
Dr Rizk uses silicone and saline implants, and he can also employ a technique called “dual plane placement,” where implants are placed both under the muscle and under the gland to create more natural-looking results. Alternatively, the fat transfer process removes fat deposits from one part of your body and implants them into the breasts.
Each technique has its strengths and benefits, and Dr Rizk will make sure to help you find the right process for you. During your consultation for breast augmentation Sydney plastic surgeon, Dr Rizk, will discuss the risks, limitations, and benefits of breast augmentation surgery, what type of implants will be the most suitable for your body, and the results that you can expect.
Whether they want the procedure as part of a reconstruction process or have just always felt their breasts are not the size or shape they want, goals for breast augmentation surgeries are as varied as the women who undergo the procedures. Women who have breast augmentations typically desire to increase their confidence and feel better in their bodies.
While any operation carries some risks and no procedure is a “cure-all,” women commonly report feeling more confident and increased self-esteem after their surgeries. Depending on the extent of the procedure, the breasts are usually noticeably larger and ideally symmetrical, so clothing, swimwear, and bra size will be consistent for women who have had that concern in the past.
There are many reasons women choose to augment their breasts. Here are some common ones:
Most often, women who are good candidates for breast augmentation surgery are looking for help with issues that include the following:
In short, breast implants are a type of breast augmentation. Any procedure that seeks to enhance the appearance of the breasts is considered a breast augmentation procedure. Often, breast implants are used to do that — in fact, implants consistently rank as the most popular choice for breast augmentation procedures. The alternative breast augmentation procedure to breast implants is called "fat transfer breast augmentation" or "fat-graft mammoplasty."
Fat transfer breast augmentation can be an optimal choice for some patients, and fat transfer can even be used to enhance the results of implants in certain situations. Whatever situation you're interested in breast augmentation to help you resolve, Dr. Rizk and his outstanding team will help you determine which technique is best to help you reach your goals.
Some patients choose to include other procedures alongside their breast augmentation. One procedure where breast augmentation is frequently used is the Mummy Makeover. This nickname derives from the fact that it is popular among women who want to reclaim their pre-baby bodies after completing their child-rearing years.
As with all plastic surgery plans, the exact choice of procedures will vary from person to person. Along with breast augmentation, a Mummy Makeover typically includes two or more of these surgical treatments:
Some non-surgical treatments - like skin resurfacing - may also be included in a Mummy Makeover. If you're considering addressing concerns in addition to the size, shape, and position of your breasts, let Dr. Rizk know so he can ensure you're fully informed about your options.
Breasts can be augmented using implants or by fat transfer. Fat grafting gives a more natural feel, but it can’t increase your cup size as dramatically as implants can.
Fat grafts are better for reshaping than they are for size enhancement. In some cases, you can combine a breast implant and fat grafts for a better overall effect. A qualified Plastic Surgeon like Dr Rizk can also use fat grafts to improve symmetry. For many women, the sizes of their left and right breasts don’t match. This can range from a small difference that only the woman is aware of, or it could be a divergence of one or more cup sizes.
Women may prefer this procedure of transferring fat from areas where stubborn fat resides such as the tummy or thighs and grafting it into the smaller breast to create a natural outcome. An “internal bra” is also an option to consider with breast augmentation surgery. In this process, a medical mesh is attached to the chest muscle to provide better support for the implants. This can help the breasts better retain their shape and position over time.
Most often, women who are good candidates for breast augmentation surgery are looking for help with issues that include the following:
As with any cosmetic surgical procedure, good candidates for breast augmentation surgery are generally physically healthy.
They should not smoke and have no serious medical issues like cancer or an infection. Good overall skin elasticity and resilience are also important for a smooth recovery and the most ideal results. In addition to physical health, a good candidate is in a positive state of mind and understands surgery alone cannot cure any self-esteem or body image issues they may have. They also have realistic expectations for the procedure and fully understand the effects the surgery will have on their body.
The exact procedure of each surgery will be customized to the specific needs of the patient. Dr Rizk will discuss all of this with you before your surgery and answer any questions. In general, the process for each augmentation surgery will consider the following factors:
Dr Rizk is experienced with all types of implants and only uses high-quality silicone implants. Modern technology has also introduced contoured implants for more shape control. These include teardrop, round implants, and even “gummy bear” implants. There are also implants with targeted positioning, in terms of high, medium, or low profile. The position of your implant has a direct impact on the shape of your new breasts, and Dr Rizk will assess your body type and advise you on what would be most suited to your body and produce the results that you wish to achieve.
There are many factors to bear in mind when selecting a cup size. Dr Rizk will assess your body to determine important long term health factors. For example, how much additional weight can your back support without causing pain and damage? What is the best breast shape and size to contour and benefit your body type? Choosing the best implant size is comprehensive and custom-fit to each patient, which Dr Rizk will guide you through during your consultation.
Plastic Surgeons generally use two main placement options. Your implants can be positioned behind the breast tissue to give more fullness, or in cases where the patient is on the smaller side and doesn’t have much natural breast tissue, the implants can be inserted below the chest muscle.
Both options have advantages and different effects. Dr. Rizk can consult with you on what will be most appropriate for your body type and desired results. He places importance on understanding your desires while striving to make sure that you are at ease and confident in his ability to achieve your aesthetic goals.
There are many factors that determine the best location for breast augmentation incisions, including the specific type of breast implant, the size and shape of the implant, the body type of the patient, and the desired result of the patient. There are four primary incision placements:
Dr Rizk can discuss your options with you and will suggest the most suitable incision placement for your unique situation and the effect that the choice of breast implant incision placement will have on your breast augmentation surgery, focusing on safe placement, accurate positioning, and minimal scarring.
The recovery process from breast augmentation surgery can generally be uncomfortable, depending on how long it takes you to heal. On average, full recovery takes about six weeks because every woman's body is unique thus the recovery process will vary as well.
Immediately following your procedure, you will be groggy from the anesthesia, so you will need someone to take you home and care for you overnight.
The first week is usually the most uncomfortable part of the recovery process, so we advise that our Sydney breast augmentation patients plan to rest for up to a week. You can expect to have significant swelling and mild to moderate tenderness in your chest, depending on the placement of the implant (above or below the muscle). Dr Rizk will prescribe appropriate medications and techniques to help with the pain and discomfort.
After one week, most women can return to non-strenuous work or activity. During this time, you may notice your breasts appear “top-heavy” and that your chest muscles feel very tight, but this is normal as your body heals and adjusts to the presence of the implants.
As the body heals there will be noticeable subsiding of swelling and inflammation to your breasts, where you may begin to observe your breasts as they appear to "drop and fluff". While this may be unsettling, this is a normal, natural part of the healing process. When your internal tissues begin to stretch and adjust to the implants, they will naturally settle into their proper position.
They will usually move down (“drop”) and settle, filling out on the lower side (“fluff”). While it may be unsettling, this is a normal, natural part of the healing process.
In the following weeks, you will want to gently return to normal activities. While any remaining discomfort may be managed with over-the-counter medicines, you should still avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting. Dr Rizk will schedule follow-up appointments to assess your recovery process and talk through any questions or concerns you may have. Most women can fully resume normal activity after about two months, but it is always important to closely follow the recovery and aftercare instructions Dr Rizk provides you.
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Learn more through a breast augmentation consultation in Sydneywith Dr. Joseph Rizk
So that you can choose the best implant type, size, and placement for the results that you wish to achieve, initial consultation with Dr Rizk in our Stanmore clinic is required. During this consultation, Crisalix 3D imaging is used to help you visually see the potential breast augmentation outcomes you should expect to achieve. Dr Rizk will also answer all of your questions and guide you through the process.
We understand in-person consultations are not always possible for patients, Dr Rizk also offers phone or virtual interviews via Skype for the price of $330. If you wish to proceed with our award winning Sydney plastic surgeon, Dr. Rizk, after this initial consultation, there will be an in-person consultation at our Stanmore clinic before the surgery date.
If you would like to discuss which procedure is most suitable for your body, schedule a consultation by filling in the consultation form on this page or giving us a call on 1300 707 007. Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm. We cater to patients in Sydney, New South Wales, as well as interstate and New Zealand patients.Meet Dr Rizk
Overall, breast augmentation procedures are considered very safe, but no treatment is 100% without risk.
Because it does involve surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure itself, including surgical complications, risks related to anaesthesia, and the possibility of infection. Other more minor negative effects can include conditions like bleeding, bruising (hematoma), and changes in the sensation of the breasts or nipples. Long-term adverse effects are rare, but the more serious conditions can include:
Dr. Rizk wants you to feel safe and comfortable at every step of your breast augmentation journey together, and will discuss all of the potential complications with you thoroughly before your procedure.
If you are considering breast augmentation in Sydney, Dr Joseph Rizk offers an all-inclusive Breast Augmentation package from $8,750 Inc GST (under general anaesthetic in accredited hospitals). Avoid cheap offers and risky overseas trips. Have your surgery performed by an experienced and trusted Sydney based, Australian trained, accredited Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
*Dr Rizk advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Breast augmentation is also closely related to breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is utilised to rebuild the breasts after trauma or surgery, like after mastectomy procedures many cancer patients undergo. Breast reconstruction can be a more involved process than a typical breast augmentation surgery plan, but it often includes the use of breast implants as well.
This typically depends on the condition of the breast tissue before the augmentation surgery. While it is possible the overall milk supply may be reduced, there are many cases where milk quantity is unaffected.
As a person ages, it is common for their body to change. Often, this means an increase in skin laxity, which may cause breast implants to shift or even become uncomfortable. As a result, some women choose to have their implants removed as they get older, while others prefer to have a breast revision procedure, which can also include new breast implants.
The results with breast implants will tend to last longer than those from a fat-graft mammoplasty alone. Many factors determine how long breast implants will last - type, patient's lifestyle, and genetics - but it is generally expected that breast implants last at least ten years.
Dr Joseph Rizk became Australasia’s plastic surgeon of the year by making sure that each patient is heard, respected, and treated well. His patient-first approach provides you with the accurate medical information you need to make informed decisions about your course of treatment. At the same time, he offers his decades of knowledge and experience to help you along your path.