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-based Plastic Surgeon. He has undergone significant training in Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States to become an expert in the fields of breast, face, and body 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. 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 a consultation, 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 augmentation surgery 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.
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.
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 customised 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:
Type Of Breast Implant
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 and round 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 shape and size to contour and benefit your body type? Choosing the best implant size is comprehensive and custom-fit to each patient, 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. Dr Rizk 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 breast augmentation 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 you should 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”). 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 about Breast Augmentation surgery in Sydney with a consultationwith 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 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 with Dr Rizk 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
*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.
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.