Breast Augmentation Surgery

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to enlarge the breasts using breast implants. Today there are many different types of breast implants available. Depending upon your individual circumstances, the implants may be placed behind your breast or beneath you pectoral muscles. Your aesthetic plastic surgeon will discuss which of these options are most suitable for you.

Is it right for me?

Always talk to your surgeon before deciding whether breast augmentation surgery is right for you. Remember, in most cases breast augmentation alone will not correct droopy breasts. Additional procedures may be required, such as a breast lift. During the consultation your surgeon will perform a complete examination and listen to your concerns before discussing which options are best for you. Also, remember that the size and shape of your breasts before surgery may influence the choice of surgical procedure. This will all be explained simply and clearly during your consultation.

Potential complications

All surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Don’t worry, your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to support you during recovery. An important question to ask your Surgeon is whether or not they follow the 14-Point-Plan? Learn more. By seeking out the services of a member of ASAPS who is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) you can be assured your surgery will be performed in a facility that is properly accredited for surgery, which meets the required standards of sterilisation and infection control.  In Australia these are the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NS & QHS Standards).  On this basis patients should avoid having breast augmentation surgery in facilities that cannot provide evidence of meeting the NS & QHS Standards. It’s important to note that patients having their breast augmentation procedure performed overseas, particularly in the developing world, are taking a significant risk as they cannot be guaranteed of the sterility standards of the facility where their procedure is to be performed.


During surgery

Your time in surgery may vary according to your needs and the specifics of the procedures being performed. Your surgeon will explain everything to you during consultation.


One of the most important reasons for choosing a reputable plastic surgeon is that they will be by your side throughout the recovery process, ready to reassure and support you at every stage. Ask your surgeon what recovery will involve for you.