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How Can I Tell If I Am Suitable For Breast Augmentation Surgery?

Am I Suitable For Breast Augmentation Surgery and How Do I Find A Breast Augmentation Surgeon In Brisbane?

Dr David Sharp

Dr David Sharp

Specialist Plastic Surgeon + Registered Medical Practitioner

Article written by Director and Journalist Liz Washington B.Journ, and medically reviewed by Dr. David Sharp, MBBS, FRACS (Plast)

Determining whether breast augmentation surgery is the right choice for you is an important decision that should be made with careful consideration of various factors.

While breast augmentation can enlarge the size and alter the shape of your breasts, it is not suitable for everyone and may not address all concerns related to breast appearance. Here are some key points to help you determine if breast augmentation is the appropriate option for you:

1. Individualised Nature of Breast Augmentation:

– Breast augmentation is a highly customised procedure tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy and aesthetic objective.
– Contrary to common portrayals, many patients seeking breast augmentation are average-sized women looking to achieve proportion, balance and a shape that aligns with their overall appearance.

2. Considerations Before Undergoing Breast Augmentation:

– Breast augmentation does not correct ptotic (drooping) breasts, and additional procedures may be necessary for addressing breast sagging.
– While breastfeeding with implants is possible, there is a low but potential risk that implants may affect breastfeeding ability.
– Breast implants are not lifetime devices, and future surgeries may be required to replace or remove them. The long-term costs and implications of implant replacement should be considered.
– Smoking increases the risk of complications from surgery, and patients are encouraged to quit smoking or vaping before undergoing breast augmentation.

3. Exploring Alternatives and Understanding Your Expectations:

– If you have concerns about your appearance or are considering cosmetic treatments, alternatives to surgery should be explored in the first instance. Most patients that consult Dr Sharp have considered this procedure for some time.
– External influences, such as relationships, media portrayal or societal pressures, should not dictate your decision to undergo breast augmentation. The decision should be driven by personal desires and goals.

4. Suitability for Breast Augmentation:

– Breast augmentation may be a suitable option if you are physically and mentally healthy, with realistic expectations about the outcomes.
– Your breasts should be fully developed before considering breast augmentation.
– Common reasons for considering breast augmentation include dissatisfaction with breast size, loss of shape and volume after pregnancy or weight loss, asymmetry or underdeveloped breasts.

5. Understanding Risks and Potential Outcomes:

– Before undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it is essential to fully understand the associated risks, recovery process and potential outcomes.
– Discussing these aspects with a qualified breast augmentation surgeon (specialist plastic surgeon) can help you make an informed decision about whether breast augmentation is right for you.

Choosing a plastic surgeon that’s right for you is the first step in your breast augmentation journey.

The best place to find your ideal plastic surgeon in Brisbane is to visit the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website to explore the qualified surgeons in your area.

It’s also important to note that an endorsed cosmetic surgeon has not undergone the same training as a specialist plastic surgeon – but their credentials can ‘mask’ this disparity.

It is therefore essential to understand whether or not your surgeon is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and qualified as a plastic surgeon with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Both can be cross-checked via the links provided in this article.

Image: before and 3 months after breast augmentation surgery using anatomical implants with Dr David Sharp in Brisbane.


Mummy makeover specialist Ipswich Dr David Sharp

Ultimately, the decision to undergo breast augmentation is a personal decision and should be based on thorough research, realistic expectations and a comprehensive understanding of the procedure’s implications.

Your breast augmentation surgeon should provide a full overview, in writing, of potential benefits and risks, and seek to understand your motivations and expectations. This is essential for ensuring that your goals align with achievable outcomes.

Dr David Sharp plastic surgery Brisbane

About Dr. David Sharp:

Dr. David Sharp is an experienced specialist plastic surgeon in Brisbane, with a special interest in breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.

With over two decades of experience in medicine, Dr. Sharp has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in Australia and has an established surgical and non surgical practice in Brisbane.

Read more about Dr Sharp's credentials and expertise here. 

For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Sharp, please contact our patient support team at 3202 4744 or visit our online booking request form here.

This information is intended for general knowledge and should not replace personalised advice from your surgeon. Always consult with your surgeon for individual care.