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Is breast augmentation surgery considered to be a safe procedure?

Specifically, are modern breast implants safer than the implants used in the past and is there anything I can do to make sure my surgery is as safe as possible?

- patient

breast augmentation safety Brisbane surgeon
Dr David Sharp

Dr Sharp:

It’s great to hear you are thinking about these factors before your augmentation surgery, as they are important pre operative¬†considerations.

I only offer procedures that I believe are safe and ethical; if it’s a procedure that I’d caution my family against having, I will not offer it to my patients. Breast augmentation surgery is a safe surgical procedure, if you use a qualified plastic surgeon, opt for high quality implants and promptly seek medical advice if you have any concerns regarding your breasts in the future.

With new-generation implant options and surgical techniques, breast augmentation today is safer than ever and can help women achieve the natural look they want while also improving their breast shape and volume.

While there are many different factors that contribute to ideal results and a safe outcome, there are four key benefits of modern breast augmentation surgery.

Modern implants

Decades of research suggest that breast augmentation surgery is safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon using quality implants and best practice surgical techniques. The implants I use are filled with cohesive gel silicone, which means that even if a traumatic injury was to result in a rupture, the silicone maintains its shape and usually stays within the implant capsule. These implants also feature nano or micro texturing, which balances our desire to minimise the risk of implant migration or capsular contracture by using a textured implant - with the safety benefits of a superiorly engineered implant surface.

Sophisticated techniques

In addition to having access to a wider range of implant options, surgeons now often utilise a spectrum of new techniques, with shorter incisions and less downtime resulting.

The use of Keller funnels and micro and nano textured implants - to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination and associated risks - has been accompanied by more long term research and scientific analysis of breast implants than ever before.

Natural looking results

We have moved away from the ‘bigger is better’ mantra; modern breast augmentation patients usually want natural looking, sustainable results. For most women, the goal of breast augmentation is to increase breast volume and improve asymmetry but to do so subtly for a very believable result. More proportionate implants, sized and positioned to suit the natural anatomy, place less strain on surrounding tissues and structures, resulting in a better long term outcome.

Breast augmentation plastic surgery specialists

Not every doctor that implants breast prosthesis in Australia is a qualified surgeon. Sadly, some of them pass themselves off as ‘surgeons’ despite not having undergone Medical Board recognised specialist plastics training. Despite widespread media regarding the potentially catastrophic consequences of choosing an unqualified surgeon to perform surgery, patients still tell us they’re confused about the difference between a ‘qualified’ and ‘unqualified’ surgeon. Choosing a RACS qualified, specialist plastic surgeon (denoted by the ‘FRACS Plast’ after their name) who understands the latest breast enhancement options, techniques and trends is the best place to start. You can locate qualified plastic surgeons in your area here. Your plastic surgeon will be an excellent resource to help you better understand the differences between implant types, and to create a customised surgical plan that is designed to meet your individual needs.

Most importantly…

The current data available to plastic surgeons indicates that breast augmentation surgery is a safe procedure, provided sensible measures are taken by both patient and surgeon to reduce any known risks. But if you are going to embark upon breast augmentation surgery, it has to be something you feel 100% confident and safe undertaking. If you have doubts or feel anxious about the risks, I recommend waiting. Perhaps do more research, get a second or third opinion from other plastic surgeons and talk to women who have implants. Delaying surgery until you feel totally comfortable with your decision is something your surgeon will support - and something you’ll never regret!

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