Breast Augmentation Newcastle

The Procedure

The Hospital

Breast Augmentation (also known as Augmentation Mammoplasty) is performed under general anaesthetic in hospital, generally as a day patient.


We recommend one to two weeks off work and a garment (which is like a soft, supportive surgical bra for 6 weeks). Depending on the type of work you do, you may be more comfortable with a longer recovery time.

Note that some doctors will tell you that you can “recover in as little as 24 hours” – this is very misleading as the best results require you to relax and focus on healing – not getting back to normal activities in a day! Beware of anyone who is more interested in getting you to book an operation than the reality of life after it.

3D Vectra Simulation

See results on your own body with a $100 Vectra Simulation with our Practice Manager, Jessica. This scan with give you a much better idea of sizing and placement than simply putting sizing implants in a bra.

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For more information on the breast augmentation procedure, please see our narrated 3D Animation. The Animation takes a few moments to upload so please be patient as it is worth the short delay.

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Round implants

The total cost is from $15,000. This is inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, leading-brand round implants, hospital stay, anaesthetist’s fee, garment, LED light therapy for scar minimisation and follow up visits.

Anatomical implants

Anatomical, or tear drop shaped implants implants are more expensive to purchase from the manufacturer, which increases the total cost for surgery.

The total cost of breast augmentation using anatomical implants is from $16,000.

This fees above is inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, leading-brand anatomical implants, hospital stay, anaesthetist’s fee, garment, LED light therapy for scar minimisation and follow up visits.

Fat grafting

If fat grafting is recommended, there will be additional costs from $4,000 for the liposuction and fat transfer. See more in the fat grafting FAQ below.

Combining implants with an abdominoplasty 

Please see our post pregnancy page.

Medicare rebates

There are some very limited circumstances where Medicare will provide a rebate for women with considerable breast asymmetry (different sized breasts) or tuberous breasts. See more in the FAQs below.

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7 months post surgery


This patient had a breast augmentation by Dr Moncrieff using a 390cc (left) and 440cc (right) anatomical implant to correct asymmetry.

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This patient had a breast augmentation by Dr Moncrieff using 330cc anatomical implants.

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29 years old


6 months post surgery


This patient had a breast augmentation by Dr Moncrieff using 375cc anatomical implants.

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Frequently Asked Questions



Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at increasing breast size (breast enlargement), restoring breast volume or enhancing breast shape. Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeon’s worldwide. Dr Moncrieff has performed over 3000 breast augmentations in the Newcastle region since 2009.

To begin your journey, we offer a $100 Vectra 3D Surgery Simulation appointment with our Practice Manager. This is a great opportunity to explore what breast implants could look like on your body. Following this appointment, you will have the opportunity to schedule a consultation with Dr Moncrieff. During this appointment, Dr Moncrieff will take time to discuss your goals, medical history, and options for breast augmentation surgery. He will perform a physical examination, discuss implant options, explain his surgical technique, potential risks and create a surgical plan.

Yes we do. We understand that surgery is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options you may like to read our dedicated article on payment plans here.

Size does matter in breast implant selection! Dr Moncrieff known for producing ‘natural looking’ breast augmentations and we make sure we publish lots of results across our website and social media that reflect this. The vast majority of our patients choose implants between 295cc – 440cc.

Our goal is to help patients achieve the look they want in a safe way that will look good not just in a selfie after 3 months, but also in 5 years!

For more information on why we don't offer 'massive' implants is here.

And information on implant size and how it relates to bra cup size is here.

The answer is ‘maybe’ – really depending on your body and goals. In the dedicated article linked below, Dr Moncrieff explains when fat grafting is best used and the long term results.

Fat grafting is also used in conjunction with breast implants in some cases to help correct tuberous breasts, soften the appearance of chest wall deformities, create defined cleavage lines or to provide cover for the implants for a more natural look.

To read the full answer, visit this article.

Many women who have had a breast augmentation with me go on to be able to breastfeed successfully.

This is because the dual plane placement I use reduces the risk of severing the milk ducts, nerves and breast tissue required for breast feeding.

However, just as with women who have not had breast surgery, some women are not able to breast feed or will need the assistance of a lactation consultant to help manage early feeding issues.

To read the full answer, visit this article.

The duration of breast augmentation surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the specific technique used, the complexity of the procedure, whether the use of fat grafting is required and the individual patient's breast anatomy. On average, the surgical procedure typically takes Dr Moncrieff around one to two hours to complete.


When you first start researching breast augmentation there are a lot of terms to learn.

Many of these terms refer to different implant type, implant shape or surgical techniques.

We have put all the key information in two dedicated articles:

Yes, it is certainly possible to undergo a mammogram with breast implants. Mammograms are an essential tool to detect breast cancer, and women over 40 with breast implants should not be deterred to undergo regular breast cancer screenings. When undergoing a mammogram, let the imaging technician know you have breast implants to ensure they can use the appropriate settings and achieve an accurate result. If you have concerns about mammography with breast implants, it is best to discuss them with your GP or the imaging facility beforehand.

The level of pain experienced during breast augmentation surgery varies from person to person. It's important to note that breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, and like any surgery, it involves some degree of discomfort and recovery time.

Our anaesthetists will prescribe post-surgery medications to help manage pain and discomfort in the immediate post-operative period. Patients are advised to follow our post-operative care instructions carefully to minimise discomfort and promote healing. In most cases, discomfort gradually decreases over the days and weeks following surgery.

More information about recovering from breast implant surgery can be found in this article.

Breast implants refer to the medical prosthesis that are surgically inserted into the breast to enhance their size, shape, or symmetry. Breast augmentation, on the other hand, refers to the surgical procedure used to increase the size or change the shape of the breasts. In short - breast implants are the devices used to achieve the desired result of breast augmentation surgery.

Generally no as the surgical procedure is cosmetic.

For cases of tuberous breasts or where there is significant asymmetry, Medicare may provide a rebate:

Asymmetry: Medicare item number 45524. If you are eligible for this number and have full private health insurance hospital cover, it will reduce the total out of pocket costs for a breast augmentation.

Tuberous: Medicare item number 45060. If you are eligible for this number and have full private health insurance hospital cover, it will reduce the total out of pocket costs for a breast augmentation.

Many women have different sized breasts. Most don’t realise until they visit us for a Vectra simulation which measures each side. Often the difference is modest so it hasn’t impacted bra cup size. In those cases, Dr Moncrieff may use two slightly different implant sizes to help even them up.

But for other women, the difference is so significant that they need very different sized implants. In these cases a Medicare rebate may apply (see the Medicare tab above).

Yes, Dr Moncrieff regularly assists women with tuberous (cone shaped) breasts.

Many women don’t even realise they have “tuberous” breasts until they see us. So what is the condition?

It is more than just having small or underdeveloped breasts.

Truly tuberous breasts can appear in many forms – with impacts on appearance of the breast from mild to severe. Typically we see enlarged and puffy areola, wide space between the breasts, a small amount of breast tissue (even in larger woman), a high breast fold and a conical breast shape.

It can also impact on the ability to breast feed.

A “simple” breast augmentation procedure won’t solve this problem. Dr Moncrieff often has to release the areola and uses an anatomical (tear drop) shaped implant to give the breast a more normal shape. In some cases he also uses fat transfer to give the implant enough coverage.

In these cases a Medicare rebate may apply (see the Medicare tab above).

To explore more, you might consider booking a Vectra 3D photo simulation. It is just $100 which comes off the cost of a consultation with Dr Moncrieff if you wish to proceed.

Call 4920 7700 to book or send us a message below to secure your appointment.

As a general rule, it reasonable to expect 10 or more years from a breast augmentation and often women seek a change at that point for reasons more closely related to changes in their body shape, than problems with their implants. These women may choose to undergo further surgery.

Things like weight changes, subsequent babies, and just the passage of time given the impact of gravity, can make breasts look different from the period immediately following surgery. This is just the same as for women who have never had surgery. 

More about the longevity of implants is in this article.

Ways to maximise the longevity of your augmentation are outlined in this article by Dr Moncrieff.

Dr Moncrieff only uses the highest quality of breast implants and our Mentor implants come with a 10 year warranty. This is important because medical devices like implants can fail and it is important that the manufacturer will replace them if needed.

There are two different types of breast implants – silicone and saline.

Dr Moncrieff uses silicone implants from the world’s leading implant manufacturer, Mentor. In Australia, silicone breast implants are widely preferred over saline implants. Silicone implants are known for their more ‘natural’ look and feel, durability and longevity.

Mentor cohesive silicone gel breast implants are backed by a 10-year guarantee and have a demonstrated safety record. You can read more about this here.

Breast augmentation with an incision in the breast crease is the surgical technique used by Dr Moncrieff for breast enlargement surgery. This is because the breast implant can be positioned most accurately into its pocket using this method and any form of implant can be used including the anatomical (tear-drop) range.

The breast implant itself may be placed under the pectoral muscle, under the breast tissue or a combination of both in the ‘dual plane’ breast augmentation technique. Indeed, the ‘dual plane’ technique of implant placement yields some of the best results possible in breast augmentation surgery. The scar involved usually heals to faint line under the breast for most patients.

For more information on the breast augmentation procedure, please see our narrated 3D Animation above.

Your weight can make a big difference to the safety and outcome of your surgery – so we can’t ignore it.

In this article, Dr Moncrieff outlines why it matters and the weight range to aim for before starting the surgical journey.

A BMI at or below 25 is preferred for safety and a beautiful breast augmentation outcome that will last. 

An easy BMI calculator for you to use.

Note that our BMI range for other breast and breast surgery does extend to 28-30 however our experience is the BMIs in this higher range range do not result in optimal outcomes in the longer term. Higher BMIs generally require much larger implants which are linked to long and short term issues. More information is here.

The size and shape of your natural breast tissue is largely determined by a combination of genetics, hormones, body weight and life stage (such as pregnancy). It’s highly unlikely that you will be able to permanently alter the size or shape of your breasts without undergoing breast augmentation surgery.

All surgery is serious and you need to weigh up the potential benefits with the risks. 

There are two main categories of risks and complications to consider when considering breast augmentation surgery.

The first category of risks and complications apply to all forms of major surgery and include: infection, bleeding and an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic. 

The next category of risks and complications which are more specific to breast augmentation include: change in nipple sensation or loss of sensation in the nipples, delayed wound healing (including death of tissue) and in rare cases, loss of the nipple, asymmetry, infection at the surgical site, capsular contracture, implant rupture, Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) and Breast Implant Illness (BII).

Your surgeon will discuss these risks, and how you can reduce them before and after surgery, in your consultation. You will also be given written material covering these risks.

More information about the risks of plastic surgery procedures and broader general surgery can be found on our dedicated risks page.

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