Breast Augmentation 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 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.
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.
The total cost is from $13,990. 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, 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 $14,990.
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.
If fat grafting is recommended, there will be additional costs from $5,000 for the liposuction and fat transfer. See more in the fat grafting FAQ below.
Combining implants with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
From $36,000 total cost (for Top Gold cover insured patients) including the surgeon’s fee, hospital stay, anaesthetist’s fee, garments, LED light therapy for scar minimisation and follow up visits.
From $45,000 total cost if you do not qualify for a Medicare item number or don't have Top Gold cover private health insurance.
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.
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.
Generally no as the 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 hospital cover, it will reduce the total out of pocket costs for a breast augmentation to around $9000.
Tuberous: Medicare item number 45060. If you are eligible for this number and have full private hospital cover, it will reduce the total out of pocket costs for a breast augmentation to around $8000.
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 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.
So 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.
Breast augmentation with an incision directly under the breast is the 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 pectoralis muscle, under the breast tissue or a combination of both in the ‘dual plane’ 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.
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 with implants in some cases 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 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.
All surgery is serious and you need to weigh up the potential benefits with the risks.
There are two main categories of risks to consider when considering breast augmentation surgery.
The first category of risks apply to all forms of major surgery and include: infection, bleeding and an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic.
The next category of risks which are more specific to breast augmentation include: change in sensation or loss of sensation in the nipples, delayed wound healing (including death of tissue), asymmetry, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), breast implant illness (BII) and in rare cases, loss of the nipple.
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 and broader general surgery can be found on our dedicated risks page.
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