Breast Augmentation is performed under General Anaesthetic in hospital. The hospital stay can be day or overnight.
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 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 $50 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 $10,600. This is inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, leading-brand round implants, hospital day stay, garment, anaesthetist’s fee and follow up visits.
A range of other options including longer hospital stays and implant shapes are also available at additional cost. For example, anatomical implants are more expensive, adding $1000 to the price above.
There are some very limited circumstances were Medicare will provide a rebate for women with considerable breast asymmetry (different sized breasts) or tuberous breasts.
38 years old
4 months post surgery
This patient had a breast augmentation by Dr Moncrieff using 390cc anatomical implants for an implant supported lift (avoiding full surgical lift scars).
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 but 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 $50 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.
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 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 an almost imperceptible line.
For more information on the breast augmentation procedure, please see our narrated 3D Animation above.
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 here.
You have invested your time and money into breast augmentation, reduction or a lift. So now you are wondering “do I still need to wear a bra?”, “do my weight changes matter?” and “what happens if I get pregnant?”
To read the full answer and learn other tips to make sure you maintain your new look for the long term, visit this article.
Have you lost volume in your breasts after children, or perhaps you never quite loved your size and have always wanted more.
But, you’re not sold on breast implants and want to know “can I use fat grafting instead of implants?”
The answer is ‘maybe’ – really depending on your body and goals and in this article I’ll explain when fat grafting is best used and the long term results.
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.