Breast Implants Explained
Before and After Breast Augmentation Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
If you are thinking about Breast Augmentation Dr Darryl Hodgkinson is one of the most experienced and qualified Plastic Surgeons in this field. With over 30 years of experience the fact that Dr Hodgkinson performs Breast Augmentation with both Saline and Silicone Gel Implants sets him apart from many other plastic surgeons in Australia. The spectrum of breast implants available to the surgeon can therefore provide great versatility in achieving a more natural look.
On top of implant choice Dr Hodgkinson offers four choices about where to make the skin incisions for breast enlargement. They can be in the breast fold (inframammary), around the nipple (periareolar),? underneath the armpit (transaxillary) or through the belly button (transumbilical “TUBA”).
Breast implant size is one of the most important decisions in a breast augmentation procedure. Because of this, Dr Hodgkinson will take several approaches to help the patient make the best decision based on their anatomy, personal preferences and the appearance they wish to achieve. In general, attractive breast augmentation should be in proportion to the woman’s overall body shape.
There are six main clinical parameters for breast implants on initial consultation:
- Patient’s body build and height
- Natural breast size, shape and symmetry
- Nipple position in relation to the breast
- The quality of breast skin
- Chest wall shape and dimension
- Patient’s desire for new cup size and shape.
The number of breast enlargement operations is on the increase, and the demand for natural-looking breasts is even more apparent. Dr Hodgkinson has operated on thousands of patients over the years?and has drawn from this wide experience to perfect his methods for successful and attractive breast augmentation.
The reality of breast implants
Most women are thrilled with their new look after having breast implants. But some can end up disappointed down the track if they don’t realise that implants may not last forever and may need to be replaced, says cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson.
‘There is potential for all implants to fail and it comes as a shock to some patients,’ Dr Hodgkinson says. Also, many women don’t realise how their breasts and the implants will change as they age.
The key to avoiding disappointment is understanding before you have the surgery that having breast implants is a lifelong commitment and ongoing maintenance will be required.
‘Some studies say 12 per cent of silicone and saline implants will fail within 10 years,’ Dr Hodgkinson says. ‘But you can also outlive your implants. However, usually within 10 to 20 years after their implantation, the ageing process can affect how they look. Breast tissue heads south, the nipples point down and the patient is not happy with how the implants look.’ Once women pass menopause and their breast tissue begins to turn to fat the implants may not fit as well either.
The solution for most people is to replace the implants at some point and possibly have surgery to lift the breasts.
‘You need to be prepared to update again later in life,’ Dr Hodgkinson says. ‘Once you submit to an implant you need to realise it’s a commitment that will continue for the rest of your life.’
The best way to monitor the quality of breast implants and the ageing process is with regular check-ups with your surgeon.
‘You need to be prepared to do this maintenance,’ Dr Hodgkinson says. ‘I recommend a yearly check-up to see their progress, and this gives you the security that any changes are normal.’
For more information on this procedure or if you would like to make a time for consultation with Dr Hodgkinson on breast augmentation in Sydney please contact Cosmetic and Restorative Surgery Clinic on :
02 9362 7400.
- Q: If I have breast implants, where will the incisions be?Q: If I have breast implants, where will the incisions be? A: Breast implants can be inserted through many different incisions, including endoscopically through the navel (saline only). The most common incision sites are under the breast, in the armpit, or around the nipple. The type of implant may dictate the length
- Can I tell the implant size I need by the bra size I want to wear?Breast size, bra size and implant size cannot be directly compared. Correct sizing of patients is important because no two women are the same, no woman has the same exact same sized breasts on both sides and no two bras are the same, but two implants by the same manufacturer
- Do implants move?Q: Do implants move? A: In fact, it is unusual for implants to move. In placing any implant—whether it is a breast, cheek, chin or calf implant—the aim of the procedure is to make the pocket the correct size and shape for the proposed implant. Previously, when cortisone (a steroid) was used
- I’ve read somewhere that breast implants can go hard. Can you explain this?Q: I’ve read somewhere that implants can go hard. Can you explain this? A: This is called “capsular contracture” and is caused by a build-up of scar tissue around the implant. This is more common with the silicone implants when they are positioned behind the
- I would like breast implants but I have a thin build. What would be a suitable size?Q: I would like breast implants but I have a thin build. What would be a suitable size? A: The shape you wish to achieve is measured against your existing breasts and your chest wall to determine the appropriate size and shape for you. Implants