Breast Implants

Breast implants are known as breast surgery or breast enlargement, this procedure is also colloquially referred to as a boob job. This surgery is a procedure that involves increasing or restoring the breast size and shape with implants, to enhance appearance.

Breast implants restore breast size and shape, to enhance appearance

Undergoing a procedure for breast enlargement is not for everyone, but this procedure can result in a dramatic improvement in appearance. Many of our candidates elect for this procedure in order to feel less self-conscious about their body, to correct size disparities or to restore the appearance of the breast following weight loss or childbirth.

The solution is a long term solution, which is why the initial consultation with our surgeon is so important. He will help you better understand what the procedure entails, and what to expect once the surgery is complete. During this appointment it is your chance to ask any questions, and to tell us what results you are hoping to achieve.

Frequently asked questions about breast implants

Are breast implants right for me?

Breast implant surgery can dramatically improve appearance, and is common for candidates who: are concerned their breasts are too small, have one breast noticeably smaller than the other or who have lost size and shape due to weight loss or childbirth.

The procedure is a long-term solution, so younger candidates must be fully-developed and all candidates must be emotionally mature enough to understand their motivation. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.

Are silicone breast implants safe?

Silicone gel-filled implants are one of the most studied medical devices since their first introduction in 1962. Decades of research and development has improved their safety but they are not risk free. Breast implants are heavily regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Association in Australia.

Do breast implants feel unnatural?

While implants may not feel as supple as natural breasts, most women who have undergone the procedure are very satisfied with the results. The recent addition of fat grafting to the procedure has created even more natural feel and appearance.

Do breast implants need to be replaced regularly?

It’s a common misconception that implants need to be replaced every 10 years, but this is not true. Implants can last up to 25 years. Plastic surgeon exam and ultrasound of implants are recommended every 7 - 10 years.

Can breast implants cause cancer or other diseases?

There is no evidence that breast implants are responsible for increased rates of fatigue or autoimmune disease, or that they cause breast cancer. It is important to advise your healthcare provider during mammograms or breast checks that you have implants.

Implants require special mammograms, so patients must inform their radiographer, who can use implant specific techniques to assist with imaging. Ultrasounds are still the preferred initial test for breast cancer checks in younger patients.

Will I be able to breastfeed?

There are a lot of myths around this, but having breast implants does not prevent women from successfully breastfeeding.

Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that breast implants pose any risk to breastfeeding infants.

Will saline or gel-filled breast implants be used?

Silicone gel-filled implants are the preferred choice for breast augmentation, and are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Advisory service. The gel is cohesive or set, and will not disperse if ruptured. Silicone also has a softer feel and shape than saline.

What are the possible side effects or complications?

Every year thousands of women undergo breast implant surgery without any complications. However possible complications include altered nipple sensation, implant malposition, infection, scarring, implant failure, capsular contracture and ALCL.

Implants require special mammograms, so patients must inform their radiographer, who can use implant specific techniques to assist with imaging. Ultrasounds are still the preferred initial test for breast cancer checks in younger patients.

Should I go overseas to have breast implant surgery?

Bendigo Plastic surgery offers best practice breast implant surgery, with the reassurance that comes from adherence to rigorous Australian standards and regulations. You will also be better managed in the event of post-procedure complications, with the best care possible.

For every step of your plastic surgery
journey, we are by your side.

Bendigo Plastic Surgery follows a simple tried-and-tested process for our surgical procedures. From initial consultation, to recovery and beyond, our team will look after you.


Before surgery

At the initial consultation we will discuss your desired outcomes, and will perform a thorough medical assessment. When determining implant choice we will consider your desired breast shape and size, tailored to your tissues and overall body shape.

Your breasts will be examined, measured and photographed for surgical planning. The nature of your tissues - including your skin, nipple position and size of your breasts - will be considered. Best results may require additional surgery, a lift or fat grafting. Risks, your concerns and financials will be thoroughly discussed now and at further appointments.


During surgery

Breast implant surgery is performed in hospital under a general anaesthetic, and typically takes one hour - unless the surgery is being combined with other procedures such as fat grafting. 

The surgeon will place incisions so the resulting scars are easily hidden and inconspicuous. An incision along the underside of your breast (inframammary) is preferred. Great care is taken with preparing the tissues, infection prevention and inserting your implant. Hidden stitches and simple dressings are used. Local anaesthetic is used to ensure your comfort.


After surgery

You can expect swelling in the area, but any discomfort or pain is typically minimal. Immediate showering is encouraged. Gentle normal activities can be resumed several days after the procedure, though it is recommended to avoid strenuous arm activities like heavy lifting and driving for two weeks.

Wearing a new sports bra is recommended for comfort, as is gentle massage of your new breasts. We will schedule a number of follow up appointments to check your progress, including periodic check ups to assess your long term results.

Best practice plastic surgery right here in Bendigo

You don’t have to travel to the city for plastic surgery. Richard Dickinson MBBS FRACS is a Sydney-trained surgeon who brings a wealth of expertise to Bendigo, a place he has called home for 20 years. Conveniently located in central Bendigo, our clinic offers the best of both worlds - best practice plastic surgery in a convenient location close to home.

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