Breast augmentation is a popular surgical procedure which increases the size of the breasts with the use of implants. For some women who have always had small breasts, or for those who have lost breast volume through ageing, weight loss or pregnancy, breast implants create fuller, larger breasts.
Your consultation with Dr Timms will give you all the information you need to make informed choices about breast implant surgery, including which breast implants are available and which are used by Dr Timms.
A complimentary nurse consultation can also be an option, as necessary, for any woman considering undergoing breast augmentation/enlargement surgery. This service allows you to gather as much information as possible regarding the procedure, including what implants look and feel like prior to an appointment with Dr Timms. These consultations can assist you in processing the decision to have surgery and formulate questions that can be answered by Dr Timms, allowing you to make a fully informed, well considered decision.
As part of your consultation, Dr Timms will carefully make an assessment of your current measurements and take photographs using the 3D Vectra Imaging System. This information will be used to devise your individual surgical care plan and the likely post-operative result.
The 3D Vectra Imaging System is comprised of an array of six cameras, which take a series of simultaneous photographs. These are then formatted together to produce a highly realistic three-dimensional image of your breasts. Information regarding measurements and type of implant recommended is entered into the imaging system of the Vectra and enables you to visualise the likely result you will achieve. This simulation is used as a valuable tool in helping you to decide which is the best implant for your body.
You will wake after your surgery with dressings over your surgical site/s. Depending on the nature of the procedure you may also wake up with drainage tubes coming from your surgical site. These are removed with little discomfort when Dr Timms feels they are ready to be removed after your surgery. Nurses looking after you are trained to ensure that your recovery is smooth and that you are as comfortable as possible postoperatively. Our clinic nurse is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have whether you are recovering at home or within the hospital setting.
Dr Timms undertakes regular ward rounds, so he will be monitoring you very closely postoperatively.
Your anaesthetist will have prescribed medication for you to keep you comfortable – you will have pain relief medication prescribed for you for discharge also.
An appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by Dr Timms nurse in the rooms 7-10 days after your surgery. This appointment is usually arranged for you at your consultation appointment with Dr Timms. Sometimes it is arranged by the nursing staff that discharge you from hospital. This depends on the nature of your procedure and the duration of your stay in hospital.
A soft surgical grade compression garment is usually indicated for breast, body and some facial procedures. These garments are to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks and can be removed for showering. These are specialised garments and we will advise you where to purchase these garments, how to wear the garments and what type you require when you book your procedure with Dr Timms. Many garments are claimable via your private health insurance depending on your level of cover and whether your procedure is medical or cosmetic.
You will need to be prepared to avoid driving for a period of anywhere between 1-3 weeks post surgery. The duration of this time depends on the nature of your surgery, medications you are taking for pain relief and your level of confidence behind the wheel post-surgery. It is advisable that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks.
Most activities can be recommenced after your 6 week review with Dr Timms.