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FAQs

It's natural to have many questions about cosmetic surgery. We encourage all our patients to be fully informed about our processes and procedures in order to achieve their desired cosmetic results.

Why are your prices so affordable?

Our philosophy is simple. We believe that everyday Australians should be able to have quality cosmetic surgery at affordable prices, without needing to take unnecessary medical risks overseas.

Our streamlined processes and in-house surgical training program greatly reduces out-of-pocket expenses to our patients. This allows us to offer the highest standards of surgical care at highly competitive prices.

We’re different from other clinics because we’ve already invested in our own purpose-built ISO9001 accredited day facility. We also have a dedicated surgical team, anaesthetic team and support staff to conduct all our consultations, procedures and follow up care. This means you won’t have to pay any hospital fees, facility fees, anaesthetic fees or agency nurse fees, greatly reducing the cost of your surgery.

Other surgeons are usually required to hire agency nurses and surgical suites in private hospitals or clinics to conduct the same procedures and the use of the theatre alone can increase the cost by $5000 or more.

OK, I’m ready to book my labioplasty. What do I do next?

Please call our clinic to book your consultation and one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants will be able to assist you.

What are the risks of labioplasty?

Labioplasty is an extremely safe procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there is always some level of risk. Your surgeon will be able to advise you about any concerns you have.

I’m from interstate / overseas. Can I still have labioplasty?

Yes, we regularly perform surgeries for our interstate and international patients and usually accommodate this within the same visit to Sydney. There are a number of steps you can take in advance of your procedure to help streamline the process:

  • send pictures of your desired treatment areas to our photos team so that our surgeons may assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for vaginal rejuvenation. All photos will be treated confidentially.
  • if you’re suitable, we’ll contact you to book your consultation. This is best organized the day before your surgery to minimize accommodation and travel costs.
  • read over the pre-admission material and relating to your procedure.
  • arrange accommodation and a support person to look after you during the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery.

You’ll be required to stay in Sydney for a further 48 hours for a post-operative check before being able to return home. Your local GP can then assist you general aftercare enquiries. Follow-ups can be conducted via email, but feel free to call our clinics if you have any specific concerns.

Is it safe to get labioplasty performed overseas?

Patient safety is our number one priority, which is why we strongly advise against all forms of ‘cosmetic tourism’ undertaken in third world countries. Surgery isn’t to be taken lightly, and the risks of serious infection and other complications are greatly increased by unregulated clinical settings, unhygienic medical environments, tropical conditions and the lack of adequate aftercare procedures.

Be wary of the low cost advertising of these procedures as well. Many overseas clinics have hidden costs as well as unforeseen costs associated with accommodation, flights, and meals. If there are complications with surgery and you are required to stay overseas longer, your expected cost of surgery goes up dramatically.

Can I have more than one procedure at the same time?

Yes, labioplasty is often combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation. Your surgeon will decide whether it is appropriate for you to have more than one procedure. This is best discussed during your consultation.

How much time do I need to take off work?

We recommend you take 2 – 3 weeks of rest and recuperation following your labioplasty surgery. Most patients are able to return to work within 3 – 7 days, but should avoid walking for long periods of time. Patients that have normal desk jobs can return to work the next day, but may still feel fatigued and swollen for several days.

Will contraceptives or my period affect my labioplasty?

No, it’s perfectly safe to have surgery at any time during your menstrual cycle. There is also no need to stop taking the pill before your surgery. If you have any concerns or wish to delay your surgery, please discuss with your surgeon at the time of consultation.

Will labioplasty affect my ability to have children later?

No, vaginal delivery of children is the same whether or not you’ve had labiaplasty.

Does labioplasty reduce the sensation felt during sex?

No, there is no evidence that labiaplasty reduces the pleasurable sensation felt during intercourse. The nerves that women associate with sexual pleasure are in the clitoris, which is not involved in the surgery. Generally our patients feel better about themselves and report an increase in sexual satisfaction and sexual confidence after surgery.

When can I have sex again?

You should refrain from sexual activity for at least 4 – 6 weeks while your incisions heal. Use caution and plenty of lubricant when resuming sexual activities. Please refer to our Post-Operative brochure for more information.

Am I a good candidate for labioplasty?

Our surgeons evaluate each of our patients on a case-by-case basis. The best candidates for labioplasty are typically in good physical health and fitness but want to reduce the size of their inner labial lips. Good skin tone and firm, elastic skin also helps to achieve the best cosmetic results.

What kind of anesthesia do you use?

We perform labioplasty under ‘twilight anaesthesia’ which is supplemented by local anaesthetic to specific areas. This helps to minimise any pain or discomfort. During the procedure, you’ll be in what is known as a ‘twilight state’, where you are relaxed and sleepy but still responsive. You’ll generally not remember being in surgery or coming out of surgery.

Twilight sedation is preferable as you remain in a conscious state so there’s no requirement for any breathing tubes. You’ll wake up feeling fresher and less groggy and be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.

How long does the procedure take?

Labioplasty takes between 1 – 2 hours to complete.

How is the procedure performed?

Small incisions are made to the inner lips of the vagina on each side and excess tissue is removed. The incisions are sealed with dissolvable sutures and heal to form a smooth and symmetrical appearance with no visible scarring.

What is vaginal rejuvenation?

Vaginal rejuvenation, or labioplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess, floppy or irregularly shaped labial tissue from the inner lips of the vagina in order to achieve a sexier and more symmetrical shape.

OK, I’m ready to book my eyelid rejuvenation. What do I do next?

Please call our clinic to book your consultation and one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants will be able to assist you.

What are the risks of eyelid rejuvenation?

Eyelid rejuvenation is an extremely safe procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there is always some level of risk. Your surgeon will be able to advise you about any concerns you have.

I’m from interstate / overseas. Can I still have eyelid rejuvenation?

Yes, we regularly perform surgeries for our interstate and international patients and usually accommodate this within the same visit to Sydney. There are a number of steps you can take in advance of your procedure to help streamline the process:

  • send pictures of your desired treatment areas to our photos team so that our surgeons may assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for an eyelid rejuvenation. All photos will be treated confidentially.
  • if you’re suitable, we’ll contact you to book your consultation. This is best organized the day before your surgery to minimize accommodation and travel costs.
  • read over the pre-admission material and relating to your procedure.
  • arrange accommodation and a support person to look after you during the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery.

You’ll be required to stay in Sydney for a further 48 hours for a post-operative check before being able to return home. Your local GP can then assist you general aftercare enquiries. Follow-ups can be conducted via email, but feel free to call our clinics if you have any specific concerns.

Is it safe to get eyelid rejuvenation performed overseas?

Patient safety is our number one priority, which is why we strongly advise against all forms of ‘cosmetic tourism’ undertaken in third world countries. Surgery isn’t to be taken lightly, and the risks of serious infection and other complications are greatly increased in unregulated clinical settings, unhygienic medical environments, tropical conditions and the lack of adequate aftercare procedures.

Be wary of the low cost advertising of these procedures as well. Many overseas clinics have hidden costs as well as unforeseen costs associated with accommodation, flights, and meals. If there are complications with surgery and you are required to stay overseas longer, your expected cost of surgery goes up dramatically.

Can I have more than one procedure at the same time?

Yes, upper eyelifts are sometimes combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation or vaginal rejuvenation. Please discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation.

How much time do I need to take off work?

We recommend 1 week of rest and recuperation following your upper eyelift surgery. You should be able to return to work within 5 – 7 days, but if you have a normal desk jobs you may be able to return to work slightly earlier. You should expect to feel fatigued and swollen and should avoid eye strain with computers. Please refer to your Post-Operative Brochure for additional information.

Do you perform lower eyelid lifts as well?

No, we don’t perform lower eyelid lifts as cosmetic results for this procedure vary and additional complications may arise.

Will an eyelid rejuvenation get rid of my wrinkles?

No. Upper eyelifts address the bulging or sagging skin that gathers above the eyelid. It can’t remove crow’s feet, wrinkles around the eyes or correct a sagging brow. If you’d like additional treatment for such wrinkles, please inform our Cosmetic Consultants and we can arrange a referral to our cosmetic partner company, Laser Clinics Australia, which does offer wrinkle treatment.

How do I know what I’ll look like after my surgery?

Once you have a firm idea about your desired look, your surgeon and you will go through the different surgical options to determine the best way to get your desired cosmetic result for your lifestyle.

There are many factors that affect what your eyelids will look like after surgery. These include your age, general health and fitness, skin elasticity, and the amount of fat removed from your eyelids.

We’ve had many happy patients who are happy to share their pre and post op photos. You can find feedback and photos from past patients on our Facebook page and also online plastic and cosmetic surgery forums, such as The Plastic Surgery Forum.

Am I a good candidate for an upper eyelift?

Our surgeons evaluate each of our patients on a case-by-case basis. The best candidates for an upper eyelift are typically in good physical health and fitness but have large amounts of excess skin or excess fat in their upper eyelids that may even obscure their vision. Good skin tone and firm, elastic skin also helps to achieve the best cosmetic results.

What kind of anaesthesia do you use?

We perform upper eyelid rejuvenation under ‘twilight anaesthesia’ which is supplemented by local anaesthetic to specific areas. This helps to minimise any pain or discomfort. During the procedure, you’ll be in what is known as a ‘twilight state’, where you are relaxed and sleepy but still responsive. You’ll generally not remember being in surgery or coming out of surgery.

Twilight sedation is preferable as you remain in a conscious state so there’s no requirement for any breathing tubes. You’ll wake up feeling fresher and less groggy and be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.

How long does the procedure take?

The entire procedure takes between 1 – 3 hours to complete.

How is the procedure performed?

Very small incisions are made into the curved eyelid crease of the upper eyelid of both eyes. Excess skin, muscles and underlying fat is removed, and fine hair-like sutures will be used to close the incisions. Scars will normally fade into a fine line that virtually disappear over time.

What is upper eyelid rejuvenation?

Upper Eyelid rejuvenation, also known as upper blepharoplasty or an upper eyelift, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the overall appearance of the upper eyelid where your skin has become loose, begun to bulge outwards or sag downwards.

OK, I’m ready to book my surgery. What do I do next?

Please call our clinic to book your consultation and one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants will be able to assist you.

What are the risks of gynaecomastia surgery?

Male breast reduction is an extremely safe procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there is always some level of risk. Your surgeon can advise you about any concerns you have. For more information, please refer to our downloadable brochure.

I’m from interstate / overseas. Can I still have gynaecomastia surgery?

Yes, we regularly perform surgeries for our interstate and international patients and usually accommodate this within the same visit to Sydney. There are a number of steps you can take in advance of your procedure to help streamline the process:

  • send pictures of your desired treatment areas to our photos team so that our surgeons may assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for male breast reduction. All photos will be treated confidentially.
  • if you’re suitable, we’ll contact you to book your consultation. This is best organized the day before your surgery to minimize accommodation and travel costs.
  • read over the pre-admission material and downloadable brochures relating to your procedure.
  • arrange accommodation and a support person to look after you during the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery.

You’ll be required to stay in Sydney for a further 48 hours for a post-operative check before being able to return home. Your local GP can then assist you general aftercare enquiries. Follow-ups can be conducted via email, but feel free to call our clinics if you have any specific concerns.

Do Medicare rebates apply to gynaecomastia surgery?

No, Medicare rebates currently don’t apply to gynaecomastia surgery.

Is it safe to get male breast reduction performed overseas?

Patient safety is our number one priority, which is why we strongly advise against all forms of ‘cosmetic tourism’ undertaken in third world countries. Surgery isn’t to be taken lightly, and the risks of serious infection and other complications are greatly increased in unregulated clinical settings, unhygienic medical environments, tropical conditions and the lack of adequate aftercare procedures.

Be wary of the low cost advertising of these procedures as well. Many overseas clinics have hidden costs as well as unforeseen costs associated with accommodation, flights, and meals. If there are complications with surgery and you are required to stay overseas longer, your expected cost of surgery goes up dramatically.

How much time do I need to take off work?

We recommend 7 – 10 days of rest and recuperation following your liposuction surgery. Patients that have normal desk jobs can return to work slightly earlier (within 1 week), but should expect to feel fatigued and swollen for several days. Please refer to your Post-Operative Brochure for additional information.

How do I know what I’ll look like after my surgery?

Once you have a firm idea about your desired look, your surgeon and you will go through the different surgical options to determine the best way to get your desired cosmetic result for your lifestyle.

There are many factors that affect what your body will look like after surgery. These include your age, general health and fitness, skin elasticity, and the amount of fat removed from your body.

We’ve had many happy patients who are happy to share their pre and post op photos. You can find feedback and photos from past patients on our Facebook page and also online plastic and cosmetic surgery forums, such as The Plastic Surgery Forum.

Am I a good candidate for male breast reduction?

Our surgeons evaluate each of our patients on a case-by-case basis. The best candidates for gynaecomastia surgery are healthy men of any age, but that have enlarged or drooping breast tissue which they want to improve the appearance of. Good skin tone and firm, elastic skin also helps to achieve the best cosmetic results.

What kind of anaesthesia do you use?

We perform male breast reduction under ‘twilight anaesthesia’ supplemented by local anaesthetic to specific areas. This helps to minimise any pain or discomfort. During the procedure, you’ll be in what is known as a ‘twilight state’, where you’re relaxed and sleepy but still responsive. You’ll generally not remember being in surgery or coming out of surgery.

Twilight sedation is preferable as you remain in a conscious state so there’s no requirement for any breathing tubes. You’ll wake up feeling fresher and less groggy and be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.

How long is the procedure?

The procedure is usually performed within 2 hours.

How is the procedure performed?

A small incision is made along the border of the nipples. Minimal liposuction is performed on targeted areas, followed by the removal of excess breast tissue and fat. The nipples are re-sutured and your surgeon checks for symmetry in your chest. The incisions are then closed and bandages and dressings are applied.

What is gynaecomastia (male breast) reduction surgery?

Gynaecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to reduce excess breast tissue and selectively remove unwanted body fat. It results in a flatter chest and more masculine body contour.

OK, I’m ready to book my liposuction. What do I do next?

Please call our clinic to book your consultation and one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants will be able to assist you.

What are the risks of liposuction?

Liposuction is an extremely safe procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there is always some level of risk. Your surgeon can advise you about any concerns you have.

I’m from interstate / overseas. Can I still have liposuction?

Yes, we regularly perform surgeries for our interstate and international patients and usually accommodate this within the same visit to Sydney. There are a number of steps you can take in advance of your procedure to help streamline the process:

  • send pictures of your desired treatment areas to our photos team so that our surgeons may assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for liposuction. All photos will be treated confidentially.
  • if you’re suitable, we’ll contact you to book your consultation. This is best organized the day before your surgery to minimize accommodation and travel costs.
  • read over the pre-admission material and downloadable brochures relating to your procedure.
  • arrange accommodation and a support person to look after you during the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery.

You’ll be required to stay in Sydney for a further 48 hours for a post-operative check before being able to return home. Your local GP can then assist you general aftercare enquiries. Follow-ups can be conducted via email, but feel free to call our clinics if you have any specific concerns.

Do any Medicare rebates apply to liposuction?

No, Medicare rebates don’t currently apply to cosmetic liposuction.

Is it safe to get liposuction performed overseas?

Patient safety is our number one priority, which is why we strongly advise against all forms of ‘cosmetic tourism’ undertaken in third world countries. Surgery isn’t to be taken lightly, and the risks of serious infection and other complications are greatly increased in unregulated clinical settings, unhygienic medical environments, tropical conditions and the lack of adequate aftercare procedures.

Be wary of the low cost advertising of these procedures as well. Many overseas clinics have hidden costs as well as unforeseen costs associated with accommodation, flights, and meals. If there are complications with surgery and you are required to stay overseas longer, your expected cost of surgery goes up dramatically.

Can I have more than one procedure at the same time?

No, We do not perform dual procedures with liposuction. Please discuss this further with your surgeon during your consultation.

How much time do I need to take off work?

We recommend a week of rest and recuperation following your liposuction surgery. If you have a normal desk jobs you can return to work slightly earlier (within 3 – 5 days) but should expect to feel fatigued and swollen for several days. Please discuss with your surgeon or refer to your Post-Operative Brochure for additional information.

Can liposuction get rid of my cellulite?

No. Liposuction targets the fat underlying the skin in order to improve body contour. While there may be minor improvements to cellulite as a result, it isn’t a general treatment for cellulite.

Will I have excess skin following my liposuction surgery?

Sometimes there can be excess skin after liposuction, but this is usually due to large volumes of fat being removed. It also depends upon your overall fitness and skin elasticity. It’s best to discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon directly.

How do I know what I’ll look like after my liposuction?

Once you have a firm idea about your desired look, your surgeon and you will go through the different surgical options to determine the best way to get your desired cosmetic result for your lifestyle.

There are many factors that affect what your body will look like after surgery. These include your age, general health and fitness, skin elasticity, and the amount of fat removed from your body.

We’ve had many happy patients who are happy to share their pre and post op photos. You can find feedback and photos from past patients on our Facebook page and also online plastic and cosmetic surgery forums, such as The Plastic Surgery Forum.

What areas of the body can I have liposuction on?

Liposuction can be used to improve the contour and shape of a wide variety of areas of your body. These include your chin, neck line, upper arms, chest, stomach, back, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hips, love handles and even inner knees. Your surgeon can advise you of the treatment areas if there is a specific area that you’d like to target.

How much fat can be removed in one session?

The amount of fat that can be safely removed per session varies on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, several sessions of liposuction will be much safer than a single prolonged session. Discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation if you have any questions or concerns.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Our surgeons evaluate each of our patients on a case-by-case basis. The best candidates for liposuction are typically in good physical health and fitness but want to improve the size or shape of their breasts. Good skin tone and firm, elastic skin also helps to achieve the best cosmetic results.

What kind of anaesthesia do you use?

We perform liposuction under ‘twilight anaesthesia’, which is supplement with an anaesthetic solution to treated areas. During the procedure, you’ll be in what is known as a ‘twilight state’, where you’re relaxed and sleepy but still responsive. You’ll generally not remember being in surgery or coming out of surgery.

Twilight sedation is preferable as you remain in a conscious state so there’s no requirement for any breathing tubes. You’ll wake up feeling fresher and less groggy and be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.

How long does the procedure take?

The time taken for liposuction depends upon the areas being treated and the volume of fat that can be safely removed per session. There is generally a limit of two hours per session, but this varies on a case-by-case basis. Your surgeon can advise you if you have any specific concerns.

How is the procedure performed?

A small incision is made in the skin near your treatment area. A narrow tube or cannula is gently inserted into the fat layer and moved back and forth in a controlled motion to dislodge unwanted fat cells. A special solution is injected into the treatment area, which allows for the dislodged fat to be suctioned away using a special vacuum.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, is a popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women to permanently remove fat cells from your body. It’s one of the most effective cosmetic treatments you can have and can result in a slimmer, sleeker and sexier body contour.

OK, I’m ready to book my consultation. What do I do next?

Please call our clinic to book your consultation and one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants will assist you.

What are the risks of breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is an extremely safe procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there is always some level of risk. Your surgeon will be able to advise you about any concerns you have.

I’m from interstate / overseas. Can I still have a BA?

Yes, we regularly perform surgeries for our interstate and international patients and usually accommodate this within the same visit to Sydney. There are a number of steps you can take in advance of your procedure to help streamline the process:

  • send pictures of your desired treatment areas to our photos team so that our surgeons may assess whether you’re a suitable candidate for breast augmentation. All photos will be treated confidentially.
  • if you’re suitable, we’ll contact you to book your consultation. This is best organized the day before your surgery to minimize accommodation and travel costs.
  • read over the pre-admission material and downloadable brochures relating to your procedure.
  • arrange accommodation and a support person to look after you during the first 24 – 48 hours after surgery.

You’ll be required to stay in Sydney for a further 48 hours for a post-operative check before being able to return home. Your local GP can then assist you with general aftercare enquiries. Follow-ups can be conducted via email, but feel free to call our clinics if you have any specific concerns.

Do any Medicare rebates apply to breast augmentation?

No, Medicare rebates currently don’t apply to breast augmentation.

Is it safe to get a BA done overseas?

Patient safety is our number one priority, which is why we strongly advise against all forms of ‘cosmetic tourism’ undertaken in third world countries. Surgery isn’t to be taken lightly, and the risks of serious infection and other complications are greatly increased in unregulated clinical settings, unhygienic medical environments, tropical conditions and the lack of adequate aftercare procedures.

Be wary of the low cost advertising of these procedures as well. Many overseas clinics have hidden costs as well as unforeseen costs associated with accommodation, flights, and meals. If there are complications with surgery and you are required to stay overseas longer, your expected cost of surgery goes up dramatically.

Can I have more than one procedure at the same time?

Yes, BAs are often combined with other procedures, such as eyelid or vaginal rejuvenation. Please discuss this with your surgeon during your consultation.

What if I need a breast lift or breast reduction?

If you require a breast lift or breast reduction, we are happy to arrange a referral to Dr Dona’s rooms to perform these procedures.

Will implants affect my ability to breast feed?

No, there is no medical evidence to show that silicone implants interfere with breast-feeding. There’s also no evidence of silicone transmission to infants in breast milk. Under the muscle placement of implants ensures that there is no disruption to the nipple or milk ducts, so feeding after a BA isn’t affected. If you’re pregnant or have concerns about breast feeding, please discuss these with your surgeon during your consultation.

Do implants cause cancer?

No, there is no evidence that breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer. It’s advisable that you continue to undergo regular mammograms and self-examine your breasts for any lumps after your procedure. You can continue to undertake breast screening via non-compression mammograms or ultrasounds. Just let your examiner know that you have had a BA.

How long will my implants last?

Every implant we use comes with a written lifetime guarantee against capsular contracture and rupture and certification to the highest safety standards in the US (FDA) and Australia (TGA).

Your lifestyle and how your body responds to the implants will affect the lifetime of the implant and its durability. As with all surgical procedures, revisionary surgery may be necessary to correct any problems or complications that arise. It’s best to discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon during your consultation.

Are silicone implants safe?

Absolutely. The Cosmetic Institute uses Allergan’s Natrelle™ suite of silicone gel implants for all breast augmentations. These are premium implants which are supported by over 30 years of medical research and clinical data and are considered to be the best on the market.

Allergan’s silicone gel implants are approved in Australia under the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and in the United States under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Each implant is manufactured in a totally sterile environment and undergoes more than 140 quality assessment checks in FDA-approved facilities in the United States.

Can I have any size of implant I want?

No. Breast implants come in dozens of different sizes and profiles. We understand many women have their heart set on a particular implant size. While we provide the full range of implant sizes and profiles, not every size will be suitable to your body type. Your surgeon can advise you of your available size options according to your physiology and desired cosmetic look.

It’s important to remember that larger sized implants don’t immediately equate a larger cup size. Your cup size will depend upon your weight, height, chest shape and the size of your existing breasts. Smaller implants can actually result in a more appealing and fuller look. It’s best to discuss sizing options with your surgeon during your consultation.

Which shape appears more natural, round or teardrop?

Both round and tear dropped shaped implants create a natural appearance. Round implants typically improve the upper fullness or projection of the breast while teardrop implants result in a lower projection.

Our preferred choice is round implants. Under the muscle placement of round implants placed actually provides a slight teardrop shape as well, providing you with the best of both options. Teardrop implants can lead to implant movement or rotation and may need to be corrected with revisionary surgery. Your surgeon can advise you about the most suitable shape, but additional fees will apply for the use of teardrop implants.

What is the difference between textured or smooth implants?

Because of the way that a protective lining forms around the implant, the surface texture of the implant is important. Smooth silicone implants may give a more natural feel if they are round. However, these have a higher incidence of capsular contracture than textured silicone implants, regardless of whether the textured implants are round or teardrop shaped.

The majority of implants used today have a textured shell and this is our preferred choice. Textured implants greatly reduce the incidence of capsular contracture. They also reduce implant movement as the protective lining around the breast implant develops in a more uniform way that helps keep it in place. Under the muscle placement also greatly enhances the natural feel of textured implants.

Which is better, silicone or saline implants?

There are two main types of implants: silicone gel implants and saline implants. Both implants have a silicone shell, but saline implants are filled with salt water rather than elastic gel. If a saline implant shell leaks, the body reabsorbs the saline, causing the implant to deflate and collapse. This doesn’t occur with silicone breast implants.

The most popular type of implant and our preferred choice is the cohesive textured gel implant. This leads to better survival of the implant, reduces the chance of ‘puckering’ and ‘rippling’ associated with saline implants, and gives a more natural appearance and feel.

Under the muscle or over the muscle?

Following your incision, breast implants are placed in two main ways. This can be either sub-muscular, known as ‘under the muscle’, or sub-glandular, known as ‘over the muscle’.

Each method of placement depends upon the shape of your breast and the amount of available breast tissue. Over the muscle placement may be more suitable to women who have a lot of breast tissue, but this method of placement also comes with an increased risk of capsular contracture.

Our preferred method of placement is under the muscle. This greatly reduces the chance of ‘bubbling’ and gives the breast a more natural look and feel. Because ‘under the muscle’ implants are away from the mammary glands, there is a reduced chance of bacterial infection and capsular contracture.

How is the procedure performed?

There are three major incision choices in BAs. These are within the fold of the breast (inframammary), around the nipple, or underneath the arm. Each type of incision has its advantages and disadvantages, according to the shape and the size of your desired implant and your clothing and lifestyle preferences.

Our preferred method of incision is inframammary. This is made in the fold where the breasts naturally drop. The incision line is approximately 3-4cm long and over time, will fade out to a nearly invisible line if treated correctly.

How do I know what I’ll look like after my BA?

Once you have a firm idea about your desired look, your surgeon and you will go through the different surgical options to determine the best way to get your desired cosmetic result for your lifestyle.

There are many factors that affect what your breasts will look like after surgery. These include the locational of the incisions and the type, size, shape, texture and placement of your implants.

We’ve had many happy patients who are happy to share their pre and post op photos. You can find feedback and photos from past patients on our Facebook page and also online plastic and cosmetic surgery forums, such as The Plastic Surgery Forum.

Do you use drains?

No, we generally don’t use drains. This minimises additional incisions to your breasts and the additional risk of infection. Antibiotics and pain killers are also applied directly to your incisions during your procedure.

What kind of anaesthesia do you use?

We perform breast augmentations under ‘twilight anaesthesia’ which is supplemented by local anaesthetic to specific areas. This helps to minimise any pain or discomfort. During the procedure, you’ll be in what is known as a ‘twilight state’, where you are relaxed and sleepy but still responsive. You’ll generally not remember being in surgery or coming out of surgery.

 

Twilight sedation is preferable as you remain in a conscious state so there’s no requirement for any breathing tubes. You’ll wake up feeling fresher and less groggy and be able to go home on the same day as your surgery.

How much time do I need to take off work?

We recommend a week of rest and recuperation following your breast augmentation surgery. Patients that have normal desk jobs can return to work slightly earlier (within 3 – 5 days) but should expect to feel fatigued and swollen for several days. Please refer to your Post-Operative Brochure for additional information.

 

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Our surgeons evaluate each of our patients on a case-by-case basis. The best candidates for BAs are typically in good physical health and fitness but want to improve the size or shape of their breasts. Good skin tone and firm, elastic skin also helps to achieve the best cosmetic results.

How long does the procedure take?

BAs take between 1 to 2 hours to complete.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation (or BA) is cosmetic procedure where implants are inserted into the breasts to enhance their appearance or enlarge them.

Can I speak to any past patients to see their results?

Yes. We encourage you to be fully informed about your procedure, including discussing results with past patients.

We’ve had many happy patients who are happy to share their pre and post op photos. You can find feedback and photos from past patients on our Facebook page and also online plastic and cosmetic surgery forums, such as The Plastic Surgery Forum.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Yes, we keep all your medical records in the strictest confidence. Our staff are also bound by confidentiality requirements as part of their employment. If we need to release any of your medical information for any reason, your consent will be required.

Can I book my surgery in at any time?

Our surgeons can sometimes be booked out months in advance. To secure your date of surgery, you may wish to book in your date of surgery prior to booking your consultation. Many of our patients prefer this option as it assists in planning work, leave and child care arrangements.

Can I bring a friend or support person with me?

You are allowed to bring one support person with you to your consultation. We ask that you do not to bring children to the clinic with you.

What do I bring to the consultation?

If you are having a breast augmentation, please bring a sports bra with no padding or underwire and a tight singlet so that your measurements can be taken.

 

For all procedures, please also bring photos that you like or dislike the look of. Your surgeon can then ascertain your desired look and determine what’s possible with your existing body shape.

How long is the consultation?

Your consultation will last approximately 45 minutes. We do our best to address any concerns or questions you may have during this time. If you require additional time or a secondary consult, please let one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants know. Additional consultation fees may apply.

What should I discuss during my consultation?

You should discuss your desired look and lifestyle with your surgeon. He or she can then inform you of all the available surgical options to best suit your body type and proportions. Your surgeon will take your medical history, conduct some routine examinations and take measurements to determine whether you a suitable candidate for your desired procedure.

Can I have my procedure performed by Dr Dona?

Yes. We understand that some patients may wish to have their surgery performed by Dr Dona himself. This is always available to our patients as a premium service via Dr Donna’s private clinic in Bella Vista. For more information about Dr Dona’s fees or other procedures not listed here, please visit Dr Dona’s website or call our clinics and one of our friendly Cosmetic Consultants will assist you.

Who are your surgeons?

We currently have 8 qualified cosmetic surgeons that specialise in all the procedures that we offer:

All our cosmetic surgeons are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have extensive surgical training and experience across a range of specialties within medicine. Each has undertaken rigorous additional training with our Surgical Director, Dr Eddy Dona, who is a renowned Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

What is the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgeons?

Both cosmetic and plastic surgeons are qualified to perform elective cosmetic surgery, which is designed to improve a person’s natural appearance based on the body’s normal structures. All the procedures offered at The Cosmetic Institute are elective procedures.

Plastic surgeons have additional qualifications required to perform certain non-elective surgical procedures. These procedures are designed to treat the body’s abnormal structures, such as those caused by burns, trauma, disease or cancer.

Each of our cosmetic surgeons have also undertaken rigorous training in advanced surgical techniques with our Surgical Director, Dr Eddy Dona, one of Sydney’s most renowned Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon.

How many procedures have you performed?

We perform more than 3500 breast implants per year, making us the largest and most trusted cosmetic surgery clinic in Australia.

Are the cosmetic surgeons trainees?

No. Continual training is a standard feature of the surgical profession. All our Cosmetic Surgeons are highly qualified and come from established medical careers, extensive surgical and theatre experience and qualifications obtained after years of study, practice and rigorous examinations.

We source our Cosmetic Surgeons from some of the best hospitals and private clinics in Australia. Each of our surgeons regularly undertake clinical audits, teach or mentor other surgeons and are well published in a variety of medical journals. Many of our surgeons, including Dr Dona, continue to consult within the hospital system in addition to working at our clinic, ensuring that you have the highest standards in clinical care available in the profession.