Breast Implant procedures offered in our Melbourne & Brisbane Clinics

Benefits of Breast Implant surgery with Dr David Topchian

A surgeon who has successfully performed over 1500 of these operations.

  • Safe, natural-looking and feeling implants
  • High quality German-made Polytech implants
  • Rapid recovery technique: Out of the house and driving the next day
  • All-inclusive premium surgical and recovery package

Women are faced with a number of confusing choices when it comes to deciding what kind of breast implant to get. This article aims to clarify some of the myths around breast implants.

Dr David Topchian is a contributor to the Australian Breast Registry (ABDR) which is a commonwealth Government health initiative that records information on surgeries involving breast devices, such as breast implants. For information on the ABDR click on this link. www.abdr.org.au

Dr David Topchian is a surgeon who performs breast implant surgery from two locations in Melbourne: St Kilda and Berwick, and a Brisbane Clinic. We understand that price is a big factor for many women looking for breast implants, so we offer packages and finance options to make it more accessible.

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Breast Implant Sizes & Shapes

There are four main ways in which breast implants differ: the filling, the shape, the size and the covering and these are covered in greater detail below. Simply click on any of the circles below to see more information.

FILLING

FILLING

Saline Vs Silicone Gel
SHAPE

SHAPE

Round Vs Teardrop
SIZE

SIZE

Weight Vs Cup Size
COVERING

COVERING

Smooth Vs Textured

FILLING

Saline Vs Silicone Gel

Saline implants: These contain salty water, and don’t feel as natural as silicone implants. They are also more likely to ripple (look wavy on the skin) and require replacement due to failure and leakage.

Silicone gel implants: These have a soft, jelly-like filling that feels similar to natural breast tissue. They are not a liquid, unlike previous generations of silicone implants for breasts. If the implants do leak over time, the gel should stay together and is not dangerous or harmful to the woman’s health. Most patients in Australia (and around the world) choose silicone gel implants.

SHAPE

Round Vs Teardrop

Breast Implants are available in many different shapes to provide a range of possible options and the best outcomes for patients. Round Implants: Previously, round implants (implants that appear symmetrical when viewed from the side) were the most popular type. Although round implants are still appropriate for some women, they do produce slightly more fullness in the upper part of the breast. This results in a ’rounder’ look that some women prefer to avoid. Teardrop Implants: Teardrop implants aren’t actually teardrop in shape, but they are a more natural breast shape when viewed from the side, with less fullness at the top part of the implant. Sometimes they are called anatomical implants, because they look more like a natural breast. This type of implant can be of benefit to women who have some degree of sag or have a difficult breast shape to begin with. A further benefit of using teardrop implants is that the width of the implant can be different to the height of the implant. This enables a closer match to the base of the existing breast, with an improvement in cleavage or reduction in upper breast bulging.

SIZE

Weight Vs Cup Size

Cup Size: There is no internationally-standardised bra sizing system, which means that there is no direct correlation between the weight (or volume) of an implant and the cup size that it will produce.Patients often say they can be three different cup sizes depending on the manufacturer, so cup size is not a reliable or consistent indicator for sizing.

Weight: The most common sizes for Australian women are implants between about 200 and 400 grams (equivalent to cc or mL). Implants larger than this can be used if the woman has a suitable existing breast shape and accepts the higher risks that come with larger implants

Tip: If you wish to try a home sizing, seal rice in a zip-lock bag or a stocking and then place in a soft, sports-style bra. The weight of the rice, in grams, will be approximately equal to the weight of implants of the same size, and should give you an idea of proportions achievable. Note that this method will not be an indicator of breast shape, but merely of the approximate size.

Choosing Your size: It is worth considering that women who get breast implants often say that they wish they had gone bigger. There are several reasons for this:

  • In the first month after the operation there is swelling, which you can easily get used to. However, when the swelling resolves, the breasts do look a little smaller.
  • The novelty of larger breasts wears off and the patient becomes accustomed to her new body shape.
  • Implants may look slightly smaller when placed inside the tissue when compared to testing out the sizing in a sports bra before the procedure.

COVERING

Smooth Vs Textured

Smooth Covering: This type of implant doesn't attach to the breast tissues. It causes less rippling and therefore might suit thinner women better than textured.

Textured Covering: The slightly roughened surface is designed to adhere in place, preventing complications related to implant slippage. Teardrop implants have a textured surface and are designed for women with a more difficult breast shape.

FILLING

FILLING

Saline Vs Silicone Gel
SHAPE

SHAPE

Round Vs Teardrop
SIZE

SIZE

Weight Vs Cup Size
COVERING

COVERING

Smooth Vs Textured

FILLING

Saline Vs Silicone Gel

Saline implants: These contain salty water, and don’t feel as natural as silicone implants. They are also more likely to ripple (look wavy on the skin) and require replacement due to failure and leakage.

Silicone gel implants: These have a soft, jelly-like filling that feels similar to natural breast tissue. They are not a liquid, unlike previous generations of silicone implants for breasts. If the implants do leak over time, the gel should stay together and is not dangerous or harmful to the woman’s health. Most patients in Australia (and around the world) choose silicone gel implants.

SHAPE

Round Vs Teardrop

Breast Implants are available in many different shapes to provide a range of possible options and the best outcomes for patients. Round Implants: Previously, round implants (implants that appear symmetrical when viewed from the side) were the most popular type. Although round implants are still appropriate for some women, they do produce slightly more fullness in the upper part of the breast. This results in a ’rounder’ look that some women prefer to avoid. Teardrop Implants: Teardrop implants aren’t actually teardrop in shape, but they are a more natural breast shape when viewed from the side, with less fullness at the top part of the implant. Sometimes they are called anatomical implants, because they look more like a natural breast. This type of implant can be of benefit to women who have some degree of sag or have a difficult breast shape to begin with. A further benefit of using teardrop implants is that the width of the implant can be different to the height of the implant. This enables a closer match to the base of the existing breast, with an improvement in cleavage or reduction in upper breast bulging.

SIZE

Weight Vs Cup Size

Cup Size: There is no internationally-standardised bra sizing system, which means that there is no direct correlation between the weight (or volume) of an implant and the cup size that it will produce.Patients often say they can be three different cup sizes depending on the manufacturer, so cup size is not a reliable or consistent indicator for sizing.

Weight: The most common sizes for Australian women are implants between about 200 and 400 grams (equivalent to cc or mL). Implants larger than this can be used if the woman has a suitable existing breast shape and accepts the higher risks that come with larger implants

Tip: If you wish to try a home sizing, seal rice in a zip-lock bag or a stocking and then place in a soft, sports-style bra. The weight of the rice, in grams, will be approximately equal to the weight of implants of the same size, and should give you an idea of proportions achievable. Note that this method will not be an indicator of breast shape, but merely of the approximate size.

Choosing Your size: It is worth considering that women who get breast implants often say that they wish they had gone bigger. There are several reasons for this:

  • In the first month after the operation there is swelling, which you can easily get used to. However, when the swelling resolves, the breasts do look a little smaller.
  • The novelty of larger breasts wears off and the patient becomes accustomed to her new body shape.
  • Implants may look slightly smaller when placed inside the tissue when compared to testing out the sizing in a sports bra before the procedure.

COVERING

Smooth Vs Textured

Smooth Covering: This type of implant doesn't attach to the breast tissues. It causes less rippling and therefore might suit thinner women better than textured.

Textured Covering: The slightly roughened surface is designed to adhere in place, preventing complications related to implant slippage. Teardrop implants have a textured surface and are designed for women with a more difficult breast shape.

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