Breast Augmentation Sydney

The Breast Augmentation procedure, also referred to as breast implant surgery, can increase breast size, restore symmetry and be a part of breast reconstructive surgery.

Breast Augmentation Sydney

Breast augmentation surgery, also known as breast implant surgery, is a procedure that is designed to increase the size, fullness, and shape of the breasts. It is often performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance the appearance of the breasts and improve body proportions. However, breast augmentation can also be used to restore symmetry to the breasts after surgery or other procedures that have altered their shape or size, or as part of breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy or other breast cancer treatments.

What concerns can breast augmentation help to address?

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.

If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.

Volume Loss: Breast augmentation may address concerns of reduced breast volume following life events such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, or significant weight loss.
Asymmetry: The procedure can potentially address instances of marked natural asymmetry where one breast is noticeably larger than the other.
Size Concerns: For those who feel their breasts are too small, breast augmentation may be a consideration. It is essential to discuss this with a qualified medical practitioner to understand the potential outcomes and to set realistic expectations.
Shape Adjustment: The procedure can potentially modify the overall shape of the breasts, making them appear rounder or fuller.
Reconstructive Purposes: In some cases, breast augmentation may be considered following mastectomy or other surgical procedures.
Proportional Balance: The procedure might be an option for individuals seeking to achieve a more balanced figure.
Implant-Related Issues: If an individual is not satisfied with a previous implant surgery or has experienced complications, breast augmentation might be a part of the corrective strategy, subject to a thorough consultation with a medical practitioner.
Natural Aging: The procedure might help address changes to the breasts due to natural aging processes, such as sagging or loss of firmness.

What to expect


The breast augmentation process begins with a comprehensive consultation with our experienced surgeon. This meeting includes a discussion about your aesthetic goals, medical history, and current breast anatomy. The surgeon will evaluate your breast size, shape, skin quality, and nipple position. This consultation provides an excellent opportunity for you to express any concerns or ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

Number and type of consultation

It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When consent can be given

A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).

Cooling-off Period

There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. 


Once the surgical plan has been agreed upon, you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your breast augmentation. These may include dietary guidelines, advice on smoking and alcohol consumption, instructions about certain medications or supplements, and skin care recommendations.


Breast augmentation surgery typically takes between one to two hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves making incisions in discreet locations—either under the breast, around the nipple, or in the armpit. The surgeon then creates a pocket either above or below the pectoral muscle, into which the implant is inserted. The implant type, size, and position are customized to your needs and desired outcome.


Following surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a short period. Most patients can go home the same day, although in some cases an overnight hospital stay may be recommended. You will likely wear a special bra or compression bandage to support the breasts and minimize swelling.

Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are common after breast augmentation but will begin to improve after a few days. Most patients feel ready to return to non-strenuous daily activities within a week, while more vigorous activities should be avoided for several weeks.

Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery. The final results of your breast augmentation may take several weeks to months to fully reveal themselves as your breasts settle into their new shape.

Surgery Time
1 to 1.5 hours
Hospital Time
Day stay with an option for overnight
Time off work
1 week - occupation dependent
Cast Removal
Garment for 6 to 12 weeks
Sponge bath next day however incisions must remain dry
4 to 6 weeks - ease in
24 hours after general anaesthetic and not while taking prescribed pain relief. We also recommend checking with your CTA insurer as to the post surgery exclusion period.
After 7 days for national and 4 weeks for international
Full Recovery
12 months for final results

Considerations Before Cosmetic Surgery

While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.

In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.

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General risks and complications of surgery include:

Substantial Hemorrhage: This involves severe blood loss from the area that underwent surgery, which may necessitate additional medical interventions.
Susceptibility to Infection: Post-surgery, the risk of infection can rise, potentially requiring either antibiotic treatment or subsequent surgical interventions.
Allergic Responses: Patients may exhibit allergic reactions to medical materials such as sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used during and after the procedure.
Hematoma Formation: This involves the development of a sizable clot of blood beneath the incision site, which may necessitate medical drainage.
Post-Surgical Discomfort: Patients may experience pain, bruising, and swelling in the area surrounding the surgical site.
Scar Development: There's a risk of developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are elevated, red, and thickened scars over the healed incisions. Though they can be bothersome and aesthetically displeasing, they don't pose a direct health threat.
Delayed Healing Process: Healing can be sluggish, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or those who smoke.
Anaesthesia Risks: Patients may experience short-term nausea following general anaesthesia, along with other potential risks associated with anaesthesia.

Breast augmentation risks and complications include:

Capsular Contracture: This refers to the hardening of the breast area around the implant, which can cause discomfort or changes in the appearance of the breast and might require additional surgery.
Implant Rupture or Leakage: The risk of the breast implant rupturing or leaking is a potential complication, which may necessitate implant replacement or removal.
Rippling or Wrinkling: Some patients may experience visible or tangible rippling or wrinkling of the implant, particularly with saline-filled implants.
Asymmetry: Despite careful surgical planning, there's a risk that the breasts may not be symmetrical in size or shape after the surgery.
Dissatisfaction with Size or Shape: The patient might be dissatisfied with the size, shape, or feel of the augmented breasts, necessitating further corrective surgery.
Altered Nipple or Breast Sensation: The surgery might lead to temporary or permanent changes in breast or nipple sensation, including numbness or increased sensitivity.
Interference with Mammography: Breast implants can interfere with the detection of breast cancer and complicate mammogram images.
Breast Implant Illness (BII): Some patients report a variety of systemic symptoms, such as joint pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties, which they attribute to their breast implants,.

Patient Results


Disclaimer: Photographs shown above are actual patients from our clinic, who have given their consent for the use of their images purely for informational purposes. It is important to note that the results observed are subjective, and will differ based on each individual’s unique characteristics and the specific surgical or non-surgical techniques implemented. As with all procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, there are inherent risks involved.

Despite our efforts to maintain standardisation in our before and after photos, certain inconsistencies, such as differences in lighting, posture, facial expression, hairstyle, and make-up, may still exist between images. For a more comprehensive understanding of potential results, additional surgical result photographs can be viewed during a private consultation at our clinic located in Double Bay, NSW.

Additionally, we wish to emphasise that individual outcomes can greatly differ. The results experienced by one person should not be viewed as an exact indication of the results that others may experience. Such variations are due to a multitude of factors, including an individual’s genetics, diet, and exercise regimen.

All photos are watermarked and hold the copyright of Dr Zacharia. Any unauthorised usage or distribution is strictly prohibited.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.

Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.


No surgical procedure can be considered risk-free, even with the healthiest patient and most skilled surgeon. Breast augmentation surgery does carry some risks but they are minimal and complications are rare.The potential risks associated with breast augmentation surgery include infection, excessive bleeding and blood clots. Some of the more serious complications include:Implant ruptures. It is possible for an implant to tear, which means it will need to be removed and replaced.Capsular contracture. If the scar tissue that forms around the implant hardens, it can cause pain and the implant to distort. Again, removal and replacement will be required.Implant migration. While uncommon, it is possible for a breast implant to move out of place, particularly if the implant pocket is too large or the breast tissue becomes stretched out.ALCL. Also known as anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, ALCL is a rare form of blood cancer that is said to be linked to breast implants. You can find out more about it here.
It can be tempting to go up several sizes when you undergo the breast augmentation procedure. The concern about going up too many sizes is that breasts that are too large for the body frame can look unnatural. They can also lead to the very same concerns that women with naturally large breasts live with; including neck and shoulder pain.Discussing your goals with the surgeon can help you to determine the right size for your body frame and for your cosmetic goals.
The Breast Augmentation surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. If you have ever had a poor reaction to anaesethesia in the past, be sure to let the surgeon know. Any prior complications should be discussed, in order to ensure your safety during and after the procedure. It’s important to note that most patients tolerate the anaesthesia well.
Patients can expect to experience some pain and discomfort, along with swelling, in the days right after surgery. Patients will also not be able to raise their arms and may have a limited range of arm motion. Prescription pain medications will be offered, with instructions that detail how patients can best control the pain. Bruising, stiffness and numbness can also often be experienced during the recovery phase. Patients may be quick to tire and should rest when they need to.
Each patient heals at her own pace from surgery. Most patients will need to be on restrictive activity for six weeks after the surgery. A reduction in pain and discomfort typically occurs after the first postoperative week. By the sixth to eighth week patients will be feeling much better and will be able to resume normal physical activities.The swelling and bruising from the surgery is typically drastically reduced by the twelve-week mark.
During your consultation with the surgeon he will cover the techniques he uses for the Breast Augmentation procedure. He will also discuss the scars that will be possible after the surgery. Scars may look extreme right after your surgery, but they will fade in time. There are creams and other solutions that can further encourage scar fading.

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