FAQs

Why is Dr Chan so competitive/cheap with his prices?

Dr Chan operates in several accredited surgical facilities that are able to partner with Dr Chan’s response to the growing need of patients wanting surgery here than overseas or in inexperienced hands. He therefore is able to pass these cost savings to his patients. Dr Chan can charge the patient more for theatre fees however he chooses to instead pass these savings to our patients.

What is breast augmentation?

Breast Augmentation is most commonly referred to as breast enlargement or ‘boob job.’ It is the process by which an implant is placed behind the breast tissue to increase the volume or to enhance the shape of your breasts.

How old do I have to be to have breast augmentation?

Dr Chan recommends that a patient’s breasts be fully developed before undergoing surgery. This happens at different ages for every woman. It is now by law that you have to be 18 years old before you can have cosmetic surgery.

How long will the operation take?

Dr Chan performs breast augmentation in several operating theatres in Sydney depending on the surgery day you have chosen. Although the actual operation only lasts just over one hour, you should expect to spend approximately four to five hours at Dr Chan’s practice on the day. This time is necessary to allow for preoperative preparation and postoperative recovery time. You will be discharged when the recovery nurse is satisfied that you are fit to return to your accommodation. Breast Augmentation surgery does not require overnight hospital stay.

What is Sedation?

Dr Chan has a personal Consultant Anaesthetist who specialises in both Twilight and General Sedation. You will have a consultation with your anaesthetist doctor on the morning of surgery to discuss what you’ll expect and how you’ll recover. If you have any particular queries, your anaesthetist doctor can speak with you prior to your surgery date, including if you have a complicated medical history.

Would I be a good candidate for breast augmentation?

If you are unhappy with your breasts for any of the following reasons, you could be a good candidate for breast augmentation:

  • It bothers me that my breasts are small
  • I feel self conscious when I wear a swimsuit or a fitted top
  • Clothes that fit me well around the hips quite often gape around the breasts
  • My breasts are smaller and not as firm after having children
  • I have lost weight and the size and shape of my breasts has changed
  • One of my breasts is noticeably smaller than the other

If the decision to consider surgery is yours entirely and you have realistic expectations on what can be achieved based on your natural anatomy, you may also be a good candidate for rhinoplasty (nose job).

What role does the Cosmetic Surgery Consultant play?

The Cosmetic Surgery Consultant plays a very important role in the consultation process for breast augmentation. They will be present with you during your first consultation at Dr Chan’s rooms. More often than not, they are the person you speak to when you call to arrange a consultation time. Your Consultant will continue to be your first point of contact for any questions you have before and any concerns you may have after surgery. They are specifically trained in the area of breast augmentation. You will find them to be particularly empathetic in relation to your concerns. Their training ensures they are able to provide you with detailed and relevant information.
Dr Chan’s Consultants are professional but very personable in their approach and our patients find the consultation a very positive experience.

Will I have scars as a result of my breast surgery?

You will have dissolving stitches under the breast where the skin is cut for the implants to be inserted. Over time, any initial scarring should fade to a thin white line. Unless under special circumstances, there are no stitches (‘sutures’) to be removed after surgery. Dr Chan aims to leave discreet scars where possible. If you have concerns about previous scars from other surgeries, we suggest that you show Dr Chan at your consultation so that he can assess what you can expect from breast augmentation.

Will breast augmentation help me to achieve a cleavage?

Implants can improve your cleavage by closing the gap between your breasts and giving you a slightly fuller and/or deeper cleavage. However, if you have very little body fat, or choose a very small implant and/or have naturally wide set breasts, it may not be possible for you to achieve a very close cleavage. Dr Chan will be able to tell at your consultation by assessing your breasts and chest wall to determine your chances of achieving a natural looking , full or minimal cleavage.

My breasts are two different sizes (asymmetrical size). Will breast augmentation help fix this?

Breast augmentation may be successful in correcting a noticeable difference between the sizes of your breasts. It is important to remember that we are limited in available implant sizes, so it is extremely rare to achieve perfect symmetry.

My breasts look different (asymmetrical appearance). Will breast augmentation help fix this?

Some women also have concerns with uneven nipples or areolas or imbalanced positioning or shape of the breasts. These are anatomical differences that you were born with. Breast augmentation may not be able to correct any of these complaints and the asymmetry will remain obvious after surgery.

For example, one breast is round and the other breast is pointy. Implants have a round shape and whilst Dr Chan will do his best to adjust the shape of your breasts so that they both appear round, there is no change to your breast tissue, nipples, areolas or the position of your breast. The pointy breast may still have a natural ‘point’ after surgery.

I haven’t had children (or I plan to have more). Will breast implants affect my ability to breast-feed?

Having breast implants won’t affect your ability to breast-feed because the implant is placed behind the breast tissue.

When can I go back to work?

Depending on what type of work you do, you can go back to work as early as 3-5 days after surgery. If you have a more physical job, you should wait at least two weeks until you feel comfortable before returning to work. Each patient heals differently and Dr Chan will review your healing progress at your first check up appointment (usually pre-booked as two weeks after your surgery date).

How long will my implants last?

In Australia, the implant companies that we use offer breast implants with a lifetime replacement guarantee. How your body responds to the implants and what type of implant you choose (i.e. saline or silicone cohesive gel) will affect the durability of your implants. When you commit to breast surgery, you do so with the understanding that you may, at some stage require further surgery to replace or remove the original implants. You will be given a booklet Considering Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants written by the TGA to read prior to surgery. This will provide you with detailed information on the type of implant you have selected. At your consultation, we will also show you the different types of implants.

If you have had implants outside of Australia, the implant companies here currently do not offer any warranty for those implants.

Can I still have mammograms after breast surgery?

Yes. You should continue to have regular mammograms as suggested by your doctor. We recommend you go to a specialist breast-screening clinic where special techniques can be used to view your breasts. We would suggest an Ultrasound or MRI as these are much more comfortable for our breast implant patients. You can discuss this in more detail with Dr Chan as well as your GP and/or breast specialist.

Will having breast implants increase my chances of breast cancer?

There is no medical evidence to show that women with breast implants have a higher chance of getting cancer, including breast cancer.