Thinking of undergoing a breast implant in Sydney?

If you’re considering undergoing a breast lift or getting breast implants in Sydney, it’s important to fully inform yourself. To give you all the information you may require, here is a list of our FAQs about Dr Chan’s breast implants and breast lifts and the associated costs.

We encourage you to read each FAQ so you can completely understand the breast implant and breast lift process at our Sydney clinic and the associated costs. If you have any further questions about out breast augmentation services, please contact our clinic.


Why are the cost of Dr Chan’s breast lifts and breast implants so low?

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 breast lifts and implants here, rather than overseas or in inexperienced hands. Therefore, he can 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 a ‘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 law that you must be at least 18 years old before you can have cosmetic surgery.

How long will a breast lift or breast implants take?

Dr Chan performs breast augmentation in several operating theatres in Sydney depending on the 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 general sedation. You will have a consultation with your anaesthetist doctor on the morning of surgery to discuss what to expect and how you’ll recover. General sedation is the most common type of anaesthesia used for cosmetic procedures. If you have any 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:

  • 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
  • I’m looking for a more “feminine” or fuller figure

If the decision to consider surgery is yours entirely and you have realistic expectations on what can be achieved based on your natural anatomy, then you could be considered a suitable candidate for surgery. It’s important that you discuss your reasons with your doctor, so you are able to make an informed decision.

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 surgery.

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 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 4-5 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 breast 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 adjust, replace and/or remove the original implants. You will be given a booklet Considering Silicone Gel Filled Breast Implants written by the TGA (TGA booklet and consent) 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?

You should continue to have regular breast checks as suggested by your doctor. We would suggest an Ultrasound or MRI as these are much more comfortable for our breast implant patients.

Most radiology clinics are able to see you for a breast ultrasound. We recommend you contact your radiology clinic to confirm they are familiar with patients who have breast implants. 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.

Breast cancer is different to BIA-ALCL (Implant associated lymphoma), a rare cancer of the immune system. There is ongoing worldwide research, and the following has been advised by the TGA:

“Based on current evidence, experts do not think breast implant associated cancer is related to either the contents (saline/silicone) or shape (round/teardrop) of the implant.

Breast implant associated cancer is rare. Between one in 1000 and one in 10,000 people with breast implants are diagnosed with the condition. Breast implant associated cancer can occur after both cosmetic and reconstruction surgery, with 95% of cases occurring between three and 14 years after the insertion of an implant.

In most cases, removal of the implants and the scar tissue that forms around the implant is all that is necessary to treat the cancer. If the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, further treatment is likely to be necessary, such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or additional surgery.”

More information can be found on the TGA website


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