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Asian Breast Augmentation

Your complete guide and quick links to everything you want to know! ​

The Potential Benefits of Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation, is a surgical procedure that, whether performed with high quality implants or by Fat Transfer, can be a life-changing procedure by delivering a number of potential benefits, some of which could include:

  • An increase of breast size in those with under-developed breasts.
  • The restoration of breast volume lost after pregnancy or weight loss.
  • The reconstruction of one or both breasts after Mastectomy.

Having decided to have a Breast Augmentation, your first choice is whether to have it using implants or by Fat Transfer.

If your preference is to increase your breast size by Fat Transfer, open the following link Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation for full information on that procedure.

However, if your preference is for implants, bear in mind that there are many choices you will need to carefully consider such as the type, size and shape of breast implants, the surgical technique, and whether the implants should be positioned ‘in front of’ or ‘under the muscle’.

This is precisely why we offer our unique 2-hour Consultation for all forms of Cosmetic Breast Surgery involving the use of implants.

We believe that the 2-hour Initial Breast Augmentation Consultation we provide at Breast Excellence can’t really be appreciated until you’ve had it!

Your Unique 2-Hour Initial Breast Augmentation Consultation

The First Hour

The First Hour of your 2-hour consultation is devoted to giving you all the detailed information about breast implants and breast augmentationthat will enable you to decide on the various choices our doctor will offer you. Without all that information in advance, it would be impossible for any patient to make informed decisions regarding their options. 

The Second Hour

The Second Hour of your initial consultation is dedicated to designing and customising your individual surgery. During this part of your consultation:

1

Assessment

Your doctor will first assess your general medical and breast history to ensure you have no contra-indications to anaesthesia or surgery. 

2

Measurements

Your doctor will then take detailed chest and breast measurements that will indicate which implant types you can consider as well as their possible placement and insertion routes.

3

Try-On

You will then be handed various implants that suit your measurements to insert, one at a time, into a crop-top in front of a mirror and decide which ‘look’ you like best. We regard this to be a far more reliable way of choosing implants than 3-D Simulation Technology.

4

Done!

Once you have chosen your implants and surgical technique, we will then give you a written itemised quotation.

In addition, we’ll give you our detailed ‘Breast Augmentation Information Brochure’ to take home. This means you don’t have to worry about forgetting something covered at the consultation as the booklet will recap all that information and more!

This is how we create ‘beautiful breasts and not just ‘bigger breasts’!

We are never about inserting just any implant that makes your breasts look bigger because anyone can do that!

Instead, our philosophy has always been to make breasts ‘look great, not fake’!

Why Special Considerations Are Important In Asian Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Surgery for Asian women is a very satisfying procedure for both doctor and patient alike. For the doctor, it provides an opportunity to deliver a dramatic and very satisfying physical change for their patient, while for the patient it delivers a result that exudes femininity and delivers the ability to finally wear the clothes they’ve always wanted to.
BEFORE & 2 YEARS AFTER Round Silicone Implants ‘Under the Muscle’

Having operated on so many Asian patients over the years, we have come to appreciate that while many Asian women would like to have a Breast Augmentation, many are understandably concerned that:

  • they will end up looking disproportionately too big and therefore ‘fake’; and/or 
  • they may end up with conspicuous brown scars on or under each breast.

The reasons for these concerns among Asian women arise because:

  • Some doctors approach Asian Breast Augmentation in the same way they do for Western women. They do not take into account the generally smaller figures of Asian women and accordingly the need to consider proportionately smaller implants than those generally used in Western women.
  • Asian skin has a higher risk of healing with pigmented brown scars. Not all do, but it is a higher risk. Therefore, the doctor should be able to offer alternative surgical techniques that locate the incisions and the final scars in inconspicuous locations away from the breast. In this way, if the scars were to end up pigmented, at least they are not on the breast itself to mar an otherwise beautiful result.

Accordingly, we have always maintained that in order to create beautiful, natural-looking breasts in Asian women, the doctor must give special attention to both the implant size and the location of the incisions.

BEFORE & 6 MONTHS AFTER Teardrop Silicone Implants, Two Different Sizes To Correct Size Asymmetry
BEFORE & 6 MONTHS AFTER Round Silicone Implants, Armpit Approach (Trans-Axillary)

Implant Size Considerations

We believe that every doctor planning a Breast Augmentation on an Asian woman should keep in mind that Asian women generally have more petite figures than do most Western women. Obviously, this does not apply in every case but it’s fair to say that most Asian patients we see for surgery have cup sizes of less than A, A and A-B. Compared to Western women, naturally-occurring C-cup or D-cup sized breasts are far less common.

Therefore, if an Asian woman is wanting Breast Augmentation to look more attractive and feminine but at the same time not disproportionately unnatural, she needs to choose her implant size carefully.

Essentially, she should aim for implants that are in proportion to her overall figure and don’t make her look disproportional and therefore fake! And hopefully, her doctor is one that appreciates this concept of proportion and does not convince her to choose an excessively large implant size that she could end up regretting.

Naturally, the most appropriate implant size for any woman will depend on her overall figure, her breast measurements and how big a cup size she wants. Nevertheless, the objective of the surgery should still be the same: to deliver a cup size that makes the woman look and feel more feminine and attractive, and not in any way disproportionately large, unnatural and obviously ‘fake’!

The Importance of Incision Locations

It’s a fact that when Asian or brown skin is cut, there is a greater risk of the scar ending up permanently pigmented. Not all do, but it is a higher risk.

Some doctors accept this risk of brown scars as an inevitable consequence of Asian Breast Augmentation and persist in always placing the incisions under the breasts where any resulting brown scars could mar an otherwise beautiful result.

Although we always leave the final choice of incision location up to each patient, we always like to explain the pros and cons of each incision location as they apply specifically to YOU by taking into account your skin colour, any previous scar appearances, your implant choices and your personal preferences.

Basically, the four available incision locations are as follows:

  • Infra-mammary (in the crease under the breast): This is the most commonly performed approach as it allows full visibility of the breast pocket and any size or shape of implant can be inserted via this route. However, if a pigmented scar were to develop in this location, it could mar the appearance of an otherwise beautiful breast.
  • Trans-Axillary (via the armpit): In our experience, this approach is the technique most preferred by women who wish to avoid a scar on or under each breast. The incision is placed within a natural skin crease in the hair-bearing area of the armpit. Scars in this location tend to be very fine but remember that, here too, they could end up pigmented – in which case they could be visible if the arms were raised while wearing a sleeveless top.
  • Peri-Areolar Approach: The incision is made halfway around the edge of the areola (the pigmented circle surrounding the nipple). This also has its drawbacks in that the incision is usually very small and accordingly only a small silicone implant (or fillable saline implant of any size) can be inserted via this route. Pigmented scars can develop here too, and there is the additional risk that the surgery could disrupt some of the milk ducts and render any future breastfeeding difficult or impossible.
  • Trans-Umbilical Approach (via the navel): Not popular or commonly performed in Australia. Apart from its other drawbacks, the main disadvantage of this technique is that only inflatable saline implants can be inserted via this route and in our experience, most women prefer the more natural ‘feel’ of silicone over saline implants. If you too prefer silicone implants, this technique is not an option for you.

 

Should you wish to consider the Trans-Axillary Technique, please bear in mind that its limitations for any woman, be she Asian or Western, are as follows:

  • Teardrop Implants cannot be inserted via the armpit.
  • Only Round Implants can be inserted.
  • Owing to the small size of the armpit incision, there is a limit as to the size of silicone implants that can be inserted via this route.

Ultimately, it is your personal decision as to where you would prefer to locate your incisions. It’s by no means definite that your scars will end up pigmented but you need to at least be aware of the possibility. We give you this information, not to alarm or deter you, but only to make you aware of the possibility so you can then make informed decisions.


Interestingly, and despite all the above explanations, in our experience, most of our Asian patients still prefer to have the incisions located under the breast for the following reasons:

  • There is no certainty that the surgical scars will end up pigmented.
  • Most patients feel that if brown scars did develop under the breasts, it would not restrict their ability to wear sleeveless tops and swimming costumes as would be the case if they developed brown scars in the armpit.
  • If brown armpit scars did develop, they need to be constantly aware to not raise their arms when wearing a sleeveless top or swimwear.
  • But most importantly of all, they prefer the greater choice of implant type, shape and size that an incision under the breast allows. Through this incision location, any type, any shape and any size of implant that the patient desires can be inserted.

Summary of Choices in Asian Breast Augmentation

Saline vs Silicone
Smooth vs Textured
Round vs Teardrop

‘In Front of the Muscle’
‘Under the Muscle’
Dual Plane Placement
Sub-Fascial

Infra-mammary (‘under the breast’)
Trans-Axillary (‘armpit approach’)
Peri-Areolar

Watch Our ‘Breast Augmentation’ Animation Video Using Implants

Watch Our ‘Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation’ Animation Video

'Before & After' Asian Breast Augmentation

BEFORE & 4 MONTHS AFTER Teardrop Silicone Implants, 270cc, ‘Under the Muscle’, Incisions under the Breasts
BEFORE & 6 MONTHS AFTER Round Silicone Implants, 280cc, ‘Under the Muscle’, Incisions Under the Breasts

The Cost of Breast Augmentation With Implants

  • Breast Augmentation With Implants
  • Surgical Fee $7,700
  • Additional costs include Hospital Fee, Anaesthetist Fee & Implants.
  • We will provide you with a detailed itemised quotation at the end of your Initial Consultation once your technique and implants have been chosen.
  • Follow-up appointments for up to 6 months are included.

The Cost of Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

  • Breast Augmentation by Fat Transfer
  • Surgical Fee: Can only be determined at an Initial Consultation once the amount of Liposuction involved, the amount of Fat Transfer required, and the duration of your procedure, have all been determined.
  • Additional costs include Hospital Fee, Anaesthetist Fee & Post-Operative Compression Garment.
  • We will provide you with a detailed itemised quotation at the end of your Initial Consultation once your technique and implants have been chosen.
  • Follow-up appointments for up to 6 months are included.

Can I Claim a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?

Unfortunately, you cannot claim a Medicare Rebate for a primary Breast Augmentation, nor can you claim on your Private Health Insurance.

Terms & Conditions


  • Consultations must be pre-paid at time of booking.
  • Once pre-paid, all consultations are non-refundable and non-transferable but can be moved to another date with at least 3 working days’ notice.
  • Cancellations with less than 3 working days’ notice and ‘no shows’ are not refundable or transferable and will incur a new consultation fee to re-book.
  • All payments by Credit Card & Debit Card attract a 0.3% surcharge and Amex a 1.5% surcharge.
  • The Medical Board of Australia’s new Regulations which came into effect on 1 July 2023 require that:
    • All patients seeking a consultation regarding cosmetic surgery must provide a referral and the referral must be from a GP or other specialist who does not perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services themselves.
    • If a patient arrives without a referral, the Regulations recommend that the doctor should refrain from seeing the patient – in which event, any pre-paid consultation fee would be lost.

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