Published February 6, 2018

Diary of a breast augmentation patient – Shani Grimmond

Have you often thought the size of your breasts don’t match the rest of your body frame? Maybe you have researched breast augmentation surgery and thought about having a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon to see what your options are?

Of course there is lots of information about boob job surgery on the internet, but you may still be unsure what breast augmentation surgery and the recovery is really like.

Many women from all different kinds of backgrounds and all different stages in their life find themselves unhappy or dissatisfied with the size or shape of their breasts.

After some fluctuations in breast size, Shani Grimmond was left feeling dissatisfied with her breasts and consulted with Leading Plastic Surgeon Dr Kourosh Tavakoli.

Being the YouTube Megastar that she is, Shani vlogged the entire process from consultation to recovery. Her Vlog provides an excellent patient insight into the entire boob job journey.

Why do women have breast augmentation (boob job) surgery?

  • Increase the size of the breasts
  • To correct asymmetry between the breasts
  • Restore volume and shape after pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss or ageing
  • Lift droopy or sagging breasts caused by weight loss, genetics, poor skin elasticity or ageing
  • Correct genetic conditions such as Tuberous Breasts
  • Correct poor outcomes from primary breast surgery

In most cases, a boob job will not correct sagging or ptotic breasts. In these patients, a breast lift (mastopexy) may be necessary to remove the excess skin and lift the nipple position. This can be combined with fat grafting to reshape the breasts, or a breast implant.

How to choose the size, type and shape of your breast implants

The day before her boob job surgery, Shani visited Australia’s Leading Plastic Surgeon, Dr Kourosh Tavakoli for her pre-surgery consultation. During this visit, Shani was given a larger bra to wear and breast implant sizers were placed inside the bra to give an idea of size.

Whilst Shani was able to choose an estimate of the implant size and shape she would like, the real sizing work is done intra-operatively.

Dr Tavakoli exclusively uses intra-operative sizers during the breast augmentation surgery to determine the best implant size, shape and projection for the patient’s anatomy.

During surgery, unlimited implant sizers can be tested and this allows Dr Tavakoli to take into account the patient’s chest wall-rib curvature and the skin’s ability to expand. As result of this method, Dr Tavakoli’s re-augmentation rate for upsizing patients is very low.

At this pre-surgery consultation you will also do the following:

  • Measure your breast width diameter
  • Measure your nipple position on your chest wall
  • Height and weight will be recorded
  • Pre-operative photographs will be taken

As part of this pre-surgery planning, Dr Tavakoli will explain to you in detail where the incisions will be placed, breast implant placement and answer any questions you may have.

Breast implant size

Knowing what bra size or ‘look’ you would like to achieve through your breast enlargement surgery is extremely useful.
At her pre-surgery appointment, Shani tried out both 350cc and 375cc implants and during surgery Dr Tavakoli decided that 375cc would give her the desired result.

What happens during breast augmentation surgery?

During your breast implant surgery, a pocket will be dissected usually behind the muscle in a dual plane position.

In most cases, the incisions are placed in the breast fold (inframammary incision) and are kept as small as possible.
Laser treatment to the scars is offered to all breast augmentation patients when necessary.

Watch Dr Tavakoli perform a breast augmentation in theatre here:

What are the risks of breast augmentation surgery?

Worldwide, millions of successful breast augmentation surgeries are carried out each year.

The risk of complications from breast enlargement surgery are low and can be minimised with careful surgical planning and execution in a properly equipped hospital facility under General Anaesthetic.

Complications and risks

  • Breast implant rupture: Although new implant technologies have reduced the rate of occurrence, breast implants can rupture. This can occur as a result of everyday activities or significant breast trauma.
  • Capsular Contracture: Dr Tavakoli’s patient incidence of capsular contracture following breast augmentation surgery is extremely low. Capsular contracture occurs when the natural capsule that forms around the breast implants thickens, hardens and constricts the breast prosthesis, causing distortion to the breast shape and/or pain in the breasts.
  • Future surgeries: Breast implants are not lifetime devices and therefore patients should expect to have further surgeries on their breasts at some point in their life. This may be necessary to revise, remove or replace the breast implant.

What should you expect immediately after your breast implant surgery?

After Shani’s boob job surgery, she was fitted with a post-operative support bra and taken to a recovery area at East Sydney Private Hospital for close post-op monitoring.
Before leaving the hospital, Shani and her support person were given post-op instructions and prescription medication including pain relief.
You will be instructed to sleep at a 60 degree angle for the first week post surgery.

It is important to have a chaperone or support person with you for your recovery as you will not be allowed to leave the hospital alone.

What to expect as you recover from boob job surgery

Shani was given the all clear to leave the hospital a few hours after her procedure. The first night she experienced some nausea associated with the anaesthetic but rest, sleep and her prescribed medication alleviated this.

She commented that “while breathing can feel hard sitting up, when I lean back and relax on the pillows I don’t feel any pain and feel really good.”

Recovery from boob job surgery will vary from patient to patient, however, like Shani, most patients report only experiencing mild discomfort for the first week post surgery thanks to Dr Tavakoli’s flash recovery technique.

As Australia’s leading Plastic Surgeon, Dr Tavakoli has pioneered the minimal incision flash recovery technique. This technique combines:

  1. Careful mapping,
  2. Minimal incision
  3. Meticulous dissection in a bloodless field,
  4. Patented spray to stop blood ooze, minimise capsular contracture and eliminate the need for drains post-op
  5. Multiple intra-operative sizers to get the correct shape and size
  6. Invisible sutures
  7. Limited use of bra
  8. Next exercises from Day 1
  9. Return to work Day 5-7,
  10. Return to exercise Day 21

Example timeline of recovery for typical boob job recovery:

Immediately after surgery: You should expect some swelling and bruising. Dr Tavakoli’s flash recovery technique helps to help reduce this.
8-12 hours post surgery the local anaesthetic may start to wear off and you may start taking your prescribed pain relief.

Day 2/3: You will have a post op visit with Dr Tavakoli or his nurse to check on your progress

Day 5-7: Interstate patients will usually have their final check up with Dr Tavakoli and his nurse before travelling home. At this appointment the dressings will be removed and you may be given the all clear to wear non wired bras during the day.

7 days: After 7 days, you can usually return to work. If your work involves strenuous movement or lifting, you might have to wait a bit longer.

10 days: Most patients can start driving again around 10 days after their surgery.

3 weeks: You can start light jogging after 3 weeks.

4 to 6 weeks: After 4 to 6 weeks you can resume light gym and pilates.

6 to 9 weeks: It’s important to take it easy, but you should be able to start lifting weights again after 6 to 9 weeks.

12 weeks: After 12 weeks you can resume contact sports.

For the best results possible, it is important to have this procedure performed by a qualified plastic surgeon in a hospital facility. As a leader in breast surgery in Australia, Dr Tavakoli only works with a hand-selected team of highly experienced and specialised anaesthetists, nurses and assistants.
His award winning clinic team are experienced, passionate and available to you during before, during and after your breast augmentation surgery with Dr Tavakoli.

Fill out the form to get in contact and book a consultation for breast augmentation surgery with Dr Tavakoli.

Find out more about Shani’s and her boob job journey:

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Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.