Your initial consultation with Dr Dhillon will take between 45 minutes to an hour where you will be given a lot of information on the procedure. Dr Dhillon will also discuss what your desired outcome is, which will effect the type of implant chosen for your surgery as well as where he places the implants.
Dr Dhillon will require a complete medical history, most of which will be filled out on your registration form. It is important to be completely honest about your medical history as some health problems may affect surgery and anaesthesia. Medications will also be noted from the completion of registration form.
After your initial consultation with Dr Dhillon, you will speak with Dallas for further information on the procedure, hospital dates for surgery, fees and other important information. Dallas will then make another appointment for you, known as your pre-operative appointment so that you can discuss any concerns or questions you have with Dr Dhillon prior to your surgery, confirm implant choice and other details so that you go into surgery with 100% confidence.
Dr Dhillon will decide on the location of the incisions and implants based on his recommendations and also your anatomy. The three preferred approaches to inserting the implants are the inframammary approach (the fold of the skin underneath the breast), the areolar approach (across, bottom/side of outer part of areola) and the transaxillary approach (bottom of armpit near chest).
The placement of the implants will either be between the breast tissue and chest muscle or behind the pectoral muscle (the large chest muscle). There are advantages and disadvantages of both which Dr Dhillon will discuss and then recommend the best placement for you.
Occasionally a drainage tube is inserted for a few days after surgery to allow blood and fluid to drain.
The surgery is performed under General Anaesthetic at an accredited hospital. Most of the time, when performed in the morning you will only stay at the hospital for a day however we always tell our patients to prepare for a night stay in case.
Some discomfort and pain is normal after surgery. You will require some pain relief (paracetamol) for the first few days after surgery. Do not take aspirin or other similar anti-inflammatory medication for the first couple of weeks post operatively as it increases the risk of bleeding.
You may experience some minor drainage from the incision for the first couple of days but this is normal. Dr Dhillon will send you home with a post operative care booklet which will give you instructions on how to best care for the incisions which will heal within 7 - 10 days. Swelling and bruising is expected also.
Have plenty of rest for the first day of your recovery, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nourishing food. We recommend that if you have an office job to take a week off work, and two weeks if you have more of a physical job.
You should not drive for a week after surgery and only start to drive once you have had your first post operative appointment and Dr Dhillon has given you the all clear to do so.
Scarring will worsen before it gets better and can sometimes take up to 6 months to settle. Usually the scar gets redder and raised before it settles to fade and flatten. We will advise scar management at your post operative appointment with the recommendation of products to use to assist with expediting the process.
Breast Augmentation fee is inclusive of Dr Dhillon's (surgeon) fee, the Anaesthetist, the Assistant Surgeon, Breast Implants, Garment, and Hospital Fee ranging between $15,000 and $16,500.