Breast Augmentation Surgery

Augmentation Mammoplasty
Breast Augmentation Surgery

Procedure overview

Understanding Breast Augmentation Surgery

If you are looking for breast surgery for the enlargement of your breasts, you can be confident that at FNQ Plastic Surgery, we offer reliable and trusted treatments.

Breast augmentation surgery, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the breasts. It is a popular procedure for women who desire fuller, shapelier breasts or have experienced breast changes due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. At FNQ Plastic Surgery, our team of experienced and board-certified plastic surgeons have successfully performed countless breast augmentation surgeries using the latest surgical techniques and advanced technology to achieve beautiful and natural-looking results.

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss your desired breast size and shape, as well as your medical history and lifestyle. They will recommend the most suitable implant type, size, and placement for your unique anatomy and goals. We only use high-quality, FDA-approved breast implants from reputable manufacturers to ensure safety and long-lasting results for our patients.

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, our priority is your safety and satisfaction. Our experienced plastic surgeons and dedicated team of healthcare professionals are committed to providing personalised care and support throughout your breast augmentation journey. We will work closely with you to ensure a comfortable and smooth recovery and provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to help you achieve optimal results.

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Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • How can breast enlargement surgery improve your appearance?

    Breast surgery for enlargement adds volume to the breasts. Please note, we offer various types of breast surgery, including breast lifts, if you’re more concerned with position rather than size.

  • Who is suitable for this type of surgery?

    Women who wish to boost the size of their breasts are most suitable for this type of breast surgery. It is not suitable for women who wish to reduce their breasts (breast reduction surgery) or lift the breasts (mastopexy). A consultation is vital to determine whether this is the most appropriate procedure for you.

  • What happens during breast enlargement surgery?

    During breast enlargement surgery, incisions are made in the crease under the breasts before implants are inserted. The position and size of the implants will be discussed with you prior to surgery.

    Your surgeon’s technique depends on your personal goals and how much your breast size is due to increase. The incisions are closed and bandaged before you return to the ward to recover.

    In most cases, both breasts are made bigger, although in the case of asymmetry, one breast can be augmented in order to create a more balanced aesthetic.
    This type of breast surgery takes 1-2 hours, on average, but this will vary depending on the patient. Please contact us to discuss the types of breast implants we have available.

  • How long does a breast implant last?

    There is no specific time frame, but they should not be considered lifelong devices. Modern implants have usually been tested for up to 10 years, but that does not mean they will all last that long.

    Our advice is, even if you have no problems with your implants, once they have been in place for 10-12 years it might be worth booking a review with your surgeon to confirm that all is well. As well as a physical check, an ultrasound or MRI might be considered. If these investigations are normal and no concerns are found, we would suggest a further review every 5 years thereafter, unless symptoms occur.

  • How long do the results of breast enlargement surgery last?

    Implants will, at some point, need replacing. This is usually after 10+ years unless there are problems with the implants, and they require replacing or removing.

  • Over or under the muscle, which is better in breast augmentation?

    This varies from patient to patient and is an important part of the discussion with your surgeon. Important things to consider include:

    • How much natural breast tissue do you have to start with?
    • Are you wanting the most natural result or a fuller upper pole?
    • How active are you?
    • Is a breast lift also advisable?

    These additional questions might have an influence on whether over or under the muscle is better in your individual case.

  • Can I breast feed after breast augmentation?

    Normally yes. Breast augmentation is usually unlikely to affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed.

  • Must I sleep on my back after breast augmentation?

    Initially this is advisable. Your surgeon will advise you of their regime after surgery, but in most cases a few days to a week of sleeping on your back (rather than on your side or on the front) is sensible. Make sure to check with your surgeon though.

  • How do you reduce breast implant related complications?

    Our surgeons are all consultant plastic surgeons and thus highly trained in minimising post-operative complications. The best ways to minimise implant complications include avoiding contamination of the implant at the time of surgery, minimising the risk of trauma to the implant as it is inserted into the breast, and minimising trauma to the implant as the surgical wounds are closed. Your surgeon will advise how they perform the surgery during a consultation.

  • How long do I wear a bra after breast augmentation surgery?

    The advice will vary from surgeon to surgeon, however the post-surgical bras that are usually provided are useful for 4-6 weeks. Beyond this time, as the post-operative swelling reduces, they may become looser and less useful, so a sports bra or new post-surgical bra might be worth investing in at that time.

  • What is the recovery like?

    Post-surgery, you will notice some swelling and tenderness, which is normal, and painkillers will be prescribed to manage any initial discomfort. You might be kept overnight to monitor your well-being.

    Patients are given full aftercare information, including how to care for scars and advice on when to return to work. On average, patients usually take around 4-6 weeks to recover, but this varies from patient to patient. Our aftercare for breast enlargement surgery at our Newcastle clinic is the best available and 5-star rated.

    Exercise should be avoided initially, and you should wear the compression garments provided. A follow-up check-up appointment lets your surgeon ensure you’re healing well and the implants are settling well.

  • Where can you get more information?

    Please contact us if you wish to request a breast enlargement consultation and for details on our breast enlargement prices. We are happy to discuss any type of breast surgery with you including breast implant removal and breast revision procedures, and there’s also more information on our treatment pages.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.


The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

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Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85


All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

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