What is breast enlargement?
Technically known as Augmentation Mammoplasty, this is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK. A prosthesis (implant) is inserted through a small hairline incision and positioned beneath or in front of the muscle wall, behind the actual tissue of the breast.
The reshaped breast is totally natural looking. There is a choice of implants available and our surgeon will discuss the merits of each with you.
The procedure takes approximately one hour. It is normally carried out under general anaesthesia to make you sleep through the entire procedure. Twilight anaesthesia can sometimes be used. Preferences can be discussed with your surgeon at the time of consultation, and your consultant anaesthetist will be present throughout surgery to be certain you are comfortable and pain free.
The Recovery Period
There is very little discomfort, although there may be some post-operative swelling. You will be advised to wear a properly fitted support bra night and day for two weeks, which will support the breasts and aid the healing process.
Although you will be up and about on the same day of surgery your surgeon will advise you when you can resume your daily routine. To permit proper healing you should avoid overhead lifting for three to four weeks. The decision regarding when you should return to work and fully resume normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. However, most patients return to work within seven to ten days. You can attend the gym and participate in sports after approximately six weeks.
The eventual size of the breasts is discussed between yourself and your surgeon during the initial consultation, achieving the appearance you have planned together.
Your new breasts should look and feel completely natural – the implants are compatible with normal breast tissue sharing similar texture and general characteristics. They will not affect fertility, pregnancy or your ability to breastfeed. However, if you have nursed a baby within the year prior to surgery you may produce milk for a few days post-operatively. This may cause discomfort but can be treated with medication prescribed by your surgeon.
As the purpose of the procedure is to make breasts as attractive as possible, the scars are kept as small as possible and made either around the nipple, under the crease of the breast, or in the armpit.
Type of implant
Breast implants are made with either a smooth or textured surface which have traditionally contained either a silicone gel or salt water solution known as saline.
Anatomically Shaped Silicone Cohesive Gel. This unique shape retaining cohesive silicone gel maintains its original natural looking shape. The anatomical shape of this implant increases the balance between your breasts and your hips, creating an overall hip-slimming effect and a more desirable figure. Anatomically shaped implants represent an advantage in design and manufacturing technology.
This does not mean that traditional round implants cannot be effective. It means that you now have a choice.
Silicone. Silicone implants have been successfully in use since 1962. Silicone gel has an excellent texture as a filling material because it is soft and pliable and allows for natural movement. The latest type has a textured surface which is less likely to cause hardening or capsule formation. The possibility of silicone implant interfering with the standard mammography can be overcome easily by informing your radiologist about the presence of the implant, he or she can alter the technique to obtain the optimum result.
Will I experience any problems?
In the majority of cases, there are no post-operative problems.
What is a capsular contraction?
In a few patients following the operation the body builds a wall of firm tissue round the implant. Rarely this can contract causing the implant to feel firm, known as a capsule. This can be manipulated or cut out by your surgeon in a manner which breaks up the capsule and the breasts regain their softness.
Are there any long-term risks?
Cancer of the breast has been extensively researched. Results of this research show that there is no evidence that breast implants increase the chance of future development of breast cancer.
Can implants leak?
Concern has been raised in the media about the possibility that leakage of silicone gel from silicone implants can cause health problems. Actually, the amount of silicone that leaks through the shell of modern implants is very small and there is no medical evidence of health problems being associated with it. However, alternatives are available.
Other cosmetic enhancements for breasts
Breast reduction – Many women are happy to have large breasts, but others regard them as a nuisance, attracting unwanted attention. Large breasts can also be extremely uncomfortable and physically restricting. Breast reduction can solve these problems, bringing psychological relief and eliminating physical distress. The procedure aims to remove excess breast tissue making the breasts smaller and improving their shape. The nipple is re-positioned, and the lower part of the breast removed to make it smaller. The skin is then tightened to form the new breast. There is visible scarring, but this becomes less noticeable with time and should not be visible if a bikini is worn.
Breast uplift – Breast feeding and weight loss can lead to breasts sagging and an uplift is designed to restore breasts to their former, more youthful shape and tone, without altering their size. The procedure involves repositioning the nipple and removing excess skin caused by stretching.
How much will it cost?
Cosmetic Surgery is usually a life-time investment. Cheaper is not necessarily better or even as good. Our patients are treated as individuals, and costs do vary from person to person dependant on their individual needs. The costs of surgery will be discussed during your consultation and a detailed quote will be provided prior to any surgery taking place.
Should I have breast surgery?
Only you can answer that question. Be sure you are doing it for the right reasons: your own sense of self confidence and self-esteem. No matter what anyone else thinks, if you are happy with your appearance there is no reason to have it changed. So before making that decision, attend a consultation, get the facts. Be realistic in your expectations and make an educated decision that is right for you.