What is Breast augmentation?
The breasts can be enlarged to correct size and shape, droopiness (ptosis), improve cosmetic appearance, symmetry and confidence. This is most commonly achieved with saline or silicone breast implants or a person’s own fat (fat transfer). If the volume of the breast when in a brassiere is satisfactory, often an implant is not necessary and a mastopexy (uplift) is more appropriate. Mastopexy is occasionally combined with implant augmentation, particularly after weight loss or pregnancy. Chris aims to produce a natural looking breast and with implant based surgery, provides sizers to help a patient decide on the result they would like to achieve.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
Mechanical augmentation devices are advertised for non-surgical breast augmentation, however, Chris does not prescribe non-surgical breast augmentation. Placing an implant underneath the breast tissue and/or pectoral muscle allows variable cup size increase. Surgery places a 5cm incision just beneath the breast or around the lower half of the areola. Anatomical or round implants allow subtle variations in augmentation depending on a patient’s preference and anatomical make-up. For congenital breast asymmetry and through pubertal growth, an expandable implant allows frequent adjustment until full growth or a sufficiently symmetrical result has been achieved. This can then be swapped with a definite implant.
How long do the results last for?
The results are often life long, although these can be impacted by significant weight change and ageing. Revision surgery is often required to preserve the results many years after breast implant insertion.
What are the risks?
The body’s reaction to any foreign material (such as a breast implant) is to produce a capsule which covers it. This is usually a soft covering, but occasionally, over many years, this capsule contracts and becomes hard, necessitating removal. Nipple sensation is often altered but usually recovers fully. The ability to breast feed is unaffected. Bleeding and infection are risks, like in any surgery. Rarely, these complications require further surgery. After surgery, slight asymmetries may be evident as each side of the body is naturally asymmetric and will therefore behave differently.
What are the success rates?
Breast augmentation surgery is very popular and has a very high satisfaction rate.
How much does the surgery cost?
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
What general advice is there?
A good supportive brassiere is advised for 6 weeks after surgery. This holds the shape and form of the breast whilst the scar tissue is consolidating. Gentle sporting activity can be introduced after two weeks, with more physical upper body activity e.g. swimming, beginning again at six weeks.
Facts for Breast augmentation
- Surgery duration: 1.5 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: 0-1 night
- Time off work: 1 week
- Recovery time: 4-6 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 2
- Pain management: Simple pain relief with tramadol at night
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