Breast Enlargement, Breast Augmentation is a Plastic Surgery procedure used to increase the size of the breast in a woman who feels that her breasts are too small. It can also be performed to restore the size and shape of the breast following pregnancy and breast feeding and/or improve symmetry and shape where there is a difference in breast size and shape either due to developmental asymmetry or following previous breast surgery.
Breast enlargement can improve or enhance your breasts and thereby your self-confidence, allowing you to wear the clothes, swimwear you desire. Various types of Breast Implants are available and the best implant for you will depend on your goals and existing size and shape of your breasts. LBPS are now offering the revolutionary B-Lite Lightweight Breast Implants.
Does Breast Implant Surgery require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?Breast Implant Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with local anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case or overnight procedure.
How long is the Breast Enlargement surgery?Breast Augmentation with Implants normally takes approximately 1 hour to perform.
How long is the recovery time?
We cannot guarantee a “Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation” but over 96% of our patients report that their surgery was much less painful than they expected. Moderate pain / discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities the next day, but avoid strenuous exercise / activity for 6 weeks. It will be necessary to wear a support bra for the first 3 weeks, day and night and the second 3 weeks during the day. The majority of swelling will resolve in 2 – 3 weeks but it will take up to 3 months for the breast to return to normal feel.
Will drains be used at the time of Breast Enlargement, Breast Implant Surgery?The use of drains (thin tubes from each breast) is a hotly debated topic in Breast Augmentation. At LBPS, we believe that any blood or fluid around the implant leads to inflammation and scarring, which can result in a capsule around the Implant. This capsule can cause firmness or hardening of the breast and a poor result. Therefore, drains will be placed at the time of your Breast Augmentation surgery. These will be removed before you leave Hospital.
Am I the ideal patient for Breast Enlargement Surgery?If you would like to improve your breast shape and fullness and have been concerned by this for a long time, do not have any breast disease or serious medical conditions and desire a long term option to achieving fuller, more shapely breasts, then breast augmentation using implants is likely to be suitable for you.
What is the cost of Breast Implant Surgery?The costs of Breast Implant Surgery will depend on your specific needs and goals. A written quotation will be provided following your consultation with Mr Inglefield. All of your care and follow-up appointments in the first year will be covered.
What happens at your consultation?Your consultation will be with your surgeon and one of our nurses to understand your concerns and desires. Your medical history with be reviewed to ensure your safety, followed by a full examination of your breasts.
Measurements of your breast will take place – width, nipple distance, breast drooping/ ptosis and soft tissue thickness will all aid in planning your breast augmentation.
The most suitable implant to achieve the best result following your Breast Augmentation will be discussed at your consultation.
Your age, skin laxity, loss of volume of the breasts will all be considered in determining the optimum treatment(s) or surgery.
What are my options for the type of implants?Various types of Breast Implants are available and the optimum implant for you will depend on your goals and existing size and shape. LBPS are now offering the revolutionary B-Lite Lightweight Breast Implants.
Do I need a mammogram before my Breast Enlargement?Working in close collaboration with our Breast Cancer Specialists, the guidelines are that any woman over the age of 40 should have a mammogram before any breast surgery including Breast Implant Surgery. Under the age of 40, no screening is necessary if there is not a family history of Breast Cancer or other cancers. A screening mammogram can be arranged for you at the time of your consultation, if required.
Where will the implants be placed in Breast Augmentation Surgery?Breast implants can be placed either behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle, usually partial muscle – Tebbetts 1, 2. The position suitable for you will depend on the amount of your own tissue available to cover the implants. If the soft tissue is thin over the breast region “upper pole”, then it will be recommended that the breast implants are positioned under the pectoral muscle. In either position, what you will see and feel is your own breast tissue. The goal is to achieve the optimum natural appearance of your breasts.
What about the scars following Breast Augmentation?Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar as a result of Breast Enlargement Surgery, but every effort is made to minimize the scars and ensure that these are as inconspicuous as possible. The goal is to achieve a scar which is as short as possible for the safe placement of your implants, and which, once fully healed is barely visible. Scars can be placed in the crease under each breast, in the armpit, or within the areola. The optimum scar for you will depend on your size, breast shape and desired cup size/shape.
What are the risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery?Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with Breast Implant surgery. However, Breast Augmentation with implants is a very safe procedure if performed by a fully qualified and trained Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon using good implants in hospitals with a high standard of care – as recommended by LBPS. The common risks are bleeding inside the breast (less than 0.1%), infection (less than 0.1%) and capsular contraction (less than 2%). Each of these risks may require revision surgery. Other risks that may occur are; implant displacement or rotation, loss of nipple sensation, poor scars, asymmetry of the breasts and implant rupture which are rare.
Can Breast Implant Surgery be performed with a Breast Uplift, Mastopexy?Yes, some women with significant drooping of the breasts together with loss of fullness may require Breast Augmentation combined with a Breast Uplift, Mastopexy. The extent of uplift required will depend on the degree of drooping and the amount or volume necessary to shape the breast.
What about the results of Breast Implant Surgery?The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Breast Augmentation with implants are to enhance the size and shape of your breast to achieve an improved aesthetic appearance. Your breast implant surgery result should boost your self-confidence; allow you to wear the clothes you wish and look and feel as natural as a normal breast.
What is BIA-ALCL?The FDA and the World Health Organization agree that BIA-ALCL is a rare T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants. At this time, most data suggest that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently following implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces rather than those with smooth surfaces. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer.
The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the breast implant occurring more than 1 year after surgery.
BIA-ALCL is usually found near the breast implant, contained within the fibrous scar capsule, and not in the breast tissue itself.
The type of implant fill does not appear to be a risk factor for BIA-ALCL
This is a very rare disease – only 14 cases reported in UK up to March 2016 with a risk somewhere in the region of 1:10,000 to 1:30,000.
Removal of the breast implant along with the capsule (scar tissue) is curative in most cases. A small number of women have required radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
You should monitor your breast implants and contact your doctor promptly if you notice pain, swelling or any changes in or around your breast implants. There is no reason to contact your doctor if you have no symptoms.
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