- Am I suitable for a breast augmentation?
Women of all ages can benefit from this procedure which improves the size and shape of the breasts with the use of breast implants. All women have a certain amount of breast asymmetry but it is important to carefully assess this prior to surgery to achieve the optimal outcome. If there is a degree of ptosis or sagging of the skin and other tissues in the breast, a breast augmentation with implants alone might make the problem worse and you may be better suited to a breast uplift combined with an augmentation.
- What happens during a breast augmentation procedure?
Your cosmetic surgeon will make an incision either in the crease of the breast, known as the inframammary fold, or around the nipple. A pocket is then made either above or under the muscle in which an implant is inserted before the incision is sealed with dissolvable stitches.
- How do I decide which breast implant to choose?
Breast implants can be composed of either saline or silicone gel and they are manufactured in a number of different sizes and projections. There are also two different shapes of breast implants – round and tear-dropped shape. Depending on your body shape, the amount of existing breast tissue and what you’re hoping to achieve, your cosmetic surgeon can advise you on which are the best breast implants for you.
- What are the risks association with a breast augmentation procedure?
In the period immediately after breast augmentation surgery, you should expect some bruising and swelling. There might be some loss of sensation or increased sensitivity in the breast and nipple area but that should resolve itself within six months of the surgery. There will be scarring after a breast augmentation but these should heal very well, resulting in a thin, pale scar. As well as possible anaesthetic risks, other potential breast augmentation complications include infection, the accumulation of blood and fluid under the skin and problems with wound healing. There are also risks specific to the breast augmentation procedures, such as capsular contracture. These will all be discussed in full at your breast augmentation consultation.
- Will my breast implants need to be changed in the future?
t is important to realise that you may require repeat breast surgery in the future to replace your implants. It is not possible to predict when that might happen as every patient differs and not everyone experiences problems with implants due to wear and tear. Often patients feel that they want to achieve a different look, exchanging their breast implants for a different size or shape.
The breast augmentation, popularly known as the boob job, is the most requested cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK, popular with women who’ve always been dissatisfied with their breasts and those that have seen changes to their breast size and/or shape over time or as the result of fluctuations in weight or pregnancy and breastfeeding.