Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is often the combination of a mastopexy and implants to enhance the shape and size of the breast.
What Is A Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation surgery aims to increase the size of the breast. To achieve this fuller looking appearance, it’s often combined with a breast uplift. In many cases, a breast augmentation is for aesthetic reasons, but it may also be used for reconstructing the breast following an accident or illness.
What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?
At UK Aesthetics, we want every consultation to be as open and honest as possible. This is so we can determine the best options available to achieve your desired results. During this informal discussion, we’ll go through your surgery expectations and medical history. You’re also welcome to ask questions about any concerns you may have.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Uplift Surgery?
You should be aware that before the surgery you will be put under general anaesthetic. So, if you are unwell or have health issues then it’s vital you let us know. Surgery will be postponed and arranged for a different day. It’s also important that you pay attention to the advice given to you before surgery, which includes:
- Stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs, including herbal supplements
- Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery
- Don’t take any aspirin
We also advise that patients arrange for a friend or relative to collect them from the hospital after surgery. It’s recommended you take 2 to 3 weeks off from work, depending on the nature of your job.
What Happens During Surgery?
The type of breast augmentation Manchester clinics often perform will typically last around 1 – 2 hours. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision either in the crease under the breast, the nipple, or under your arm towards the side of your breast. If you’re combining the procedure with a breast uplift, then the incision is likely to be around the nipple so it can be repositioned after. Alternately, the surgeon may choose to preposition the skin and cut away any excess to create a perkier breast.
Once the incision is made, your breast tissue is separated from the muscles to form a pocket. A silicone or saline implant is then inserted and centered. The breast is then closed with stitches and sealed with surgical tape.
After the surgery you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort, for which you may wish to take painkillers. To help with your recovery, you should wear a support bra both day and night for the first 4 weeks. It’s also important that you:
- Avoid heavy lifting
- Avoid any strenuous activity or exercise
- Keep the wounds as dry as possible
- Begin to massage the scar once it’s healed
About a week after your surgery you will need to attend the dressing clinic to check the healing process is going as expected.
Risks And Complications
Although the majority of patients that have surgery are pleased with the results, there can be some side-effects that may be uncomfortable, including:
- Extrusion (where stitches poke out through the skin)
Rarer complications include:
- Damage to deeper structures
- Change in sensation
- Change in shape over time
Though you’ve had surgery, your breast tissue will continue to age over time so further operations may be required to maintain satisfactory results.
Your surgeon will always try to keep scarring as minimal as possible. The scars that are formed may take months to heal and fade after your breast uplift. They will appear red or purple at first, but this is completely normal. Massage them once healed in order to ensure the best aesthetic appearance of your scars in the long-term.
What Are The Breastfeeding Implications?
Your ability to breastfeed may be affected by breast surgery, so you should consider this before you undergo any procedure.
Who Is Suitable For The Surgery?
Those with realistic surgery expectations who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. Those who need a breast uplift as well as implants to create better-shaped breasts.
How Much Does Breast Augmentation in Manchester Cost?
This depends on what is required. After your first consultation, you’ll be provided with a quote which is determined by your personal circumstances. This includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees.
What Implants Are The Safest?
There are many different types of implant, but the most popular are silicone or saline. Silicone implants are softer, therefore give a more natural appearance. Saline implants are also an option but they carry more risks such as ripples, folds or deflation.