Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast implants are used in breast augmentation surgery to make the breasts appear fuller and perkier. They’re typically available in silicone or saline, depending on the breast surgery that you require.
What Are Breast Implants?
Breast implants are used to help enhance the appearance of breasts, either to make them more firm or increase their size. There are various types of implants available to create the patient’s desired end result. However, the most commonly used implants are medical grade silicone and saline.
What Happens During A Consultation?
The success of the consultation will depend on your transparency and honesty. Our main focus is to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe during the surgery. You’ll be asked questions regarding your health and lifestyle so we can cater the surgery to your needs. We’ll also discuss the complications that may occur with the surgery and the possible outcomes of it.
Surgery involving the insertion of implants will help to change the size and shape of your breasts. The actual implant is normally placed under the breast gland or behind the breast muscle. Any questions, risks and limitations about the breast implants Manchester clinics provide will be discussed during your consultation. This will also help you to choose the procedure that you feel is best for you.
Preparation Before Breast Implant Surgery
Breast surgery involving the insertion of breast implants is also known as ‘boob jobs’. They generally require a general anaesthetic. As we’ve mentioned previously, your health and safety is our main concern when going through a surgical procedure so if you feel for any reason that you’re unable to go through the surgery, please contact us so we can postpone it and rearrange a more suitable time. Before going through surgery, you should take the following precautions:
– Stop smoking 6 weeks before
– Stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs
– Stop taking any herbal supplements
If you require preoperative tests prior to surgery we’ll arrange this for you. Also, prepare to take around 2 weeks off after surgery.
During Breast Implant Surgery
The surgery takes around 1-2 hours. The procedure involves creating an incision near the breast. This can either be in the crease under the breast, around the areola or through the armpit. The implants are then inserted through the incision and placed under the gland, muscle or both (dual plane breast augmentation). Dissolvable stitches are then used to close the wounds.
What Happens After?
After the surgery, you’ll return to the ward to rest up and be given time to increase your mobility. Once the anaesthetic wears off you’ll be able to eat and drink again as you won’t be placed under drains. Discomfort and pain are initially expected, particularly around your chest area where the skin will feel tight and become swollen. Other recovery steps to follow after breast implant surgery include:
– Aim to wear a support bra for 4-6 weeks after surgery
– Keep the support bra on day and night for up to 4 weeks
– Arrange for a pick up on the same day as the surgery and have support when you’re resting at home
– Reviews and checks will take place after a week or so.
– Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
– Massage the scars once they’ve healed
You’ll be seen in the dressings clinic a week after your surgery to check the progress of your recovery.
Who Should Have Breast Surgery?
Breast implants are suitable for anyone who wishes to add volume to their breasts or improve their shape. There can also be occasions where breasts appear disproportionate, therefore breast implant surgery can be ideal.
Who Shouldn’t Have Breast Implants?
If you’ve been encouraged or been influenced by an external source, you shouldn’t undergo this surgery. If you have unrealistic expectations and significant medical history, this should also be considered.
How Much Will It Cost For Breast Implants in Manchester?
This will be totally dependent on you. Your consultation will help to provide a better understanding of what’s required. After this, a quote will be given which includes all applicable fees.
Which Breast Implants Should I Choose?
All implants are made of silicone but they can be injected with either saline or silicone gel and are generally coated in polyurethane foam.
If it’s a natural feeling you’re looking for, patients would tend to opt for the silicone gel-filled implants. They also have a long-lasting performance compared to saline filled implants. Saline-filled implants can develop creases and ripples over time as well as the potential to deflate. However, they will occasionally be offered. If required, they can be adjusted after the surgery.
In terms of shapes, there are two forms. Teardrop implants or round implants. The round shaped implants will provide a fullness towards the upper chest and half of the breast, whereas a teardrop implant will provide a more natural look with less fullness appearing towards the top half of the chest.
To determine which implants are suitable, a sizing kit will be used that can help choose the ideal implant that fits the width and height of your chest.
Are There Any Risks With Choosing Silicon Implants?
Although breast implants have been of use since the 1960’s, there is still large debate around whether having breast implants is safe. Breast implants are made from medical grade silicone and at UK Aesthetics, we use implants that have gone through the relevant FDA approval. Claims that breast surgery can cause cancer or any other form of illness is false, although an illness known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has been known to be associated with breast implants, but this very rare.
Other risks of silicone breast implants involve the gel potentially leaking over time but this can be corrected through a secondary operation where the breast implants are replaced. Although it may cause some symptoms, there is no evidence to suggest a breast implant that ruptures affects ill health. Over time, small amounts of silicone may leave the implant where it can enter the lymph glands but this wouldn’t require another operation.
What Are Other Complications Of Breast Implants?
It must be mentioned that breast implants can change over time. They can develop a capsule which happens within a 6 week period of the surgery. This is something commonly known as capsular contracture which can affect the shape of the implant, resulting in discomfort and pain. This would be one of the main reasons why a patient may require another operation as the chances of reoperation can increase around 1-3% a year.
Implants can rotate in the pockets which can cause them to change shape which would require a reshaping as it can be rather irritating and cause issues. However, this is uncommon.
For patients with a slim/skinny figure, they may experience discomfort as they can feel the edges of the implants. Unfortunately, this is a common issue with the surgery and will continue to be felt. This means that ripples in the implant may occur.
Breast Tissue Ageing
Breast tissue can age over time, or alter in appearance after childbirth. This means the breast can drop in the future. These changes can also cause the implant to be too high or for the breast tissue to hang over the implant. If this is the case, further surgery may be required in order to tighten the skin and amend the implants.
Infection is an issue that can occur after a long period of time. If this happens, it would require removing the breast implants entirely so that the results have time to settle before going ahead with reimplanting the implants again. This would be recommended to do around 3- 6 months after removal but it’s extremely rare that this occurs.
Having implants shouldn’t affect breastfeeding so if a patient comes across an issue with breastfeeding, it’s likely that you’ve been unable to breastfeed originally.
Breast-Screening and Mammograms
There shouldn’t be any implications for mammograms after having breast surgery as it simply pushes your breasts forward, but you should make your mammography service aware that you’ve had breast implant surgery so they can examine you in the correct way. Consult with your GP if you’ve discovered a lump on your breasts.