What is Breast Augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation can be carried out to enlarge the size of the bust, to match up breasts of different sizes and to normalise breast shape and volume consequences of weight loss, ageing and pregnancy. If loss of volume or a change in laxity of the skin has resulted in a ‘droopy’ or ‘ptotic’ appearance to the breast, then an implant may be combined with an ‘uplift procedure’ (mastopexy).
Breast Implant Surgery
Implants consist of a silicone shell containing silicone gel. Silicone gel is used as it has a more natural texture and behaves more closely to normal breast tissue. Saline implants are often used in reconstructive techniques. Implants can be round or shaped (‘anatomical tear-drop shaped implants’) and there are benefits and disadvantages of each. Mr Eccles will work together with you to choose the correct implant for you.
Patients often enquire whether there is any relationship between breast implants and breast cancer or autoimmune disease, which has been widely published in newspapers and journals. From all the scientific studies to date, there is no correlation that we are aware of. Silicone is commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry for coating tablets and has many other uses in medicine which do not cause health problems.
The life span of implants, according to the manufacturers, is 10 years on average, although some now claim much longer periods. The implants that Mr Eccles chooses offer a lifetime guarantee against rupture, and are made by Mentor and Allergan. Both these companies are vey reputable, and have been making high quality implants for many years.
Having breast implants does not interfere with mammography although you need to inform the radiographer at the time of your examination.
By the time many patients see their surgeon, they will have acquired some knowledge about breast implants. At this consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss the procedure, and to see what implants look like. Mr Eccles will also be able to give you some idea of what you will look like and how much your bust size will change. He will also discuss the placement of your implants (either below your breast tissue, or below the breast tissue and your pectoral muscles), and the position of your incision.
Mr Eccles always recommends a second consultation, once you’ve had time to think about your surgery in more depth. By the time you see Mr Eccles again, (usually a couple of weeks later,) you will have had the opportunity to think of any questions that are still unanswered. He will discuss the surgical procedure and finalise the implant size and selection. Following your surgery his team of plastic surgery nurses will be available to help should there be problems. A follow-up appointment with Mr Eccles and his plastic surgery nurse will be arranged a few days after your operation.
How long will I need to stay in hospital?
Although most people will prefer to stay overnight after surgery, many patients are able to go home the same day after breast augmentation surgery. Occasionally, if there has been too much bleeding, a surgical drain at the site of surgery may keep you in hospital an extra day.
How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation surgery?
Although there is some minor discomfort after breast augmentation surgery, especially if the implant has been placed underneath your chest muscle, it is not usually painful. There may be some bruising and swelling that take a few weeks to settle, and the final shape of the breast won’t be fully evident for about six months. You can go back to work once comfortable, but Mr Eccles advises no strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for the first few weeks.
How long does breast augmentation surgery last?
Breast augmentation results are life long, although the effects of ageing on your normal tissues are unaffected. Mr Eccles will be able to guide you as to what you may expect to be achieved.
Commonly Asked Questions
Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) surgery
Breast uplift surgery can be performed as a single procedure or combined with an implant at the same time. It is a useful procedure to correct droopy breast tissue, but invariably involves slightly more scarring than simple implant only operations. In the larger breast, by tightening up the skin and breast tissue, a more youthful look can be achieved without a resultant larger bust, which is more acceptable to some woman. Mr Eccles will discuss all the options with you, so that you can make the decision that is right for you.