If you wish your breasts had more volume, for a fuller, or more shapely look, breast augmentation surgery may offer the enhancement you seek. Breast augmentation (augmentation mammoplasty) uses breast implants to increase a woman’s breast size. It can also improve the shape the breasts for a curvy, sexy look.
One of the most commonly sought cosmetic procedures in the UK, women choose to undergo breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Though breast enlargement will not create perfection in your appearance, it can enhance your body’s shape and boost your self-image. Some common reasons women choose breast augmentation include dissatisfaction over naturally small breasts, the desire to create balance in asymmetrical breasts, or to restore breast volume lost due to pregnancy, weight loss or aging.
You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation if:
* You feel your breasts are too small
* The size and shape of your breasts have changed due to weight loss
* Your breasts have lost volume and firmness due to pregnancy
* You feel self-conscious wearing a clothing such as a swimsuit or form-fitting top
* Your breasts are asymmetrical in size or shape
For anyone considering breast augmentation, it is essential you fit the following criteria:
You must be emotionally mature enough to understand your reasons for seeking the procedure
You must have realistic expectations
Your breast development must be complete
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering breast enlargement. Harley Body Clinic’s plastic surgeon believes in careful patient consultation to assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation include:
* Your specific aesthetic goals
* Medical conditions, both past and present
* Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
* Past surgeries
* Family breast cancer history
* Any mammogram results
Clear communication with the Surgeon about your aesthetic goals is essential at this time. Issues of implant size, shape and type, as well as implant placement will affect your final result. All these options will be thoroughly discussed during consultation.
There are also certain post-surgical factors that may affect your breast augmentation results. Future pregnancies and weight fluctuations can change your breast size and shape after surgery.
As part of your consultation, our Surgeon will examine your breasts, evaluating their size, shape, and skin tone, as well as nipple placement. He may also choose to photograph you for your medical record. For the sake of safety, a baseline mammogram is sometimes recommended before surgery for use in detecting future changes in breast tissue. It should be noted that after surgery, your mammograms will take more time and care. Special imaging techniques will be required to accommodate the breast implants.
What does breast augmentation entail?
There are many variations to the breast augmentation surgery. The technique to be used for you depends upon your individual features and aesthetic goals. Options to consider include implant type, shape and size; implant placement; and incision options. Our Surgeon will thoroughly discuss these options with you during your pre-op consultation.
Breast augmentation incisions are generally small and made in one of three locations:
* Inframammary: beneath the breast, just above the fold
* Periareolar: along the lower edge of the areola of the breast
* Transaxillary: underneath the arm in the folds of the armpit
Once the incision is made, a pocket is created for the implant. This pocket is made either beneath the pectoral muscle or directly behind the breast tissue. Our Surgeon prefers to go under the muscle when possible in primary breast augmentation. After the pocket is created, the implant is then inserted and the incision carefully closed.
Though thousands women undergo breast augmentation each year and experience no major complications, the procedure does carry some degree risk. It is important you be well informed of these risks when considering breast enlargement surgery. During your consultation, our Surgeon will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer instructions on how to minimize your risk.
It is important to follow pre-operation instructions when preparing for breast augmentation surgery to ensure the best possible results. Those instructions may include:
* Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
* Avoiding certain medications
* Arranging for help following surgery, such as a ride home and in-home care for the first 24 hours
You will come out of surgery wearing gauze and a support bra. You should be up and around the day of surgery to prevent blood clots in the legs. Your breasts will feel sore the first few days after surgery. This discomfort is generally well-controlled with pain medication.
Though everyone heals at a different pace, you can expect your recovery to roughly follow this general time line:
Within a few days
* Showering will be permitted
* You may resume non-strenuous work
After several weeks
* Most of the swelling will subside
* Exercise may be resumed
* Your final result will begin to emerge
If you went into breast augmentation with realistic expectations, you’ll most likely be very pleased with your results. Most procedures produce beautiful, natural-looking breasts. Many patients experience a boost in their self-image, enjoying getting out, shopping for clothes and showing off their new shape. Though breast augmentation provides long-lasting enhancement, it is important to remember that issues such as age, genetics and weight fluctuation can change the size, shape and position of even enhanced breasts over time.
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