Breast augmentation

CONSULTANT SURGEONS AT CENTRE FOR SURGERY
Why choose centre for surgery for your breast augmentation?

In-depth consultations directly with an NHS trained consultant surgeon

Surgeon-led and managed care throughout for a truly personalised approach

Walk in and walk out the same day with anaesthetic techniques adopted from the USA

Comprehensive aftercare programme

Financing options available

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The Centre for Surgery warranty programme for breast augmentation

Centre for Surgery have the most comprehensive warranty programme for breast implant surgery in the UK

1 – Lifetime product replacement warranty in event of rupture of implant shell not related to surgical technique that requires another surgical operation from the date of original implantation.

2 – Lifetime product replacement warranty due to severe capsular contracture (grade 3 or 4) from the date of original implantation.

3 – Compensation of up to £500 in case of rupture during the first 5 years after the date of implantation.

4 – Change of volume and model possible under certain conditions*

5 – Applies to all breast implant procedures from 1st January 2017

*In case of change of model, the difference will be billed if the price of the new model is higher than that of the model removed.

Breast augmentation, otherwise known as breast enlargement or a ‘boob job’ can be an effective option for women who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts.

Often after pregnancy and breast feeding, women’s breasts tend to sag. Aging also leads to sagging or shrunken breasts. In these cases, breast implants are a good solution. If one has to undergo mastectomy, then breast implants can be used to regain her natural body shape.

There are various options of breast surgery, with regard to the size and shape of the implants. Round or shaped, smooth or textured, high profile and low profile.

What are breasts composed of?

Female breasts comprise three main structures that are positioned above the pectoralis muscle: skin, fat, and glandular breast tissue (milk ducts and milk-producing glands).

  • Glandular tissue in the breasts, which may not develop proportionally with the rest of the body. Some women have more than others for no apparent reason. Breast implants are used to voluminise the breasts, but cannot reshape or alter the glandular tissue component of the female breast. Breast implants always sit beneath the glandular tissue – whether placed in a sub-muscular or sub-glandular position.
  • Fat makes up the majority of volume in most women’s breasts and it is fat which gives that soft and compliant tissue characteristic. Weight gain will increase the breast size, but will also increase the overall body size. Breast fat is easily reshaped by the addition of a breast implant – creating a breast pocket for placement of a breast implant is done in the fat zone of the breast.
  • Skin is the tissue structure that envelops the other two structures above. In women with micromastia (small breasts), the limited skin envelope will need to stretch more to accommodate a breast implant of a given size compared to those with larger breasts (and therefore more skin) at the outset.
Who is a suitable patient for breast augmentation?

Ideal patients are women who have all the information, fully understand what the surgery involves and its limitations, and who have realistic expectations as to what can be achieved with the surgery.

Indications for breast augmentation:

  • MICROMASTIA – SMALL BREASTS
  • BREAST ASYMMETRY
  • LOSS OF BREAST VOLUME AFTER PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING
  • CHANGES IN BREAST SIZE OR SHAPE DUE TO WEIGHT LOSS
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Why have Breast Augmentation?

There are a variety of reasons for deciding to undergo breast augmentation surgery. The most important factor should be that you are doing this for you. Implants done to please someone else, like a partner, do not result in the same high satisfaction.

Women may choose the operation for reconstructive purposes, to correct asymmetrical breasts, to enhance small breasts, or to renew sagging breasts due to childbirth, aging, or weight change. Many who are motivated by these reasons say that restoring their breasts to a firmer and more proportionate size makes them feel more comfortable with their bodies.

Breast augmentation is a great choice for emotionally and physically healthy women. It’s a way to enhance what you already have. It is not a magic pill for other problems in your life. At Centre for Surgery, this will be considered when evaluating your desire for breast augmentation.

Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

The surgeon will discuss with you all the possibilities that are appropriate for your body, and determine what is the best implant approach for your breasts and personal goals.

The decision to have Breast Augmentation is a major step for most women and extremely personal. The surgeon therefore always guides and supports his prospective patients through every stage of this process. During an initial consultation at our clinic, you will discuss your reasons for wanting Breast Augmentation and will undergo a thorough medical check-up.

The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the breast implant procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.

Your breast augmentation surgeon will:

  1. Take a focused history and examine you
  2. Explain the breast augmentation procedure
  3. Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you

A breast augmentation surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery or general surgery background (a declared specialist interest in breast surgery). Both specialities are fully trained to perform breast augmentation.

How Is Breast Augmentation Performed At Centre For Surgery? (Animation)

Breast Augmentation Recovery Process

It will take about a minimum of 6 weeks for the skin on your breasts to completely stretch out for the implants to settle in a position.

You will experience swelling, bruising and discomfort for the first few days for which the surgeon will prescribe pain medications to most patients. After 10 days of your surgery you may go back to your normal routine but it is best to avoid extensive workouts till you are fully recovered.

Here at Centre for Surgery, our surgeons suggest breast massaging routine to be added to your healing regime for the implants to become softer in time. This massaging routine can help with the implants to be in place quicker, therefore, speeding up the recovery process.

We have learned that most women are concerned about the difference in breast sizes during the recovery period so it is important to keep in mind that every individual heal in their own pace and you may not have completely healed to see the end result.

Who is an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?

All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with breast augmentation surgery

Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.

The breast augmentation procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.

Who is not a good candidate for breast augmentation?

We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.

You are pregnant or breastfeeding as results may change.

You have had radiation therapy.

You have an infection on your breasts.

When should you consider breast augmentation?

Common reasons for undergoing breast augmentation include the desire to:

Aesthetic – Many women choose to have breast augmentation surgery simply to improve the appearance and/or size of their breasts. Cosmetic motivators are common for women who feel their breasts are too small, too misshapen or even asymmetrical. It is not uncommon for women who have had children to seek out breast augmentation to increase lift and reduce sag. This surgery, when performed by a skilled surgeon, can dramatically improve and enhance breast appearance. When breast augmentation is performed for cosmetic reasons, a self-esteem improving factor also tends to come into play. The surgery itself is not a panacea, but it can have a big impact on self-esteem.

Reconstruction – Some women elect to have breast augmentation surgery following a mastectomy. Although reconstruction is not 100 percent necessary following mastectomy, this surgery can give cancer survivors a more natural appearance and help them overcome self-esteem issues that can arise as a result of mastectomies.

Replacement – Many breast augmentation procedures are performed to replace existing implants that were put into place either for cosmetic or medical reasons.

Correction – Women who face congenital deformities in their breasts often opt for augmentation to gain a natural appearance.

If you are just starting to explore the possibility of surgically enhancing your breasts, you may not have thought much about your reasons for wanting to do so at this point. You may simply know that you want larger breasts. In itself, that is as valid a reason for undergoing breast augmentation as any other. As you learn more about the procedure and your options, especially through the consultation process, you will want to continue to examine your reasons for wanting to enlarge your breasts. Once you have become fully acquainted with the benefits, risks, and costs associated with the procedure, and you feel confident that you want to proceed for you and not due to any external pressures, your candidacy for breast augmentation will depend on your health, your goals, and the establishment of reasonable expectations.

The art of achieving a breast enhancement based on the individual needs of each patient requires the expertise of an experienced and skilled surgeon. If any of the above concerns affect you, you may be an ideal candidate for surgery. Having performed thousands of breast implant surgeries, our surgeons are highly experienced and compassionate plastic surgeons with extensive training and experience in the field of breast augmentation.

Which type of breast implant is right for me?

Centre for Surgery use only the highest quality CE-marked silicone breast implants for optimal outcomes.

At Centre for Surgery, a number of factors, such as breast implant size, shape, composition and placement will be carefully chosen to create the breast size and shape for your body type. The surgeon will employ 3D reconstruction techniques to show you how the result could look like.

Silicone breast implants are approved by the UK medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency (MHRA). Silicone breast implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel that holds uniformly together and is available in different densities. A silicone implant has a more natural, pliable quality that more closely resembles natural breast tissue than saline breast implants which are no longer used in the UK. 

Profile

What is breast profile?

The profile of a breast implant refers to how much the implant protrudes forward from your chest wall.

A low profile implant is very flat, while a higher profile implant will protrude forward (stick out) from your body and create a more prominent breast.

While some patients prefer the bubbly appearance of high profile implants, those wishing for a more natural look should choose a medium plus profile implant.

Breast Enlargement
Implant Size and Implant Shape

The choice of breast implant size is the biggest decision you will have to make before undergoing surgery.

The surgeon will need to assess if you have sufficient tissue to cover and hide your chosen implant size especially if you are very slim.

If the size you have chosen is too big, the implant edges may become visible following your surgery.

Breast implants can be round or teardrop.

Most women prefer smooth round implants because they provide more fullness in the upper half of the breast.

Breast Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed over the pectoralis muscle (sub-glandular) or under the pectoralis muscle (sub-muscular).

The position of the implant above or below the muscle will influence the final appearance of your breast enhancement. Going over the muscle is less painful and has a quicker recovery, but is associated with a slightly greater risk of Capsular Contracture and increased implant visibility.

Going under the muscle has the added benefit of giving a more natural look, particularly in thinner patients with small breasts.

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Breast Augmentation implant placement : sub-glandular vs sub-muscular

Sub-Glandular placement

A more spherical appearance
The operation time is less
Recovery is smoother
Implant edges more visible
X-rays of breast more difficult to analyse
Not advised for very slim patients

Sub-Muscular placement

More natural appearance
The operation takes longer
More discomfort following surgery
Implant edges less visible
X-rays easy to analyse
Better for slim patients

Alternatives To Breast Implant Augmentation

Alternatives to breast implant augmentation may include:

  • Breast Lift surgery (Mastopexy)
  • Natural Breast Augmentation using fat transfer
  • Non-surgical management by wearing padded bras
BREAST AUGMENTATION FAQS

Am I an ideal candidate for breast augmentation?

Besides the most common reason to get breast augmentation that is to improve self-esteem and body confidence, other requirements include people who asymmetrical breasts, drooping/sagging breasts, reconstruction following a mastectomy, replacing existing implants, and correcting congenital deformities in their breasts.

How do I choose the right implant size and shape for me?

A number of factors, such as existing breast size, shape and your expectations will have to be taken into consideration to create the breast size and shape for your body type. At Centre for Surgery, the surgeon will employ 3D reconstruction techniques to show you how the result could look like.

How is breast augmentation performed?

Watch our animated video on YouTube to find out. Click here

How is the recovery period like?

You will experience swelling, bruising and discomfort for the first few days and pain medication can be prescribed. A breast massaging routine is recommended to speed up the healing process.

Are breast implants safe?

There are always risks with any type of surgical procedure but for the most part,  breast implants are extremely safe. The number of women getting breast augmentation in the UK has steadily increased over the last 10 years with relatively few complications.

Will I have scars after the surgery?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure and there will be scars after the procedure. The surgeon can reduce the appearance of scars with properly placed incisions. Depending on how the surgery is done, an incision is made along the natural crease below the breast – the infra-mammary approach.

What size of breast implant is right for me?

Your desired size depends a number of parameters. Cup size alone is not the most suitable measure. Your breast augmentation surgeon will allow you to try on a bra in your choice of size along with a sample implant to find the ideal size. This way there is less room for misinterpretation and a higher chance that you will be satisfied with the outcome.

Will I lose sensation in my breasts after breast augmentation?

Loss of sensation may occur. The placement of the implants beneath the breast and / or muscle tissue involves division of some of the sensory nerves to the breast.

Is it going to hurt?

A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure and does involve the possibility of pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness. In the first 72 hours after breast augmentation you will be most comfortable if you use ice and head elevation on 2-3 pillows.  Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications that will  reduce pain leaving you feeling comfortable. After 72 hours of rest and elevation you may begin to increase activity gradually. Many women are driving at one week after their operation.

Are there alternatives for breast augmentation?

Yes, alternatives include procedures such as breast lift and natural breast augmentation with fat transfer.

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