One of the most common and popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in UK is breast augmentation surgery with more than 11,135 treatments conducted only in 2013. According to one of the estimates, above 30,000 breast implant procedures are performed every year in UK (NHS, UK). Permanent breast augmentation surgery is a surgical prosthesis that is used for modifying the shape, size, form and texture of the woman’s breast.
Why use breast implants?
There can be three major purposes for the use of breast implants;
- Reconstruction of breast usually after mastectomy ( the surgical breast remover as a result of breast cancer)
- For correcting the genetic deformities or defects of the chest wall.
- Aesthetic ( for enhancing the shape, size and form of the breast to enhance the body features)
Who can benefit from breast augmentation surgery?
Adult women belonging to any age group can take advantage of breast augmentation surgery, as it helps in increasing the size of breasts and restore its plumpness while improving the balance of your entire body figure. Moreover, the women’s ability to breast feed usually remains unaffected by the breast surgery.
The breast surgery procedure may include the following;
- Reduction of asymmetry
- Enlargement of breast
- Revision of breast implant
- Breast uplift
- Correction of inverted nipples
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Types of Breast implants used for surgery
The implants used for breast augmentation surgery are artificial implants. In the UK, usually two common types of breast implants are used;
- Saline Breast Implants: these implants are filled with sterilized salt water. In case a saline implant rupture or leak, the saline water is naturally absorbed in the body and discharge by natural body processes.
- Silicone Gel Implants: Silicone gel is filled up in these implants. The silicone gel gives a more natural feeling of breast tissues. If the silicone breast implants leaks, the gel may not leave the implant shell or may escape into the pocket of breast implant. It is unlikely that the silicone gel filled implant collapse after it leaks.
Types of Breast Surgery
Breast surgery is also called mammoplasty which makes use of surgical procedures. In these procedures, the breasts are reshaped to give them the required appearance. It is further divided into two types;
- Mammoplasty for breast enhancement: it is done for increasing the size of breasts by using the surgical implants.
- Mammoplasty for breast reduction: it is done for reducing the size of the breasts and involves removal of breast tissues.
Consultation before Breast Surgery
It is mandatory to have a comprehensive consultation session with your aesthetic surgeon. During the session you can discuss and tell the doctor whether you want to have breast implant or breast reduction surgery. Your cosmetic doctor will provide you with complete guidance about each and every step of the procedure. The cosmetic surgeon will also discuss whether you are a right candidate for the implants or not, the types of implants that can be used, size, and shape and placement options along with the risks involved. You will also be advised about how the breast enhancement surgery will bring improvement in the appearance of your breasts and how it will contribute towards your overall body shape. The main of the consultation is to provide you with complete information and guidance about the breast enhancement procedure in a careful manner.
Breast Surgery Treatment Procedure
The procedure of breast surgery can be performed either in the hospital, doctor’s clinic where surgical facilities are available or in the surgical facility. As breast enhancement is a surgical procedure it entails the use of general anaesthesia. The procedure is performed in a completely hygienic and sterilized environment. Depending on the type of surgery and individuals conditions, the surgery procedure can take up one to several hours. The patient is required to stay at the medical facility after the surgery for a day or two depending on the recovery and general health of the patient.
What to expect after breast surgery?
The patients are prescribed pain killers for relieving pain after the effects of the anaesthesia fades away. You need to have someone, a friend or a family member, to stay with your after the surgery for at least 24 hours. You should not drive, take alcohol, do some activity or resume your daily routine for 24 hours.
Your surgeon may suggest you to wear a support bra and will provide you with an aftercare advice. Follow it closely! The stitches will take a week or so to recover depending on the type of stitches used.