So, what does the actual procedure involve?
This low-risk operation involves placing a silicone implant behind both the breast tissue and commonly the pectoral muscle, usually via an incision made in the crease below your breast.
Implants can either be placed below the breast tissue, completely under the muscle or partially under the muscle. In the majority of cases, we place the implant partially under the muscle (or dual-plane, where the top half of the implant only is covered by muscle). We find that usually this gives the most natural shape.
How do I decide on the shape and size of my new implants?
You make your decision about the shape and size of your new breasts after a detailed consultation. Firstly, we take a number of measurements of your breasts and chest wall. Next, you try on a range of breast implant sizers in a trial bra – this gives you the opportunity to see how your new breasts could look and test out a variety of sizes and implant shapes to see what would suit your body shape and physique the best. We’ll be on hand to offer all the advice you need with regards to your optimal implant volume, profile and shape so we can find the best result for you and your goals.
As well as size, we also take into consideration the shape of your new breasts. For many patients, a round implant works best, however, for others, an anatomical implant, which has a ‘teardrop’ style shape, is more appropriate. These are often more suitable for women who have smaller, poorly developed breasts and are very slim, and patients with a relatively flat chest wall.
All of your options and choices will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation.
What are the implants made of?
The implants are usually formed of a cohesive silicone gel. We ensure to use the highest quality implants to provide you with the maximum implant lifespan possible. Eventually, all implants have to be replaced (normally after 15 to 20 years) but there is variation between patients. Having implants won’t hamper your ability to breastfeed or attend breast screenings, however, be aware that you may need to have adjustment surgery in the future.
Will I have to stay in hospital?
The procedure is performed using a short, general anaesthetic so many patients can go home on the same day they have the operation. Some women decide to stay a night in hospital but on the whole, it shouldn’t take too much time away from your home life and routines. The operation itself will only take around an hour.
What about after the procedure? Do I need time off work?
After your breast augmentation, you will have a dressing that is removed a week after your procedure. Once the dressing has been taken off, you can wear a plain lycra style bra or a sports bra to six weeks post-op. You will need to take one to two weeks off work depending on how active or strenuous your job is. You can restart your sports and gym regime around three to four weeks after your enlargement procedure.
Do you have any more questions? Would you like to book a consultation? Get in touch with us today by calling 020 7118 6887.