Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and straightforward cosmetic surgery procedures carried out today. Largely used to increase size, it is also used to alter the contour and shape of the breasts. Many patients also seek a breast augmentation to improve asymmetry and correct slight breast ptosis where the breasts have drooped.
Understanding your breast augmentation options
There are two main types of implants commonly used for a breast augmentation. The silicon prostheses variety tend to be the most popular and they are filled with a cohesive gel. This means they have a semi-solid construction, ensuring the gel doesn’t leak out if the implant is somehow compromised. Saline implants are filled with a saline water solution. Both have different benefits and potential limitations and you’ll be able to find out more during your consultation with Mr Paul Tulley as he will discuss implant choice in full.
When it comes to choosing the right size, you’ll typically be presented with sample implants that you can wear in order to see how they will look if you choose to have them. As well as choosing the right size, you’ll also need to decide whether you want round or teardrop shaped implants. Teardrop shaped implants mimic the shape of the natural breast, thinner at the top and fuller at the bottom. However, round implants can produce a natural result, depending on the amount of breast tissue present and the individual patient’s frame. Again, you’ll be advised which shape implant is right for you during your consultation.
Understanding the breast augmentation procedure
The procedure varies depending upon which type of implant you choose and where it will be placed, either above or under the chest muscle. If you have quite a thin body shape, then the implant will usually be placed partially underneath the pectoral muscle. This will enhance the contour of the upper breast area.
A breast augmentation is carried out under general anaesthetic usually as a day case. However, you may need to stay in hospital for one night. Throughout the healing process you’ll be required to wear a sports bra for up to six weeks. Actual sports will need to be avoided for around three to four weeks.
It’s worth noting that implants will not affect breast screening or breastfeeding. If you do need to undergo breast screening, you will need to tell the radiologist as specialised screening views will need to be carried out.