Understanding Your Breasts
A natural breast in women is composed of three main components that sit above the chest wall: skin, fat, and glandular breast tissue (milk ducts and milk-producing glands).
Women have various amounts of harder glandular tissue in the breasts, which may not develop proportionally with the rest of the body. Breast implants can be used to add volume to the breasts, but cannot reshape the glandular tissue.
Fat represents the majority of volume in most breasts and is responsible for their soft and pliable feel. Gaining weight will increase your breast size, but will also increase your overall body size. Breast fat is easily reshaped by the addition of a breast implant.
Skin is the envelope that holds it all together. In women with minimal breast tissue (small breasts), the skin will need to stretch more to accommodate a breast implant.
Can I Have Breast Augmentation?
Women typically seek to have breast augmentation as a result of:
- Small breasts
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Drooping or sagging breasts caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding or ageing
- Changes in breast size due to weight loss
Women who want to undertake breast augmentation will need to be well informed about the procedure and have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve.
Who Isn't Breast Augmentation Suitable For?
Breast augmentation isn't necessarily the right procedure for everyone. Women who may be unsuitable for breast augmentation include those who are wanting to lift the breasts or alter breasts which are hanging low. In these instances, it would be more appropriate to have a mastopexy.
Patients who are thinner and have less existing breast tissue but are wanting large implants should be aware the implant edges may be more visible as a result the surgeon may say the size is unsuitable.
What Happens During The Consultation?
Prior to any surgery, you will need to attend a consultation with a surgeon. Your surgeon will be able to assess your body and help you decide the right type and size of implants for you. The consultation will not only give you the opportunity to meet the surgeon who will perform your breast augmentation, but you will also be able to have any questions and concerns answered. You will also be required to undergo a full medical check-up.
At London Lipo Institute, we use silicone implants, which are approved by the medicines and healthcare product regulatory agency (MHRA). These implants are full of a cohesive silicone gel. Silicone 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.
A breast profile is how much the implant will protrude forward - a low profile is flat, while a higher profile will stick out, making more prominent breasts. Your breast profile will vary depending on what your end goals are. If you are wanting the implants to appear more obvious, you may wish to have high profile implants, while those who wish to have a more natural look may opt for medium plus profile.
Deciding on what size breast profile is often one of the biggest decisions you will have to make prior to your surgery. During the consultation with your surgeon, you will be able to look at different size implants. The surgeon will also recommend implant sizes which are in proportion to your body - however, this is a guide and you may wish to choose a size that is bigger.
It is important to note that if you choose a size that is too large, the implant edges may be visible after surgery.
Your breast implants can vary in shape, and what you choose will depend on your goals and outcomes. Breast implants are either round or shaped (otherwise referred to as anatomic, teardrop or contoured). Shaped are preferred when you want a more natural look, however, you gain more upper fullness from round implants, and as a result, these are the most popular choice.
The next decision will be the placement of the implant. The implant will either be placed over the chest muscle (known as sub-glandular) or under the chest muscle (sub-muscular). Where the implant is placed will alter your breasts appearance. There are also pros and cons of both placements. While over the muscle implants have a quicker recovery, it does come with a higher risk of capsular contracture, as well as an increased risk of the implant edges being visible. Having the implant under the muscle will give you a more natural look, and is often the best choice for thinner patients.
Why Choose London Lipo Institute?
When you've decided to have breast augmentation, finding a good doctor that you trust is one of the biggest decisions. At London Lipo Institute, you will attend a consultation with the surgeon who will perform your procedure. This surgeon will be with you from start to end - through the initial consultation, to the surgery, through to recovery period and follow-up appointments. Our doctors understand that no two women are the same, and don't just have a standard plan for breast augmentation. Our surgeons will take their time to listen to your wants and needs and will come up with an individual plan for you. Our surgeons have world-renowned skills and are experts in breast augmentation. All of our prices include an extensive after-care package, so our surgeons and patient coordinators are just a phone call away whenever you have a question or need a follow-up appointment.
Breast Augmentation Safety
As breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, it does have potential rare complications. These can occur weeks, months, or years after the procedure. Rare complications include:
- Capsular contracture
- Breast implant infection
- Implant rupture and deflation
Modern breast implants are considered to be extremely durable and have a significantly decreased risk of leakage or rupture. However, if you do have any problems with defective implants, such as a leak or rupture, all of London Lipo Institute's implants come with a lifetime warranty, and you will be able to have the damaged implant replaced.
Are There Alternatives to Breast Implant Augmentation?
Not quite sure if you are ready for a breast augmentation just yet? Maybe it's not the right surgery for you? Alternative options include:
- Mastopexy (breast lift)
- Wearing padded bras
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