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Breast Augmentation

Are you unsatisfied with the appearance of your breasts? Are they too small or appear out of proportion to your body? You can improve the appearance of your breasts with a breast augmentation.
 
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.

Candidates

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.

Implants

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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. 
 
Shape
 
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.
 
Implant placement
 
 
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. 

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Surgery

Before you have any surgical procedure, you will need to meet with one of our specialist surgeons for a consultation. This will give you the chance to discuss your wants and needs, and choose your right size, implant shape and placement. You will also have to discuss your medical history in order to check if you are eligible for surgery.
If you are nervous before your breast augmentation surgery, you can read our top tips to get prepared.
The surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic.
The surgery will begin with the surgeon making an incision next to or below the breast. The surgeon will then make a pocket for the implant to be placed in. This will be between the breast tissue and chest muscle, or behind the chest muscle, depending on your placement choice. Once the implant is in place, the incision will be stitched shut and covered with a dressing.
After surgery, it may take up to six weeks to fully recover. After this point, you will notice a reduction in swelling and the breast implants will have settled into position. During the recovery period, you will have to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and help to support the breasts.

FAQS

Can I have breast augmentation?

You will be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation if you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts and are looking to improve them. Your breasts may be too small, asymmetrical or misshaped. 

What size implant should I have?

This will ultimately come down to personal preference. However, there will be other factors which will influence what size implants are appropriate for you. The surgeon will have to look at your body size, existing breast size and how much tissue and skin is available. If you choose implants which are too big, the edges of the implant may become visible after surgery.

What anaesthetic will be used?

The procedure will be performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure and unable to feel any pain or discomfort.

Will I have to stay overnight?

At London Lipo Institute, breast augmentation is treated as a day case. You will be able to return home on the same day as the procedure, once the effects of the general anaesthetic have worn off.

What will the recovery period be like?

In the first few days, you can expect to experience some bruising, swelling and feel some pain and discomfort. You may wish to take pain medication to help with any symptoms, or use an ice pack to reduce swelling. You will have to wear a compression bra, which will help to support the breasts and reduce swelling. 
It will take at least six weeks for your skin to stretch and for the implants to settle into place. 

When can I start exercising again?

You will have to avoid all exercise for at least two weeks, after which point you can resume light activities. You can resume your usual exercise regime after six weeks.

How long will I have to avoid driving?

You should avoid driving for at least 10 days, or until you feel comfortable performing emergency moves.

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