Implants (also called prostheses or augments) are placed either beneath the breast tissue or beneath the pectoralis major muscle (lying directly beneath the breast tissue).
Breast implants today are filled with cohesive gel silicone designed to look and feel as natural as possible.
The cohesive gel is different to older implants that were filled with liquid silicone and behaves in a similar fashion to the inside of a jelly baby if the implant shell were cut (or the implant shell were to fail).
Personalised care at a hospital close to you with a comprehensive five-year structured follow-up programme and fully BAAPS and BAPRAS accredited surgeon.
1 to 1.5 hours
Day case typically
4 to 6 weeks
Your breasts may feel larger and higher than expected at first but after 6 months your implants will settle into position.
Are breast implants safe?
Mr MacQuillan only uses the premium range of Allergan implants, which are guaranteed and have one of the best reputations within the field of breast augmentation.
The incisions for breast implant surgery are usually placed beneath the breast in the breast (or inframammary) crease. The incisions are dressed with surgical glue, which is waterproof and the sutures will normally need to be removed at two weeks.
What size and shape should I have?
Breast implants are available in differing shapes and sizes and level of fill. The most common types of breast implants that you will hear of are round or anatomical (also known as teardrop) shaped implants.
The round type prosthesis looks almost like a semicircle in profile (hence round), whereas the anatomic shape tries to recreate the natural shape of the breast, which is teardrop drop in profile.
The size equates approximately to the number of millilitres (mls) inside the implant, and the level of fill equates to the projection that the implant will have from the chest wall.
How long does surgery take?
The breast augmentation procedure is undertaken under general anaesthetic and takes between an hour to an hour and a half.
You can go home the same day of the procedure but the cost is the same as for an overnight stay, so often it is as well to relax, whilst being looked after by the expert and caring nursing staff, and enjoy the truly excellent hospitality provided by the catering department in Bristol, London or Newport.
How long is the recovery process?
After you have been discharged from hospital you will need to take some pain relief but you should not be too uncomfortable. You will be provided with all the analgesia you should need before you go home.
You can start wearing a sports bra as soon as you feel comfortable, but it is essential not to wear underwired bras for the first six weeks as they can cause problems with wound healing.
After breast enlargement surgery, you can undertake light activities (including light aerobic exercise) once you feel comfortable, and after the first two weeks you can start to lift everyday objects. It is important not to do upper body weights or rigorous exercise until six weeks following the surgery. Your body will be a good guide as to what you can and can’t manage.
Is there anything else I should know?
One of the key things to understand with breast implant surgery (and breasts in general) is that there is no person on the planet who has symmetrical breasts (or for that matter face, hands or feet etc.).
This is important, as following surgery most people tend to look quite closely at their breasts and start noticing any asymmetry that may be there, having not noticed it previously.
Breast augmentation will reduce size discrepancy between breasts (by adding the same volume to each breast the overall percentage difference between the two will decrease) but it will not adjust nipple height (and may make differences more pronounced) and if your breasts are at differing heights on your chest wall, asymmetry will persist following the procedure.
Have a question?
If you’ve decided to have cosmetic surgery, you now need to choose a surgeon with the appropriate training, skills and experience to carry out your procedure.
It’s important to talk to your surgeon about what you want to change and why.
Anthony specialises in aesthetic surgery; he is registered with BAAPS, a specialist register of Plastic Surgeons maintained by the General Medical Council.
He is nationally acknowledged for providing outstanding medical care and achieving results which meet or exceed patients’ hopes and expectations.
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3 questions to ask during your breast augmentation consultation
Before undergoing cosmetic breast surgery, patients will be required to undergo an initial consultation. This allows your plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and expectations, as well as assess your suitability for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to find out as much about the procedure as possible.
When attending the consultation, it’s a good idea to have a list of questions to ask the surgeon. Here, we’ll look at just 3 questions you should ask during your breast augmentation consultation.
Am I an ideal candidate for cosmetic breast surgery?
Although cosmetic breast surgery is a very common cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important that you are suitable for a specific procedure. Often patients that have seen a loss of volume, whether through weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding or the ageing process, wish to restore volume with a breast augmentation. However, implants may make the breasts look worse in which case a breast uplift enlargement is required.
Ideal candidates for breast uplift enlargement are those who are generally fit and healthy. You should also have realistic expectations, be undergoing the procedure for yourself, and feel that your life is negatively impacted due to the appearance of your breasts.
What are the risks and complications?
As cosmetic breast surgery is so popular and commonly performed, particularly the breast augmentation operation, patients often forget there are risks and complications. It is important to understand all of the risks the surgery presents.
Again, this question also allows you to check you are choosing the right surgeon. If they are vague about the risks, it should be seen as a red flag. Qualified and experienced surgeons will always be upfront and honest about the risks and complications of breast augmentation, ensuring you have as much knowledge about the procedure before going ahead.
How many similar procedures have you performed?
If you want to reduce the likelihood of risks and complications, as well as achieve the best results, you need to know the skill and experience of your cosmetic surgeon. Ask them how many breast uplift enlargement procedures they have performed and whether you can see before and after photos.
The more experienced the surgeon is, the more natural the results will look. Scarring will be reduced, and there will be much fewer risks involved than there would be with an inexperienced surgeon. If possible, ask to see evidence of the surgeon’s qualifications.
It is important to realise that each patient is different. So, even after seeing before and after photos, you may not experience the same level of results. The surgeon will be able to talk through your expectations and let you know whether or not they are achievable.
These are just 3 important questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation. The goal is to find out as much as you can about the procedure, ensure they are the best surgeon for the job, and determine whether you are an ideal candidate.