Breast Augmentation (Mammoplasty), Cheshire
Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. While breast augmentation will make the breasts larger, the surgery will not lift sagging breasts, which may require correction to enable augmentation.
Breast augmentation is a tremendous help to patients who desire a fuller profile, or who have lost breast volume due to pregnancy or breast feeding.
Reasons for Considering Breast Augmentation:
- Enhance body shape if breasts are too small.
- Increase breast volume after pregnancy and breast feeding.
- Equalize a difference in breast size (cup size) to correct breast asymmetry.
Breast Augmentation Surgery is usually carried out under a general anesthetic. Breasts are made larger by placing an implant either under the breast tissue or behind the muscle on which the breast lies. The implants are usually insertion through an incision placed in the fold underneath the breast although other incisions are occasionally used. The gold standard for implants remains silicone.
Whilst much has been written about silicone implants, there is no scientific evidence that they cause any of the illnesses blamed on them. They offer the most natural looking and natural feeling results. Implants are available in a number of profiles, either round or anatomically shaped, (tear drop), to allow tailoring of the final breast shape.
Most patients will stay in hospital overnight, but surgery can be carried out as a day case. It is not usually a painful procedure and only simple analgesia is required. Tapes are applied to help support the breasts and most patients will feel more comfortable wearing a “crop” top.
The tapes are removed 10-12 later and patients can return to normal day to day activities within two weeks. Impact exercises are best left for 4 weeks.
Limitations and Complications
Complications following breast augmentation are very unusual. Infection is rare, but may necessitate implant removal. Bleeding is uncommon and whilst alteration in nipple sensation can occur, this will usually settle. Scars will be left, but, whilst individual dependent, these usually settle well.
A capsule of scar tissue will also form around the breast implants. In the healing phase these scars can shrink, (capsular contraction), which can make the implant become rounded and feel firmer. This is a limitation of healing in up to 5% of patients and may require further treatment. Breast augmentation does not usually affect breast feeding. Mammograms can still be carried out.
Although special views are required, the sensitivity of detecting breast cancer is not reduced. Most women have some degree of asymmetry and this may not be corrected. Whilst the manufacturers life expectancy of breast implants is ten or more years, implants have stayed in place, without problems, for much longer. If they do not cause problems, they need not need replacing.
Listed below are the full range of breast procedures that we offer: