Like any surgical procedure, undergoing breast enlargement surgery isn’t a decision to be made lightly. With this in mind, here are ten things you ought to know and consider before going ahead with the surgery:
1. Breast Size
Perhaps one of the most important decisions to make when it comes to having breast enlargement surgery is choosing the perfect sized implant. One way to experiment with different sizes is with ‘try on’ breast implants that give you an idea of what the different cup sizes would be like. You can do this in your initial consultation with your consultant.
2. Implant Shape
There are two shapes available, a round implant and a teardrop shaped implant. The more traditional of the two is the round implant, this offers the classic look that many women hope for when approaching this sort of procedure. The teardrop implant is much newer to the market, the silicone tends to be slightly thicker and thus tends retain its shape. For ladies who want a specific area of their breast to be altered the teardrop is available in either a ‘tall’ or ‘wide’ oval shape to enhance a particular area such as the upper pole of the breast.
3. Breast Uplift
Breast uplift surgery can be combined with a breast enlargement to give the appearance of fuller breasts. This procedure takes around two and a half hours. Some women who have opted for surgery with particular emphasis on uplift comment that it does things such as enable them to wear a top without the need of a bra.
4. Before and After
Before committing to a breast enlargement procedure, it is essential to do your research. Throughout your research, you may come across many before and after images of other women who have had this type of surgery. In most cases, before and after photos aren’t very useful as the results that you get will be unique to you but it can give you an idea of the results.
Many women decide to have this surgical procedure after pregnancy and the good news is, it is safe to breastfeed but in some cases, the procedure can damage milk ducts or prevent the milk from flowing due to the increased pressure on the ducts caused by the implant. So therefore, it’s advisable to be prepared that a procedure such as this can potentially minimise the chances of you being able to breastfeed your baby. According to the Institute of Medicine you're around three times more likely to have an inadequate milk supply after the procedure has been carried out.
Breast implants do not last forever, in fact, on average they last around 10 years but some do last anywhere up to twenty-five years. You will then need to look into breast implant removal and replacement. Sometimes women find that they require multiple episodes of surgery following the first procedure.
After a breast enlargement procedure, there will be some degree of scarring that will appear pink for around six to eight weeks after the surgery but will fade in time. Your surgeon will no doubt offer advice on how to properly care for these scars and ensure they're kept to a minimum following the procedure and throughout the aftercare period.
If you have uneven breasts, a breast enlargement can help to make them appear more symmetrical. However, there is no guarantee that the results will be perfectly even. Often women require a different sized implant per breast. The symmetry doesn't only rely on the implant itself, the inframammary fold needs to be correctly positioned in order for the implant to sit correctly. If this isn't done correctly it can affect the chest muscle and lead to another surgical procedure to rectify the issue.
Before you book a breast enlargement surgery, it is advisable to familiarise yourself with the procedure. The surgery will take place under general anaesthetic and takes around 45 to 90 minutes. Often an incision will be made next to or below the breast for the implant to be put in place. Once the implant is in position, the breasts will be stitched and dressed with the aim of minimising scar tissue.
The average recovery time is around one week and after this, you may return to work but you may not feel 100% for a few weeks after the procedure. Heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month. The stitches will then be removed one or two weeks after the operation.
If you are thinking about having a breast augmentation, you can seek advice on the procedure in a free of charge, one to one consultation at Pall Mall Medical at any one of our locations in Manchester or Liverpool city centre or our surgical & diagnostic centre in Newton-le-Willows, contact us now for more information.