Breast Enlargement What To Expect
Getting advice about Breast Enlargement
It's important not to rush into the decision to have Cosmetic Surgery. For some patients, discussing this with a GP, whether it’s their local GP or a Private GP at Kingsbridge Private Hospital can be helpful.
At your first consultation with a Cosmetic Surgeon at Kingsbridge Private Hospital, it's important that you discuss what you're hoping to gain from the operation and the result you can realistically expect.
What are Breast Implants?
Breast Implants are artificial (prosthetic) implants. In the UK, two types of breast implants are commonly used:
- Silicone implants
- - Available as a liquid, gel or solid form similar to plastic.
- Saline implants
- - Sterile salt water is used
The treatment options available will often depend on your individual circumstances and needs. At Kingsbridge Private Hospital, our Surgeons only use premium Allergan Natrelle Implants.
Co relating to Breast Enlargement surgery
At Kingsbridge Private Hospital the risk of complications is extremely rare but it is important that you are aware of them before having your procedure.
Complications associated with any form of surgery can include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (deep vein thrombosis).
Potential complications associated with Breast Enlargement surgery;
- Sometimes slight differences in the shape and size of your breasts can be highlighted by implant surgery.
- There can be a risk of infection in the breast. If this happens you may need to have the implant removed to allow treatment.
- Abnormal scar tissue can form around the implant which can squeeze the implant to make it firm and round. This is called capsular contracture and can be painful. Your Surgeon may advise a further operation to treat this.
- Your breast skin and nipple may feel less or more sensitive after surgery. This usually improves after a few months. If you lose sensation after breast enlargement, it can be permanent.
- Scars can become red, thick and painful. You may need more surgery to correct this.
- Implants can sometimes affect the skin on your breast and you may find your skin has ripples and creases. This most commonly happens in very thin people or after sudden weight loss following surgery.
- Implants can in very rare occasions leak. This may be a slow seeping or a sudden split. If this happens, your implant may need to be taken out.
What happens prior to Breast Enlargement surgery?
Prior to your procedure, the Consultant Surgeon will,
- Measure your breasts and assess their shape, your skin and the position of your nipples.
- Draw on your breasts to mark the operation site.
- Photograph your breasts for confidential 'before and after' images.
- Possibly want you to have a mammogram.
This will all help towards ensuring you get the best results possible from your surgery.
What happens during Breast Enlargement surgery?
Breast enlargement surgery usually takes between 1-2 hours. During typical breast implant surgery, cuts are made in the skin on your breast. The exact position of the cuts can vary depending on the shape and size of the breast and the look you are trying to achieve. They can be in the crease under your breast, around your nipple or towards your armpit area.
Once the cut has been made, your Surgeon will make a space for the implant to be inserted. The implant usually lies under your breast tissue on top of your chest muscle, but is sometimes put under your chest muscle. This reduces the chance that the edges of the implant will show, and can help to reduce the risk of complications such as capsular contracture.
After the implant has been inserted the cuts will be closed with stitches and a supportive wrap will be put around the breasts using a supportive dressing or a support bra.
Recovering from Breast Enlargement surgery
Following your operation, you may experience some pain. Your Surgeon will advise on medication to help with the pain and the length of time you should be taking this.
At both your initial appointment and before leaving Kingsbridge Private Hospital, your Surgeon will advise on when you can expect to return to your normal activities. You may need around two weeks off work, depending on the operation you have had and what your job entails. You should refrain from any heavy lifting or arm/ chest exercise for approximately one month afterwards to help reduce tissue damage on the area where the implant was placed. If your Surgeon placed your implant under your chest muscle, you may need to reduce your activity for longer as repair times can be extended.
Breast Enlargement surgery
Side-effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having breast enlargement surgery.
Following your procedure, you will have some hardness, discomfort and swelling in your breasts. This will subside as swelling reduces. Bruising and pain may last a few weeks after having breast enlargement surgery. Scarring will fade but it can take up to six months to see a noticeable difference.