Is breast enlargement surgery safe?
Breast enlargement surgery is generally safe, and our experienced cosmetic surgeons have the knowledge and skills to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible and you live comfortably with your implants, with no complications. As for any risks related to breast enlargement surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will talk these through with you at your consultation.
Does breast implant surgery hurt?
You’ll be under general anaesthetic during your surgery, so you won’t feel any pain. Afterwards, you might feel a bit sore for a few days, but taking painkillers should help with this. Once your breasts have healed and your implants have settled, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort.
Can I still breastfeed after getting breast implants?
Yes, you could still be able to breastfeed if you have breast implants. If the incision for your implants was made through your armpit or under your breast, then this is unlikely to affect your ability to breastfeed. However, if you have an incision around your areola, then this might pose a problem. Your cosmetic surgeon will be happy to discuss your options around implant method and breastfeeding.
What type of breast implants do you offer?
At The Hospital Group, we use breast implants from the world’s leading supplier. We offer Motiva and Mentor implants, and your surgeon can advise you on the best option for you. Motiva breast implants: · 5 years capsular contracture cover · Unique Q inside safety technology – next generation of breast implants · BluSeal – patented barrier layer indicator · TrueMonobloc – high performance shell · Choice of two controlled surfaces – velvet or silk. We also offer Mentor implants, which offer other benefits, which you can discuss with your surgeon when you book a consultation.
How long does breast enlargement surgery take?
Breast enlargement surgery normally takes between one and two hours under general anaesthetic.
What’s the difference between ‘above the muscle’ and ‘behind the muscle’?
‘Over’ or ‘above the muscle’ procedures involve placing the breast implant in front of your breast muscle, which means it’s more superficial and sits just below the breast tissue. This might be the best option for you if you have some breast tissue already or if you’re restoring fullness to deflated breasts. ‘Under’ or ‘behind the muscle’ refers to an implant that sits behind the breast muscle. This is suitable for patients with very small breasts who have very little breast fat. This method reduces the likelihood of your breast implants showing and gives a more natural looking result but it’s more difficult to place larger implants this way. Your surgeon will discuss with you the results you want to achieve from breast surgery and will advise the best implant placement for your body.
How do I know what size breast implant to choose?
After discussing the look you want to achieve, your surgeon will make his/her recommendations on which size of implant to go for and explain their choice to you. Although your surgeon will be able to give you an estimation of your new breast size based on the implant size and the current size of your breasts, we can’t guarantee exactly what size your breasts will be after surgery.
Can I have a breast uplift with my breast enlargement?
Yes – in fact, if your breasts have lost volume, your surgeon might also recommend having a breast uplift in order to achieve the look you want.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is an extremely rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), a cancer involving the cells of the immune system. ALCL can affect 1 in 24,000 patients who have breast implants. It is important to emphasise the extremely low probability of ALCL occurring in patients with breast implants. The majority of cases are easily treated by removing both the implant and the surrounding capsule.
Are there any safety concerns for patients with Motiva Implants with Q Inside Safety Technology?
Motiva Implants® include a microchip embedded in the silicone gel. When scanned by a handheld reader, a unique electronic serial number (ESN) gives healthcare providers and patients access to verify the implants without invasive surgery. The company have released a safety notice regarding the maximum magnetic field a patient can go under when scanned under an MRI. The notice is in relation to a specific MRI scanner, 7 Tesla scan. The 7 Tesla MRI scanner availability is very limited, and mostly used in investigation centres for head and extremities and not the upper chest area. In summary, it is highly unlikely, if not impossible for a patient with Motiva implants to undergo a scan over 3 Tesla. On behalf of Motiva, we would like to inform our patients that have had Motiva implants that it is safe to undergo a scan with a 3 Tesla MRI scanner. There is no significant risk to patients. You can find out more information you can visit Motiva’s Q&A section: http://www.motivaimagine.com/support/breast/screening/
How long will I have to stay in hospital?
You may be able to return home the same day, but many of our patients require an overnight stay in one of our hospitals. We’ll discuss what we think is best with you before we book your surgery.
How long will my implants last?
Breast implants are not designed to last forever, but they don’t have a specific lifespan. Most surgeons say it’s wise to have your implants replaced between 10 to 20 years after the original procedure. Even if you haven’t experienced any problems with them, we recommend getting your implants checked over by a surgeon around 10 years after your surgery to make sure everything’s still okay.
Will I have scars following a breast enlargement?
You can expect minor scarring from your breast enlargement surgery, but these usually fade significantly over time and become much less noticeable. Your surgeon will explain to you where the incisions will be made to place your implants; one method leaves a scar under the breast hidden in the crease, or your surgeon might use an approach where the incisions are made around the areola or through the armpit.
How long does it take to recover from breast enlargement surgery?
It’s worth taking the first week after your surgery off work to give yourself some time to recover, and you might feel sore during this time. Every patient is different, but you should see the final results of your surgery within six to eight weeks. We’ll also give you plenty of advice, as well as a personalised care plan along the way.
How much does breast enlargement surgery cost?
The price of breast enlargement surgery varies between patients, as everyone is different and has their own needs. You’ll get a personal quote for how much your breast enlargement surgery will cost during your initial consultation.