Breast augmentation is the surgical procedure of inserting implants underneath breast tissue to increase the bust size. The procedure was first introduced in America in the early 1960s, since then its popularity has continued to sharply rise. It is now the most common aesthetic surgical procedure conducted in the UK. According to BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) just under 8000 women had the procedure in 2016.
Over the years, subtle improvements have been made to the shell of implants as well as to their contents. All current implants have a shell that is made of silicone that is either textured, allowing it to stick to the breast tissue or it can be smooth. In the large majority, the filling is high-grade medical silicone. This can be soft in consistency or firm depending on what type of implant is selected. Saline or salty water is rarely used as the filler, as this is less life-like and has the disadvantage of rippling over time. Modern implants have a lifespan of around 10 to 15 years, although if they are still in good condition at that time, there is no necessity to change them. No implant will last forever, so it is likely that further surgery and expense will be encountered at some point in the future.
There are three broad scenarios where breast implants are used surgically. They may be used in a cosmetic operation to increase bust size equally on both sides of the chest. This may be seen in women who develop little or no breast tissue in their teenage years. We also see women whose breast tissue has reduced over time as a result of pregnancy. In this situation, an implant can restore volume and shape especially to the upper part of the breast. It can also be combined with an up-lift procedure or mastopexy to help correct droop or ptosis of the breast. If there is breast asymmetry, it may be appropriate to use different sizes to balance out the breasts, allowing clothes to fit properly.
It's very important to choose the right surgeon, you should pick a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who is on the GMC register. It is also ideal if they belong to either BAAPS or BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgeons). At The McIndoe Centre, all surgeons are GMC registered and belong to BAAPS and BAPRAS. Additionally, they all follow the Professional Standards for Cosmetic Surgery set by The Royal College of Surgeons- it may be wise to familiarise yourself with these to reassure yourself that all the surgeons here stick to concrete standards of good practice.
You should only consider surgery if you trust and understand the surgeon. Likewise, the surgeon must be able to understand your expectations and consider whether it is safe and ethical to deliver these expectations. In addition, it's important to feel comfortable and happy in the hospital where the procedure is to be performed. At The McIndoe Centre, the process is tailor-made to you. From the beginning to the end of your journey, you will always be seen by the surgeon who is performing your surgery. During the first consultation, your desires will be taken into account followed by a physical examination and thorough explanation of your options.
To make an informed and independent decision, it's important to discuss all the facts at this meeting, including the pros and cons of the surgery as well as the risk of possible complications. In addition, the type, shape
It is likely that a second appointment will take place before the operation so that any further questions can be answered. At this
The operation is usually about an hour to 90 minutes long under a general
Martin Jones is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He qualified as a doctor in 1993 from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, where he gained a