Q&A with Mr Paul Banwell, FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon
There has been a rise in requests for natural breast augmentation for those with small breasts or in mothers who have lost fullness following children and breast feeding.
Breast augmentation still remains the number one cosmetic procedure in the UK and there seems to be a huge rise in the desire for a shapely but natural result. Whilst I like to tailor breast enhancement according to patient wishes, the ‘fake’ look even amongst younger patients seems to be becoming less popular.
I have seen a huge shift over recent years towards a desire for anatomical or ‘tear-drop’ shaped implants. These implants give a much more natural shape and allow a focused tailoring to the patient. As well as the huge choice (matrix) of available implants they carry huge advantages in terms of optimising the eventual breast shape.
There is no doubt that patients are doing more and more research before seeking a consultation and they are becoming more discerning in their questions and requests. However, there are still many aspects that are misunderstood by patients and so I believe the consultation process is crucial to ensure good quality information is imparted and that the patient understands the nuances in breast augmentation. Make sure that you see your surgeon at least twice before surgery and ensure that they use implants with a lifetime guarantee.
Some of the breast augmentation companies continue to invest heavily into the future in a quest for novel developments in implant materials and in particular into the texturing process. Texturing is critical in terms of maintaining the longevity of implants, optimising integration into the body and minimizing long-term issues. We are looking forward to these developments being introduced into clinical practice in the not too distant future.