The surgeon will make cuts to the skin to make way for breast implants that are placed over or under the muscles in the chest. The surgery normally lasts between 1 to 2 hours. This operation does not normally involve a stay overnight though in some cases you may need to.
Breast Uplift A breast uplift, also called a mastopexy, will lift and reshape your pendulous breasts to create a more youthful and perter looking breast. Breasts can decrease in size as a result of breastfeeding. Breast uplift surgery can be combined with breast augmentation surgery to give you fuller and supported breasts.
Surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic with an overnight stay in the hospital. The risks of general anaesthetic include clots to the legs and lungs, and we take precautions to minimise the risk of this. Other risks include chest infection, and the risk of an adverse complication under general anaesthetic is 1 in 100,000.
After your surgery, the asymmetry may remain and, in some cases, can be more noticeable.– This is the most frequent complication of breast implants and occurs when the capsule or scar that forms around the implant becomes thicker and starts to contract. This can make the breast feel firmer than it should and can also cause tenderness and distortion of the implant.
The chance of needing a further operation is about 1% a year. So, after ten years, about 1 in 10 women will have had revision surgery.– Some altered feeling to the breasts after breast augmentation surgery is typical. This usually relates to some numbness near the scar, and oversensitivity of the nipples.
Permanent numbness to the nipples can occur, but this is rare.– In thin patients, it is common to be able to feel the edges of the implants. This is less likely in patients who start with a reasonable amount of their own tissue covering the implant. Over time some women may be able to see or feel or in their implants, particularly when leaning forwards.
They do not need to be replaced unless there is a specific problem such as severe scapular contracture. A small number of implants may rupture (around 1 in 10). This poses no health risks. In most cases, the leak is contained within the capsule, and the patient does not notice a problem.
A lump might appear, and the breast may look swollen. A scan will usually be carried out, and if this suggests the implant has ruptured, removal and exchange of the implant will be recommended.– This is a rare type of breast implant associated with breast cancer. The risk with the implants we use is currently estimated to be around 1 in 60,000.
The latest official guidance on ALCL can be found here. – Also known as Breast Implant Ilness (BII). There is currently no firm evidence that the silicone used in breast implants can cause medical harm. However, there are a number of patients who experience a number of symptoms including aches and pains and whose symptoms improve when their silicone breast implants are removed.
Further information can be found from BAAPS here.– Please bear in mind that you will need to fund any revision surgery after one year if you experience problems with your implants..
Breast enlargement is one of the most popular procedures in the UK with thousands of surgeries being performed annually. Breast implants have a lifespan and if you are no longer happy with the appearance of your breasts following your breast enhancement, whether it’s due to pregnancy and breast feeding, weight fluctuations or a change in lifestyle breast implant removal or breast implant replacement might be the right option for you.
Most patients find recovery for a change of breast implants more comfortable than their original surgery as the tissue and skin in the area has already been stretched.