By Mr Gopal Mahadev Consultant Breast Surgeon MRCS AFRCS FRCS (GEN)
Specialties: Breast Surgery, Cosmetic surgery
Hospitals: BMI The Alexandra Hospital Manchester, BMI The South Cheshire Private Hospital
Breast enlargement is now so common; you may well know someone who has chosen to go ahead with the procedure. Here, BMI consultant Mr Gospal Mahadev answers a few common questions you may have if you’re considering breast enlargement.
In your experience, why do so many women choose to have breast enlargement surgery?
There can be a variety of reasons. Some simply fee they have small breasts that are out of proportion to the rest of their body. For others they’ve found that their breasts have changed due to normal ageing, or pregnancy or a change in their weight.
Whatever the reason, if you’re dissatisfied with your breasts it can affect your self-confidence and the general feeling of being happy with yourself.
I’m considering the procedure, what’s the first step?
The first thing is to be clear in your own mind that you are doing this for your own reasons. You should not go ahead purely to please someone else. Also, a chat with your GP is always sensible as he or she can advise you in the context of your general health.
Before going ahead at BMI, every prospective patient first meets a consultant surgeon. He or she will discuss everything with you: what you want to achieve, what has the best chance of success and what’s involved. Then, once you’re fully informed, you can take the time to make a decision. If you’d like to go ahead, we can then make a date for the procedure.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure usually involves making a small incision along the natural crease underneath the breast. It can also be made under the armpit or on the areola, the area around the nipple. As with all surgery you should expect some scarring, although this will be hidden and will fade with time.
An implant is then inserted into the breast. There are two main types of implant; silicone or saline solution. They come in many forms and your consultant’s advice is key here to guide you to the type, size and shape that’s right for you. The implant is usually placed directly behind your breast; i.e. over the muscle as this gives the most natural feel. However, if you are very slim and don’t have enough skin and tissue to cover the implant, your consultant may recommend placing the implant behind the pectoral (chest) muscle. In this way, the outline of the implant is less visible.
How long does it take?
You will need a general anaesthetic and the procedure typically takes about 60 minutes. Although some people are able to go home the same day, usually you spend a night with us in hospital.
And what about afterwards?
For the first few days your breasts will feel firm and swollen. You won’t be able to drive home from the hospital and should avoid strenuous lifting or housework for a minimum of three weeks. However, the bandages can normally be removed after a few days and you can return to work after the first week. It usually takes a few weeks for your breasts to look and feel natural. The implants should last around 10 years, although there is a possibility you may need to have them replaced or removed at some point in the future.
Click here to find out more details on breast enlargement surgery. The procedure is available at a fully inclusive price. This covers all charges for your treatment and care including all consultants’ fees. The price also includes implants from the high-quality ranges Nagor and Allergan.