Thinking About Breast Augmentation? Here Are Some Things You Should Know



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Though overall, the number of cosmetic surgery operations in the UK has reduced in recent years, breast augmentation remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries here, with over 7000 procedures reported in 2022.

The procedure is a surgical operation that involves inserting implants to augment the size and symmetry of natural breasts. The overall aim is to increase the size and volume of the breasts, and usually, this involves inserting implants into both breasts to achieve a more symmetrical appearance.

While the process is generally successful, there are some things to consider before going under the knife. If you are thinking about breast augmentation, here are some things you should know.

Why People Consider Breast Augmentation

The overwhelming majority of people look to breast enlargement surgeries to improve their overall self-esteem and body confidence. The process is purely cosmetic, with people choosing to have it done to enhance their bodies’ appearance and symmetry. Additionally, it might also be performed to correct unevenness that is common after undergoing breast surgery for other conditions. 

Different Kinds Of Implants

Two types of breast implants are used for cosmetic augmentation surgeries. These are either saline or silicone. In the UK, silicone implants are the more common option, and are generally considered less likely to wrinkle than saline ones. They also result in a more natural feel and aesthetic after the procedure is complete. 

On the other hand, complications are more common with saline implants; they are more likely to fold or rupture. Saline implants can also reduce in size over time, producing an overall effect with less longevity than their silicone counterparts. The upside of saline implants is that should they rupture or leak, the contents can be safely absorbed into the body without complications, so they may be safer in some circumstances. 

If you are thinking of going under the knife, you must discuss your options with your chosen surgeon. In this meeting, you will be given information about the best option to achieve your desired outcome. Additionally, you can discuss the placement of the implant. These will either be placed behind the pectoral muscle or just behind the breast tissue. The placement has different effects, so discussing this with the doctor is essential.  

What Are The Risks?

While breast augmentation surgeries are safer and more successful than ever before, this isn’t to say they’re a risk-free process. Like any other surgery, patients should understand the risks of infection and anaesthesia before pursuing their dream body. 

As mentioned, there is a risk of infection that is present with any surgical procedure. However, incidences of infection are rare (complications occur in around 1% of cases) provided you find a reputable surgeon and follow aftercare instructions. 

It isn’t uncommon for people to experience breast pain after the procedure. However, this will typically abate once the implants have fully healed. There are also some cosmetic issues that people experience after the surgery. Some people experience scarring that can distort the shape of their implants. Also, it is possible for folds or creases to manifest, which can result in less aesthetic results. 

Although it’s rare, implants can also rotate within the breast, and in some cases, they can rupture or leak. Generally, correcting these issues requires additional surgeries, so this is something to consider before opting for the procedure. 

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

Regardless of what type of implant you choose and how the surgery goes, you will need to replace your breast implants at some point. They do not last forever. Additionally, there can be complications like folding or rotations that require further surgery to correct. As such, it’s wise to expect another procedure roughly 10 years after the initial implantation. Problems can occur over time, and the breast and muscle tissue around the implants will also change.  

How Does The Procedure Work?

The implantation procedure is generally relatively straightforward and begins with the surgeon making a single incision in one of three specific areas. The doctor will either make an incision under your arm, around the nipple or in the crease below the breast. An implant can then be placed above or below the pectoral muscle below the breast tissue. 

After this, the surgeon will ensure that the placement is correct and will close the incision. Typically, they will suture this closed using stitches, and it can then be bandaged with surgical tape. From this point on, the procedure is complete, and your recovery can begin. 

What Is The Recovery Process Like?

The surgery shouldn’t cause you any long-term issues in terms of pain and recovery. You should be able to move around freely relatively soon after the procedure is complete. However, it can take several weeks to completely recover. Doctors tend to advise taking up to two weeks away from work so you can recover more successfully. 

Sometimes, doctors suggest that patients wear a supportive bra or compression bandage to support the implants as they heal and your body adjusts. They will also probably prescribe some painkillers to reduce discomfort in the aftermath of the surgery. 

You should also avoid certain activities after breast enlargement surgery. For example, you shouldn’t drive during the first week of recovery. Doctors also suggest that patients avoid strenuous labour or heavy lifting for up to three months post-surgery. 

After six weeks, you should largely be back to normal, but you should still take care to avoid anything too intense. You will be able to return to your usual day-to-day activities, and your scars will also begin to fade. From then on, it can take up to several months for your breasts to feel and look more natural. 

Overall, there is no set route for recovery from breast enlargement surgery or breast asymmetry treatment. This is why it is vital to pick the right doctor to deliver the best results and the most comprehensive aftercare. 

The Bottom Line

On the whole, breast enlargement surgeries are some of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK. Many people opt for the operation to enhance their self-confidence and their perception of their body. The process has been refined over the years and is generally considered safe and in the majority of cases, patients are satisfied with the results. Nonetheless, the points outlined above are essential to consider before going under the knife. 

All cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK must take place in a hospital or clinic which has been registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which publishes ratings regarding the quality of care offered. You can check here to see if the clinic is registered; simply enter your postcode or the same of the clinic.

In addition, any cosmetic surgery in the UK must be performed by a registered doctor. You can check on the General Medical Council online register to see if the person carrying out your surgery is registered

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