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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery is one of the commonest aesthetic procedures performed in the United Kingdom. Modern silicone breast implants are manufactured in a range of sizes and shapes and can be tailored to suit the need of all suitable subjects. Depending on several factors such as skin quality and previous surgery, implants can be placed under the breast tissue (sub-mammary), under the chest muscle (sub-muscular) or in the dual plane position which is a combination of sub-mammary and sub-muscular. Anatomical implants with a more natural tear drop shape are available at an additional cost, which can give a particularly pleasing result in selected patients. It is possible to correct significant asymmetry of the breast in certain cases by inserting implants of different sizes.

The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with an overnight stay following the procedure. Recovery time is about 10-14 days and patients wear a supportive sports bra for 6 weeks after the operation. It is possible to combine augmentation surgery with an uplift or mastopexy although this adds to the complexity of the procedure. The approximate size of the implant to be used is generally decided prior to the operation.

Complications of surgery are uncommon but include bleeding, infection, implant leakage and the formation of a capsule around the implant. These risks can be minimised by some lifestyle choices the most important of which is not smoking.

 

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