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Breast Enlargement (Augmentation) in Hull, York, Grimsby, Lincoln & London

Introduction

Breast enlargement surgery is used to improve the overall size and shape of the breast to give a fuller looking breast. Woman requesting this surgery often have long standing dissatisfaction with the small size of their breast or may have lost breast volume following breast feeding or weight loss. This procedure can be undertaken with uplift surgery to correct associated breast droop at the same time.

Techniques

My approach is to customise the selection of implant type, shape, position and size to your specific need as a patient and the decision will be reached with you during your consultation. Silicone implants are most commonly used though polyurethrane-coated type is sometimes used depending on your specific need. Breast implants maybe round or anatomically shaped and come in different sizes and projections. They can either be placed underneath the breast tissue (sub-mammary) or underneath the muscle (sub-muscular). The approach (scar) will usually be located at the breast base (sub-mammary).

Limitations

  • It is not possible to promise a specific cup size due to the many variables involved
  • Breasts are naturally asymmetrical and some degree of discrepancy will persist
  • Breasts are never static and will change with age, weight and pregnancy, hence revision surgery may be required in future
  • The life expectancy of implants is unknown, though most patients' should last over ten years

Complications

Most patients who have breast enlargement end up with a high level of satisfaction with a relatively low rate of complications (8-12% in the first five years) after surgery. However, as with every procedure, there are some limitations and complications. The more common complications include the following:

  • Scars heal well but can rare become lumpy (hypertrophic)
  • Infection can occur (<5%), may require antibiotics and implant removal
  • Bleeding straight after surgery may necessitate a return to theatre
  • Implant rupture/leak. Implants may leak due to length of time, age, injury, or trauma
  • Capsular contracture. Hardening and change of shape of the breast over time sometimes an indication of age of the implant, leak or rupture
  • Occasionally silicone leakage can result in harmless lumps around the breast folds
  • Seroma (significant fluid) around the implant, though uncommon can occur as an early or late complication
  • Ripples, wrinkles & implant edges: It is not uncommon to feel folds, edges or irregularity of the implant surface especially in those with very little breast tissue
  • Implants can occasionally get displaced or rotate (if 'tear drop' shaped)
  • Implants normally develop a capsule (scar tissue) around them; sometimes this can become hard and painful and may require revision
  • Mammography. Breast implants can sometimes affect mammography readings as they can sometimes obscure breast tissue visualisation
  • Nerve damage. Numbness or loss of sensation around the nipples and incision sites may occur temporarily and sometimes permanently
  • More detailed information and list found through the implant manufacturer's web site
    www.natrelle.co.uk, www.yourbreastoptions.com

Contact Us

If you require further information about any of our procedures, you can speak to a plastic surgeon:

Hull 01482 223 553
York 01904 820 449
Lincoln 01522 899 808
London 020 7205 4448

Procedure

OPERATION TIME
1 - 2 Hours

ANAESTHESIA TYPE
General (asleep)

SCARS
Underneath the breast as shown

LENGTH OF ADMISSION
0 - 1 Days

RECOVERY
2 - 3 Weeks

Post-Op &
Discharge
  • Home on simple pain killers
  • Dressing Check: 10-12 days
  • Outpatients Clinic: 2 to 3 weeks post op