Many women are unhappy with their breasts for one reason or another. However, an experienced surgeon can create a more youthful, voluptuous breast contour by adding volume, removing excess skin, reshaping the breast and or adjusting the location of the nipple. If on the other hand you are considering reducing the size of your bust, a mammoplasty procedure, or breast reduction surgery, would be more appropriate.
When we speak of “breast surgery”, breast augmentation or breast implants are usually the first things that to come to mind. But every woman is different, so surgery should be an individualised treatment delivered by a skilled surgeon who understands the importance of aligning your expectations with desired outcomes. If you are considering surgery, it is important that you only proceed after careful consideration and research of all factors involved. Elective procedures should be something you truly want yourself, not to please anyone else.
At Cosmedicare, we have designed our patient pathway to make the procedure easier for you and to reduce the length of recovery following your procedure. Surgical techniques incorporated into our offerings allow for procedures to be undergone as a day case hospital procedure, removing the need for an overnight stay in hospital following your surgery.
Deciding which implant procedure is right for you?
There are 3 main options to discuss besides size:
1) What type of implant to use:
- Silicone cohesive gel implants (‘gummy-bear implants’)
- Saline implants
At Cosmedicare, we use both Allergan and Mentor Implants, both of which are FDA approved.
2) Where to put the implant:
- Under the chest muscle (subpectoral or dual plane)
- Over the chest muscle (submammary)
Your surgeon will be able to advise which option is best for you during your consultation.
3) Where to put the incision:
- Infra-mammary – in the fold under the breast
- Trans-axillary – in the armpit
- Peri-areolar – around the areola
During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss appropriate options with you and help you come to a decision on which is best for you.
What to expect at your Breast Surgery Consultation
During your consultation our team you will get a chance to discuss your desired goals, and whether you want a lift, augmentation, or reduction. We will help you determine what a natural and appropriate breast size would be for your body frame. If you wish to go even larger than the recommendations, we will discuss the options.
One of our specialists will help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a particular type of procedure by considering the following:
- Your skin quality
- The quantity and quality of breast tissue
- Current size and shape
- The size and shape you desire
- The placement of your nipples
If you are in the process of losing weight, or plan on becoming pregnant in the future, be sure to inform your surgeon. We recommended that you are in a position where your weight is consistent before undergoing any type of breast surgery. If you plan on getting pregnant soon, you should wait until after the baby is born and you lose the baby weight before considering surgery.
Your complete medical history, including any previous surgeries you might have had, family history of cancer (particularly breast cancer), drug allergies, medical conditions now and in the past, current mammogram results, etc. will all be discussed during your consultation – this is to allow our team to foreplan for any issues which may arise due to pre-existing medical conditions.
During an examination, measurements and photographs of your breasts will be taken for the medical record. This will help in determining the best course of action, and act as a reference point for comparison post-surgery. At Cosmedicare we also use 3D Crisalix technology to provide a real life simulation of how you will look before and after surgery. Many of our patients comment on how this has helped them feel more confident in their decision making with regards to size and shape of implants.
Breast Surgery Safety
In order to minimise risks of complications, it’s essential that you choose a skilled, experienced surgeon. During your consultation you will learn about the potential risks. If you decide to go ahead with the surgery, you will be provided with pre-operation instructions to help you prepare. We will also give you post-operative instructions so that you’ll know what to do and what not to do after the surgery. A member of our team will always be available to answer any questions you may have.
To arrange your appointment at our Glasgow or Edinburgh clinics contact our team today.