Breast augmentation (breast enlargement, also referred to as a “boob job”) is still the most popular plastic surgery procedure in the UK. Mr Pacifico is a renowned breast augmentation surgeon, and lectures at international conferences on the subject. His expertise and views are sought by industry as well as professional colleagues alike.
Mr Pacifico uses the very latest 3D imaging technology as part of his pre-operative consultations. This proves to be an excellent communication tool to give you a good idea of the results achievable in your situation.
“Breast enlargement is such a rewarding procedure to perform as the confidence boost it gives my patients is second to none. It is important that the breast implant fits the breast like a hand fits a glove, so careful pre-operative planning and choosing the right implant for the right patient and her breasts is crucial. I am a great believer in patient education and detailed discussion prior to any procedure, as this results in happy and satisfied patients with realistic goals and expectations.”
Breast implants (made from silicone) are inserted under the breast – either directly beneath the breast tissue or alternatively partially under the muscle underneath the breast (known as dual plane). The scar is around 4 or 5cm long and is hidden in the breast crease. The choice of pocket (below or above the muscle) is determined as part of the clinical examination process, and will also depend on the type of implant chosen.
The photograph above shows a patient of Mr Pacifico who has had a subglandular (over the muscle) breast augmentation using low profile anatomical (shaped or teardrop) silicone breast implants. Note the natural shape achieved and the increased fullness to the breasts.
What does it involve?
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic (with you asleep) normally as a day case procedure (going home the same day). The procedure takes place in one of the leading private hospitals Mr Pacifico operates in. The surgery takes around 45-60 minutes and Mr Pacifico does not use drains. You will wake up wearing your surgical bra, with tapes on the wounds.
What are the benefits?
Breast enlargement will restore volume and improve shape to your breasts – whether this is due to limited breast development or changes with pregnancy, weight loss or ageing. It remains such a popular operation as it brings about significant improvements in self-confidence and self-esteem. Breast augmentation is safe and will increase the size of your breasts. Breast-feeding is still possible (and safe). Breast cancer detection by mammography is also possible, but you must tell the radiographer that you have implants so they can adjust their machine. Some studies, however, suggest that a small part of the breast will not be visible on the mammography if you have breast implants.
As with any procedure, there are limitations in what breast augmentation can achieve. Importantly, you should understand that:
- If your breasts are widely spaced apart to start with, they will remain widely-spaced, as an implant is put under the existing breast “footprint”
- If your nipples point in slightly different directions beforehand, they can look more uneven after your breast enlargement
- If you do not have much breast tissue to start with, the implant will be palpable (you will be able to feel it) and sometimes even visible (you may even be able to see the implant lying under your skin) – furthermore, with time, breast implants and ageing can contribute to the gradual loss of your breast tissue.
How long does the surgery take?
The operation itself may take between 45-60 minutes, depending on the technique required
What is the recovery period?
After surgery, you are going to awaken sporting your toenails bra, that you ought to keep on wearing afternoon and nighttime to get 6-weeks. After the surgery, the wound is going to be dressed together with tape. That really is splash-proof and shower proof, however, perhaps not bath-proof. You are going to have the ability to escape in the day after surgery, and dab on the tape with a towel and use a hairdryer onto a cold atmosphere to wash the tapes. You are going to have the ability to come back to sedentary activity (i.e. a workplace occupation or light assignments ) in just a couple of days determined by the way you’re feeling.
How long before daily activities may be resumed?
You ought to avoid all significant physical activity along with getting sports to get 6-weeks subsequent to a surgery to reduce damage to a new breast. Mr. Pacifico does, but recommend you just do light shoulder exercises following the surgery to keep you from getting stiff. In reality, the perfect way to begin would be always to wash your hair daily after the surgery. Additionally, this offers the extra advantage of making you’re feeling far better!
What are the success rates?
Breast augmentation has a high success rate with a low complication rate. As mentioned above, it results in a very positive boost to self-esteem and self-confidence in most patients.
What are the possible complications?
Immediate complications after breastfeeding augmentation are rare. Infection to the breast augmentation pocket may happen and should it, returning into the operating theater is going to be asked to scrub blood out. Illness levels are low, in the infrequent time a disease develops across the implant, so it might demand a further surgery to remove the breast augmentation that can then be re-inserted following having a 3 6 month fracture. As time passes, a few folks are able to form lumpy scarring that could call for future treatment.
Long duration difficulties with breast implants may consist of grip rippling (this clarifies rippling of the augmentation found from the cleavage when bending forward ) — that could possibly be paid off if utilizing implants that are smooth. Capsular contracture can be a significant potential complication to know about — that describes to tightening of their forming scarring around the implant which may possibly alter the form of your breast or lead to vexation. This would require an additional operation to restore the augmentation and then discharge the tight scar tissues. Rupture of this augmentation, where the integrity of this shell of this implant is damaged, is just another dilemma which could arise.
At length, a newly recognized, but sadly very infrequent phenomenon, is BIAALCL (breast augmentation correlated anaplastic large cell lymphoma). This really is an uncommon lymphoma that’s been proven to be connected with particular kinds of implants having an extremely demanding texturing at first glance. Patients typically show around 8-years after their breastfeeding augmentation having a swelling that is spontaneous and fluid set in abreast feeding. This should be carefully researched in case it does occur — that the treatment is a removal of their breast augmentation and surrounding scar tissues.
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