Breast implants – A guide to which are best for you
Posted on February 10, 2016
Making the choice to have breast implants is a big decision and can be confusing. MyBreast Cosmetic Surgery are here to help. With the advice and guidance from your allocated surgeon, you will be able to make an educated choice about what is best for you and your body. In this article, MyBreast discusses the different types and shapes of implant and the procedure involved.
Types of implant
At the time of your initial consultation with MyBreast, the consultant will discuss the type and shape of the implant with you and your preferences. You can then decide which you feel is more appropriate for you and what outcome you are looking for from your breast augmentation.
Firstly, there are two shapes of implants: either round, which adds volume to the upper part of the breast therefore providing more profile, in other words the projection from the body, or tear drop (anatomical), which is a more natural shape and is more aligned to the natural contours of the body. MyBreast uses breast implants of an exceptionally high standard and ask your surgeon about our Comfort Guarantee.
There are also two types of implants available. These are either silicone gel or saline (salt water). Silicone gel implants are the more common type. There are rigorous guidelines to be abided by. The recent PIP scandal has meant that since 2010 PIP implants are banned in the UK. MyBreast has never used this type of implant anyway.
The procedure – what is involved
So what is involved in the procedure? The operation will normally be performed under general anaesthetic. The implant can either be placed beneath the breast tissue and on top of the pectoralis muscle. This position is called subglandular. Otherwise it is partially beneath the pectoralis major muscle which is called submuscular. For those with smaller breasts, positioning the implant beneath the muscle can provide an extra layer of tissue coverage. Your consultant would discuss this with you and what would be most suitable for your body type.
Breast augmentation operations normally take between 60-120 minutes. The surgeon will make an incision. Then once the implant has been inserted the incision will be stitched up, normally with dissolvable stitches. The breasts will be bruised and swollen but this will reduce over time. Your consultant may advise you to wear a surgical support bra for two to four weeks after the operation.
However you can gently get back to normal activity over this period of time. Some consultants prefer to tape the breasts rather than use compression garments. There are probably many questions that you will have when deciding on breast implants and during the consultation process. However your consultant will be there every step of the way to answer these and reassure you about the operation.The importance of good quality care when undertaking this kind of surgery is paramount. This week the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (“BAPRAS”) launched their new campaign ‘Think Over Before You Makeover’ to highlight to people considering plastic surgery that they should do their research and look into the options available so that they make the right decision and choose qualified surgeons to perform their procedure. MyBreast welcomes this campaign. The care that they provide to their patients is all-encompassing from the consultation phase through the operation and then the aftercare. The BAPRAS campaign highlights the need for a qualified and regulated industry. MyBreast provides excellent service at an affordable price.