Breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic surgery operations worldwide and can help women who have:
Naturally smaller breasts
Lost breast volume after pregnancy and/or breastfeeding
Lost volume and shape due to weight changes
Using natural looking breast implants or other enhancement methods, the augmentation procedure is a highly effective way of achieving your ideal breast shape – whether that’s to create fuller breasts or restoring them to a more youthful appearance.
A standard breast augmentation will address both breasts simultaneously, while in cases of breast asymmetry
, only one breast may need to be augmented.
A Focus on Natural Looking Breast Implants
Mr Akhavani works closely with you throughout the augmentation process to ensure you choose the most natural looking breast implants for your desired result. During your consultation, he’ll listen to your questions and offer honest advice and every stage, explaining your options and helping to prepare you for surgery.
Choosing the correct implant size, shape, texture and placement are all vital elements to achieving a natural look.
Types of Breast Implants and Augmentation Procedures
Choosing the right type of implant for the most natural look and to help you feel comfortable and confident requires a full assessment and differs from patient to patient.
Your consultation will cover the following information, assessments and information to help you make the right choice for your individual requirements:
Breast implants come in a variety of sizes and what will be suitable for your needs will depend on your current breast shape and size, and your physical build. Mr Akhavani will take accurate measurements of your breasts, chest and dimensions and guide you towards an achievable and safe implant size.
Breast implants can be round or tear-drop (anatomical) shaped, and there’s no current data to suggest superiority of one shape over another. Studies have shown that patients and even plastic surgeons themselves are unable to distinguish from photographs the shape of implants used. Round implants are suitable in the majority of patients who have normal looking small breasts, while anatomical implants are more useful if you have droopiness or constricted lower base of breast. Mr Akhavani will help you to decide the right shape of implant for the most natural looking results.
Implants can be placed:
Under the breast issue (subglandular)
Under the chest muscle (subpectoral)
Or a combination of both (dual plane)
The choice of where to place the implant is governed mainly by how much breast tissue/volume is already present. If you have very little breast tissue, it will be better to place the implant under the muscle to achieve a more natural look.
The incisions used to place breast implants are:
Incision under the breast (inframammary)
Incision around the nipple (periareolar)
Or under the armpit (transaxillary)
Transaxillary incisions are particularly useful if you’re very concerned about the visibility of the scar on your breast. However, only small to moderate sized implants can be inserted via this access incision.
During the consultation, Mr Akhavani will examine you and use his expertise to choose where the implant should be placed and which incision is best suited for you to achieve the most natural look.
Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
It’s also possible to use the patient’s own fat to enhance the size of breasts, which is known as an autologous fat transfer – this procedure can be used alone or in combination with using an implant.
A fat transfer augmentation requires careful patient selection, and you’ll be advised during your consultation if this option is possible. It’s generally only used for patients who are seeking only a very modest increase in breast size without the use of implants.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
Your operation will be performed as a day case under general anaesthesia or sedation, will last between 1 and 2 hours, and you should be able to go home on the same day.
You’ll be discharged home with dressings placed over your incisions and you should aim to keep these dry until you’re seen in the clinic 1 week after the operation.
You’re advised to wear a sports bra for 6 weeks after the surgery, and you should be able to return to work 1 week after the operation, resume light sporting activity after 2 weeks and contact sports after 3 months.
When a breast augmentation is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, the patient can achieve a great outcome with an uneventful recovery. However, in a small proportion some complications are a possibility, so it’s important to be aware of this potential.
The most common risks after breast augmentation are:
Sensory changes to the nipple
Mr Akhavani will carefully talk you through all the possible risks and complications of the surgery during your consultation.
To book your personal consultation for breast augmentation at one of Mo’s London clinics, please call 0203 733 3224 and we’ll be delighted to help.
For further information on breast augmentation, please visit the following links:
BAAPS Patient Information on Breast Augmentation
BAPRAS Patient Information on Breast Augmentation
ASPS Patient Information on Breast Augmentation
Fat Transfer for Breast Augmentation