Breast Augmentation Surgery: Your Top 10 Questions Answered
If you’re considering having breast augmentation surgery you probably have lots of questions you’d like answers to. You are not alone. Virtually all of the women we see come with a number of questions. We have listed 10 of the most common ones here, along with our answers. If you have a question that’s not detailed here or if you want to know more about anything, please get in contact.
1. Is breast augmentation right for me?
There are many different reasons why women choose breast augmentation – they may have lost volume in their breasts post-pregnancy or after weight loss, or they may always have been unhappy with their breasts.
Most say they lack confidence due to the size or shape of their breasts.
It is a good idea to think carefully about why you want to have breast surgery, what you hope it will give you and to weigh up the risks and benefits. By itself cosmetic surgery isn’t likely to change your life, but it could give you more self-esteem in your every day activities to allow you to be more happy and confident.
2. What are the risks?
All surgery comes with risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. Aside from the risks associated with anaesthesia, you may be concerned about the safety of breast implants.
One of the most in-depth studies by IRG in 1998 found there was no link between silicon gel implants and long-term illness, diseases of the connective tissue or allergic response.
Your surgeon will talk to you at length about the possible risks and benefits.
3. Will breast implants increase my risk of breast cancer?
There is no proven link between breast implants and an increased risk of breast cancer.
Breast implants can affect the ability of x-rays to detect the early signs of breast cancer but if you inform your radiographer he will be able to screen you using an alternative technique.
4. Can implants rupture?
Contrary to popular myth, breast implants do not spontaneously rupture on planes or anywhere else.
In rare cases, they may rupture if subjected to a strong force, such as a car accident. If this happens, the gel will stay in place until the implant can be safely removed.
5. Will I still be able to breastfeed?
It is possible to breastfeed with implants as the implant is placed under the gland so it does not interfere with lactation.
There is no evidence that silicone implants will harm your baby but talk to your surgeon if you are concerned.
6. How can I choose a good surgeon?
Cosmetic surgery is a big step that will have a lasting impact on your appearance and the way you feel about yourself.
Deciding on a surgeon can be extremely difficult. We recommend that you shortlist surgeons who are on the GMC specialist register for Plastic surgery and hold the FRCS (Plast) certificate.
You should then have a few consultations and ask to see the Surgeon’s results before choosing who you proceed with. There are also a number of review sites that are helpful in shortlisting suitable surgeons for your procedure.
7. What size of implant should I have?
Implants are measured in ccs (cubic centimetres). As a general rule, going up one cup size equates to a 130-150cc increase in the size of your breasts.
If you want a natural look it is best not to go up more than one or two cup sizes.
Try the rice test. Buy a bra in the size you are considering, fill it with rice and see how it feels to walk around with breasts this size.
How do your clothes feel and do your breasts feel comfortable during everyday activities?
8. What shape should I choose?
Breast implants come in two shapes – round and teardrop.
Teardrop shaped implants are anatomically more correct and can fit any woman’s breast and body type.
Round implants create round and well-proportioned breasts and allow a smooth implant shell to be used to avoid rippling.
Talk to your surgeon about which is the best choice for you.
9. Should I have the implants under or over the muscle?
During a breast augmentation the implant can be placed under the two muscles of your chest, or under just one muscle, or over both muscles.
The former is the least popular as the implant is prone to distortion when the chest muscles are tensed. The most natural look tends to come from placing it under one muscle.
Placing the implant over the muscle avoids any risk of it becoming constricted but it can look bolted on if there is not enough breast tissue to cover it.
10. Can breast augmentation be combined with other procedures?
Yes it can. If you have inverted nipples, for example, you may wish to undergo a procedure to correct this at the same time.
Many people combine implants with a breast uplift procedure to lift the nipple into a more youthful, pert position.
Book your free consultation to see if breast augmentation surgery is right for you
This is just a snapshot of some of the most common questions we get asked. There is no substitute for having a one-to-one conversation to discuss your individual hopes, desires and concerns.
Dr Navid Jallali has special expertise in dual plane breast augmentation as well as complex breast reconstruction.
Please contact us for an informal discussion and we will be happy to answer your individual questions and concerns.