Breast surgery – be it implants, a lift or a reduction – is a very popular choice of procedure for women in the UK, and many women plan to alter their breasts in some way in the future. We all see the results of enlargements, lifts and reductions in magazines and on TV, but there are things you should know about breast surgery that you might not find out about in the media. Here are a few facts to consider if you’re planning a boob job any time soon.
Your first surgery may not be your last
Around a quarter of women will need further procedures around 10 years after the first, as implants don’t last. Some implants leak over the years, while some women form scar tissue around it. Additionally, lifestyle changes, weight changes, pregnancy and childbirth may mean the woman will want to change the look and shape of her breasts once more.
You can’t increase by several cup sizes in one surgery
You won’t be able to go from an A-cup to a D-cup in one go as your skin won’t be able to take it, and nor will your posture. You need time to adjust, so a good surgeon will advise you to increase by one cup size – maybe two – at each surgery.
If you smoke or have a strong family history of breast cancer, implants may not be for you
Smoking and family history of breast cancer may mean that enlargement surgery isn’t suitable for you and no reputable surgeon will agree to it without a thorough evaluation. If you’re unhappy with your shape, a breast lift in Manchester with Dr Gary Ross may be a good compromise – your long-term health has to come first.
You work with your surgeon to find your best solution
It’s not a case of walking into the clinic and saying “I want a DD-cup, with a saline implant placed through an armpit incision,” You and your surgeon will work out the best way forward for you – you may be more suited to an under-the-breast incision, a C-cup and a silicon implant. Your surgeon will need to conduct a thorough examination and assessment of you, your health, medical history and lifestyle before making any decisions.
It’s best to wait until your family is complete before you have implants
The recovery is simply more comfortable in breasts that have been through pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you opt for implants underneath the muscle, however, you will find recovery longer and more painful.
You need to ask yourself a few questions before going ahead with the surgery
Am I really unhappy with my breasts?
Could I change them a bit with exercise or diet?
Am I having this procedure to please myself or someone else?
Is this something I’ve always wanted to do and am I excited about it?
Can I take the time off from work and cut back on exercise and daily activities?
How much do the risks bother me?
If you can answer these questions easily and sensibly, then you’re on the right track.