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What is Breast Augmentation Surgery?

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Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK, but there can still be a degree of confusion as to precisely what this surgery involves and how it differs from other options.

In this post, leading UK cosmetic surgeon Anca Breahna provides you with the key information about this form of surgery.

The Different Names for Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery can also be called augmentation mammoplasty, or people may simply refer to breast implants.

All these are the same thing, the information that follows is relevant to them all.

So, what is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is the process of increasing breast size, this typically through implants, fat graft or a combination of the two.

The procedure can be purely for cosmetic purposes (although the benefits often go beyond the simply physical) or to restore breasts after surgery, for instance following breast cancer surgery.

Breast augmentation can also restore symmetry and also address any post-pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss changes and reduction in breast size. 

Post pregnancy breast augmentation can be part of a package of surgery known colloquially as a ‘Mummy Makeover’, this targeting different areas of the body during one course of treatment, for instance liposuction to remove fat from the tummy or thighs. The fat grafted can be used as part of the breast augmentation.

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What is the breast augmentation surgery?

The breast augmentation surgery sees the surgeon make an incision and through this insert the implant and / or grafted fat.

The options for the incision are an inframammary incision, this done under the breast, a transaxillary incision, this under the armpit or a periareolar incision, this around the nipple.

The choice of which incision is suitable in each individual case depends on the nature of the implants and their size as well as the patient’s own anatomy. It is also dependant on patient-surgeon discussion, we will discuss the importance of thorough consultations lower down this page.

The breast implant is inserted either between the breast tissue and chest muscle or under the chest muscle – again, the most suitable option will vary on a patient-by-patient basis.

The incisions are then closed and dressings applied.

Recovery Post Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is carried out under general anaesthetic. It is a relatively straightforward procedure for any skilled cosmetic surgeon, but still one that requires a period of recovery from for the patient.

An overnight stay in hospital is typical, after which painkillers will be used for a while. A follow-up appointment takes place around seven to 10 days later.

Follow-ups will vary by surgeon, but Anca Breahna schedules in appointments (typically) 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months post-surgery, at each stage checking the healing is as expected.

Read more about the Recovery Timeline after Breast Augmentation here.

How Can I Know Which Form of Breast Augmentation is the Right One?

The choice can be confusing – there are different options regarding implants and fat transfer, and then there are different types of implants and sub categories – for instance saline and silicone implants and then smooth and textured options.

There are different options for where the incision might be made, there are options with varying recovery times and also implants that feel more or less realistic than other options.

It is impossible to outline in a post which the best option for any prospective patient would be, a thorough, detailed consultation would be required.

The consultation is an in-depth conversation coupled with medical examination at which the surgeon can outline the best options and also answer any queries. 

Together, prospective patient and surgeon come to a decision – and this decision will on occasion be that surgery should not be undertaken.

It is certainly useful to know that there are different options and to ask questions of any surgeon, but it is not the case that you need a set idea of the exact nature of breast augmentation you require prior to seeking expert advice.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

For many, there are physical benefits, the surgery either creating breasts that are fuller and more in keeping with the breasts the person has always wanted, restoring lost volume (lost through ageing, pregnancy or other cause) or correcting asymmetry.

For those post-surgery, for example for breast cancer, there is of course the profound benefit of restoring the appearance to one closer to the pre-surgery appearance.

However, the benefits go far beyond the simply physical. Breast augmentation can greatly boost self-confidence and self-esteem. As with any part of the body, if a person has concerns over the appearance it can greatly affect their confidence and mood and so impact on all areas of their life. Work can suffer, relationships and friendships too.

This will also be addressed during the consultation, the surgeon assessing the reasons the surgery is sought and checking that the results will meet expectation, that the surgery truly is in the patient’s best interest.

If you would like an obligation-free consultation with a top female cosmetic surgeon whose expertise is in breast implants , contact Anca Breahna today.

Anca is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic surgeons and as a leading female surgeon has a deeply informed understanding of the process women go through when contemplating breast surgery.

Contact Anca today by using our Contact Form.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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