By Dr Allen Rezai MD, founder of Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group in Dubai, UAE, and one of UK’s leading specialists in Breast Surgery.
Breast Enlargement also known as Breast Augmentation involves placing an artificial implant into the breast in order to increase its size and to produce a degree of lift where necessary. It is extremely common for women to be dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts. They seek to have breast augmentation; In order to feel more feminine, to look better in clothes and to help get back their figure.
Who is suitable for breast enlargement?
- Women who have only ever developed small breasts
- Women who have lost breast size following weight loss
- Women who have lost breast size following breast-feeding
- Women who have lost a breast through cancer or other disease
- Women who have failed to develop one or both breastsBreast enlargement is by far the most popular procedure requested by women and the number of women undergoing this procedure has barely wavered throughout the last twenty years, and in fact continues to rise. However, it is important for women who are considering having this procedure to not take the decision lightly and to really consider what they are trying to achieve from this surgery.In particular, deciding on the size of the breast. There are technical considerations for many women as to how large the surgeon can make any particular women’s breasts, and the aim should always be to create a sensible end result that is in harmony with the women’s figure and build.As with most surgical procedures, there are many options, depending upon the patient’s wishes, technical considerations and surgeon preferences. These options and choices should be discussed during the consultation with surgeon. However, basically, there are three incision types:-
- Around the lower half of the areolar
- In the natural crease under the breast
- Through the armpitHaving made the incision, the implant can be placed either:-
- Between the breast tissue and the pectoral muscle lying over the ribs, or
- Between the pectoral muscle and the ribs themselvesBreast enlargement is usually performed under general anaesthetics and may take anywhere between twenty to ninety minutes, depending on how experienced the plastic surgeon is. Following the operation the breasts are likely to be swollen and most women feel bruised and sore. Most surgeons recommend wearing a support bra for about four weeks after the surgery and most women are able to fully resume normal activity within three to four weeks.As with all scars, the scars will fade over a period of time. In many women, they heal to form very faint white lines. However, it is important to remember that no surgical scar ever totally disappears. Many women wonder if having a breast enlargement will interfere with breast feeding, I can say that it does not, as no breast tissue or glands will be removed during this procedure. However, Breast enlargement does have implications for mammography for screening for breast cancer, though there are special X-rays that can be taken to avoid this problem.Cosmetic surgery is amongst the very safest of medical procedures. However, it is important to understand and accept that no surgical procedure is absolutely free from risk and the surgeon should explain these possible risks and complication in detail during the initial consultation.
For the great majority of women, the results of their breast enlargement are permanent. Women who opt for larger implants, may find that their breasts sag rather more as they get older.
Dr Rezai advocates a natural appearance, one in which the breasts look, feel, and move naturally. Our team employ the shortest scars and least invasive approaches possible in order to achieve the best possible result.
Meeting up with a consultant plastic surgeon before you actually decide to undergo surgery is the preferred route for many reasons, not least amongst which is that you can avoid having any unrealistic expectations of the outcome of your operation.
At your first meeting with your consultant at Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group you will be able to:
- Discuss your needs and wishes in absolute detail
- Decide whether the operation you are considering is right for you
- Learn from your consultant what is achievable and, importantly, not achievable for you depending upon your precise circumstances. i.e. the likely outcome of your operation
- Discuss any concerns you might have about your operation
- Discuss the potential for any side-effects or complications related to your procedure
- View before and after photos of patients who have undergone a similar procedure
- Learn how you will need to prepare for your operation and what will happen afterwards
- Form an opinion as to whether your Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group consultant is the right surgeon for you (the importance of feeling comfortable with your surgeon should not be overlooked)
- With many pre-operative consultations, a second meeting will ensure you and the surgeon have similar aims and expectations and you are fully aware of the implications of surgery. It will give you another opportunity to ask any questions you may have forgotten at the first meeting.Exceptional surgical results are paramount in our practice, so is maintaining the highest of professional standards and safety. We believe not only in educating each one of our patients as to what is available and appropriate, but also in formulating a customized plan for each person. Everyone has a slightly different physical anatomy, different lifestyles, goals, personal circumstances, and differing viewpoints about plastic surgery. We believe that a truly successful result is not only achieving technical perfection, but also achieving the result that best fits your needs and desires.