There are three crucial elements that contribute to the success of your cosmetic breast surgery procedure, which can be summed up as the right procedure, performed by the right practitioner for the right patient.
You’ll have a clear idea of what is bothering you about your breasts and it’s good to research all possible procedure options in advance of your initial consultations.
There are three main types of cosmetic breast surgery:
- Breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty)
Also known as breast enlargement, breast enhancement surgery or a boob job, this is the UK’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Favoured by both younger women who may have always felt their breasts are too small for their frame and older women who have seen changes to their breasts and are keen to restore curves that may have disappeared. The breasts are enhanced with the insertion of a breast implant, either under or above the muscle. Another option that’s growing in popularity is a fat transfer, often called a natural boob job.
- Breast uplift (mastopexy)
Sagging of the breasts affects all women as gravity kicks in and pregnancy, nursing or weight fluctuations can“all make the can stretch and sag, losing the natural fold under the breasts and the nipples, instead of facing up and forwards, can end up pointing down or to the sides.Your cosmetic surgeon can lift and reshape the breast to achieve a firmer, more youthful appearance, often repositioning and reshaping the nipples at the same time.
- Breast Reduction (reduction mammaplasty)
Excessively large breasts in comparison to your frame can cause a number of problems,
from back and neck ache, skin rashes, to feelings of discomfort and embarrassment. They can also restrict what you can and can’t wear or do. During a breast reduction, your cosmetic surgeon will resize the breast tissue, removing excess skin or fat.The nipples are usually moved as well to a more appropriate position on the breast.
Practitioner choice is key to a successful procedure.The internet can be a fantastic resource, but the vast amount of information available can be bewildering and it can be hard to distinguish the reputable cosmetic surgery practitioner from the clever marketer.
There are independent plastic surgery associations in the UK which list their members.To be a member of the two leading organisations, BAAPS and BAPRAS, you have to be a consultant plastic surgeon on the plastic surgery registry and undergo regular safety audits.
Therefore, you can be assured that their members have undergone many years of training in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body.
In the UK, there are no restrictions on surgeons from other specialties from offering aesthetic surgery, but they will not have undergone the same level of training as a plastic surgeon, so it is important you ask all the right questions in the consultation in regard to their experience and qualifications.
Don’t necessarily worry if your surgeon is not with BAAPS and BAPRAS, as they may have chosen not to be a member but still hold all the relevant qualifications. Or they may have trained and qualified outside of the UK and are a member of the respective independent plastic surgery body of their country.
Be very clear about what you’re hoping to achieve – rather than just saying, I don’t like my breasts, be clear about exactly what is bothering you. Only then can your cosmetic surgeon give you the proper advice and you are likely to achieve your desired result.
The only expert on your appearance is you; the only person that should be making that decision is you. Beware a friend, family member or partner who might be talking you into having something you don’t want.
Timing is everything; avoid making such an important decision at a time of personal stress such as moving house or changing jobs.
“The internet has been of great help to those people who may not have access to personal recommendations; on forums they can seek advice from other women that have undergone a similar procedure. On balance, these sites are more helpful than problematic, but they are not without their problems. Do as much research as possible but keep an open mind.”
Mr Marc Pacifico, Consultant Plastic Surgeon
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