Breast augmentation surgery, also referred to as a ‘boob job’, is a popular surgical procedure at our London clinic that serves to increase the size and alter the shape of the breasts with the use of artificial implants.
Breast enhancement can help improve symmetry and restore volume that may have been lost due to a number of factors, including rapid weight loss. You may also want to read about breast uplift, which can be performed in conjunction with this surgery to achieve the desired result. For information on the recent Allergan textured implant statement news release please visit our blog within Karidis Social section on our main menu.
FAQs for Breast Augmentation Implants
Only a consultation can determine this. A breast augmentation procedure can increase your confidence and self-esteem if you feel your breasts are not how you would like them and if you prefer bigger, fuller, firmer breasts to complement your overall shape, then you are a potential candidate for this procedure.
During your consultation, Mr Karidis will ask you about your general medical history including details about any previous breast surgery, family history of breast disease, childbirth and lactation. A discussion will take place, in which Mr Karidis will try to encompass all the variables present- such as your age, the size and shape of your breast, body proportions and the condition of your skin.
The best candidates for breast augmentation are healthy, emotionally stable women who are realistic about what surgery can achieve. While women of all ages can benefit, it’s usually never performed before the breasts are fully developed.
As with any surgical procedure, the decision to undergo breast augmentation should be a personal one and not in order to please anyone else. It should also be mentioned that a breast enlargement procedure is not a one-off procedure as implants are not lifetime devices.
Breast implants have a rough life expectancy of around 10-15 years although this can vary. When considering this operation, you must therefore also take into account the cost of replacing the implants and undergoing other surgery in the future.
The simple answer is no. Implants come in a wide variety of sizes and it is possible for any woman to comfortably carry a variety of sizes on her chest and most women have a rough idea as to how big they may want to be in terms of bra sizes.
Unfortunately, however, as many studies have already shown, most women wear the wrong bra size anyway and moreover have conflicting and widely differing perceptions with respect to cup sizes. Therefore it is unwise to use the concept of ‘cup size’ alone in determining your ideal breast size.
To make matters even more complicated, breast implant sizes from the manufacturer are measured in volume displacement(i.e. 250 CC) rather than using the lettering system (A, B etc) that most bra companies use to size bras. Unfortunately, these two different measuring systems do not correlate or coincide with each other. The objective, therefore, during the examination will be to determine what look you are trying to achieve with the surgery and not cup size.
As you can imagine different size implants in different framed women gives different results. The secret is to choose a size that will give you a more balanced, proportionate look overall that is more in line with your desires.
At the time of your consultation, Mr Karidis will take specific measurements of your breast and chest, and then according to your stated requirements, he will suggest a size which would be suitable for you.
A wide range of sizer, sample implants will be then be demonstrated to you and inserted into a sports-type bra in order to try and give you an idea of the ultimate size you will have after your operation. Seeing this visual image of yourself in the mirror, wearing a sample implant is the closest you can get, before surgery, of identifying what you will look like after surgery. It is not about cup size per se, but more importantly the look of the breast! It is also Mr Karidis’s experience, that in general, it is probably best to err on the side of going slightly bigger than slightly smaller, as most women, in retrospect, given a second opportunity would opt to have gone slightly bigger!
Regardless of where the incision is placed, it is important to remember that a scar will always be present. As such there are people with good scarring ability(most people) and people with poor scarring tendencies(thankfully quite unusual). This cannot be predicted before the surgery.
It is Mr Karidis’s opinion, therefore, that in the event of poor scarring it is best that the scar is positioned in the most hidden and least exposed of positions. This is why Mr Karidis prefers inserting the scar under the breast, right in the fold, as this is the least conspicuous place.
All scars are red and lumpy initially, but then normally settle quite well and become less conspicuous with time. However, no surgeon can ultimately predict the appearance of any particular scar.
Inserting a breast implant has the effect of expanding the breast skin envelope giving the appearance of a ‘lift’.
However, if there is considerable drooping of the breast before the operation (this will be determined at the time of your consultation), the drooping will recur again due to the effects of gravity and so you will end up with larger, droopier breasts.
In these circumstances, simultaneous breast uplift or mastopexy is usually recommended to give the optimum result. In this event, it will be necessary to tighten the skin envelope around the breast implant and reposition the nipple to a more desirable level.
Tips from the Top
Senior Nurse Suzi says:
A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery – try drinking a fresh green juice every morning.
Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything.
Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products).
Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation.
Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal.