If you want fuller, more shapely breasts, you may have thought about undergoing a breast lift or augmentation procedure.

But, do you know what the surgery involves? Here’s what you should know…

What are the options?

When it comes to enhancing the shape and size of your breasts, the most popular option is a breast lift. Also known as a mastopexy, the procedure works by lifting the nipple-areola complex back to its original youthful position. The breast is also reshaped so that the breast tissue is redistributed in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Breast augmentation, which involves the placement of implants, is another option. Ideal for patients with small or underdeveloped breasts, the procedure can also be useful in correcting breast asymmetry or restoring shape to the breasts where volume has been lost following pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What does a breast lift procedure involve?

Before the procedure begins, your surgeon will mark your skin to determine the new position of your nipple, and you’ll be given a general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make an incision around the areola, which will extend down the front of the breast. Your breast tissue will then be lifted and reshaped and your areolas will be moved into a new position. Depending on your desired outcome, the size of the areola may also be reduced, and any excess skin will be removed to enhance the firmness of your breasts. Once the breasts have been adequately reshaped, the incisions will be stitched or taped closed.

What does a breast augmentation involve?

If you opt for a breast augmentation procedure, you will be placed under general anaesthetic and your surgeon will make incisions under your breasts, under your arms or around your nipples, depending on the type of implant that is being used. The implants will be positioned above or below the chest muscle and stitched into place.

There are two types of implants that can be used, and we will advise you on which one is best suited to your body and personal goals. Saline implants refer to silicone shells that are filled with salt water — in some cases, these are pre-filled, although they are sometimes filled during the implant procedure. Silicone implants, on the other hand, are filled with a plastic gel that feels very much like natural breast tissue.

What can I expect after a breast procedure?

After both a breast lift and breast augmentation procedure, you can expect to experience some swelling for a few weeks following surgery. Any pain and bruising should subside within a few weeks, but it can take between 2 and 12 months before your breasts have settled into their new shape.

You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for up to six weeks after surgery, during which time you should wear a surgical bra to aid recovery and to provide support.

If you’re interested in a breast lift procedure, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with us. The initial consultation is a very important part of the process, as using plastic surgery as a means of achieving your desired appearance is a decision that should never be taken lightly. Come in and see us, so you can discuss any concerns you have. Once we know what your desired outcome is, we can help to come up with a treatment plan that is best suited to your body.

Our surgeons are fully qualified and experienced in their field, so you can rest assured that you are giving yourself the best chance for a successful outcome when you visit one of our specialists!

For a full list of breast procedures available at Camberwell Plastic Surgery, have a look here.