There are many different types of breast surgery which all help to improve many different issues.
The most popular breast procedure is Breast Augmentation. The aim of this procedure is to enhance the breasts by inserting silicone implants, making them bigger and altering the shape if required.
Breast Augmentation works by the surgeon making an incision into the crease underneath the breasts and the implant is inserted and placed either in front of or behind the muscle depending on what is advised to you.
Breast reduction surgery can be performed on those who have an overly large breast that is disproportioned to the rest of their body or are experiencing pains from the weight of the breast tissue they are carrying.
Breast Reduction surgery involves a cut around the nipple, down to the bottom of the breast and then along the crease underneath. Excess tissue is removed (the amount depends on the bra size you wish to go down to which will be discussed in your consultation) and the nipples are sewn back into their new position.
As we age and after pregnancy, the breasts can sag, droop or lose its shape. Mastopexy is a form of breast surgery which addresses this issue and lifts up the breast whilst also re-shaping it into its new position.
There are various ways of performing Mastopexy surgery and this depends on what grade of sagging your surgeon has assessed you as, but generally the surgery involves cuts into the breast, the breast is lifted, excess skin is removed and the tissues are tightened before closing the incisions with stitches.
You may be surprised to hear that breast surgery is not only for women. Men also have breast tissue – some have more than others. In fact, breast surgery for men is becoming increasingly popular as more men are targeting their chest issues which they may become embarrassed of. The most common issue is the so-called ‘moobs’ (man boobs). Gynaecomastia is the name for the surgery which reduces the amount of breast tissue on a man’s chest that diet and exercise can’t seem to shift.
Pectoral implants can also be inserted to enhance the muscular appearance of the male chest. These are much firmer than female breast implants and are shaped to increase the size of the pectoral muscle as natural looking as possible.
All of the above procedures aim to solve your issues, improve your confidence and alter your breast/chest shape. The treatment is different for each type of surgery and again this is something you will need to discuss with Mr. Chana in your consultation, to make sure that the procedure is right for you.
How long a procedure takes depends on the type of breast surgery you have but usually, breast surgery takes, on average, between two and three hours.
The results are long-term – with implants lasting ten years before being replaced with new ones and other types of breast surgery results last forever. However, you can always go back to your surgeon to discuss any problems (should you have any) and alter anything if need be, although this is very rare as most patients are extremely satisfied with their results.