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March 2020

What’s the difference between breast augmentation & breast lift?

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It’s important to understand that there is a difference between breast augmentation & breast lift surgery, and while you can always talk to your doctor about your options and what might be right for you, having some understanding of what’s involved before your consultation can help you feel confident going in.

Breast lift surgery simply involves the removal of excess breast skin in an effort to reshape the breasts to a more appealing form. The impact that this has on a woman’s dress size is typically minimal. In most cases, you’ll maintain your bra cup size but increase your ability to go without a bra or wear a lighter bra. The scars are usually placed around the areola and down the lower pole of the breast, in a lollipop shape.

Some women may want to reduce their breast size. For example, women with large breasts or women after massive weight loss can experience headaches, back and shoulder pain from the weight of their breasts. A breast lift is always a part of breast reduction surgery.

Breast augmentation surgery involves the insertion of a silicone breast implant behind a woman’s breast, as a way of boosting the volume and improving the shape of the breast. Some women have a lot of excess breast skin and will need a breast lift done at the same time. The combination of a breast lift with implants is called augmentation mastopexy.

Breast implants can lift slightly deflated, saggy breasts without a concomitant surgical breast lift (and removing the need for a lollipop scar).

What you need to know about the procedure

After discussing your needs and goals with your doctor, you’ll need to prepare for a procedure that will last from between one and four hours, depending on complexity.

Following your procedure, you should find that recovery is relatively comfortable. Breast tissue is not as sensitive as other parts of the body, and there are post-operative bras that have been designed to maximise comfort. In most cases you’ll be able to go home on the same day, or spend one night in hospital for monitoring. You’ll be able to return to work and drive after a week.

Finally, you won’t need to worry about the removal of stitches. It’s standard practice to use dissolvable stitches, with paper micropore tape used in the short term for scar management and wound care.

If you have any questions about the procedure, or what might be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly team at Southern Aesthetic! We’re always happy to field your questions and address any sensitivities you might have.

Do breast implants cause cancer?

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No. It’s one of the most common concerns of women that are looking to have breast augmentation surgery, and as is always the case with health concerns, there is a lot of misinformation out there about the risks of breast augmentation. To be clear: there are things that you need to consider when undergoing a breast augmentation procedure but starting with the right surgeon is the priority. There are many cosmetic surgeons that will simply complete the procedure without much short- or long-term patient support. Ethical surgeons, such as those at Southern Aesthetic, will take the time to discuss your goals and needs first. Their priority is your long-term happiness, and so you do need to know of the risks going into any procedure. It is possible to get a rare form of cancer, called breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is not a breast cancer. Rather, it’s a cancer that forms in the fluid and scar tissue that exists around a textured breast implant and does not occur with smooth implants. All women should check their breasts regularly, and women with breast implants should do the same. An annual check-up with your local doctor or plastic surgeon is also a good idea since ALCL can manifest itself as soon as one year after surgery, or as late as 37 years. It can be detected via a swelling or lump of an implanted breast. Confirmation of the diagnosis is made with a fluid sample aspirated from around the implant using ultrasound guidance. You may also have a mammogram check for breast cancer, but that would be unrelated to detecting BIA-ALCL. It’s worth noting that this cancer is extremely rare. Only one in 2,500 to one in 25,000 people with breast implants are diagnosed with the cancer. Detected early, it is very treatable. For more information on detecting symptoms, and the treatment process, click here. However, once again it’s important to understand that the materials used in silicone breast implants are safe and are not linked to the causes of cancers of any type. For more information on BIA-ALCL, or to discuss any health concerns that you might have regarding breast implants, arrange to talk to the friendly and professional team at Southern Aesthetic.