Breast augmentation is the operation where artificial means are used to increase the size and/ or improve the shape of the breasts. Estimates suggest that over 5 million women world-wide have had breast implants in the last 40 years, and each year tens of thousands of women continue to have breast augmentation surgery. Many women consider having breast augmentation to improve their size or shape because they think the breasts are too small, uneven in size or shape, or unattractive. Some women have breasts that do not fully develop or have significantly changed in size or shape after pregnancy, weight change or ageing.
The decision to undergo breast augmentation should be a personal one and not to please someone else. As with any cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation will not resolve any of life’s major problems, but may help to boost a patient’s own body image and self-esteem. All the potential benefits will be discussed and assessed at the time of your consultation.
These days the woman wishing to have a breast augmentation has a number of options and choices open to her.
These should allow her to achieve the appearance and result that she wants. Some of these choices and options are: implant type, size, placement as well as incision. Obviously there are pros and cons to each choice and option, however providing a woman has been informed accordingly, then ultimately she can decide which is best for her.
The chances are excellent that you’ll be happy with your augmentation surgery. Most patients understand the advantages and benefits of this type of plastic surgery. However, despite assurances by competent British Plastic Surgeons and the UK’s Department of Health, many women are still concerned about the safety aspect of silicone and implants in general. If this is your case, you have no alternative other than to err on the side of caution and either not undergo breast augmentation surgery or alternatively choose an implant, which you feel happy about.
If you do decide to proceed, the decision as to what type of implant to use ultimately rests with you. An augmentation surgeon can only inform and advise what implant he feels is best. Unfortunately, the perfect implant has yet to be made and as already described there are some drawbacks associated with all implants. One must therefore try to balance all these against the benefits, by trying to examine any evidence in a rational and impartial way. Patients should never allow themselves to be swayed by any form of media hype or scaremongering.