BEAUTY TALK: Top 5 Breast Surgeries

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Elective surgical procedures aiming to alter the shape, size and lift of the breasts are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the UK. At BEAUTY SCENE we would always suggest speaking to a professional beforehand, such as Gary Ross surgeon team in Manchester.

Here we look at the top five breast surgeries and discuss them with the team:

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Breast augmentation and enlargement – AKA, ‘The Boob Job’

What is it?

Breast enlargement surgeries involve inserting implants into the breasts – either in front of or behind the chest muscle – to increase the breasts’ size and improve their overall shape and lift. The implants are usually made of silicone, but saline breast implants are available, too. The implants are available in a variety of sizes, depending on the patient’s wants. During the surgery, the nipples are often also repositioned.

Who is it for?

Any woman can opt for a breast augmentation and enlargement, but women who have small or uneven breasts and are self-conscious about their breasts’ appearance are more likely to opt for this type of surgery.

What are the risks?

For most women, the surgery is a success; however, complications can occur.

Immediate and expected risks include:

Pain and discomfort after surgery
Some scarring

Less common risks include:

Extensive scarring
Infection, prolonged healing and excessive bleeding

Risks associated with undergoing general anaesthetic, such as pressure on the heart and deep vein thrombosis

The implants may pop or leak


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Breast uplift

What is it?

True to its name, a breast uplift – or mastopexy as it is otherwise known – involves ‘lifting’ the breast to improve its shape. The surgery typically involves removing excess skin and tissue from the breast area, and reshaping the breast; the skin is then pulled taut and the wounds closed. Breast uplift surgeries can be completed in conjunction with either breast enlargement or breast reduction surgeries.

Who is it for?

Many women opt for a breast uplift to improve the shape of their breasts. Breasts can sag and lose their fullness after childbirth, excessive weight loss or as a natural result of ageing. Breast uplift surgeries can help to lift breasts and create a fuller, younger looking breast.

What are the risks?

For most women, the surgery is a success; however, complications can occur.

Immediate and expected risks include:

Pain and discomfort after surgery
Some scarring
Less common risks include:
Extensive scarring
Infection, prolonged healing and excessive bleeding
Risks associated with undergoing general anaesthetic, such as pressure on the heart and deep vein thrombosis

Breast reduction surgery

What is it?

Breast reduction surgery involves surgically reducing the size of the breasts. Unlike breast enlargement and breast uplift surgery, breast reduction surgery may be opted for health reasons as well as aesthetic reasons. Having large breasts can put a strain on the muscles in the back and neck, and wearing bra straps that dig in to the skin can result in shoulder pain. Having large breasts can also result in a decrease in self-confidence and affect patient’s ability to engage in sports.

Who is it for?
Breast reduction surgery is typically for women with large breasts. In recent years, the surgery has also become popular amongst men. The surgery may also be of benefit to women with uneven breasts who do not wish to have breast implants.

What are the risks?

For most women, the surgery is a success; however, complications can occur.

Immediate and expected risks include:

Pain and discomfort after surgery
Some scarring

Less common risks include:

Extensive scarring
Infection, prolonged healing and excessive bleeding
Risks associated with undergoing general anaesthetic, such as pressure on the heart and deep vein thrombosis

Images from Ksenia by Alicia Shi for BEAUTY SCENE

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