My nipples are low – do I need a mastopexy?

It is important to consider the pros and cons of mastopexy at the same time as a breast augmentation if your nipples are low initially. By choosing implants that are anatomically shaped one can achieve a lift of the nipple areola complex but this effect is limited. Different types of mastopexy exist and it is important to discuss these at a consultation.

I would like to increase the size of my implants – how big can I go?

The limit of breast implants is the width of the implants on the chest. This distance should be fixed. To have the maximum size from this point you would need to have the most projected implants – either anatomical or round. The only question is how much skin you have and how much tissue cover. There are limitations to size on certain patients and long term you need to go through the pros and cons of increasing in size.

Is there a disruption in sensation following breast augmentation?

There will always be a disruption in sensation following breast augmentation. The area that tends to be affected the most is round scar. It can take months for this sensation to return. It is uncommon to have permanent sensory loss and massage in the postoperative phases can help. Sensory loss to the nipple areola is extremely uncommon although it is not unusual for the nipple to feel different initially.

Is silicone safe?

There has been a lot of discussion over the safety of silicone implants and details are available on my website in the recommended reading section. It is felt the silicone is safe and I would recommend those implants that have had FDA approval.

Is breast augmentation and mastopexy implant painful?

Patients make a rapid recovery following breast augmentation. I do not use drains and use minimal dressings. The results are apparent immediately and patients do not experience a lot of pain. Patients can go home on the day of surgery if they wish. If patients have young children they may choose to stay overnight. I encourage early mobilization and pain postoperatively is uncommon although I do advise patients to wear a supportive bra for 4 weeks postoperatively.

The recovery for a mastopexy implant is similar and again I do not use drains and use minimal dressings. Patients usually stay in overnight and are encouraged to mobilize immediately in a supportive bra that they should wear for 6 weeks.

I would like to be an E cup but cm only an A cup at the moment. Is this possible?

The size of implants that one should place are based on the width of the chest and also the footplate of the breast in terms of height. This limits the volume that would naturally fit on your chest. The implants can then be increased in projection or outwards and again there may be a limitation as to how much skin you have. Putting in too big implants have disadvantages especially later in life and often the result is unnatural.

I want to be a C cup and am currently an A cup is this possible?

It is never possible to guarantee a cup size. I would always show you results that I can achieve and give you an idea of size and shape. It is important to spend time at a consultation going through photographs.

I want to achieve a natural look. Do I need anatomical or teardrop implants?

Anatomical and teardrop are the description of a specific shape of implant. They are the same and the other types are round implants. Anatomical or tear dropped shaper implants do tend to give a more natural result as they are shaped as a natural breast shape.

I have some discomfort in my armpit following breast augmentation. Is this normal?

It is common to have a stretching discomfort in the outside of the chest following breast augmentation. This is usually due to pressure on the nerves in this area and does take some weeks / months to settle.

I have had my implants for 10 years do I need them replaced?

There is no reason to have implants replaced unless you are experiencing any issues. If you remain happy with the result then it is unlikely that one would recommend exchange. Often a consultation may be required to provide reassurance.