Common breast augmentation misconceptions

The breast augmentation is the top cosmetic surgery procedure both worldwide and in the UK. Popular with women of all ages who are looking to augment and enhance the size and/or shape of their breasts.

In light of this popularity and the amount of information that is available at the click of a button, I am always surprised at the misconceptions that surround this procedure and during the breast augmentation consultation that I hold at my Leamington cosmetic surgery practice, I often have to spend time addressing these misconceptions.

Myth # 1; A breast augmentation will be very painful.

The facts: Generally, the majority of my Leamington breast augmentation patients are surprised to find that, post-procedure, the experience is not very painful. For a short time after the procedure they report that they felt a degree of discomfort, but it was easily manageable by over-the-counter painkillers.

Myth # 2; I won’t be able to breast feed after a breast augmentation.

The facts: The breast augmentation procedure is popular with young women, in their late teens and early twenties,who have always been dissatisfied with their breast size. Obviously many of these young women have not started their family yet and they often worry whether a breast augmentation will mean they won’t be able to breast feed later.

Breast feeding to some degree after a breast augmentation is usually possible and I also reassure my Leamington breast augmentation patients that the contents of the implant will not get into breast milk and ‘poison’ the unborn child.

Myth # 3; Will my breast implants explode if I fly?

The facts: This is definitely an urban myth and there is absolutely no foundation to it. Neither high pressure (which you experience when scuba diving) or low pressure (as on an aeroplane) put the implant under such pressure or strain as to cause them to rupture in my experience.

Top three tips on how best to prepare for a tummy tuck

The tummy tuck is a much requested cosmetic procedure by both men and women keen to improve the appearance of their abdomen. Although there may be some variations to the procedure in terms of the extent of the area being operated on, generally I make an incision at the base of the abdomen and from there I am able to address muscle and skin laxity and remove any excess fat to produce the desired result.

I am often asked by my Leamington tummy tuck patients on how they can best prepare for this procedure and the following are the key points that I feel are helpful for any patient contemplating a cosmetic surgery procedure.

Get down to a comfortable weight before your tummy tuck

An abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure. Although in some cases I can remove a significant amount of fat with the tissue removed and I may combine a tummy tuck with liposuction to produce as smooth and taut appearance to the abdomen as possible, I can not remove excessive amounts of fatty tissue. If you are very overweight there are more suitable procedures available.

I also think the key word here is ‘comfortable’; a tummy tuck represents a significant investment of money on behalf of the patient and not only do you want to achieve the best results possible, you also want to protect that investment by being able to maintain a healthy stable weight in the future.

Get as fit as possible before your tummy tuck

This is sensible advice before you embark on any cosmetic surgery procedure. The body views surgery as a very stressful event, but the fitter you are, the better your body is able to cope with this stress. In light of the tummy tuck procedure in particular, building up your abdominal muscles can speed up your recovery process.

No smoking before your tummy tuck op

I always advise my Leamington cosmetic surgery patients to stop smoking before surgery; ideally, at least eight weeks before the operation. The chemicals in cigarettes narrow the blood vessels which compromises blood supply and the operated area needs a good blood supply to aid healing. The tummy tuck procedure, in particular, may involve a lengthy incision.

Studies have proven that smokers are at much higher risk of complications post-surgery than non-smokers so when I say give up smoking I mean not even one!

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Gynaecomastia Case Study

Name: Wayne
Age: 27
Occupation: Marine
Treatment: Gynaecomastia/Male Breast Reduction

What prompted you to have the procedure?

I can’t remember exactly when I became aware that my nipples were larger and stuck out more than normal, but I think they were always more noticeable to me than anybody else. I was self-conscious and didn’t like taking my top off in public.

I always knew that I wanted to have a gynaecomastia procedure at some point, but when I first considered joining the forces I knew I wanted the problem fixing before going in for training.

Who carried out the procedure and what was their opinion at the consultation?

I went to see Mr Richard Matthews at his cosmetic surgery practice in Leamington Spa for a gynaecomastia procedure about eight years ago.

I had done some research on local surgeons and Mr Matthews seemed very well qualified and experienced for the job. He was easy to talk to at consultation and made me feel at ease.

How was the experience?

After my first procedure, I was happier but I didn’t feel quite enough fat had been removed. I explained my expectations from a second procedure to Mr Matthews and so had the operation again a couple of months later at the BMI Hospital in Coventry.

Were you pleased with the results?

This time the results were great and I really feel he had listened to what I wanted.

Are you happy with the procedure?

I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Matthews to anyone considering a gynaecomastia procedure; eight years on and I am still very happy with the results.

Mr Richard Matthews provides the full range of cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women, including gynaecomastia, otherwise known as male breast reduction surgery. He operates from the top private hospitals in the Leamington and Coventry area. For more information or to request a consultation, please click here.