I advise patients on whether breast augmentation would be appropriate, the lifetime implications of the surgery, and on the optimal operation and implant choice.
Before coming to see me to discuss surgery patients have found it helpful to look at available information on-line. The BAPRAS website has good information the different types of implants and the different techniques for surgery.
The BAAPS website includes information about Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIAALCL). There is more information on the government MHRA website. BIAALCL is estimated to affect about 1 in every 7500 women who have breast augmentation.
The BAAPS website also has information about a condition currently given the title of “Breast Implant Illness”.
I most commonly use implants manufactured by Mentor. These implants are FDA approved and have a warranty against premature failure. I will discuss with you the pros and cons or smooth or textured implants, and round or anatomical implants. Most patients chose anatomical textured implants between 245 and 325 cc in volume.
If you are coming for a consultation, it can be helpful to bring a sports bra and a tight-fitting top with you. This can help us to work out the best implant for you by allowing you to see the effect of a silicone implant of different volumes.
Needless to say, if you can have a lateral flow test before coming to the hospital for you consultation it would be reassuring and helpful.