Dual Plane breast augmentation
During breast augmentation, a breast implant is placed inside a pocket formed in the breast tissue. This can help to increase or balance the size of the breast, restore breast volume, or restore the shape of the breast after partial or total loss. It is important to realise that breast augmentation cannot correct significantly sagging or drooping breasts. In these instances, a breast lift is often necessary, which may be performed in conjunction with this procedure (see breast augmentation mastopexy -LINK).
My preferred approach is through an incision made on the lower part of the breast (inframammary fold). This is the most common technique in breast augmentation surgery as the implant can be positioned most accurately into its pocket using this method and any form of implant can be used including the anatomical (tear-drop) range, depending on what is desirable and suitable for you.
The implant itself may be placed under the pectoralis muscle, under the breast tissue or a combination of both in the ‘dual plane’ technique, one of the latest developments in cosmetic breast surgery and one which I prefer to use in variable ways to suit your body. The ‘dual plane’ technique of implant placement offers some of the best results in breast augmentation surgery.
Silicone implants are made of a silicone rubber shell and are filled with silicone gel. There has been ample drama on silicone implants published in the literature over the years, but despite this, there is no significant evidence that suggests silicone implants increase your risk for breast cancer, connective tissue disorders, or autoimmune disease.
There is also no significant effect on pregnancy or breastfeeding. (See our downloadable pdf for further information). I have trained with one of the worlds leading authorities on device associated infections (DAI) and have published on this topic and I incorporate the latest extensive guidelines to minimise risk during your procedure.
The implants available differ in shape, texture, profile, width, height and volume. The type, style, and size of breast implants you choose are determined by your lifestyle, body contours, the amount of breast tissue you have, and the cup size and appearance that you would like to achieve. The type of implant used for your surgery will be determined by us together taking all these parameters and your preference into account.
This surgery is usually performed on the Day Ward under general anaesthetic. After the implant is placed the incisions are closed, dressed and you wake up with your new compression bra on. You are discharged later that day (you need to have someone to bring and collect you again).
The scars from the incisions will fade slowly over several months, but it may take up to a year for them to refine completely.I will advise you on scar therapy after your surgery.
As with any surgery, you will most likely experience some pain and swelling afterwards. The majority of the swelling will likely subside within a few days. However, some swelling may persist for several weeks.
I am very keen that you strictly perform all exercises I give you on the day, to do at home afterwards and ensure the implants stay in the correct plane and to avoid any back issues that can arise.
You will most likely be able to return to work within three to seven days after your procedure.
No strenuous activity/ lifting/ gym work for approximately six weeks.
I offer a lifetime annual check up as part of the service following the procedure.