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What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a customised plastic surgery procedure that enlarges the breasts through the placement of breast implants. In addition to enhancing the size of the breasts, breast implants can also create firmer, more shapely breasts, improve breast symmetry, and accentuate cleavage. One of the most notable benefits of this popular procedure is the boost in confidence many women experience after surgery. Breast augmentation can also be combined with a breast lift (mastopexy) for women who experience drooping breasts as a result of pregnancy and/or ageing and desire rejuvenated breast shape, elevated breast position, and restored breast volume.

We invite you to learn more about breast augmentation surgery by exploring the informative sections provided below. You may also contact our office to schedule an appointment with our experienced Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr William Townley.

Who Is a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

For women who desire larger, more shapely breasts, customised breast augmentation surgery performed by Mr Townley can be an excellent solution. Often, women considering breast augmentation are interested in achieving one or more of the following goals:

To determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast augmentation, Mr Townley performs a comprehensive evaluation during the initial consultation. At this appointment, Mr Townley will review your cosmetic concerns, discuss your goals, perform a physical examination, and record your medical history. If you are a good candidate for surgery, he will explain the augmentation techniques and breast implant options that are available to you and suggest a surgical plan that can create a satisfying final outcome.

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What Are My Breast Implant Options?

Mr Townley uses top-of-the-range breast implants in a variety of sizes, shapes, and projections to create the personalised, natural-looking results his patients desire. When it comes to choosing the right implants for your breast augmentation, Mr Townley will take the time to explain all of your options, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each type, and help you choose the implants that suit your frame and best align with your aesthetic goals. Mr Townley uses breast implant sizers for you to try on during the consultation to help you select the best option. These sizers will also give you the opportunity to experience what your results might look and feel like.

What Happens During Breast Augmentation?

Mr Townley generally performs breast augmentation surgery as a daycase procedure in hospital using general anaesthesia. The procedure typically takes about one and a half hours to complete. The details of your procedure will depend on the unique surgical plan Mr Townley has created for you. The implants are inserted through small, well-concealed incisions along the inframammary crease at the bottom fold of the breast. Through these incisions, Mr Townley creates a pocket for the breast implant either in front of the pectoral muscle (subfascial) or partly behind the pectoral muscle (dual-plane). When the pocket has been formed, the breast implant is inserted using a ‘no-touch’ technique. The pocket placement that is most suitable for you will depend upon the natural composition of your breasts, the type of implants you have selected, and the desired outcome. Once the implants are placed, the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures and patients are placed in a post-operative support bra provided by Mr Townley. Drains are not used routinely.

Composite Breast Augmentation: Combining Fat Transfer with Breast Implants for a Superior Result

Mr Townley has a special interest in fat transfer techniques and has developed an innovative approach to breast augmentation by combining fat grafting to the breasts with implants in one procedure. The fat is removed by liposuction (from the abdomen, flanks, and/or thighs), purified, and then injected into the desired area in the breasts. The implants provide the main increase in breast volume, whereas, the fat grafting is used to help achieve a more natural appearance, camouflage the implant, and/or enhance cleavage by reducing the midline gap. Fat grafting is also an excellent technique for improving breast asymmetry or enhancing the result of a previous breast augmentation.

What is Breast Augmentation Recovery Like?

Most patients go home on the day of surgery, although an overnight stay in hospital is possible if preferred. After breast augmentation surgery, you can expect to experience some discomfort and swelling for about one to two weeks, depending on the technique used to place your implants. Pain medication and cold compresses can help enhance your comfort during this time. Closely following postoperative instructions can assist in minimising discomfort, facilitating healing, and reducing the likelihood of complications. Most patients take at least a week off from work to rest and recuperate. Regular follow-up appointments with Mr Townley will allow him to track your recovery and address any emerging complications early. He will let you know when you are cleared to engage in more vigorous exercise and heavy lifting.

What Are the Typical Results of Breast Augmentation?

When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation can produce exceptional results that look both natural and beautiful. The ideal results of this procedure are fuller, firmer, more shapely breasts that meet the patient’s aesthetic goals while enhancing body proportions.

How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

The average cost for breast augmentation surgery performed by Mr Townley is between £6,500 and £7,500. The exact price for your breast augmentation procedure will depend upon the unique details of your surgical plan and the type of breast implants you choose. For a precise surgery estimate, a consultation with Mr Townley is required. After your appointment, an estimate will be calculated based on the customised treatment plan Mr Townley has designed. When you are presented with your estimate, you will have the opportunity to discuss payment options and surgical scheduling with our knowledgeable office team.

How to Choose a Breast Augmentation Surgeon

We advise you to put your care in the hands of a distinguished surgeon for your breast augmentation. Your surgeon should have earned the title of Consultant Plastic Surgeon, which signifies they have completed the highest level of training. It is also wise to choose a surgeon who is affiliated with prestigious organizations, such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and has completed fellowships and conducted research at top institutions. 

Mr Townley combines surgical finesse with a friendly, approachable demeanor. Not only is he well-versed in a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures, but he is also able to create a warm, compassionate environment for each patient. These qualifications make him a leading Consultant Plastic Surgeon in London and beyond.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation

Mr Townley is glad to answer any breast augmentation questions that may arise. Please explore these frequently asked questions and contact us with any additional inquiries you may have. 

What size breast implants are right for me?

While the size of the implants is an important factor to consider, Mr Townley also takes into account the effect the implants will have on the body’s overall proportions. Using our wide array of sizers and his extensive knowledge and experience, he will help you find a size that enhances your figure in the most effective and natural-looking way possible.

Are breast implants safe?

Breast augmentation is among the most popular cosmetic procedures performed worldwide, and today’s breast implant models have a very good safety record. With that in mind, no surgical procedure is without risk. An experienced and highly-qualified Consultant Plastic Surgeon can minimize the potential for breast augmentation complications, and strict adherence to post-operative guidelines and attendance of follow-up appointments and breast screenings can also help reduce risks associated with breast implant procedures.  

What is capsular contracture?

“Capsular contracture” refers to a buildup of fibrous scar tissue in the breast in reaction to the implant. This complication, however rare, can be highly uncomfortable, and may warrant explant (removal) surgery to solve the problem. Mr Townley will evaluate your risks for capsular contracture, which may include hematoma or past radiation therapy, before proceeding with surgery.

How long do breast implants last?

Generally, many patients have their breast implants for at least 10 years before an upgrade to a new implant model is recommended. Although today’s breast implants are designed to be incredibly resilient, the risk of rupture slightly increases as the years go by. While some patients have their breast implants for as long as 20 years, it is important to have regular screenings to detect any possible ruptures or complications, particularly in patients who have had their implants for many years.

Can I replace my old breast implants?

Yes. If the breast implants are showing signs of wear upon x-ray after several years or if a complication has arisen, or if a patient simply wants to upgrade to a different size or type, the implants can certainly be replaced. Mr Townley can help you choose a new implant type or size. Please note that Mr Townley has very rarely had to prematurely replace implants he placed himself. 

Can I breastfeed with breast implants?

Patients who are naturally able to breastfeed before a breast augmentation procedure should still be able to nurse their children after the treatment; however, it is important to discuss this with Mr Townley so the treatment can be planned accordingly. Depending upon where the incisions are placed during surgery, it should still be possible to breastfeed with implants. It is important to note that some women are simply unable to breastfeed naturally, and augmentation will have no effect one way or the other for these patients. 

The placement of the implant in relation to the pectoral muscle often has the most bearing on future ability to breastfeed. A dual-plane technique, in which the implant is partially placed under the pectoral muscle, generally poses less interference with the milk ducts. Mr Townley can employ the dual-plane technique or otherwise tailor the procedure to the best of his ability in order to preserve the possibility of future breastfeeding. During your consultation, please let Mr Townley know about any plans to breastfeed later in life and he will take that into account when developing your treatment program. 

Do you have questions about breast augmentation? Contact our office to learn more.