Before the operation, you are not supposed to take aspirin.
It is recommended to stop taking the contraceptive pill 1 month before surgery.
You will have to stop eating, drinking and smoking 6 hours before the operation.
You will see your surgeon before going to the theatre and have time to ask them anything you may have forgotten to ask.
Your surgeon will ask you to sign a consent form, where all the possible risks are mentioned. He will then do some markings on your skin and take some before photographs (they will stay in your file and are totally confidential)
You will meet your anaesthetist and you are free to ask them any questions you may have before being shown into the surgical theatre.
Your operation takes less than one hour.
What happens when I decide I want to go ahead with surgery?admin2018-06-29T21:22:56+01:00
You will need a new bra after surgery, particularly after breast augmentation by implants or reduction surgery, as your bra size will have changed.
You are likely to be wearing a surgical bra following the procedure (if your surgeon instructs you too). It is better to wait until the surgeon gives you the go-ahead to stop wearing a surgical bra before buying new bras. This will likely be around 1 month following surgery.
This also gives the breast time to heal and allows for swelling to subside and implants to settle into their final position.
Ideally, you will sleep on your back in a slightly elevated position after surgery, particularly in the first week.
As you may be recommended to sleep on your back for up to 6 weeks, you are advised to practice sleeping in this position in the days before your surgery, particularly if you are used to sleeping on your side or stomach.
Sleeping on your back will help to reduce swelling and discomfort, and also reduce the risk of the implant moving before you are fully healed.
When can I have a bath or shower?admin2018-05-25T23:06:54+01:00
Your surgeon may require you to wear a surgical bra following breast implant surgery, fat transfer or breast reshaping. You should wear the bra until your surgeon advises otherwise with the usual time required ranging from 2-6 weeks following the surgery.
The amount of time will vary from patient to patient and depends on a number of factors, including your healing progress, the nature and scope of the procedure performed, and your physical characteristics.
You will need to alternate between your surgery bra, and another surgical bra or support bra in order to wash the bra regularly.
One surgical bra from Macom Medical is included in the price of most Harley Breast procedures.
Additional garments may be purchased from Macom directly.
How do we decide upon the size of my breast implants?admin2018-06-29T21:36:25+01:00
The surgeon will take into consideration your current size and body shape, your measurements and the quality of your skin, and importantly what you want to achieve.
You can try different implants sizes in the consultation room, but this will only give you a rough idea.
For an added cost of £90, the clinic can produce a 3D scan of your body using the Crisalix system. You can then select from a range of popular implant sizes and the system will produce different projections of your new breasts.
There is a limit to what can be done if you want your breasts to look natural. Having implants that are too large will look unnatural, and the added weight may increase the likelihood that they will start to droop over time.
In the case of very large implants, your surgeon may suggest lighter weight ‘B-Lite’ implants.
The size you have decided before the operation can, on rare occasions, be changed during the operation, if the surgeon considers that the original size is not appropriate.
Breast Fat Transfer
Why are Breast Implants more popular than Fat Transfer?admin2018-05-22T20:00:05+01:00
One of the main downsides to a Breast Lift / Mastopexy is that scarring is inevitable. A breast lift cannot be undertaken without causing the patient scarring.
Scarring will often by red and swollen for 2-3 months.
Scars will slowly fade in time becoming flatter, a closer colour to the surrounding skin, and generally less visible.
In some cases, however, scars can remain widened, whiter, or conversely, darker than the surrounding skin.
Scars may sometimes become hypertrophic or bumpy (cheloid) compromising the final aesthetic result. Pathological scars may require extended treatments over a number of months or years in order to improve their appearance.
What are some of the complications?admin2018-05-26T10:50:55+01:00
A Crescent lift covers only the top half of the areola and is frequently used when the patient has only mild drooping of the breasts. It is also commonly chosen when the breasts are being augmented with implants at the same time.
A Circle or Benelli lift is most commonly used when the patient has mild sagging and is also frequently used if breast implants are to be inserted. The scar is hidden to varying degrees as it traces the outline of the areola (the darker colour circular band of skin outside of the nipples).
A Lollipop incision is used in the case of moderate sagging. The incision is around the areola with a line vertically down under the breast to the crease. The incision is frequently chosen when the patient is not having implants at the same time as the lift.
An Anchor incision is used if there is a higher degree of sagging and it will also be the incision method used in a breast reduction or mammaplasty. The incision goes around the areola, with a vertical line down, like the lollipop incision, but with another incision along underneath the breast in the crease.