A breast augmentation (breast enlargement; boob job; breast enhancement) is normally performed using silicone implants by the Consultant Plastic Surgeons at Purity Bridge. Breast implants come in a variety of styles and surfaces, with shapes including round or anatomical (shaped, or teardrop) shapes and textured or smooth surfaces (for round only). The right implant for you must be decided after a thorough consultation with your Purity Bridge Consultant Plastic Surgeon, listening to your aims; but also after a careful clinical examination to determine the "best fit" implant for your breast. There is no “perfect” implant, and because of the wide variety of differences in breasts, in terms of their shape, their age, their history (such as past breast feeding) there is no “one size fits all” breast implant. In addition, various risk factors with the surgery and the implants themselves must be taken into account and discussed with you, to determine the right choice for you.
There is often a misconception that different shaped implants will always give a consistent result - frequently we hear that anatomical implants will “always” look natural and round implants will always look more augmented. In reality, if we plan the right implant for you, after thorough discussion and careful clinical examination, we will get the best implant to give you the look you are hoping for. In many cases, a round implant can provide a very natural looking result, and sometimes, if not chosen appropriately, an anatomical implant can look very augmented.
Mr Marc Pacifico MD FRCS(Plast) has been described as one of his generation’s rising stars in plastic surgery. His academic, surgical and practice achievements include, amongst others, coming top in the UK’s consultant level plastic surgery examinations (being awarded the Gold Medal), the publication of over 50 international peer-reviewed papers, being a regular invited speaker at conferences and the opening of his own private clinic, Purity Bridge, alongside his busy private surgical practice. He has built his reputation on a combination of a high level of surgical skill, his artistic eye and his holistic, friendly approach to patient care. His particular areas of interest include plastic surgery to the face and breast, as well as body contouring surgery. The look Marc aims to achieve is a natural, fresh look, in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Marc particularly focuses on the care his patients receive pre- and post-operatively, in order to optimize the outcome of surgery and provide all under his care with a smooth recovery after their procedure. Marc recognizes the continuum between non-surgical and surgical techniques, using all available options to formulate a bespoke treatment plan for every individual. This process has been further enabled by the opening of his private clinic Purity Bridge in Tunbridge Wells, that provides the best level of care possible to his patients. The art of rejuvenation is not a “one stop shop” but rather a process, with the right procedure required at the right time for the right outcome. That means maintaining surgical results with specifically timed non-surgical interventions, as well as a global approach to the individual that is outcome driven. Marc Pacifico is a fully accredited specialist in plastic surgery, and is on the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery with the General Medical Council (number 4412407) and a member of BAAPS,BAPRAS and ISAPS. See a short video introduction to Marc here ›
Ms Nora Nugent FRCS(Plast) has joined Purity Bridge where she offers an individually tailored modern plastic surgery practice. The cornerstones of her practice are good communication with you and meticulous attention to detail as she feels this is vital to your decision to undergo any treatment under her care. This ethos is continued from your first consultation through to the end of your treatment to ensure that you get the highest possible care and are fully supported during this time. Nora aims to provide you with a clear and honest opinion on your condition and will ensure that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have before proceeding with treatment. Nora graduated from medical school at University College Dublin and completed her specialist training in plastic surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. To further develop her clinical expertise and skills, she then undertook specialist fellowships in North America and Australia. Training in advanced burn critical care and burn surgery (acute and reconstructive) was undertaken during her fellowship at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston, Texas. Prior to taking up her consultant post in the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Nora obtained additional subspecialty training in Australia completing a plastic surgery fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney which encompassed both aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery and reconstructive surgery (including microsurgery) and also a hand surgery fellowship with Victorian Hand Surgery Associates, Melbourne. This allows her to offer you a wide range of procedures across the spectrum of plastic surgery. She has experience in all areas of aesthetic surgery including breast, facial and abdominal surgery and strives to achieve a natural rejuvenated appearance for her patients. For some this may be a skin rejuvenation technique while for others surgery can be a better option. Nora Nugent is a fully qualified plastic surgeon with the FRCS (Plast) qualification and has specialist registration in plastic surgery with the General Medical Council. She is a member of BAPRAS and IAPS. Nora maintains a broad range of clinical interests within plastic surgery and regularly attends conferences within the specialty to keep up to date with evolving techniques and new developments in plastic surgery. She is also a member of multidisciplinary clinical groups overseeing the management of burns, skin cancer and lower limb injuries in the South East of England. While always looking for ways to improve the care she can provide, Nora will only offer new procedures once she is satisfied that they have been evaluated fully and offer a clear benefit to her patients.
A breast augmentation is usually performed under general anaesthetic (with you asleep) either as a day case procedure or with an overnight stay. The scar is most commonly placed near the breast crease, and during surgery, a “pocket” is created either under or over the muscle (the pectoralis major) that lies beneath the breast. This decision is determined during your pre-operative consultation.
Modern breast enlargement surgery using the latest silicone implants is a safe, reliable and predictable procedure. Whilst the results are immediate, your results continue to improve for the first 3-6 months after surgery.
Like any operation, there are risks that are associated with breast enlargement surgery and long term complications that might occur.
Early risks include bleeding (which might require a return to the operating theatre); infection (which is fortunately rare); asymmetry (although everyone's breasts have differences between them pre-operatively); numbness around the scar; nipple sensitivity and delayed wound healing.
In the long term, there may be hardening of the natural scar tissue that forms around the implant, known as capsular contracture or implant failure (rupture). Both of these might require further surgery (at further cost) to replace the implants and deal with any problematic scar tissue.
For more comprehensive information, please ask the team at Purity Bridge.
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