Breast Enlargement FAQs


ARE MYA IMPLANTS HIGH QUALITY?


MYA uses only the highest quality breast implants that abide by strict regulations and quality standards. This is why we only trust Mentor, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, with over 40 years of experience in making breast implants.

Made with medical grade silicone gel, they have a soft and fluid consistency – mimicking the feel of a real breast. Mentor has an extensive range of implants, including over 1,000 shapes (both round and anatomical teardrop) and sizes (from 100cc to 850cc). We’re confident you’ll be able to find an implant that best matches your expectations and surgeon’s recommendations.

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ARE BREAST IMPLANTS SAFE?

Yes, breast implants are safe. We use Mentor, which are silicone gel implants; they have 4 layers of shell so there is no risk of leaking. Due to the surface and texture of how Mentor implants are made, there is less risk of capsulation and a low risk of rupture.

ARE BREAST IMPLANTS  SUBJECT TO AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW GROUP?

The Independent Review Group (IRG) on Silicone Breast Implants was assembled by the Chief Medical Officer of the UK to review the possible health issues associated with silicone gel breast implants. Members of the IRG were selected for their independent views, their knowledge and understanding of the issues, and lack of any financial interest in the conclusions they reached. Led by Professor Roger D. Sturrock, MD, FRCP, the IRG reported in 1998 that there is no scientific evidence of an association between silicone gel-filled breast implants and any established connective tissue disease.

ARE BREAST IMPLANTS SUBJECT TO THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE ON QUALITY ASSURANCE?

In July 1998, the European Committee on Quality Assurance and Medical Devices in Plastic Surgery released a report that contained the following conclusions: “There are conclusive scientific, clinical, immunological, epidemiological data, that silicone gel-filled breast implants do not cause any autoimmune nor connective tissue diseases”. Their report also stated, “Updated studies continue to show that silicone gel-filled implants do not cause cancer nor other malignant disease”. The entire declaration can be found online.

DOES BREAST ENLARGEMENT LEAVE A SCAR?

A breast enlargement incision is placed central in the patient’s breast crease, usually measuring 3-5cm in length. The size and placement of the incision will be discussed on an individual case by case basis with the surgeon. The only breast augmentation scars will initially be a red horizontal thin line in the breast crease and after healing, it will fade to a thin white line. Scarring can typically take up to a year to fully fade.

DO BREAST IMPLANTS NEED TO BE REPLACED?


The length of time a breast implant lasts is unknown and may vary from individual to individual. The Medical Devices Agency has recommended that implants are replaced every 10-15 years or at least visit your surgeon for an assessment during this time.

WHY WOULD YOU NEED YOUR IMPLANTS REPLACING?

Typically, patients will have their implants in for around 10 years and then opt for an implant removal and re-augmentation procedure. This will normally be due to the natural changes that the female body undergoes during this time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and the natural ageing of skin can mean that breasts could change in shape and size, meaning that implants no longer sit on the chest wall as they once did. There are instances of patients having their implants in for 30 years so it really does depend on your own body.

Find out about breast implant removal and re-augmentation here.

DOES BREAST AUGMENTATION AFFECT BREASTFEEDING?


Breast implants will not normally prevent breastfeeding but may adversely affect the shape of the breast as may pregnancy itself. Women should expect physical changes to their bodies that could affect the aesthetic results of surgery and in some cases, it is advised that patients wait until after completion of their family or have achieved their optimum weight before surgery.

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WHAT HAPPENS IN A BREAST ENLARGEMENT?

This is a 45 – 60 minute procedure that is carried out under General as a day case or as an overnight stay. A very small incision is created in the crease under the breast to allow the breast implant to be inserted.

WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT PLACEMENTS? UNDERS, OVERS, PARTIALS?

There are three different breast augmentation types (as shown below). A MYA surgeon is able to best advise as to which implant placement is the best option for you.

SUBMUSCULAR (Breast enlargement under the muscle)

submuscular

SUBGLANDULAR (Breast augmentation over the muscle)

subglandular

PARTIAL (Breast enlargement partially below the muscle)

partial

WHAT IS ANAESTHESIA?

General Anaesthesia (GA) is when medications are administered to cause a controlled reversible loss of consciousness so that you are unaware of surgery. People often refer to this as being put to sleep. The patient will awake from surgery in recovery, feeling sleepy and unaware that the surgery has taken place, with a team of medical staff as support.

WHAT SIZES CAN I CHOOSE?

There is an extensive range of breast implant sizes that will be offered to you. Following an assessment with the surgeon, they will advise the most appropriate size for your desired look. Implants sizes are measured in “cc” which is a unit of volume.

WHAT ARE HIGH OR EXTRA HIGH PROFILES?

“Profiles” refers to the amount of forward projection off the chest wall. With respect to the profile you wish to achieve, you and your surgeon may choose a round or contoured implant. Mentor round gels are offered in 5 projections: low, moderate, moderate plus, high and ultra high projections. Similarly, Mentor Contour Profile Gel breast implants or CPG offer 3 projections to match your unique physiology. These projections are: moderate, moderate plus, high or extra high.

WHERE ARE YOUR HOSPITALS?

MYA’s first fully owned hospital is The MYA Fitzroy in London. MYA also operate out of private hospitals and clinics: The First Trust in Preston, The Natural Look Clinic in Doncaster and The First Trust Hospital in Manchester. All of which carry out breast augmentations.

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO TAKE OFF WORK?

After a breast enlargement, MYA recommend you take 7 days off work for office based work. If you drive then you will need to find another form of transport as you are not advised to drive for 14 days. If you undertake heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activity please speak with your clinic nurse or surgeon for the best advice.

WILL I EXPECT TO BE IN PAIN FOLLOWING MY BREAST ENLARGEMENT?

Like any surgical procedure, some discomfort can be expected but this varies for each individual. Pain following a boob job is easily managed with pain relief and advice provided on the day of surgery. If you are concerned, we advise speaking with other breast augmentation patients on our MYA Space forum who may help you to feel reassured.

WHAT’S THE PRICE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?

Prices vary for every individual subject to implant size/type, overnight stay or day case or late space discount. If you’re having trouble funding your procedure, MYA offer fantastic finance options so make sure you check out our our incredible finance calculator.

I’M CONFUSED! WHO CAN I TALK TO?

If you have any questions then the best person to talk to is someone at MYA! You can book a free consultation by calling 03330141014 or completing an online enquiry form at the top of the page. Have you heard about our MYA Forum? Speak to real patients for great advice from our very own community of MYA girls.

WHAT CAN A BREAST ENLARGEMENT COMMONLY BE REFERRED TO?

There will always be abbreviations or slang terms used to describe this procedure, such as: BA (short for Breast Augmentation), boob job or breast enhancement.

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