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Can Breast Implants Cause An Areola Lift?

For the next vlog series, we look at breast implants and whether having the surgery can cause an areola lift on your breasts. Implants come in many different shapes and sizes so it’s important to choose the correct one for you if you wish to see it has an impact on your nipples too. To lift the nipple, there must be extra volume in your lower pole and this can only be completed if you choose to have an anatomical implant or a shaped implant.

How an areola lift can be managed is if the implants have less volume in the upper layer and more volume in the lower parts, which causes the areola lift to occur. Each of the implants has different projections. For example, lighter implants are likely to have a higher projection which means it can cause the nipple and areola to lift.

In the case study provided, the patient has rather low nipples and breasts. They chose to have anatomical breast implants which helped with the areola lift and provide a more aesthetically pleasing result. It’s worth noting that the ageing process does continue after the procedures, so later down the line, your implants may require a lift again.

During your consultation, you can discuss the pros and cons of having breast implants and the impact they can have with lifting your nipples. If you’d like more information on breast augmentation surgery then you can get in touch by contacting us here or by calling 0161 401 4064. You can also visit our breast augmentation case study page.

Will The Shape Of My Breasts Change Post Breast Reduction?

For our next vlog series we look at the shape of breasts and if the shape of them change post breast reduction surgery. As there is a removal of tissue, patients may wonder if or how the shape of their breasts will change post breast reduction. Of course, every circumstance will change but this video will provide further details of the ways they can possibly change.

Breast reduction surgery involves the reduction of breast tissue in order for the breasts to appear smaller. There are several elements involved with breast reduction surgery including scars around the areola, and at least a vertical line present. There is also a fold incision required with an inframammary scar present. The inframammary scar can be used to elevate the fold up the chest wall. This is often a priority in particular for patients that have low breasts with low folds.

In the case study provided, the patient has low breasts with a low fold. A breast lift and reduction have taken place in this case with the low fold being a priority. The areola complex has also been lifted up the chest wall. The images showing the results 6 weeks post breast reduction shows equality in the shape of the breasts due to the elevation of the fold. They also appear to have a more natural look and the fold appears to have settled.

For a natural look, this should be expected to happen around 6-12 month post breast reduction. If you’d like more information on breast reduction surgery then you can get in touch by contacting us here or by calling 0161 401 4064. You can also visit our breast reduction case study page.

Breast Reduction Due To Back Pain – Can It Help?

The cause of back pain in the majority of women is due to having naturally large breasts. Having a breast reduction due to back pain is one of the solutions that many consider. The question is whether it can actually help the symptoms of large breasts such as neck and back pain. This vlog helps to explore breast reduction surgery in more detail and then look into whether it’s effective to have breast reduction due to back pain.

Breast reduction surgery involves the process of reducing the breast tissue, tightening the excess skin once the tissue is removed and elevating the nipple. How much tissue is removed depends on where the nipple lies on the inframammary fold. In order to provide an aesthetically pleasing result, the nipple needs to be placed around the inframammary fold after breast reduction due to back pain has taken place. This also applies to the lift that needs to be produced to push the breasts to a firmer position. If the nipple is placed relatively low on the breasts near the fold, they may require a further lift.

An example case study is provided which shows the patient’s nipple appearing quite low on the breasts, below the inframammary fold. As explained, when the nipple is elevated, the skin is tightened to allow the breasts to look more aesthetically pleasing. In this case study, a significant amount of breast tissue is removed and having a breast reduction due to back pain helped to reduce the symptoms of back pain and reduce them greatly for the patient.

It’s worth advising that it’s not 100% guaranteed neck and back pain will be reduced but it can be a popular solution for many patients.

If you’d like more information on breast reduction then you can get in touch by contacting us here or by calling 0161 401 4064. You can also visit our breast reduction case study page

Mental Health Awareness Week For 2019

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for its Mental Health Awareness Week this year.

 

“Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week we will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools.”

 

The increased awareness of the impact of a negative body image on personal well being often leads to patients requesting cosmetic interventions. Recently Stephen Powis National Medical Director of NHS England has endorsed the view that providers should be officially registered and trained to spot people with body-image or other mental-health issues. For Cosmetic Surgery the Royal College of Surgeons have introduced the RCS Certification Scheme through which clinicians receive formal training as part of a professional masterclass. Patients are able to access this register in a similar manner in which those patients wishing to undergo non surgical cosmetic treatments can access the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners registry.

 

Mr Gary Ross who became the first cosmetic surgeon to be certified through the Royal College of Surgeons in 2017 and has been using psychological screening tools for a number of years has seen an increase in patients requesting cosmetic surgery.

 

“There has been an increase in patients requesting cosmetic surgery in recent years and there has also been an increase in requests from patients with underlying psychological issues”

 

Mr Gary Ross has piloted a direct referral pathway with CBT clinics, who are a specialist nationwide provider of psychological healthcare services in order to provide an effective and efficient means of assessment for patients.

 

“I have been referring all young patients under 21 and all patients with a past history of psychological issues and any patient in which there has been a concern following psychological screening to CBT clinics for further assessment of their psychological needs, especially in regards to the presence of Body Dysmorphia or Eating Disorder”

 

“This pilot has been well received by patients and gives patients, clinicians and providers reassurances that cosmetic surgery is in the patients best interest. For many patients I believe a formal assessment should be mandatory prior to consideration of cosmetic surgery”

 

There is now increased awareness amongst society that there are pros/cons and risks of cosmetic procedures and the need for patients to be fully informed. The psychological risks are often overlooked and it is refreshing that the cosmetic industry is highlighting the awareness of psychological well being in order to prevent avoidable harm.

 

Although the majority of patients describe an improvement being following cosmetic surgery it is important that cosmetic surgery should not be seen as a quick fix and patients well being in both the short and long term need to be considered both physically and mentally.

 

Mr Ross adds “Through long term outcome studies we are now beginning to understand the importance of patient selection and to predict those patients who are most likely to benefit from cosmetic surgery and most importantly those patients who may be at risk”

Mental Health Awareness Week For 2019

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for its Mental Health Awareness Week this year.

 

“Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. During the week we will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools.”

 

The increased awareness of the impact of a negative body image on personal well being often leads to patients requesting cosmetic interventions. Recently Stephen Powis National Medical Director of NHS England has endorsed the view that providers should be officially registered and trained to spot people with body-image or other mental-health issues. For Cosmetic Surgery the Royal College of Surgeons have introduced the RCS Certification Scheme through which clinicians receive formal training as part of a professional masterclass. Patients are able to access this register in a similar manner in which those patients wishing to undergo non surgical cosmetic treatments can access the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners registry.

 

Mr Gary Ross who became the first cosmetic surgeon to be certified through the Royal College of Surgeons in 2017 and has been using psychological screening tools for a number of years has seen an increase in patients requesting cosmetic surgery.

 

“There has been an increase in patients requesting cosmetic surgery in recent years and there has also been an increase in requests from patients with underlying psychological issues”

 

Mr Gary Ross has piloted a direct referral pathway with CBT clinics, who are a specialist nationwide provider of psychological healthcare services in order to provide an effective and efficient means of assessment for patients.

 

“I have been referring all young patients under 21 and all patients with a past history of psychological issues and any patient in which there has been a concern following psychological screening to CBT clinics for further assessment of their psychological needs, especially in regards to the presence of Body Dysmorphia or Eating Disorder”

 

“This pilot has been well received by patients and gives patients, clinicians and providers reassurances that cosmetic surgery is in the patients best interest. For many patients I believe a formal assessment should be mandatory prior to consideration of cosmetic surgery”

 

There is now increased awareness amongst society that there are pros/cons and risks of cosmetic procedures and the need for patients to be fully informed. The psychological risks are often overlooked and it is refreshing that the cosmetic industry is highlighting the awareness of psychological well being in order to prevent avoidable harm.

 

Although the majority of patients describe an improvement being following cosmetic surgery it is important that cosmetic surgery should not be seen as a quick fix and patients well being in both the short and long term need to be considered both physically and mentally.

 

Mr Ross adds “Through long term outcome studies we are now beginning to understand the importance of patient selection and to predict those patients who are most likely to benefit from cosmetic surgery and most importantly those patients who may be at risk”

Would I Need A Breast Reduction Or Breast Lift?

 

In our next vlog of the series, we look at what patients may consider when deciding whether they need a breast reduction or breast lift. The two surgeries have two different purposes despite being relatively similar. This is the main reason why patients may be weighing up what option would be best for them before they go through the surgery. Before going into more detail, let’s look at the difference between a mastopexy and breast reduction surgery.

A mastopexy/breast lift involves lifting and tightening the existing skin in the breast area. This essentially helps the breasts to appear fuller and less aged.

A breast reduction involves the removal of skin and volume from the breast tissue to make the appearance of the breasts appear smaller.

There can be some cases where rather than choosing between having a breast reduction or breast lift, patients require both in order to get the results they require. There are two case studies provided in the video; the first shows an example of a breast lift being used. There has also been breast reduction used but this is minimal to remove the outer skin and reshape the breast.

The second case study shows an example of mastopexy being used. Again, in this case, though there has also been a form of breast reduction being used too. There are several factors that are considered when choosing between a breast reduction or breast lift including whether tissue needs to be removed, the volume of breast tissue and the size of the areola complex.

In some cases, both can be used but this can be discussed during a consultation to determine what option would be best for you. 

If you’d like more information on breast surgery then you can get in touch by contacting us here or by calling 0161 401 4064. You can also visit our breast reduction case study page

Would I Need A Breast Reduction Or Breast Lift?

 

In our next vlog of the series, we look at what patients may consider when deciding whether they need a breast reduction or breast lift. The two surgeries have two different purposes despite being relatively similar. This is the main reason why patients may be weighing up what option would be best for them before they go through the surgery. Before going into more detail, let’s look at the difference between a mastopexy and breast reduction surgery.

A mastopexy/breast lift involves lifting and tightening the existing skin in the breast area. This essentially helps the breasts to appear fuller and less aged.

A breast reduction involves the removal of skin and volume from the breast tissue to make the appearance of the breasts appear smaller.

There can be some cases where rather than choosing between having a breast reduction or breast lift, patients require both in order to get the results they require. There are two case studies provided in the video; the first shows an example of a breast lift being used. There has also been breast reduction used but this is minimal to remove the outer skin and reshape the breast.

The second case study shows an example of mastopexy being used. Again, in this case, though there has also been a form of breast reduction being used too. There are several factors that are considered when choosing between a breast reduction or breast lift including whether tissue needs to be removed, the volume of breast tissue and the size of the areola complex.

In some cases, both can be used but this can be discussed during a consultation to determine what option would be best for you. 

If you’d like more information on breast surgery then you can get in touch by contacting us here or by calling 0161 401 4064. You can also visit our breast reduction case study page