Different Types of Body Contouring Procedures

Body contouring procedures have become increasingly popular in the last few decades, largely due to technological advancements. These modern techniques enable people to gain confidence in themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. There are so many different options out there which can be discussed with your surgeon, yet here are three of the most popular body contouring procedures that are giving people a new lease of life! 


Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as a breast enlargement or ‘boob job’, is a body contouring procedure that involves the insertion of implants below the breast tissue to increase the size of the breast and also to improve the overall shape. This is one of the most popular body contouring procedures out there. Not only does it make the breasts larger but it also helps to make the body look more proportioned in many cases. 

The shell of an implant is made of silicone, and then it is filled with either saline or silicone. The fill, shape and size of the implant will depend on personal preference, with advice being given by the surgeon. Full recovery can take around 6 weeks, with support bras needing to be worn. This body contouring procedure is likely to continue in popularity for years to come! 


Mummy Makeover

Mummy makeovers have become an extremely popular body contouring procedure in the last few years especially. This term refers to a combination of different procedures to help improve the contour of the breasts and stomach at the same time. Pregnancy can cause loose or sagging skin and breasts, which is what the mummy makeover is designed to change. 

The appeal of this body contouring procedure comes with the fact that in most cases, both the procedures on the stomach and breasts can be completed at the same time. This involves liposuction and/or an abdominoplasty, as well as a mastopexy and/or breast augmentation. The end result should reduce body fat whilst improving the contouring of the body. 


Brazilian Bum Lift

Another body contouring procedure that has gained mass popularity in the last few years is the brazilian bum lift. This is sometimes also referred to as BBL surgery and it involves having a buttock augmentation that looks natural. The aim of this body contouring procedure is to increase the size of the buttocks by transferring fat from one part of the body to the other, creating larger buttocks without needing to insert implants. 

The fat is usually removed from the hips, lower back and thighs which not only helps the bum to look bigger, but it also creates a better shape overall. Patients were travelling abroad for this body contouring procedure in order to access a reduction in price, yet the results are often very poor and there were various cases of patients dying as a result of the treatment. It is much safer to have this body contouring procedure done by a professional in the UK. The mortality rate for this operation is 1 in 3000, meaning surgeons are often very selective about who they allow to have the procedure. This is something you can discuss with the surgeon. 


Final Thoughts

Body contouring procedures can be fantastic for people’s confidence and can help people to feel much more comfortable in themselves. If you are interested in having a body contouring procedure or would like more information, please visit our breast augmentation or mummy makeover pages. You can also contact us to arrange a consultation!

The UK’s best doctors and nurses revealed by iWantGreatCare the leading provider of healthcare reviews

Whilst some people review their hotels and holidays on TripAdvisor, millions of patients have chosen to review their healthcare. In fact, iWantGreatCare now features 6 million reviews making it the largest independent source of patient feedback in the UK. Today, iWantGreatCare is awarding the Certificate of Excellence 2021 to those clinicians and practices who are most highly and consistently recommended by their patients.

This award is presented to leading clinicians, clinics and surgeries across the UK in recognition of the great care they deliver to their patients. Gary Ross, Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Manchester and proud winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2021 said:

“iWantGreatCare is a unique way of understanding what patients really think about the treatment and care they receive. It gives all clinicians and healthcare providers the chance to listen to what patients are telling them and see how they can continue to improve. I love getting feedback from patients and really appreciate the fact that iWantGreatCare gives all my patients the opportunity to provide feedback in a trusted and transparent way.”

Jon Twinn, Managing Director of iWantGreatCare, commented:

“It feels like the Certificates of Excellence are needed by the profession more this year than ever before. Despite the challenges of 2020, which affected patients and caregivers alike, thousands of patients across the UK continued to leave reviews every month – for doctors, nurses, GP Practices, hospitals, physios and many others. 

“It is truly inspirational to read the reviews of this year’s winners. When patients see an iWantGreatCare Certificate of Excellence, they know they will be receiving truly great care from one of the UK’s very best clinicians.”

To read the reviews of Mr Gary Ross please click https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/doctors/mr-gary-ross


Should I Remove Breast Implants Before Pregnancy?

Many people decide to have a breast augmentation before they have children and begin to question whether they should remove breast implants before pregnancy. It is a decision that is entirely up to you and individual circumstances can be discussed with your surgeon. However, it is safe to either keep them or remove breast implants before pregnancy. 

To find out more about which decision is right for you, take a look at the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding whether you should remove breast implants before pregnancy. 


Is It Essential To Remove Breast Implants Before Pregnancy?

It is not essential to remove breast implants before pregnancy. You can have a safe pregnancy and your implants will be fine, although the actual breast tissue can change. It is difficult to know exactly how each individual will be impacted by this, although as discussed below, having a breast lift to tighten sagging skin is often required after having breast implants, whether you have had children or not.


How Does Pregnancy Impact Breast Implants?

As the breasts get bigger as a result of breast milk, the skin stretches. The breasts then reduce in size after breastfeeding. Due to this, further surgery may be required later down the line in order to tighten the skin as some people experience sagging. This is one reason why people may remove breast implants before pregnancy. 

Although having children might speed up the process of skin sagging, having a breast augmentation revision to tighten the skin and correct the placement of implants is often required whether or not someone has children. Patients undergoing a breast augmentation should be informed that the tightening of this skin is almost always required at some point, as well as new implants around every 10 years. Essentially, this may not necessarily be a deciding factor about whether to remove breast implants before pregnancy, as the surgery will probably need to happen again anyway. 


Do Breast Implants Affect Breastfeeding?

Most people can breastfeed normally with breast implants, so this doesn’t need to be a significant concern when deciding whether to remove breast implants before pregnancy. If someone finds they struggle to breastfeed with implants, it is likely that they would have been unable to breastfeed anyway. 

The breasts are made up of very complex nerves, meaning in very rare cases, having a nipple incision to remove breast implants before pregnancy could damage minor ducts that are required for transmitting milk secretions. This could inhibit your ability to breastfeed, but again, it is very rare. 

Another very small possibility is that you will lose sensation in the nipple following breast implants. This can potentially make it more difficult to breastfeed, although this is not a common issue. If this is a concern making you consider whether to remove breast implants before pregnancy, discuss it with your surgeon. 


Final Thoughts

Whilst it is not essential to remove breast implants before pregnancy, some women decide it might be right for them. Discuss this with your surgeon as they will be able to give the best advice based on your personal circumstances. 

Overall, many women don’t remove breast implants before pregnancy and experience no issues. The main area of concern would be the appearance of the breasts due to sagging following pregnancy, and although pregnancy may speed up the process, this is likely to happen naturally anyway. 

If you want to remove breast implants before pregnancy, or it is something you are considering, feel free to visit our breast augmentation removal page to find out more information about the surgery. We have had many patients have their breast implants removed and you can browse through the case studies to see the before and after results.