Below you will find details of the main types of breast surgery we offer. Please navigate to the relevant section for a full detailed overview of the various procedures.
Breast Enlargement (or Augmentation) surgery consists of increasing the volume of the breasts, therefore giving a more pleasant shape in proportion with the rest of the body. Breast Augmentation is one of the most frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, and has the highest degree of patient satisfaction. It is usually performed under general anaesthesia and takes approximately 1 hour.
The implants chosen by the Surgeon together with the patient can be placed according to the patient’s needs either through a small incision in the axilla (the armpit), around the areola (nipple) or within the intra-mammary fold (beneath the breast). The implants are placed above or beneath the muscle depending on the patient’s physiology, the effect she is trying to achieve and in discussion with the Surgeon.
During the first week after surgery the patient will need to take things easy and avoid any excessive physical exercise. Normal light activities can start during the 2nd week, and the patient will finally be able to resume heavy lifting/upper body exercise from the 3rd or 4th week. Modern implants, filled with cohesive silicone gel, give excellent results and the highest standards of safety. The surgeon is able to choose from a very wide range of implants with various shapes (anatomical/teardrop shaped or round), volume and consistency of the gel. He/she is therefore able to choose the best possible implant to achieve the “look” that the patient wishes to obtain.
Mastopexy, or ‘Breast Uplift’ is performed when the breast has adequate volume but it has dropped and the position of the nipple is too low (mammary ptosis). Surgery lasts between 2 and 3 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia.
Round Block Breast Uplift
This is a method of Breast Uplift that does not involve the classic ‘lollipop’ scar – the incisions are only made around the areola. It can be offered to patients who do not have very pronounced sagging of the breast tissue.
Mastopexy not only gives uplift to the nipple and the breast but also achieves a new shape which is more round and youthful looking. In those cases where the sagging is not particularly severe, the resulting scar will be placed around the margin of the areola, whereas in those cases of more accentuated sagging, we need to add a vertical scar and in some cases a short horizontal one in the fold. How long the results lasts depends on the elasticity of the patient’s tissue/skin.
After Breast Uplift surgery the patient will need to rest for a week or so, but will gradually go back to normal activities after 3 to 4 weeks.
Breast Reduction is performed to reduce the volume of excessively big breasts (gigantomasty). Frequently, large breasts hinder the patient’s daily activities and can cause severe back and neck pain. Breast Reduction surgery also uplifts the breasts and is performed under general anaesthesia, taking approximately 3 – 4 hours.
At the end of the surgery the patient has breasts which are reduced in volume, in an uplifted position, with a younger, more pert appearance, and with a better shape. The resulting scars will always be circular around the margin of the areola (nipple) and vertically down towards the natural fold beneath the breast. In the case of extremely large breasts, there will also be a short horizontal scar in the intra -mammary fold. The sensitivity of the nipple is maintained in the majority of cases and after the first week of rest at home, the patient can start to do light exercise and activities within the following 2 to 3 weeks. In general, the level of satisfaction in patients who have this surgery is very high, since the appearance of the overall body shape and improved quality of life of the patient is increased.