Breast Surgery

Breast Surgery is among the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed each year. Whilst frequently done, it is also often done badly. Breast surgery can involve breast enhancement (or augmentation) which tends to involve the use of implants and it can also involve breast reduction (or mammoplasty).

What is breast enhancement, otherwise known as “breast augmentation”?
Breast augmentation, breast implants, breast enlargement or a “boob job” as it is often known, is surgery to change the shape and/or increase the size of repair breasts after surgery or trauma. This is done through a cosmetic surgery procedure using implants. The implants are usually shells made of silicone and filled with either a soft silicone gel or saline.

What happens when undergoing a breast enhancement procedure?
Breast implant surgery starts with your surgeon making an incision (cut) which will most likely cause some scarring. Your surgeon should have discussed with you the exact location of the incision beforehand so that you’re aware of where the scars will be. After the incision the implant is positioned between your breast tissue and chest muscle, or behind your chest muscle. Once the implants are in place, the incision is stitched and covered with a dressing. Breast implant surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic.

What are the risks of undergoing a breast enhancement procedure?
All forms of surgery carry some degree of risk. Complications that can affect anyone who has surgery include an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding and risk of infection. There are also a number of complications that are specifically associated with breast implant surgery. These are all recognised risks, but sometimes poor management of these complications can give grounds for a claim for compensation.

Breast Augmentation, Breast implant surgery or “Boob job” surgery complaints might involve:-

  • Breasts feeling hard (a condition called Capsular Contracture),
  • Ruptures in silicone or saline implants after breast augmentation surgery
  • Excessive or unsightly scar tissue from a breast implant operation
  • Lop-sided or different sized breasts (asymmetry)
  • Loss of Nipple sensation
  • Problems with implant placement or the creation of the ‘pockets’ for the implants, causing one or both implants to sit too high, low or laterally
  • Implants crossing over in the centre of the chest (symmastia or uni-boob).
  • Inappropriate type / size of implant inserted
  • Creasing and folds
  • Seroma (retention of fluid around the implant)

What is Breast reduction, otherwise known as “Mammoplasty”?
Female Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty is when you have surgery to remove excess fat and skin from your breasts which are reshaped and the nipples repositioned to form newer smaller breasts.

What is the procedure involved in undergoing a breast reduction procedure?
Breast reduction surgery starts with your surgeon making an incision (cut). As it involves the removal and repositioning of the nipples, scarring is inevitable and the extent of the scarring will depend on the individual case, your surgeon should have explained the implications to you in detail. It can create an anchor-shaped scar, a vertical scar from the nipple downwards and a horizontal scar in the crease below the breast.

What are the risks of undergoing a breast reduction procedure?
All forms of surgery carry some degree of risk. Complications that can affect anyone who has surgery include an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, risk of infection. Breast reduction surgery is not always straightforward. Several complications can arise and if you feel that you have suffered disfigurement because of your surgery or feel dissatisfied that it has not provided the results you expected you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Breast reduction or “Boob job reduction” surgery complaints might involve:-

  • Excessive or unsightly Scar tissue from a breast reduction operation
  • Uneven shape, Asymmetrical breasts, Lop-sided or different sized breasts
  • Asymmetrical nipples, where one appears higher than the other
  • Loss of Nipple sensation
  • Breast lumpiness
  • Wound healing problems
  • Infection
  • Haematoma

If you have experienced any of these problems, you may be entitled to compensation, contact us for free independent expert legal advice.

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