Breast Augmentation, Reduction, Lift, and Reconstruction – in London, Birmingham and Hereford

The Institute of Aesthetics and Dr. Vik Vijh are skilled in breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast augmentation, and breast lift surgery. Our Birmingham, London, and other offices are pristine environments where only the most advanced and highest quality instruments and implants are used.

Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation - Diagram Breast augmentation is a procedure available to women who wish to enlarge their breasts. While this surgery is not for all women, it has been known to improve confidence and self-esteem in those who choose it. As a result, most patients are more satisfied with their new body image. View photos of some of our breast augmentation surgeries in our Gallery.

Breast Augmentation Procedure

Breast augmentation surgery involves inserting a breast prosthesis, usually soft silicone or saline in a silicone bag, either in front of, or behind, the pectoralis muscle. In order to insert the prosthesis, a two-inch incision is made in one of three places: in the armpit where it can be easily concealed, in the crease under the breast, or through an incision around the nipple. There are different types of prostheses and various forms of breast augmentation surgery. Most commonly, Mr. Vijh uses the "made to measure" technique for breast augmentation. This involves measuring the dimensions of your chest and ordering an implant that fits it exactly. This ensures you always get as close as possible to a natural looking breast that does not look like it has been operated upon.

Breast Augmentation Risks and Recovery

Breast Augmentation - DiagramFollowing breast augmentation surgery there will be some soreness, especially when moving your arms. While this will improve within the first week, you should plan on waiting six weeks before resuming any type of strenuous activity. The risks involved in breast augmentation are rare, but include haematoma, infection, scarring, shifting of the implant, unevenness between the two breasts, or an increase or decrease of feeling in the nipple or breast which may affect sexual response or the ability to nurse a baby. During your breast augmentation consultation at our London, Birmingham or Hereford office, Dr. Vijh will be available to discuss possible risks of surgery. Answers to some of your cosmetic surgery questions can be found here.

Mr. Vik Vijh will be able to discuss your breast augmentation and surgical options during your initial consultation at our London, Birmingham, and Hereford locations.

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Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction - Diagram Breast reduction surgery is performed to make the breasts smaller and more shapely. Most patients who undergo breast reduction are individuals who suffer from back, neck, shoulder, or breast pain or have difficulties exercising; have asymmetry; or are experiencing embarrassment or depression due to their condition.

Breast Reduction Procedure

There are different methods of breast reduction performed in our Birmingham, London, and other offices, but all three methods include raising the nipple to a higher position while keeping it attached to the glandular tissue. Breast reduction surgery will leave only two scars, one around the areola, and one that runs vertically from the areola to the fold underneath the breast. However, if there is a large amount of excess skin, an additional horizontal scar will be necessary. In extremely large breasts, the nipple may be completely removed and surgically reattached. In such cases, nipple sensation will be completely lost and breast-feeding will not be possible following breast reduction surgery.

Breast Reduction Risks and Recovery

The breast reduction procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and typically lasts two hours. However, a one-night stay in the hospital is often required to allow time for the wounds to drain and make sure there are no complications. With the use of new breast reduction techniques, risks are rare but include haematoma, fat necrosis, infection, loss of feeling in the nipples, scabbing or discoloration of the nipple, scarring, skin wrinkling, or minor asymmetry between breasts, View breast reduction FAQs here.

If you are considering breast reduction, contact The Institute of Aesthetics in London, Birmingham, or Hereford to schedule a consultation today.

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Breast Lift

Breast Lift - Diagram A breast lift, or Mastopexy, is surgery designed to raise breasts that are too droopy. While breast lift surgery at our Birmingham and other offices can be combined with a breast reduction or breast augmentation, a mastopexy alone does not add or remove tissue to change the volume of the breast. The breast lift is often performed on individuals whose skin has stretched following a pregnancy or significant weight loss. Questions regarding cosmetic breast lift surgery are answered here.

Breast Lift Risks and Recovery

Breast lift surgery is normally performed using a general anaesthetic, and an overnight stay in the hospital is usually required. You may return to work one or two weeks following surgery, but it will take about four weeks to make a full recovery. For three months after a breast lift, you should wear a sports bra for the additional support it provides. The risks associated with breast lift include scarring and a decrease in or possible loss of nipple sensation.

If you are considering a breast lift, Dr. Vik Vijh can answer your questions regarding the surgery performed at our Birmingham, London, and Hereford locations.

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Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction - DiagramPractically any woman who loses her breast as a result of cancer can have it rebuilt. Breast reconstruction can begin immediately after the mastectomy (breast removal). This way, your breast is removed and replaced with a prosthesis before you wake. However, since there are so many breast reconstruction options, patients are advised to take the time to consider all their choices before undergoing the procedure. TIA provides answers to your breast reconstruction questions, here.

Breast Reconstruction Procedure

Breast reconstruction is a two-part process. In the first stage, general anaesthetic is used and either a balloon expander or a breast implant is put in place. If you need tissue expansion, Mr. Vik Vijh will periodically inject a salt-water solution into the balloon expander over several weeks or months. The design of some expanders is such that they can stay in the breast once they are full. Commonly, however, the balloon expander will be replaced with a permanent breast implant. A nipple is then added to the breast during the second stage of the procedure.

Breast Reconstruction Risks and Recovery

As with all breast augmentation surgeries, there are risks involved with breast reconstruction, including bleeding, fluid collection, infection, excessive scar tissue, or difficulties with anaesthesia. The most common problem is capsular contracture, which occurs if the scar begins to tighten around the breast implant. This may cause the implant to feel hard, and replacement or removal of the implant from the breast may be necessary. Typical recovery time following a mastectomy combined with breast reconstruction is about six weeks. However, recovery may be shorter if the procedure is performed separately from a mastectomy. View breast reconstruction photos in our Gallery.

The final result may vary slightly from your natural breast. The new breast may feel firmer, or appear rounder or flatter than the original. It also may not precisely match your opposite breast. For more information on the various implants available, or to learn more about breast reconstruction surgery itself, contact Mr. Vik Vijh at The Institute of Aesthetics.

If you are interested in any of the procedures featured on this page, including breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift surgery, please contact our London, Birmingham, or other offices for a personal consultation.

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