What sizes can I choose?
There is an extensive range of breast implant sizes that will be offered to you. Following an assessment with your surgeon, they will advise the most appropriate size for your desired look. Implants sizes are measured in “cc” which is a unit of volume.
What are high, or extra high profiles?
“Profiles” refers to the amount of forward projection off the chest wall. You and your surgeon may choose a round or contoured implant depending on the profile you wish to achieve. Mentor round implants are offered in 5 projections: low, moderate, moderate plus, high and ultra high. Similarly, Mentor Contour Profile Gel breast implants (CPG) are offered in 4 projections: moderate, moderate plus, high or extra high.
Does breast enlargement leave a scar?
A breast enlargement incision is made in the crease under the breast (inframammary fold), usually measuring 3-5cm in length. Your surgeon will discuss the size and placement of the incision with you before surgery. At first, the incision line will be red but after healing, it will fade to a thin white line – it can take up to a year to fully fade.
Do breast implants need to be replaced?
The length of time a breast implant lasts varies from individual to individual. The Medical Devices Agency has recommended that implants are replaced every 10-15 years or that you at least visit your surgeon for an assessment during this time.
Why would you need your implants replacing?
Typically, patients will have their implants in for around 10 years and then opt for an implant removal and reaugmentation procedure. This will normally be due to the natural changes that the female body undergoes during this time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and the natural ageing of skin can mean that breasts could change in shape and size, meaning that implants no longer sit on the chest wall as they once did. There are instances of patients having their implants in for 30 years so it really does depend on your own body.
Does breast enlargement affect breastfeeding?
Breast implants will not normally prevent breastfeeding but may adversely affect the shape of the breast as may pregnancy itself. Women should expect physical changes to their bodies that could affect the aesthetic results of surgery and in some cases, it is advised that patients wait until after completion of their family or have achieved their optimum weight before surgery.
Are breast implants safe?
Yes, breast implants are safe. We use Mentor, which are silicone gel implants; they have 4 layers of shell so there is no risk of leaking. Due to the surface and texture of how Mentor implants are made, there is less risk of capsulation and a low risk of rupture. You can read more about the implants Glow uses here.
Are breast implants subject to an independent review group?
The Independent Review Group (IRG) on Silicone Breast Implants was assembled by the Chief Medical Officer of the UK to review the possible health issues associated with silicone gel breast implants. Members of the IRG were selected for their independent views, their knowledge and understanding of the issues, and lack of any financial interest in the conclusions they reached. Led by Professor Roger D. Sturrock, MD, FRCP, the IRG reported in 1998 that there is no scientific evidence of an association between silicone gel-filled breast implants and any established connective tissue disease.
Are breast implants subject to the European Committee on Quality Assurance?
In July 1998, the European Committee on Quality Assurance and Medical Devices in Plastic Surgery released a report that contained the following conclusions: “There are conclusive scientific, clinical, immunological, epidemiological data, that silicone gel-filled breast implants do not cause any autoimmune nor connective tissue diseases”. Their report also stated, “Updated studies continue to show that silicone gel-filled implants do not cause cancer nor other malignant disease”. The entire declaration can be found online.