It is no secret that an active lifestyle can help you to look and feel more body confident, and we are advocates of this.
Stay active, eat well, and live for longer, right?
It is not always that simple…
Busting a gut, staying focussed and working hard to maintain your perfect weight is tough at the best of times.
Choosing to change your lifestyle to get fit, healthy and refine your body shape is inspiring…
but what if you reach your goal weight and you are still not happy with the result?
We see many patients who struggle with low self-esteem and confidence, even after they have lost weight, or joined the gym, mainly due to solving one problem and another occurring. Weight loss can change the size and shape of your breasts, and may result in a huge reduction in size or not much breast left at all. Skin that has been stretched can appear saggy and deflated and nipples can point downwards, rather than towards the front area of the chest wall.
Breast implants can sometimes fill the space where skin has stretched and give you back some size, shape and structure (and cleavage). On some occasions, breast implants, along with a breast uplift is required, to elevate the nipple location and lift the whole breast upwards.
For large, broad-based, and severely sagging breasts, both a breast reduction and breast uplift is advised. This allows excess skin and folds to be removed, before lifting and shaping.
Downtime and Recovery
After the surgery, a compression garment will need to be worn for around 4-6 weeks.
Downtime is usually about 2 weeks, and any bending or heavy lifting should be avoided for at least a month. Swelling should subside in about six or seven weeks, and the breasts will settle into their final shape in a few months.
Exercise After Surgery
As part of your aftercare routine, and to get the best results from your surgery, it is so important to take care of yourself. This includes avoiding vigorous exercise or activities for some time. Although being active throughout your recovery period is not advised, your surgery will not stop you being active in the future and this means you can continue with your previous activity and regain your fitness levels.
Is Breast Surgery Right for You?
If you lack confidence in your body despite achieving fantastic weight loss results, breast implant surgery can be an option to consider. It can be carried out on its own or alongside breast uplift
surgery or breast reduction
surgery, depending on your desired look.
All surgery is unique to you and your body. To get the most out of your surgery, we advise to you come along and meet the breast specialist surgeons, that way you can speak to them about your journey and your hopes and fears.
can talk you through the procedure, your aftercare and expected results during this free consultation.
When you have made the decision to have your surgery and you feel relieved and excited; ready for your transformation, there is one more important thing for you to consider…recovery time.
For your surgery to be as successful as possible, we ask that you follow the care teams advice to ensure you heal both physically and emotionally. Taking care of yourself and looking after your surgical wound area is extremely important and this care will make sure your cosmetic procedure has the best long-lasting results. Your nurse will be on hand and will ensure you are given full guidelines to work from.
Most people recover well after surgery and with the help of our care team there are more likely to be few side effects.
Some cosmetic surgery procedures can take days to recover from, others may take weeks or even months.
For nearly all procedures you will need to take some time off work and remain at home for a good start to your recovery. Depending on the exact procedure, your age, general health and wellbeing you may find the amount of time you will need to take off from work will vary.
Breast Surgery Procedures
Depending on which procedure you are having: breast augmentation, breast enlargement, breast reduction or breast uplift; there are some variables to the procedures that may alter recovery time.
We are all different and respond differently to surgery, but you should expect to take at least two weeks rest from work. Your body needs this time to heal and recover.
Of course your surgeon will asses you individually and make recommendations specific to your job or level of daily activity. Your breast care nurse will be there to guide you, and can provide advice on practical activities such as driving, lifting, childcare and leisure.
As part of your aftercare you will be invited back to the clinic for follow-up examinations where your surgeon will monitor your healing and recovery process and will be able to provide a more definitive timeline for recovery expectations and a return to work.
What About My Tummy Procedures?
Liposuction – The recovery process after liposuction will depend very much on the size of the area targeted and will vary from person to person, but in most cases, recovery is usually quick and the pain you experience should be manageable with over-the-counter pain-relief medications. Generally, you should be able to return to work within a few days and within a couple of weeks you will be back up to your normal pace; more extensive surgery may take a slightly longer recovery time. Your aftercare team are always on hand to guide you through any queries you may have following your procedure.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) – Depending on whether you have a partial (mini) or full tummy tuck the length of time before you return to work may be affected. You should expect to take between four to six weeks off work, it may take several weeks before any swelling or bruising goes down and you feel fully recovered. Another thing to consider is that you will not be permitted to drive for a few weeks following surgery; your insurance company will provide their exact legislation, but if you drive to and from work, you will need to factor this into your recovery plan. As with all surgery, recovery time can vary between our patients, however our aftercare team will provide you will support and advice during your follow-up appointments and throughout your time with us.
Face, Neck, Eyes and Nose
Face and Neck – Surgical techniques will involve an incision into the skin, which means your face or neck will be fully bandaged to support and protect the stitched area. You should expect bruising and swelling to bell be visible for at least two weeks and we recommend that you take between two to four weeks rest from work; of course dependant upon your response to surgery and the type of work you do; less or more physically strenuous work will be taken into consideration. Your surgery aftercare team will provide guidance and advice at your follow-up appointments, advising when you should return to work.
Eyes (Blepharoplasty) and Nose (Rhinoplasty)
Eyes (Blepharoplasty) – Whether you are having upper or lower eyelid surgery, your eyes will feel swollen, tender and bruised and any stitched area will be protected with a dressing, usually removed after one week. Initially, you may also experience some blurred vision which will feel disconcerting, but this will ease with time. We recommend that you take a rest from work after eye bag removal, for at least one week to give the stitches time to heal and for the swelling, bruising and tenderness in the delicate eye area to reduce.
Nose (Rhinoplasty) – Immediately following nose reshaping surgery you will be required to wear a splint and packs over your nostrils and eyes. You will need to wear the splint for a further seven to ten days and it is advisable that you do not return to work until the splint has been removed. There may still be some swelling and bruising around the facial area for a few more weeks, or possibly longer, so you may want to consider taking further time off from work until any discomfort or bruising has settled down. At your aftercare appointments, the care team will be with you to discuss your recovery and assist you with returning to work.
Our Commitment to Your Recovery
Our aftercare team offer each patient a full and unlimited recovery plan following their surgery and are with you all the way. We have a talented team of surgeons and care nurses who can guide you physically and emotionally through your journey. You will have regular follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery and healing process and a 24hour on-call nurse service, should you experience any concerns or queries, or you simply want to ask a question. Getting used to the new you and allowing time to rest and recover alongside our team is important to us – this is all about you.
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Can I Breastfeed after Breast Surgery?
Breastfeeding With Implants. If you are pregnant or planning to have children, you may worry whether your breast implant will affect your ability to breastfeed your new baby. Breast enlargement surgery can be suitable for many ladies and here we discuss the suitability for future or present mothers who are looking to breastfeed their babies, after having implants.
Well, the good news is, it is still possible to breastfeed successfully after breast augmentation and in most cases your implant will not affect breastfeeding. That said, breast implants can affect your ability to produce a full milk supply, so, there are a few points to consider that will improve your chances of problem free breastfeeding.
The main factor that will determine breastfeeding success is the surgery itself; the location of the incision and how the implants are placed.
If the incision is made under the fold of the breast (Inframammary Technique) or under the armpit (Transaxillary Technique), the milk ducts and nerves remain intact and connected to the nipple, this will increase the chance of the milk supply remaining unaffected and is the preferred technique for women planning on future breastfeeding.
Placement of the implant also has an important role in affecting your ability to breastfeed.
For increased milk production and flow, it is preferable for the implant to be placed under the chest muscle; implants placed directly above the chest muscle could place pressure on the glandular tissue and may impede milk production.
For both of these reasons, we always advise you to discuss with your Surgeon during your initial complimentary consultation your desire to breastfeed in the future, and your Surgeon will then be able to consider and discuss with you the surgical procedures most compatible with breastfeeding.
A further consideration is the initial reason for your breast augmentation. If your implant was to enhance small breasts, it could be the case that you may not have had sufficient functional glandular tissue (Breast Hypoplasia), as a result, milk production for breastfeeding may have been an issue prior to surgery and the introduction of implants would not further affect your existing milk supply/production capacity post-surgery. As a result, you could be at a greater risk of having a low breastfeeding milk supply.
Many ladies also ask questions relating to whether the implant will cause any harm to your baby; can materials leak from the implant into the breast milk?
According to many reports and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, there hasn’t been any clinical reports of problems in babies of mothers with silicone implants.
It is possible that you may experience some breastfeeding side effects that may be heightened due to the introduction of your implants and scar tissue from the surgery: breast engorgement if the milk can’t flow freely from the breast, also, Mastitis may have slightly worse effects for women with implants due to engorgement or scar tissue. These are issues all ladies might experience and there are many ways in which to help and prevent them.
Feeding little and often is a good way to stimulate the milk supply and keep it flowing, and ensuring your baby is latched on correctly, can help you get the most out of feedings.
Remember that often if the supply of amount of milk you produce doesn’t amount to a full feed, any amount of milk you produce if good for your baby, and can be supplemented with powdered milk.
This is true for all mothers, not just those who have had prior breast surgery.
Your cosmetic surgery aftercare nurse and patient care team are available throughout your cosmetic surgery. Your consultation allows you to discuss implants after surgery with your surgeon and the team can work with you to ensure you have all the information you need to make a decision.
You can book in for a consultation in Preston, Bolton, Manchester or Warrington.