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You may need time to make your decision. Talking to family and friends about how you feel can help. A charity called Flat Friends supports ladies living without reconstruction after a mastectomy. Removing the lymph nodes Cancer cells might have spread into the lymph nodes close to the breast. Lymph nodes are found in many parts of the body.
You usually have one of these at the same time as your breast surgery. But some people might have an axillary lymph node dissection at a second operation. Treatment options Your doctor might give you a choice of treatments. This may be a choice between removing the whole breast (mastectomy) or having just the area of cancer removed (breast conserving surgery) and then having radiotherapy.
You are asleep the whole time. Many people now have breast surgery as a day case or go home the following day. If you have breast reconstruction at the same time you are more likely to be in hospital for 4 to 7 days. Everyone having treatment for breast cancer should have a specialist nurse or key worker.
Do ask your surgeon about this if you have not been introduced to someone. Davina's story Davina had a lumpecomy and lymph nodes removed. “I’m getting stronger every day by doing the exercises I was shown at the hospital.” .
During the operation, implants are inserted into your breasts to increase their size, change their shape, or make them more even. Breast enlargement is often known as a "boob job" or breast augmentation. You cannot usually get breast enlargement on the NHSYou'll usually have to pay to have breast implants.
It often depends on the area you live in. Your GP should be able to tell you more about the rules in your area. How much breast enlargement costs, In the UK, breast implant surgery costs around £3,500 to £8,000. This does not usually include the cost of consultations or follow-up care.
Some clinics may pay to advertise their services on search listings. Check the surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). They should be listed on the specialist register and have a licence to practise. Also check the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) to see if the surgeon is a "full member" on the specialist register for plastic surgery.
How long breast implants last, Breast implants do not last a lifetime. It's likely they'll need to be replaced at some point. Some women may need further surgery after about 10 years, either because of problems with the implants or because their breasts have changed around the implants. What a breast enlargement involves, Breast implant surgery is carried out under general anaesthetic.
You may be able to go home the same day, but may need to stay in hospital overnight if the operation was scheduled late in the day. You'll be given pain relief if you experience any discomfort afterwards. Recovery, You should be able to move around soon after having breast enlargement surgery.
Your scars should also start to fade. After a few months: Your breasts should start to look and feel more natural. You may be able to stop wearing your sports bra. It's safe to sunbathe and fly if you have breast implants. What could go wrong, Breast implants can sometimes cause problems, including: the breast feeling hard because scar tissue has shrunk around the implant (capsular contracture)a ruptured implant – this may cause small tender lumps (siliconomas), which are only noticeable on breast scans; the implant will need to be removedthe implant rotating within the breast, resulting in an abnormal shaperippling of the implant – this happens when the implant is only covered by a thin layer of tissue, which sticks to the surface of the implant and is very difficult to treatnerve problems in the nipples – they may become more sensitive, less sensitive, or completely numb; this can be temporary or permanent Also, any type of operation carries a small risk of:bleeding and clots – blood clots can be life threateninginfection – this is rare and would need to be treated with antibioticsan allergic reaction – to medicine or products used during surgery, such as antibiotics or latex, Your surgeon should be able to tell you more about these problems, including how likely they are and how they'll be corrected if you have them.
Mammograms are safe and do not cause the implant to rupture. Tell the person doing your mammogram if you have breast implants. X-rays cannot pass through implants, so they may need to do the mammogram a different way to allow as much breast tissue as possible to be seen. Read more about breast cancer screening.
You can also contact the Care Quality Commission (CQC) if you have concerns about your care. If necessary, you can make a complaint about a doctor to the General Medical Council (GMC), who regulate doctors' practice.The Royal College of Surgeons also has more information and advice about what to do if things go wrong.
Others desire to correct an asymmetry in breast size. Breast augmentation is performed with implants (see below) that can be placed under a chest muscle or over a chest muscle. The incision can be placed in the axilla (armpit), areola (the area surrounding the nipple), or lower breast fold. In general, all breast augmentations are minimally invasive procedures.
Breast implants are made up of a silicone shell filled with either saline (a salt water solution) or silicone gel. Women determine their desired size by fitting trial implants. Currently, saline filled implants are used on an unrestricted basis. Silicone gel filled implants, once banned by the FDA, are available only to women participating in approved studies.
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