Breast surgery is one of the most common areas for secondary or corrective procedures. Women may choose to undergo breast corrective surgery to rectify changes to the body caused by ageing or pregnancy following their initial breast surgery.

Breast corrective surgery may also involve the re-positioning of implants, dealing with ruptured implants, or downsizing from implants by a previous surgeon that were too large.

Only a surgeon capable in all modern techniques and with complete knowledge can be sure to achieve the highest levels of results. 

On this page, we look at:

  • What is corrective or secondary surgery?
  • The Impact of ageing on breast surgery
  • What if the initial breast surgery was performed poorly?
  • Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?

What is corrective or secondary surgery?

Corrective surgery is a treatment a patient may be considering if they are unhappy or dissatisfied with their previous surgery performed by a different surgeon. This form of surgery is different from a planned follow-up. Corrective surgery can be something wholly unplanned: the result of the unpredictable nature of treatment or surgeon error.

Correcting and improving upon previous cosmetic surgery is an area of expertise for the surgeons at North Bristol Private Hospital. 

The impact of ageing on breast surgery

It’s important to remember that ageing continues after cosmetic surgery. The initial surgery might have been performed to the highest of standards, but the passing of time, and the unpredictable nature of ageing, can lead to the results changing as the years go by. 

Areas that were lifted might sag once again, or the shape of breasts might change in following implants or a reduction. Your original surgeon should have made these possibilities clear, outlining that over the decades it might become desirable to have secondary surgery. 

In our experience, if the initial breast surgery was motivated by a desire to lessen the impact of ageing, it is not uncommon for further ageing to require further treatment.

What if the initial breast surgery was performed poorly?

It can be very upsetting for a patient to have to seek a remedy for a flawed initial procedure. It is easy to say that this should not happen, that any qualified cosmetic surgeon should always deliver excellent results, but sadly this is not the case.

When this happens, the job of the secondary surgeon case is two-fold. To help the patient receive the results they wanted in the first place, but also to wipe away the impact of that initial bad experience. They will do this through empathy, calmness and kindness, and the highest standards of pre and after care that North Bristol Hospital is known for.

Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?

We offer world-class breast surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within eight weeks of your first contact with us.

We know that any surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you we can make you feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may have.

If you need to stay overnight after your secondary breast correction surgery, you will be delighted with the care that you receive from your own dedicated nurse in our luxurious in-patient ward.

We can accommodate any requirements that you may have in terms of security or religious and cultural practices. For example, we can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if this would make you more comfortable.

If your relatives or friends accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.

Frequently asked questions

There are always risks with any surgery and in this case, these include swelling, infection, scarring, temporary loss of breast sensation and a permanent inability to breastfeed.

By choosing a premium provider like North Bristol Private Hospital you are minimising these risks.

You will be thoroughly informed of all the possible complications, and we will provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultation.

We only use the best quality implants available. Our surgeons like to use Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast implants which have silicone elastomer shells and are filled with MemoryGel, Mentor’s own silicone gel. These are used widely in the European Union where 95% of implants are filled with silicone gel and only 5% with saline or other fillers.

You can choose between round or teardrop-shaped implants both of which give excellent results. Your surgeon will advise you on which shape and size are best for your body during your pre-operative consultations.

You will need rest after your breast corrective surgery to allow your body to heal and it is best to avoid sports, housework and dog walking for up to two weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you when you can resume normal activities and start exercising again.

At North Bristol Private Hospital, we know that a stress-free experience with excellent aftercare makes for happy patients and quicker healing.

If you need to stay overnight, you will spend a night being cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our luxuriously comfortable in-patient ward. 

Whether you are a day patient or in-patient, you will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will have regular follow-up appointments. You can phone us any time after your discharge if you are concerned or have any questions.

Discomfort is usual after a surgical procedure and your breasts will be sore and swollen after surgery.

You should not anticipate extreme pain unless there is a complication, but pain relief is always available.

Our extensive discussions with you about how surgery can help will ensure that there are no surprises for you after your procedure.  We will ensure that your expectations are realistic and informed and we are sure that you will be delighted with your results.

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How much does Breast Corrective surgery cost?

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

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Our aim is to provide the best surgical treatments available.

We understand the price of surgical treatments can be a crucial deciding factor for many patients however there is no one price fits all, and we provide prices commensurate with the level of surgical excellence being provided. We offer options of ways to pay including 0% finance.

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