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By using the latest breast reconstruction techniques, we can offer women the chance to regain their natural silhouette and help to restore their confidence in their body.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, our surgeons are world-class experts at breast reconstruction surgery. There are two main methods for this procedure and your surgeon will discuss all the options with you at an initial consultation.
On this page, we look at:
- The different methods of breast reconstruction.
- The latest advice on breast implants
- Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?
Methods of breast reconstruction surgery
Autologous breast reconstruction is considered the “gold standard of breast reconstruction”. This technique uses your own tissue from elsewhere on your body to create a new breast for you. Your surgeon can take tissue from your abdomen, back or thighs and use it to fashion a breast that feels soft and looks natural.
Our surgeons can also use implants or tissue expanders to reconstruct your breast. This is a more straightforward technique with a quicker recovery.
Both methods offer excellent results, and your surgeon will be able to advise you on which is best for you.
The latest advice on breast implants
Since December 2018, regulatory bodies in many countries have made statements about breast implants after some negative publicity about the possible effects of implants on health.
The research data is inconclusive and has been interpreted differently by different countries. No country has advised that women with implants have them removed or replaced as a precautionary measure.
However, breast implants are not designed to be lifelong products and will need to be replaced at some point.
The Breast and Cosmetic Implant register (BCIR) collects breast implant data about patients in England and Scotland. The MHRA has a reporting system to gather and analyse information in the UK and is linked to data compiled by public health organisations in other countries.
The most recent advice from MHRA on BIA-ALCL was updated on the 4th of April 2019.
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your breast reconstruction surgery?
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 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 stay overnight after a procedure, you will be delighted with the care that you will 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
If you have had reconstruction with an implant you will stay in hospital for one night, however, autologous breast reconstruction is a more complex procedure that may require you to stay with us for five or six days.
The healing process should be well underway by the time of your consultation with your surgeon after one month.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, we know that a stress-free experience with excellent aftercare makes for happy patients and quicker healing. After surgery, you will be cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our luxuriously comfortable inpatient ward. You will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will receive detailed instructions about how to care for yourself and your breasts at home. You can discuss any issues at your regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon but you can also phone us any time after your discharge if you are concerned or have any questions.
The excellence of our surgical team at North Bristol Private Hospital ensures that complications are very rare, however, all surgical procedures carry risks.
Bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, implant displacement or rupture and capsular contracture are all possible after breast reconstruction surgery.
All these risks will be explained to you in detail at your consultations with your surgeon and you will be asked to sign a consent form.
Breast reconstruction surgery is very individual and will depend on whether your surgeon will be using flaps or implants.
Your procedure will last between two and eight hours and your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.
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.
It is important that you wear your support garment for up to twelve weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will tell you when you are sufficiently healed to wear normal bras again.
We only use the best quality implants available. Our surgeons like to use Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast implants which have silicone elastomer shells. The implants 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.
Our extensive discussions with you about how surgery can help will ensure that there are no surprises for you after your breast reconstruction surgery. We will ensure that your expectations are realistic and informed and we are sure that you will be delighted with your results.