After pregnancy my breasts aren’t the same – what can I do?

It’s normal for the breasts to change shape and lose some of their size and elasticity after pregnancy, particularly following breast feeding. One potential solution is breast augmentation. As the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world it’s a proven procedure with a high satisfaction rate.

Clearly it’s not just targeted at post partum women and is a procedure for anyone who is unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts but it is an effective restorative procedure for women who have gone through weight loss or pregnancy.

Breast augmentation isn’t always suitable for everyone though. If the underlying problem is sagging muscles or skin you might be advised that augmentation could actually end up creating a less pleasing affect that just doing nothing. The surgeon will discuss this with you if it’s an issue.

The procedure - how will my breasts change?

An incision is made underneath the breast, an area called the inframammary fold and an implant pocket is created below or above the chest muscle, then the implant is inserted into this space. There are different types, sizes and shapes of implants, and the one used is dependent upon the needs of the patient, which will have been discussed in advance with the surgeon.

There is generally a choice of two implant materials; either silicone or saline, both of which are developed to be safe with a thick, specially coated shell. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, and patients should expect an overnight stay in hospital.

After your augmentation procedure, your breasts will be fuller and more pert - back to their pre-pregnancy shape, or even better if that's what you choose.

Recovery time

Of course, every person is different and their body will react differently to treatment, although there are a number of predictable recovery stages. These generally last for about three months. Immediately after the procedure, there is likely to be some pain, swelling and bruising. The pain should disappear quickly, but the swelling may take a couple of weeks to fully go down.

One week off work would be advisable, as well as six weeks off from sport – especially anything high impact. After about three months 90% of the recovery process should be done.

What if I want another baby?

On a final note it’s worth mentioning that if you’re planning future pregnancies then breast augmentation won’t be a problem. Implants won’t get in the way of breast feeding and the additional support that they give your breasts will help prevent some of the more drastic changes that can occur.

I'm a professional singer, will rhinoplasty affect my voice?

I’m a professional singer, will rhinoplasty affect my voice?

I'm a professional singer, will rhinoplasty affect my voice?Undergoing any kind of surgical procedure that has the potential to affect the voice is always going to be a cause of some concern to professional singers, and rhinoplasty is no exception. You should be reassured though that any good aesthetic surgeon will be focused on minimising any side effects, particularly medical complications. Clearly if your career is dependent on your voice this will form a key part of any discussions in the initial consultation.

Risk of permanent change is small

Generally, the consensus amongst most professionals in this area is that the risk of the voice being changed detrimentally from rhinoplasty is small. It may even be possible to improve resonation and tonality if your voice has a nasal quality currently.

The biggest risk probably comes from intubation, where a breathing tube is placed past the vocal cords for the patient’s safety during the procedure. There is theoretically the possibility of some damage at this point if the tube isn’t introduced with care, but consultant anaesthetists are highly trained and experienced in this technique so the risk is minimal.

Expect a temporary change during recovery from rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure carried out under anaesthetic and will require an overnight stay in hospital so there will be some bruising and swelling during the first few weeks of the recovery period. It’s at this time that your voice may change its characteristics although there should be no need to be alarmed. It’s perfectly normal for the swelling and increased mucous to cause congestion and a temporary change to your voice. Normal service should be resumed within a month though.

If you are concerned about a permanent change, no matter how small then you could speak to the rhinoplasty surgeon (maybe more than one to get a second opinion), a laryngologist and your voice coach (if you have one) before making the decision. It is worth considering that Barabara Streisand and Dean Martin both had rhinoplasty and it certainly didn’t have a negative effect on their singing careers.

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