Breast augmentation is a common query in the Avoca Clinic and indeed, a popular procedure in Ireland. It offers patients the opportunity to enhance, enlarge and lift their breasts.
Technology has advanced hugely in the four decades since breast augmentation has entered the mainstream. Now, there are numerous techniques to choose from, tailored to each patient’s needs and desires. We also provide 3D Technology Simulation in our Wicklow clinic, so you can see what every option looks like on your body.
At the Avoca Clinic, our patients enjoy their new enhanced, beautiful and natural-looking breasts.
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Your Questions Answered
Your surgeon will discuss the size and shape you are looking for and advise on what is possible based on your natural breast size and body shape. You will be able to take your time examining the look and feel of your new breasts using the visualisation system in our Breast Suite.
Round implants add volume to the upper part of the breast giving a rounded look. Tear-drop shaped (anatomical) implants are more in keeping with the natural shape of the breast.
The incision is made in one of three places:
Inframammary is most commonly used at The Avoca Clinic, but your surgeon will decide which type of incision is right for you, depending on your body shape and the size of your implants.
Implants can be placed either on top of the pectoralis muscle but under the breast tissue (this is known as a sub-glandular insertion), or partially beneath the pectoralis muscle (sub-muscular injection). There is also the option of using the ‘dual plane’ method in which the implant sits behind muscle in the upper breast and tissue in the lower breast.
Breast augmentation recovery depends on the patient and procedure, but the surgery requires general anaesthetic and we recommend that patients take up to 5 days off work to recover. Full recovery can take a few weeks longer, but the long-term positive effects on your day to day life will last much, much longer.
When you can return to work may vary according to the type of work that is carried out by the patient. You will be advised accordingly following consultation.
Preparation takes a few steps. Initially, there’s an exploratory phase, where you meet with the consultants in our breast clinic and talk about what’s right for you. This might also involve using our cutting-edge 3D Technology Simulation, in which we scan your body, show you 3D recreation of your body onscreen, and then show you the available options and what they would look like on your body.
Physical and mental preparation are also important. Breast augmentations should only be carried out on women who have not breastfed for 6 months. Additionally, it is recommended that you be at a healthy, stable weight and feel positive about the procedure.
Breast surgery (or breast augmentation) is a procedure that has been perfected over decades. It involves breast implants being inserted in front of the muscle, behind the muscle or using the sub-fascial or ‘dual plane’ placement.
We use Mentor Silicone Breast Implants from Johnson & Johnson as they are FDA approved, long-established, reputable providers, of implants
All of the implants used by the Avoca clinic are Mentor Silicone Breast Implants made by leading manufacturers Johnson & Johnson. They have a lifetime warranty and the lowest complication rate on the market.
Implants can be placed either on top of the pectoralis muscle but under the breast tissue (this is known as a sub-glandular insertion), or partially beneath the pectoralis muscle (sub-muscular insertion). There is also the option of using the ‘dual plane’ method in which the implant sits behind muscle in the upper breast and tissue in the lower breast.
Every surgery has inherent risks: However, Avoca Clinic has state of the art facilities, top class surgeons with decades of collective experience and market-leading patient after-care working to ensure that our patients have the safest, most comfortable experience possible.
Additionally, every patient has full access to on-call nurses, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Breast augmentation is sometimes referred to as breast enlargement or breast enhancement. Some use the slang terms, “boob job”, “fake boobs” or “boob implants” however breast augmentation is the correct term.
For more information on Breast Augmentation, our Patient Advisors would be happy to speak to you on 01 201 4563, or just complete the contact form on this page and a member of our team will contact you. We look forward to welcoming you to The Avoca Clinic.
In recent years, the plastic surgery industry has become aware of and studied a known link between breast implants that have a textured surface and the condition Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The condition is not breast cancer - it is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer of the immune system). Not all textured surfaces are manufactured in the same way and they appear to convey different levels of risk. As a result, it is difficult to draw definite conclusions at this time. BIA-ALCL is rare and, usually very treatable. Recent research in the UK suggests the risk of developing BIA-ALCL is approximately 1 in 24,000 breast implants. Although rare, it is important that those with breast implants, and those considering surgery, are aware of the potential risks that may be associated with their breast implants.
According to recent reports made to medical device regulators worldwide, the majority of cases of BIA-ALCL have been seen in implants manufactured by Allergan with an implant surface called BIOCELL. These implants are available worldwide but can only be sold under licence. All medical devices in Europe are regulated and must have a stamp of safety or licence known as a CE mark. Due to concerns over the possible link with Allergan’s textured surface (Biocell®), the CE mark has not been re-awarded for this product. Hence from late December 2018, Allergan’s textured implants are no longer available for patient use. This is a precautionary measure until more data becomes available and Allergan continues to work with the authorities to clarify the issue. Due to concerns over the possible link with Allergan’s textured surface, the CE mark has not been re-awarded for this product. This is a precautionary measure until more data becomes available and Allergan continues to work with the authorities to clarify the issue.
We advise that individuals with breast implants should continue with their normal follow up plan post-surgery unless they have noticed a build-up of fluid or a lump, in which case they should seek advice from their GP. In relation to BIA-ALCL, experts have not recommended that healthy individuals without symptoms should have a removal of breast implants.
How it works
We scan your body with an iPad equipped with a special sensor. A few seconds later, an image of your body appears on a large screen in front of you in 3D. You can then select implants of various different shapes and sizes and with a single click, see how they would look on your body, comparing the new image with you actual image. You get an actual 3D “before” and “after” view of how different sizes of implants would look on your body. It’s a great way to check a number of sizes or whether a round or anatomical implant would best suit your shape.
*Disclaimer – There is no guarantee of specific results and results can vary from patient to patient. Our team of consultant plastic surgeons will ensure you are in safe hands and discuss your results at your consultation.