Congenital breast correction is available in Bristol through Elena Prousskaia, a world-renowned cosmetic surgeon who has held Fellowships at some of the world’s top hospitals.
There are many fine cosmetic surgeons in Bristol covering a wide range of treatments. However, in the field of breast surgery and issues such as tuberous breast and congenital breast asymmetry, Elena Prousskaia stands apart.
She undertook a three-year Fellowship in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction and Breast Oncoplastic Surgery at Guys and St Thomas Hospitals in London, this in addition to fellowships in Tokyo, Italy, Spain and more.
Ms Prousskaia has also worked for the North Bristol Trust, working there with patients who suffered from breast cancer, again demonstrating her specialism in breast surgery.
If you are considering congenital breast correction in Bristol, it is no exaggeration to say that Ms Prousskaia’s CV and experience is unsurpassed. Plus, being a female plastic surgeon she has the deepest empathy and understanding for what her breast patients may be experiencing
Who is Congenital Breast Correction Suitable For?
This is a procedure that is potentially suitable for anyone who has concerns over their breasts and a sense that they have not developed as might be expected.
Often, issues become apparent from puberty, although many women are not in a position to consider surgery until later in life.
It may be that the breasts have not developed evenly in shape or size – this known as breast asymmetry.
There may also be tuberous breast, this where the breasts are somewhat tube shaped, with a large space in-between. With this condition, the breasts are often underdeveloped at the lower part and the areola may be large and dilated.
Congenital breast conditions are not uncommon and it is likely that they are hugely under reported as many women simply live with the condition as it is not one with health implications.
However, these conditions can have a major impact on self-esteem, confidence and sense of self. Negativity about one’s breasts can impact a person’s social life, relationships and even cross over into work and more.
Of the impact, Elena has written
Before surgery there is always a shadow on their faces that seems to say, “I know I am different, I do not like myself. Will it ever be over? Does it have a solution?”
It’s distressing for the young woman and her family. Fast forward to post-op, I can see a completely different expression on their faces. It is a relaxed and confident smile, like a huge weight has been lifted! It is very similar to what I see after I reconstruct breast cancer patients, they struggle to believe it can be over until it is done.
I particularly enjoy seeing these girls coming in with a new partner, before surgery many of them were single, so I feel I not only helped to change their body and mind but also had a positive impact on their personal life.
This is the real value of procedures such as this, changing someone’s life for the better.
Suitability would be assessed at a detailed consultation. Ms Prousskaia sees the consultations as vital, they are the chance for the prospective patient to outline the results they hope for and the surgeon to suggest the results they can achieve and the recommended method.
A second consultation is then usual, this giving time for a decision to be made and the person to decide if surgery is truly for them.
Congenital Breast Anomalies Correction – Process
There is no singular approach that will be suitable in every instance, instead the skilled and experienced surgeon has a range of techniques at their disposal.
One option is implants, and there are sub divisions here as to whether saline or silicone implants are recommended. Implants would add volume and shape as required, helping to reshape the breasts and address issues such as asymmetry.
In other cases, it might be that rearranging existing breast tissue is a suitable approach – this obviously reliant on there being sufficient breast tissue but not in optimal position.
Fat transfer would be suitable for some patients, fat grafted from one area of the body, for instance the thighs or abdomen, and then used to help shape the breasts. For anyone who has some additional weight they would like to lose in a specific area, this can be a way to achieve both aims in one cosmetic procedure, thus saving expense and also reducing recovery time overall.
Fat transfer can also be used in combination with implants, enabling smaller implants to be used, and helping to add an extra degree of refinement to the process.
However, it is not possible here to say which option would be the best in any individual case, that would be the aim of a consultation,
The prospective patient also does not need to be an expert in the options, if they have a sense that a procedure would be beneficial they simply need to arrange a consultation and then have an open and honest conversation with a surgeon. The surgeon will use all the information, including medical history, to suggest a best course of action.
The operation itself is likely to take between two to three hours but, again, this will vary depending on the precise nature.
Post-surgery, physical activity should be avoided for 48 hours and exercises such as sport, dog walking and housework avoided for at least six weeks. It may be eight to 12 months until strenuous activities can be resumed and it may take this length of time for final results to be visible as swelling settles down.
It is an involved procedure and one where the skill and experience of the surgeon is vital – they have to factor in how the breast will adjust post surgery and the final share they will settle into.
The Cost of Correcting Congenital Breast Deformities
The cost for the procedure covers the surgeon fee, anaesthetist and the fees inherent with using a private hospital.
In Bristol, this is the Bristol Spire hospital, a wonderful modern building that is equipped with the highest quality equipment. The hospital also has a reputation for wonderful levels of care, with feedback praising the staff and level of professionalism.
At the time of writing, prices would start from around £6,000 – however, the nature of this surgery, the wide range of specific cases it covers, means that in reality an accurate cost can only be provided at a detailed consultation.
If you choose to have a consultation with Ms Prousskaia, she would provide a full, detailed quote, this inclusive of all fees and after care.
About Elena Prousskaia
Elena is cosmetic surgeon with approaching 20 years’ experience, she is known as one of the leading surgeons operating in the UK.
Starting her career at the North Bristol trust she dedicated several years to complex microsurgical reconstruction as well as general plastic surgery.
Elena has held Fellowships around the world, including prestigious posts with Guys and St Thomas in London and Fellowships in Italy, Barcelona, India and the University Hospital of Tokyo.
As befitting a leading surgeon she has won awards and written for numerous leading medical journals.
Credentials are of course important, but so too the ethos of the cosmetic surgeon and their ability to truly listen to anyone considering surgery.
Of her ethos, Elena says.
“The one thing that matters most to me when I am with a patient is empathy.
“It is only when you are able to identify and understand your patients problems that you can begin to help resolve them satisfactorily. A good surgical outcome is not the only thing that matters.
“Everything that you do and say to a patient has to come from your heart. I consider myself very lucky to be able to share my passion for what I do and hopefully bring a bit more happiness into my patients’ lives.”
The independent reviews back up Elena’s skill as a surgeon and ethos – universally five star reviews across multiple independent sites.
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Bristol is now at the forefront of many newer industries and technologies, these including aerospace, defence, media, information technology, financial services and tourism industries. The city also has clinics and surgeries for many of the UK’s leading surgeons, becoming a centre every bit as in-demand as London’s Harley Street.
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Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.
SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction
I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.
EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants
I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!
JB – Breast Reduction
Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.
LMS – implant Removal & Replacement
Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!