One of the world’s leading specialists in breast surgery having held fellowships around the world, Elena Prousskaia is now available for congenital breast correction in Gloucester.
Ms Prousskaia has a level of experience in the treatment of congenital breast that sets her apart not just in Gloucester and the south west but for the whole of the UK, her CV is simply unsurpassed.
She held the Fellowship in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction at London’s Guys and St Thomas’, other Fellowships in cities including Milan, Barcelona and Tokyo and specialised in the north Bristol trust, working with patients who had suffered from breast cancer.
In this page, we will outline details relating to congenital breast, what it is and the nature of surgery but we will also show why Elena Prousskaia is so highly regarded.
Suitability for Congenital Breast Surgery
Suitability is always ascertained through a detailed consultation and it is of course impossible to say in a webpage whether anyone may or may not be a candidate for congenital breast correction.
What can be said is that for anyone who has concerns over the size, shape or symmetry of their breasts it could well be a superb option.
This can be breasts that are not even in size, or breasts that have not developed in what might be considered the usual way, this would include an issue such as tuberous breast.
Any issues often become apparent around puberty, although in many cases it will be years later that a woman is able to consider surgery – this often because of financial considerations.
One relatively common concern is the breasts are not symmetrical – it is likely that this is under reported as many women will simply live with the condition.
It is quite usual for breasts not to be completely symmetrical, but when there is a larger disparity it can be a cause for concern. Surgery could certainly be suitable, reshaping and sizing one or both breasts as required to achieve the desired outcome.
Tuberous breast is the condition where the breasts might be termed tube like, this often with a larger than usual space inbetween the breasts. With tuberous breast, it is also common for the lower portion of the breasts to be underdeveloped and there may be an areola that is large and dilated.
Suitability also depends on the impact the condition is having and whether surgery can achieve the results a prospective patient desires. Any procedure has to truly be in a person’s best interests.
The conditions that make up congenital breast concerns are not usually health risks of themselves, but they can have a huge impact on self confidence and self esteem and any woman’s identity. As a specialist in breast reconstruction and having helped women around the world to overcome concerns with their breasts, please be assured that Elena works with complete sensitivity and care for the patient.
For those who do ultimately have surgery, the impact can be life enhancing and wonderful to see.
Ms Prousskaia sums up the impact beautifully.
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 can be the real benefit of treating congenital breast conditions, seeing it change someone’s life for the better.
Consultation for Surgery Suitability
A consultation is absolutely essential to ascertaining whether surgery is suitable in any individual case.
This consultation is the opportunity for the patient to talk and discuss their patient journey to this stage, their concerns with their breasts, why they want surgery and the results they hope for.
The surgeon will listen and then offer their recommendation and their suggested plan of best action. It goes without saying that the more experienced a surgeon, the greater their speciality in breast procedures, the greater likelihood they can deliver the results a patient craves.
An aim of consultation is to establish a partnership, a sense of ease between patient and surgeon. Regardless of a surgeon’s CV, please only entrust one to perform surgery when you feel completely comfortable in their care.
Follow-up consultations are usual, this allows time for the prospective patient to decide if surgery truly is for them.
The Process for Treating Congenital Breast
There is no singular treatment method as congenital breast is a term that covers a range of conditions and concerns.
Ultimately, the skill and experience of the surgeon are key, ensuring they can utilise the best approach in each case – you do not want a surgeon who has more of a one-size-fits-all approach to surgery.
One option will be implants, the implants could be to add shape or volume as required and this could create symmetry between the breasts if this is a concern,
In other instances, it may be that rearranging existing breast tissue can resolve the problems – or this could be used in combination with implants.
Fat transfer will be a wonderful option in some situations this is where fat is grafted from another part of the body and then used to reshape the breasts. A benefit of this procedure is that it can improve two areas at once, potentially removing farfrom an area where this is desirable, and then also improving the appearance of the breasts.
Common areas for the fat to be grafted from include the abdomen, thighs and buttocks.
Which method would be best in any individual case cannot be said here, this would be discussed in consultation. The surgeon will use all information at their disposal, this including the patient’s full medical history.
The operation is likely to take between two and three hours.
There is a recovery period post-surgeryand strenuous physical activity should be avoided for a period of weeks. Final results may not be fully apparent until some months after surgery – your surgeon would detail the full recovery process.
The Cost of Congenital Breast Correction
The cost for the procedure covers the surgeon fee, anaesthetist and the fees inherent with using a private hospital.
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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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!