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 far from 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-surgery and 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.
These credentials – and further details are outlined here – are not mentioned to boast but to show Elena’s standing as a cosmetic surgeon.
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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