Breast Augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure at River Medical. World wide it has been estimated that between 5 – 10 million women have opted for breast implants to increase the size and improve the overall shape and look of their breasts. Our team of Resident Consultant Plastic Surgeons are amongst the most the qualified and experienced in the world so you can rest assured ...+
Breast Augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure at River Medical. World wide it has been estimated that between 5 – 10 million women have opted for breast implants to increase the size and improve the overall shape and look of their breasts. Our team of Resident Consultant Plastic Surgeons are amongst the most the qualified and experienced in the world so you can rest assured that you are in the safest and most trusted of hands.-
- Increased breast size
- Improved volume and shape of breasts
- Improved balance and symmetry of breasts
- Improved self-confidence and self esteem
- Greater clothing options and choices
An agreed-sized breast implant is inserted through a small incision made in the natural crease of the breast. At River Medical, we are different to most other providers in that our Consultants use what is known as a ‘sizer’ during your procedure which allows him/her to achieve the perfect fit implant for your body.
What can I expect, pre treatment?
A key aspect of preparing for a breast enlargement procedure is that your Surgeon understands your desires and expectations. ...+
A key aspect of preparing for a breast enlargement procedure is that your Surgeon understands your desires and expectations. After all, size is the reason why the vast majority of women choose to undergo breast augmentation, to increase size and have their breasts more in proportion to the rest of their bodies. At your initial consultation, your Consultant will explain the procedure in great detail, discuss size and your expectations and what he/she can achieve for you, ensuring you have realistic expectations of the results.
Aside from the important discussion regarding breast shape and size, your Surgeon will want to evaluate your current physical health and health history, ensuring you are a suitable candidate for surgery. Because this is an elective procedure, you and your Surgeon will naturally carefully discuss the benefits and risks involved, as is the case with any surgical procedure.-
What can I expect, during treatment?
During the augmentation procedure, your Consultant will make an incision and create a pocket for the breast implant, either ...+
During the augmentation procedure, your Consultant will make an incision and create a pocket for the breast implant, either partially under the pectoralis major muscle (submuscular) or on top of the muscle and under the glands (subglandular). The most appropriate incision for you will have been discussed at your initial consultation with your Consultant and Registered General Nurse.
River Medical is unique and different to other providers in that we use what is known as a “sizer” during your procedure which means you will get the perfect implant fit for your body type.
The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes between one and two hours. All River Medical, breast implant procedures involve an overnight hospital stay to allow us to closely monitor your recovery and ensure optimum safety. After all, a hospital environment is the safest and only adequate place to deal with any potential eventualities.-
What can I expect, post treatment?
Typically you will stay overnight in hospital after your procedure. You will need someone to take you home when you are ...+
Typically you will stay overnight in hospital after your procedure. You will need someone to take you home when you are discharged by the Surgeon as you will not be able to drive. You may have some dressings around your breasts and a surgical bra or elasticized bandage depending on your surgeon's preference. Initially, your breasts will feel firm and may be swollen and will be sitting high on your chest. As the swelling goes down, they will drop into a more natural position and shape. Your Surgeon can tell you more about the typical recovery process and may make recommendations based on your individual case but by and large expect to take between 7-10 days off work. If your job is physical you may require more time. Everyone recovers differently and the River Medical team/we will monitor you closely to ensure the swiftest, safest and most comfortable recovery. You can rest assured that your Surgeon and nursing staff will be on hand 24/7 to answer even the most minor or personal of questions you may have.-
Your Questions Answered
What can I expect to pay?+-
Cost should not be a deciding factor with an elective surgery. Trust, experience and aftercare are absolutely key and River Medical is widely recognised as the industry leader in Ireland. We are also proud to say that we adhere to the strictest of ethical guidelines and believe that only highly trained medical staff should advise on cosmetic procedures - be it surgical or non-surgical.
Who will I meet at my initial consultation?+-
You will meet with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons who will discuss everything with you including your expectations and desires, the procedure and the best type of procedure for you and your body, the results as well as any possible eventualities.
What sort of implant do you use?+-
We use only the safest, most assured and rigorously tested, FDA-approved Natrelle breast Implants from Allergan, a leading manufacturer in the global plastic surgery community. There are a number of reasons we choose these implants for our patients.
How should I prepare for my procedure?+-
Preparation will begin with an initial consultation with your Consultant Plastic Surgeon, followed by a meeting with one of our Registered General Nurses. Each one will go through every aspect of the breast surgery in great detail. Prior to surgery you will return for a further comprehensive pre-operative assessment with your River Medical Nurse. Your Consultant will be available to you right up until your surgery should you wish to see him/her again.
Where will my surgery be carried out?+-
Your surgery should only be carried out in a Private General Hospital that is fully accredited, a hospital environment is the safest and only place adequate enough to deal with any potential eventualities.
What sort of aftercare will I receive?+-
You should always receive FREE and unlimited aftercare post surgery. Furthermore your Consultant Plastic Surgeon should be a resident here in Ireland so should you need to see him/her in the weeks after the surgery he/she is available to you.
Are silicone breast implants safe?+-
Extensive research and rigorous testing has been carried out worldwide to globally attest to silicone being the best implant material for breast enlargement. At River Medical, we use only the safest, most assured and rigorously tested, FDA-approved Natrelle Implants from Allergan, a leading manufacturer in the global plastic surgery community. There are a number of reasons we choose these implants for our patients.
How long do they last?+-
Breast Implants last between 10 and 15 years. At River Medical we offer a Lifetime Care Guarantee, so if you have any concerns, at any time, you can return to the clinic for a check up with your Surgeon. There is also a Lifetime Patient Warranty on the actual implants we use for breast augmentation procedures. This means that you have the re-assurance of a lifetime implant replacement warranty in the unlikely event of implant rupture. In this unlikely event, you will receive €1,000 towards your surgical costs to have your implants replaced. We do encourage our patients to return after 10 years for a check up regardless.
What is the recovery period?+-
You will need to take 7 to 10 days off after your surgery. If your job is physical you may require more time. You will have an element of discomfort after your surgery which typically lasts one to ten days but this will be managed with the support of your Consultant Plastic Surgeon and River Medical Registered General Nurse. Generally you can return to all normal activities within 3-6 weeks. We encourage patients to get back to their normal life as soon as it feels comfortable for them. We feel that this really promotes and aids a speedy and successful recovery. Everyone recovers differently but you can rest assured that we will monitor you closely to ensure the swiftest, safest and most comfortable recovery.
Will there be scarring?+-
Our Consultant Plastic Surgeons use very fine specialist stitching which minimises scarring. He/she will discuss this in great detail with you at your initial consultation. He/she will also show you actual photographs of similar incision sites that he/she has carried out on other patients. The incision is generally made under the natural crease of the breast so it won’t be visible to you at any stage.
Will I be able to breast feed after the procedure+-
This is an extremely common question and you can rest assured that the answer is yes, the ability to breast feed should not be affected after your procedure. The breast tissue and the duct connections to the nipples are not affected or touched during the implant procedure.
Why choose River Medical?+-
We are widely regarded as being the industry leader in Ireland, specialising in the most comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. At River Medical, we never compromise on the level of care and attention we give each and every one of our patients, every time, and we are committed to you from procedure right through to your 24/7, lifelong aftercare.
Why do you not have before and after pictures on your website?+-
Before and after pictures on websites can be misleading as they may not be patients of the surgeon who will be carrying out your surgery. As every person has completely different expectations and different treatment requirements, it is a much more valuable tool for your Consultant to show pictures of not only surgeries that he/she has carried out but also show you results you will be likely to achieve.
Safest, most experience & trusted of hands
"I always wanted to have a more womanly figure and to feel more comfortable as a young woman. I’m overwhelmed with the result, it really is exactly what I wanted. I went for one of the smallest implants and I couldn’t be happier with the result, they look amazing!"- Former Miss Ireland, Rebecca Maguire on Breast Augmentation