The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), one of the UK’s leading independent plastic surgery associations, of which Mr Juling Ong is a member, have recently updated their advice for those considering breast augmentation surgery.
Making an informed choice about any cosmetic surgery procedure is essential; although the internet can be an invaluable resource when doing your research, there can also be a great deal of misleading information out there, so BAPRAS’s advice is welcome and there were some important aspects to highlight.
The importance of the breast augmentation consultation
Doing your research online can be good preparation, but the consultation is probably one of the most important stages of the patient journey and can often determine the eventual success of your procedure.
During your breast augmentation consultation, Mr Juling Ong will invite you to discuss what is bothering you about your breasts and hoping to achieve from surgery. He will perform a physical examination to assess and measure your body frame, size and shape of your breasts, their position on the chest wall and your existing breast tissue and any excess fat or skin.
You will discuss the different implant size and shapes, where the implant can be placed – either above or below the muscles – and what incisions are required.
Juling will also explain what to expect from the operation and your recovery process, as well as detail all possible risks and complications, as well as the benefits. You will then be given a ‘cooling-off’ period of at least two weeks before you can go ahead with surgery, and you can return for further consultations if required. You will never feel pressured to go ahead with surgery.
The importance of checking your breast augmentation surgeon’s qualifications
Your choice of surgeon is also an important factor in the eventual success of your surgery. First and foremost, your practitioner should be listed with the General Medical Council.
Unfortunately, there are currently no regulations preventing any medical professional or surgeon performing cosmetic surgery, so check that they are on the specialist register for plastic surgery which means they have the highest level of training and qualifications for these procedures.
A reputable surgeon will also be registered with independent plastic surgery organisations including the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons (BAAPS) or the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Each of these organisations have a website which lists their members and perform annual safety audits to ensure their members are upholding the highest standards of patient care.
The importance of your post-breast augmentation care
Aftercare should never be an afterthought and the quality of the care you receive after your procedure is also an important factor in a successful outcome. Juling will give you comprehensive advice on how to prepare for surgery – including advice on nutrition, giving up smoking, and which supplements or medications it’s safe to take.
He will also advise you on how to prepare for the recovery period, covering the care you’ll need, what to expect as your body heals and what steps you can take to boost that healing process.
You’ll see Juling and his team at various points after your procedure, whether to remove sutures or to check on your healing, and they are always on hand if you ever have any concerns.