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Post by Boobz on 7th February 2015, 2:04 pm

Hi everyone,


I have introduced myself on the newbie's board, but I'm now in the right place to ask questions.


A little intro about me: I am 35 with 3 children (all breast fed) and am so deflated (pun intended) about my boobs that I think it's finally time to do something about it.


I went to a consultation on Harley St a couple of days ago (I live in Rome so I flew over especially!) and it was a bit of a disaster.


I went to see him on a recommendation of a friend, but was completely unprepared and therefore it was all a bit of a shock and I didn't ask the right questions, nor really understand what he was telling me at the time. I wish I had found this board before I had gone!


I (naively) assumed I could just walk in and order a similar pair of boobs to my friend, book myself in and get them done. Of course this isn't what happened - my friend's boobs are very different to mine and she only had a BA. I on the other hand was told I needed a lift too, as my breasts had sagged so much post pregnancy/breast feeding.


This didn't really sink in, and the cost implications were only really made clear to me as I was leaving, and the shock was immense. All in, he was asking for £10.5k. Now I am prepared to pay top whack for top draw boobs, but even I was left aghast at the cost (and for something I will have to have re-done in 10-15 years time).


Anyway, this all leads me to now, where I now realise I have to do a lot more research and meet a lot more surgeons before I can go through with the op. I have spent all of last night reading all the really helpful resources on here, and copied them to my new BJ file, so I have everything I need for when I book my next trip over to the UK for consults. However I do still have a bunch of questions, and it would be really great if any of you reading might be able to navigate my way through somewhat:


1) Are all the best surgeons in London? I am not tied to that location and can go anywhere, so am happy to look outside of the capital, especially if it saves me some money. But is there a feeling that if you are at the top of your game, you would work in London, and therefore all the best surgeons are found there?


2) Is there one name that gets mentioned on these boards as being the absolute dog's b*llocks for lift & BA combined, and if so, who is he/she?


3) This might be more relevant for the Lifts board, but I am concerned about the scarring from having a mastopexy (as I'm sure most of us are who have been told they need this op for the best result). After a little research, I have found an article (with pictures) that talks about an "internal suture mastopexy that consists of plicating sutures placed in the superficial fascia of the breast from the deep surface is presented. The procedure leaves no scar on the breast and may be safer than other techniques when combining mastopexy with augmentation." 
(I have tried to post a link to the website/medical paper showing technique and pictures but as I haven't been here 7 days yet, I can't)
However from searching these boards, and Surgeon's websites, I haven't really found any more info on it. Has anyone had this technique when having a lift and if so, who was your surgeon? (Will also post this to the Lifts boards)


4) I have no idea where to start about which type of implant would be the most successful for the operation I need and the result I want. I am going from a 32a (empty sacks, essentially,) ptotic breasts, and will probaably need under the muscle as I am very slim (5"3, 8 stone and very sporty). Is there a link someone could post which talks about the different types of implant, pros & cons, and best matches a desired result?


5) Surgeons... how do you go about searching for the right one? Is there a section on this forum which lists ALL the BAPS registered surgeons in the UK with some kind of review rating or perhaps specialties (i.e. lift and BA combo?) Or is it just a case of trawling the internet, finding options and then asking for opinions from those that have used him/her on this board? 


6) Price - I was quoted £10.5k all in for lift and BA - does this seem really expensive or about right? (Mr Matti - a Harley St surgeon with 30 yrs+ experience)


I have loads more questions, but these are probably enough for now! Thanks to anyone taking the time to get through to the bottom of this post!


Ali
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Post by Fleurina on 7th February 2015, 2:41 pm

Hello 
I have just undergone a lift and ba. I have done extensive research and matti is famous for noses not boobs. I had 5 consults with what are considered the best for boobs in London. Pm for more details. I finally went with simon withey through mybreast (see their website) he has been great and is in a lot of demand. I also had varying prices and through my breast it worked out about 2 thousand cheaper than through surgeon privately, exactly same surgeon!! I paid 7000. So far so good and they are looking good and scars are nowhere need as bad as I feared x
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Post by Boobz on 7th February 2015, 3:54 pm

Thanks Fleurina! I can't PM you yet as haven't got my post count up yet (do you know how many I need before I can PM?) Interesting to hear your thoughts on Mr Matti - tbh I didn't have a good consult with him but I think that was my fault not his. 

Will look up Withey - thanks for the heads up. Would love to hear more about your experience and the others you consulted with but will have to wait until I get my post count up!

Will look at MyBreast too. Thanks ever so much for replying.
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Post by Fleurina on 7th February 2015, 4:02 pm

I think you can pm just not ask to see pictures. But a moderator can verify that x
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Post by mirren001 on 7th February 2015, 5:13 pm

Hi again,

I haven't had an uplift so can't share from experience, hopefully it wont be long before you get lots of replies from the lovely ladies on here who have.

With an uplift being such a technical procedure it is very advisable that you seek out a surgeon qualified also in reconstruction.


BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeons will have undergone at least a six year training programme before applying to be become a member. These members are rigorously tested throughout the time they are members. They attend lectures and keep up with all the latest surgery techniques. This is all part of them being allowed to be a member. They will be on specialist registers and will have or held a consultant position within the NHS in reputable hospitals,these surgeons are at the top of ther game.
 
 To find more info on BAAPS registered surgeons , take a look in their website HERE .Consultation prices average around £120  but  you can see one for as little as £25 through MyBreast.


There are good surgeons based through out the UK not just in London , prices can be more expensive in London more often due to hospital fee's .It is possible to have the same surgeon working at a different hospital/location & just by having op in a different hospital you can save a lot of money. 


There are many types of implants/shapes & sizes ,as everyone is unique in body shape at consultations the surgeon will be able to advise the best implant that meets your needs for you personally.
 
Uplift op's will have more scars than just having a BA , scarring incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible, although it is important to remember that no surgical scar  will ever totally disappear.

Enjoy the forum Boobz, look forward to following your boobie journey. XXX
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Post by KatyH on 7th February 2015, 5:26 pm

Hi Boobz, I was quoted £6,400 for an uplift with implants with Transform Southampton although the surgery will be in Brentford. 10k does sound like a lot. X
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Post by KatyH on 7th February 2015, 5:26 pm

Hi Boobz, I was quoted £6,400 for an uplift with implants with Transform Southampton although the surgery will be in Brentford. 10k does sound like a lot. X
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Post by drinkeroftea on 7th February 2015, 7:08 pm

Hi boobz, 

I am going with mr sultan hassan,  was quoted £7000 for a combined uplift and implants, this was for the op to be done in the west midlands. It would be more expensive to get it done in london. 

However MR H was not happy to do the combined op on me and said that i had a high chance of a revision rate, which would cost a minimum of £3500.

Therefore i am having the ops done in two stages, £5895 for tje uplift and £4895 for the implants. Not ideal, I'd rather have paid £7000, however i wouldn't want a surgeon working on me who wouldn't be happy with the outcome.

He said i mau be satisfied wiyj just the lift, but i do so love that upper pole fullness look, which won't get with a lift alone. 

Expensive, but if I I'd rather fork out a bit more, then get the combined op and be fretting about needing a revision.

If you are looking for surgeons, mr hassan is lovely, and BAPRAS registered. 

Xx
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Post by sarahlou222 on 7th February 2015, 8:58 pm

How drooped have your boobs actually become? There are implants called furry Brazilians that give you an uplift because they stick to the wall of your breast, I know you have to have level 1 or 2 droop so if they are more than that it wouldn't be suitable.

I live near Leeds and they have some amazing surgeons around here, I'm seeing a BAAPS surgeon called Mr Foo. 

I wouldn't say all great surgeons are in London.. London has a massive price tag too. And London isn't always the easiest place to get around either (commuted to London for University for 4 years - not from Leeds!!!)

Spire, BMI and Nuffield hospital have a really good reputation :)

Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool etc.. all have big airport that are easier to navigate around (and a hell of a lot cheaper!! - for hotel stays as well as the actually op) xx
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Post by Emmybird2 on 8th February 2015, 10:29 am

Ive just had uplift and implants with the hospital group under Mr sforza for £5945 including transport to and from the hospital ive not got the dressings off your but so far I'm happy with the results x
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Post by Boobz on 8th February 2015, 3:39 pm

Thank you Miren001 - all great advice. 

KatyH - which surgeon are you going with?

Drinkerortea - I do have Mr Hassan on my list. I am already a bit sad I need a lift - if I am told I need 2 separate surgeries, then I will be doubly deflated! I live in Rome so would have to make 2 trips over etc, which all becomes very complicated with 3 little ones at home.  

Sarah - I think I am between level 1 and 2 droop based on the guides I have read on here. I definitely want to see a few more surgeons to see if there is any way I could just have implants which would work for me, but I fear I really do need the lift too.

Will check out Mr Sforza Emmybird, thank you. How bad was your droop and what implant size did you get?
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Post by sarahlou222 on 8th February 2015, 4:46 pm

Good luck and let us know how you get on :) x
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Post by drinkeroftea on 8th February 2015, 6:02 pm

Hiya booby,  

Yes I know the  feeling, when I went for my consultation,  I went in there thinkING right  I know I will  need an uplift, however I can  have the combined op for 7th,  book it around April,  budget for  that  amount etc. Needless  to say when I was advised I needed two ops I was  so upset, that hadn't  even crossed my mind. my one  bit of advice to everyone I speak  to, is go to  each consultation  with  an open mind, unlike me!

You may not need 2 ops hun,  Mr hassan  has carried out a combined  lift and implants on a fair few girls here so he does  do them. It was just not suitable  for me. I get  all the luck! 

Keep us updated  xx
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Post by drinkeroftea on 8th February 2015, 6:04 pm

Me again!! Just  seen that you think you are a level 1-2 droop. I am level 2-3, being nearer a 3 on 1 and a 3 on the other. So very droopy!
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Post by Boobz on 8th February 2015, 7:08 pm

Fingers crossed drinker!

I've got about 10 surgeons in my spreadsheet now. I would love to narrow it down to 3 or so for my next visit to the UK. Do surgeons ever do a quick phone consult/chat prior to booking an in-person consult, so I know I am not wasting my time meeting them if they don't fit my requirements/budget etc? Has anyone else done this?
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Post by KatyH on 8th February 2015, 7:47 pm

Hey Boobz, I'm going with Barbara Lutz through Transform but having just checked her out and she's not on the BAAPS register. maybe see a few surgeons to get a comparison?  Xx
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Post by drinkeroftea on 8th February 2015, 7:56 pm

When I emailed to book, I was rung back by Mr hassan as his secretary was at lunch i think. He asked me lots of questions, almost like a mini-consult before I booked to see him face to face.
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Post by Mammamia on 9th February 2015, 6:56 am

Hi, I don't know much about lifts but someone on here (emmapinder, I hope she doesn't mind me saying) has conical implants which are supposed to be good when someone is borderline needing a lift. Might be worthwhile looking in to. I would think as you only have a mild droop and are 32a you may be able to get away with a lift at all. Saying that, I'm no expert! I would definitely get other opinions. Maybe if you explain over the phone to some private surgeons secretary's they could arrange a brief telephone consult first to help you narrow down your short list? You could email a few basic photos but obviously they wouldnt be able to measure you. Good luck!
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Post by Mammamia on 9th February 2015, 7:01 am

This was the website that Emma previously shared re conicals http://apss.me/breast-surgery.html
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Post by Boobz on 9th February 2015, 8:03 am

Thanks Mammania - I will take a look. If there is any way I could get away without a lift then obviously I would want to, but at the same time, I don't want to take a short cut which will result in even more droop and needs correcting at a later date, so will need to be sure conicals can do the job I need! Will look up Emma now....

Thanks again.
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Post by sarahlou222 on 9th February 2015, 8:34 am

I don't think conical or furry Brazilians would be a short cut. Just a different type of implants that sticks to the wall, meaning that, where the surgeon places them they stay. They are not putting weight down on your breasts for them to droop any further (as far as my understanding goes) xx
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Post by mirren001 on 9th February 2015, 11:26 am

Maybe worth while having a consultation with Garrick Georgeu ( he seems to be the expert in conical implants) they are suitable for those borderline uplift, so another option for you to perhaps consider.
 I think he works London & Chelmsford, another case where you can save a lot of money by having op at a different hospital but still have the same surgeon. XXX
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Post by NikkiJaneT on 13th February 2015, 9:33 am

Hi Boobz. My experience may help you. I went for the cheap option. 1-2 level droop. Told it could be corrected with a larger implant only. It did work..For about 5 months!  Then gravity and weight from the implant did it thing with me and I ended up with low large saggy boobs. Imagine bowling balls in tights lol. That was against another surgeons advice of uplift with smaller implants!  I tried to save money...now its cost me more! 11 days ago I had a full anchor lift with smaller implants and so far I'm so completely over the moon  with them My treatment has been fabulous.  The surgeon (Adrian Richards at MyBreast)  and his nurses are just the nicest most understanding people. Nothing is too much trouble. My aftercare is amazing. It cost me £6,500 including all med's and the stay In hospital. He also does video link consultations which could be perfect for you. He is the director of Aurora Clinics too so you may get a better price directly.  I did not know this prior to booking with MyBreast. He may be worth a consultation too. Good luck! xx
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Post by Boobz on 13th February 2015, 10:06 am

Thanks Nikki - that is all great advice. I will look him up now. I have a slot in the UK when I am back - will see if I can slip him in.

Thanks for coming on and giving me your experience - what size were your breasts pre lift?
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Post by Boobz on 13th February 2015, 11:42 am

Gah - Mr Richards is only holiday that day that I am free.
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