Mentor Breast Implants

The Harley Medical Group | Breast Implants

Breast Enlargement is the most popular Cosmetic Surgery procedure, however deciding whether its right choice for you is a massive decision. Thorough research and communication when choosing your Cosmetic Surgeon is essential, and if you do decide to take that step, here are some reasons why you would have made the right choice...


1. Mentor Memory Gel Implants - the world’s leading brand

  • They have over 25 years of experience in breast implant manufacture
  • MemoryGel™ Silicone Breast¹ Implants approved for use by the FDA* and exceed CE & MHRA** testing standards - seen as the gold standard worldwide.
  • 20 years of clinical data has demonstrated safety, effectiveness and a 97%² patient satisfaction rating.
  • MENTOR® is proud to be the first breast implant manufacturer³ in the industry to offer a limited warranty on all our silicone gel-filled breast implants. Our warranty demonstrates the confidence we feel in the quality of our products.
  • In 2009 MENTOR® was acquired by household name, Johnson & Johnson Medical Limited, recognised as on of the world’s leading brand for quality and safety.
  • MENTOR® is also a leading provider of implants to the NHS for breast reconstruction.

 

When you choose The Harley Medical Group, you choose MENTOR® implants. You can be completely confident in both as we are which is why your ten year MENTOR® warranty provides you with lifetime product replacement and £800 towards surgical costs in the case of rupture. In the unlikely event of capsular contracture, we cover you completely free of charge to have the implants removed and replaced for three years from the date of your surgery, terms and conditions apply

 

*US Food & Drug Administration
** Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency


2. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE - ENSURE YOU TRUST YOUR COSMETIC SURGEON

It's important to trust your Cosmetic Surgeon. With more than 30 years’ experience in performing Breast Enlargement surgery, you’re in good hands with us. Each of our Cosmetic Surgeons are highly skilled, trained and experienced - we only employ those who are listed on the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC). We also have more specialist cosmetically trained nurses working in our clinics more than any other provider in the UK.

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3. The ultimate care – before, during and after

Your safety is of paramount importance for any surgical procedure. Our aftercare policy is in place to ensure you receive the best care following your surgery. We insist on a minimum of two consultations before surgery, to include a full assessment of your current health and medical history. After your surgery, we’re with you for every step of your recovery. We encourage you to come and see us as many times as you want to, beyond that.

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Patient for life

You are a patient for life with The Harley Medical Group which means you are welcome to see one of our medical team at any point during the lifetime of your implants

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are silicone implants safe?

Special studies have been performed which determine and have determined that much higher levels of silicone have been found in cows’ milk and commercially available infant formula than are found in the breast milk of women with implants.

The Institute of Medicine concluded that: "There is no evidence that silicone implants are responsible for any major diseases of the whole body. Women are exposed to silicone constantly in their daily lives"*. 

 

*. Bondurant, Stuart; Ernster, Virginia L.; Herdman, Roger; The Safety of Silicone Breast Implants. (US). Committee on the Safety of Silicone Breast Implants. National  Academies Press, 2000. http://books.google.com/books?id=h1owCkaIg-oC&dq=isbn:0309065321. Accessed September 26, 2011.

How long do the implants last?

Implants are not lifetime devices; therefore it is likely that they may need to be replaced sometime in your life. The time period varies from woman to woman. Some women need replacement surgery in only a few years while others may go 10-20 years. The accepted medical advice is that they last 10-12 years and patients should have an MRI scan after 3 years and then 2 yearly after that to monitor their implants.

Why would I need my implants replacing?

The patented Memory Gel formulation is unique to Mentor and offers a natural look and feel to the highest standard. Unlike other implants Mentor Memory Gel implants are available in three levels of cohesive softness, rather than the standard two, offering you a wider range of structural and aesthetic results ensuring you get the end results you want. 

What is different about Mentor Memory Gel implants?

With Mentor Memory Gel implants, you not only get the best implants in terms of quality and safety but the unique cohesive gel filler acts as a solid unit, rather than a liquid, resembling actual breast tissue so you will also attain a natural look and feel that will both improve your cleavage and enhance your figure. 

The patented Memory Gel formulation is unique to Mentor and offers a natural look and feel to the highest standard. Unlike other implants Mentor Memory Gel implants are available in three levels of cohesive softness, rather than the standard two, offering you a wider range of structural and aesthetic results ensuring you get the end results you want. 

How are Mentor Memory Gel Implants tested?

MENTOR® is one of the world’s leading providers in breast implant manufacturing, research and testing. For over 20 years, they have adhered to the highest standards of safety in manufacturing, testing and clinical trials for saline and silicone breast implants for use in both breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. Millions of women worldwide have used MENTOR® breast implants.¹

At MENTOR® all our products are made under strict standards of design and testing². Mentor is a manufacturer with a strong patient and customer focus³. 

These implants are one of the few makes approved by the  FDA (The Food and Drug Administration in America) which means that these implants are of an exceptionally high standard and that the consistency of their manufacture is second to none. Mentor have the most rigorous, up to date testing with the lowest rates of both rupture and capsular contraction compared to alternatives and the warranty is the best available in the UK.

 

My friend had Allergan implants with The Harley Medical Group, why have you changed? 

Allergan are another very good make of implants and we are sure your friend will be very happy with them. We are always striving to improve our offering to patients and when we reviewed our implant range we found that MENTOR® had an excellent range of implants which have the added bonus of being FDA approved and an exceptionally good warranty backed by one of the world’s largest and most successful healthcare companies; Johnson & Johnson Medical Limited.

At another clinic they said any problems are covered for life? 

As the leading provider of cosmetic surgery our cover is very comprehensive compared with other clinics and often it’s difficult to see what you’re actually covered for – i.e. they might not mention surgery costs, surgeons fees etc. as being extra. 

This is the cover we offer and we can assure you this is the best cover available: 

  • 2 years revision cover, this is if you and the surgeon agree that it would be beneficial to return to theatre to obtain a better result.
  • 3 years complete cover for rupture and capsular contracture.
  • Lifetime product warranty and £850 towards surgical costs for 10 years in the case of rupture.
  • For capsular contracture you are provided with free product replacement for 10 years from the date of your procedure.

Is it possible to get a silicone allergy?

It is possible for anyone to develop an allergy to almost any substance on earth, however silicone allergies are very rare3. We are all exposed to silicone in our environment everyday. It is found in many household items, such as polishes, suntan and hand lotion, antiperspirants, soaps, processed foods, waterproof coatings, and chewing gum. 

How long should I wait to resume exercise and other strenuous activities after implant surgery? 

Your doctor will be your best guide regarding how long you will need to remain off work and will advise you when and how to resume activities. Recovery periods vary from woman to woman. Generally the first few days are the most uncomfortable. The average time to return to full activities is four to six weeks. It is important not to perspire into the incision whilst it is healing. You should try to avoid sun tanning until after the incision is healed and sealed. Try not to engage in too much strenuous activity, especially of the upper body, too soon following surgery. During your early recovery (one to two weeks) following surgery, try to avoid baths/swimming or generally soaking yourself in water. Be sure you check with your doctor before returning to more vigorous and regular exercise. Individual patients recovery times can vary a great deal, so try not to compare yourself to someone else. if you have concerns, consult your doctor. Walking is generally recommended to encourage circulation. The larger the implant you receive the heavier the breasts will be. You should wear good support bras while running to minimise pull on the skin and ptosis (drooping) of the breast. 

Can I go to a tanning salon or sunbathe if I have implants? 

Tanning at salons or sunbathing will not harm or damage the implant but may negatively impact the appearance of scars. You should avoid getting sun or tanning rays on the incisions for at least one year after surgery as tanning rays will turn the incisions dark permanently. When subjected to heat your implants may feel warm and may take longer to cool down than your body. 

When can I fly and/or scuba dive?

Many women scuba dive and fly in airplanes with implants. There may be slight expansion and contraction of the shell with changes in pressure. This may result in a small amount of air bubbles in the implant. With gel implants you may feel or hear fluid sounds (gurgling). This should correct itself within 24-48 hours.

When can I wear an under wired bra again?

Most doctors ask that women wait 3 months before wearing under wired bras after implant surgery. Your body will be forming scar tissue around the implant for 3 months. During this time the pressure of the wires could cause the scar tissue to form in such a way that an indentation from the wires could become permanent. After this initial healing time, under wired bras should be worn intermittently to avoid permanent indentation. 

Will my breasts still move like normal breasts?

This depends upon multiple factors such as the type of implant you receive, the pocket dissection, the way your body holds the implant and whether or not there is any degree of capsular contracture. It is possible for many women to have breast implants that are soft and move nicely, while other women have results that are firmer with an implant more fixed in position. 

How much does the implant weigh?

The weight of an implant varies with size and fill volume. A 250 cc implant filled with 250 cc of gel weighs approximately 250 grams. 

Will getting implants cause stretch marks on my breasts?

Insertion of implants can cause stretch marks but rarely does. If you are concerned, go for a smaller size implant to minimise the stretching of the skin, or choose an adjustable implant to slowly stretch the skin over time.

What affect does smoking have on the healing process after surgery? 

Smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict, reducing the blood supply and the oxygen carried by the blood to the surgical area. The tissues need this blood supply and the oxygen that the blood carries in order to heal. When the blood supply is reduced the tissues heal more slowly. Different doctors have different time frames for patients to refrain from smoking before and after surgery. We hear anything from five weeks prior and after, to one to two weeks prior and after. Ask your doctor how long he/she would like you to stop smoking before and after your surgery. 

Will I lose nipple sensation?

There can be changes in nipple sensitivity after implant surgery, this can increase or decrease. The range of change varies from no feeling to intense feeling and can be temporary or permanent. 

Should I be at my ideal weight before I have a breast implant procedure? 

You should be close to your ideal weight. A significant loss of weight after receiving breast implants could alter the results in a manner that is not satisfactory to you. There could be some ptosis (drooping) and a reduction in size. A significant gain in weight could cause an increase in breast size. 

I’m over 50 years old. Am I too old to get breast implants?

General good health is important, not age.

What will happen during pregnancy?

Every woman is an individual and therefore has different results whether before a pregnancy or after. Your breasts will enlarge and will go through all the usual changes associated with pregnancy. The amount of enlargement will vary from woman to woman and the size of the implants will factor into this as well. 

Can I still breast-feed?

Many women with breast implants have successfully breast fed their babies. Current studies indicate that women with breast implants do not have any higher levels of silicone in their milk than women without breast implants. Breast implants can, however, interfere with the ability of some women to breastfeed. The peri-areola incision site is more likely to affect this ability. Some women experience mastitis, (inflammation of the breast ducts), during this time, which can also cause capsular contracture. Taking antibiotics when symptoms first appear may minimise the potential for this problem. You should always report signs of inflammation to your doctor.

What is the difference between a rupture and capsular contracture?

  • A rupture is where the implant can split; whilst this is rare it can happen so just to make you aware.
  • Capsular contracture is where the body builds up too much scar tissue around the implant; this happens in a small number of patients. 

If either of these occur, it is more likely to be within the first 3 years; that is why we cover you completely free of charge to have the implants removed and replaced for 3 years from the date of your surgery. 

Will the implants come with a warranty?

Mentor Memory Gel implants has one of the best warrantees on the market "You can’t put a price on peace of mind. So neither have we".

Limited Warranty Plan for Mentor® and PERT HESE™ Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implants*

• Free automatic enrolment
• Lifetime product replacement in case of confirmed rupture
• In the case of confirmed rupture, up to €1000 of financial assistance, for a period of 10 years from the date of its implantation
• Free product replacement in the case of confirmed capsular contracture Baker grade III and IV in augmentation surgery, for a period of 10 years from the date of its implantation

** For all other MENTOR® and PERTHESE™ Breast Implants,please refer to the Mentor Lifetime Product Replacement Policy

What is ALCL?

ALCL stands for Anaplastic large cell lymphoma, the full title is Breast Implant Associate Anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), and is an extremely rare cancerous tumour that can potentially grow around breast implants. ALCL affects between 1 and 3 in a million (or 0.0003%) women who have implants.

It usually presents with a sudden swelling in the breast surrounding an implant, although can present with a mass. It usually happens many years after the implants have been placed, an average of 8 years.
 
Most cases are easily treated by having the implant removed, along with the capsule that surrounds it (total capsulectomy).

Simon Smith, our Medical Director, comments:

 “BIA-ALCL is very rare - between 1 and 3 in a million, and can affect  women having implants placed for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons.  It seems likely that few women are likely to change their mind about  implants, but they should have full awareness of this condition before  agreeing to implants, as part of their consent process.

Women who have implants already, certainly should not be alarmed, but  if they get a sudden swelling in their breasts, they should seek a  referral from their GP to their local breast unit, who will follow  guidelines set down by the ABS to ensure that there is no underlying serious cause for it. Treatment for BIA-ALCL is usually simple, but it must be actively managed.”

Patient safety has been and always will be our priority which is why we recommend Mentor implants.  MENTOR® Breast Implants are backed by substantial clinical data demonstrating safety and effectiveness in patients having undergone primary and revisionary augmentation and reconstruction surgeries. Mentor continues to support ongoing inquiries into the association of ALCL and breast implants.

Sources

  • Source 9: FDA Approval Letter, Source 36: CE Marking - Mentor First PRESS Release 1995
  • Source 17: MG 8-year Core Study and warranty part from www.loveyourlook.co.uk

What is silicone?

Silicone is derived from silicon, a semi-metallic or metal-like element that in nature combines with oxygen to form silicon dioxide, or silica. Beach sand, crystals, and quartz are silica. Silica is the most common substance on earth. Heating silica with carbon at a high temperature can produce silicon.  Further processing can convert the silicon into a long chemical chain, or polymer, called silicone – which can be a liquid, a gel, or a rubbery substance. Various silicones are used in lubricants and oils, as well as in silicone rubber. Silicone can be found in many common household items, such as polishes, suntan and hand lotion, antiperspirants, soaps, processed foods, waterproof coatings and chewing gum.