PROFESSOR JIAN FARHADI
Focusing solely on breasts, Farhadi is not only one of the deftest scalpel-wielders in the country, he also knows what women want. ‘I’m seeing a lot of requests for implant removal,’ says the Swiss-Algerian surgeon, who flits between London and Zurich. Breast health is at the forefront of people’s minds. Hence his new Scarless Breast Lift: a solution for smaller busts with a discernible droop that is silicone-free. The effect is achieved by separating the skin from the breast tissue, causing the former to shrink, then layering fat in-between. ‘It’s a technique we often use in breast reconstructions to give a natural lift,’ he explains. ‘It elevates the breast by 1.5cm, so that the nipple sits in a better position: not a dramatic overhaul but, for those seeking subtlety, it’s perfect. And best of all, no scars. Fat is still used, but more to smooth – ‘The more you put in, the less optimal the results,’ says Farhadi – and, so that it takes better, he advises merino-wool bra-pads for a few weeks before surgery, to warm the breasts and enhance blood flow. As for discretion about your nip-and-tuck, you can always follow the example of one famous British fashion designer and head to Farhadi’s gleaming Swiss surgery overlooking Lake Zurich, where hyperbaric oxygen chambers and MLD make for a prompt recovery.
Consultation, £250: scarless breast lift, from £7,900 (plasticsurgerygroup.co.uk).
With his no-nonsense approach, Harris can calm the most anxious of minds. The breast and body specialist, who operates from the London Clinic, is also highly attuned to the changes patients have been through since Covid. ‘Some have put on weight, while others have started to notice discomfort from large breasts when they’re sitting at home,’ he says. ‘However, the overall trend is positive: having thought about procedures for some time, people are now getting on with them.’ Splitting his work between reductions, uplifts and implant-surgery, the British-born surgeon reports an encouraging rise in the sub-fascial approach (whereby implants are placed just behind the fascia, but in front of the muscle, and their edges smoothed with a fat transfer). ‘There is reason to believe it leads to reduced rates of capsular contracture [formation of scar tissue],’ he says. And while patients are now choosing smaller implants, this approach still provides excellent ‘projection and shape’. Recovery is swift – with most patients back to exercise in 10 days – and Harris is delighted by the effects on mental health: ‘A recent study showed that, following a breast reduction, patients saw a 200 per cent improvement in their general, psychological and sexual wellbeing. We’ve always known that cosmetic surgery can be hugely beneficial, but to see that sort of improvement is staggering.’
Cosmetic consultation, £250; reconstructive consultation, £300; breast augmentation with fat transfer, £11,700; breast reduction, £10,200 (paulharrisplasticsurgeon.co.uk).