Breast imaging for aesthetic surgery: British Society of Breast Radiology (BSBR), Association of Breast Surgery Great Britain & Ireland (ABS), British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)

J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2018 Nov;71(11):1521-1531. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2018.07.004. Epub 2018 Aug 2.


This is an overview of the guidelines for breast imaging before and after aesthetic (cosmetic) breast surgery, which includes but is not limited to implants, lipomodelling and mammoplasty procedures. The guidelines are based on a review of the literature and consensus of breast imaging and aesthetic breast surgery specialists. 1. Pre-aesthetic surgery 2. Post-aesthetic surgery If breast imaging or breast assessment is required, it should be performed in a designated breast facility with access to specialist breast imaging and a complete breast multidisciplinary team in accordance with national guidelines and recommendations.

Keywords: Aesthetic/cosmetic breast surgery; Breast implants; Breast ultrasound; Imaging guidance; Mammography; Reduction mammoplasty.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Breast / diagnostic imaging*
  • Breast / surgery
  • Breast Implants / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Male
  • Mammaplasty / standards*
  • Mammography / standards*
  • Middle Aged
  • Perioperative Care / methods
  • Perioperative Care / standards*
  • Subcutaneous Fat / transplantation
  • Ultrasonography, Mammary / standards*
  • United Kingdom