Breast Enlargement

Breast enlargement is also known as breast augmentation, Mammoplasty or more commonly as a boob job. The procedure enhances the size, shape and general appearance of the breasts.

This technique allows you to increase your breast size and can improve the balance of your overall body shape. Breast enlargement surgery can also be used to restore previous body shape in patients who have undergone Mastectomy (breast amputation). As well as the physical improvements, this surgery can provide significant psychological benefits to some patients, giving them added confidence and self-esteem.

Costs are typically in the range of £3000 – £4000 for both breasts.

Breasts will be larger in size and more pert after surgery. Any difference in size between the two will also be minimised, so your body will appear more symmetrical and balanced in overall shape. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.

The surgery usually takes around two hours and is performed under general anaesthetic. Most patients stay in hospital overnight after the procedure. Incisions are usually made in your breast crease to minimise obvious scarring. Implants made of silicon gel or saline solution are inserted and the incisions closed with dissolvable stitches and tape. The dressing over the surgery must be kept dry for two weeks. Most people are able to go back to work after a few days but full recovery can take a few weeks. The scars fade gradually over several months.

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Procedure Guide

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Also known as breast enlargement surgery, breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breasts using implants. It can be performed for both medical reasons (for example following surgery) or for cosmetic purposes. For cosmetic purposes, breast augmentation is generally carried out to improve a woman’s self-confidence – particularly if she feels that her breasts are too small, or if they are unevenly shaped. There can be a range of social, personal and societal reasons why a woman will want to have breast augmentation surgery and it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Expectations are carefully discussed beforehand with the surgeon to understand the risks involved and the expected final outcome. A full medical history and suitability consultation will also take place to ensure that the patient is fully prepared and suitable for the procedure.

What Does It Involve?

Implants of a pre-determined shape and size will be inserted during a surgical procedure. They tend to be made from silicone, with medical silicone gel or saline (salt) solution encased in a rubber shell. Your surgeon will work with your preferences and body shape to ascertain where the implants will be placed and what size they will be, for example according to your final desired shape.

What Happens During Surgery?

An incision is made underneath the breast’s natural crease, alternatively the incision is made at the areola’s edge, or at the armpit. The implant is added and positioned and the incisions are closed again with fine sutures which will later dissolve. The entire breast area is then taped up securely for added support and protection. The procedure will take around two hours to complete under general anaesthetic and an overnight stay is generally involved.

How Long Does It Take To Recover?

Breast augmentation is surgery like any other and recovery takes some time. For the initial few days after you have been discharged from the clinic you will feel sore and tired. Bruising and swelling are standard, but will eventually dissipate and go away. Your surgeon will probably give you some medication to help manage the pain during this initial stage if it becomes too uncomfortable. The breast area will have been lightly dressed and this is to be kept entirely dry for 2 weeks. After this time it will be removed and the wounds cleaned and checked. There will be scarring after the procedure and these will be pronounced for around six weeks after surgery – they can then take around two years to fade completely. Follow up visits to the surgeon will be required to check progress of the procedure. It is advised that you don’t undertake any strenuous activity for the first fortnight after your surgery and in general recovery takes this amount of time.

Are There Different Types Of Breast Implants?

Yes, there are two main types and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Submuscular implants are inserted underneath the chest’s main muscle and have deeper placement and more padding to protect the implants. This means that mammograms are still possible, however, breasts do end up feeling firmer and not all patients are happy with this.

The other type of implant is subglandular, which is where the implant is positioned above the chest’s main muscle. It allows for more anatomical positioning and less pain/faster healing process, however, there are other risks such as greater visibility of the implant and mammograms will be harder to perform which can lead to health and screening risks. The placement you have will be discussed with your surgeon.