Breast Augmentation Surgery
What is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation, commonly known as breast enlargement surgery or a boob job is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the world. The procedure involves inserting silicone breast implants into the breast pocket to increase the size of your breasts or correct asymmetry.
You may consider breast enlargement surgery for any of the following reasons:
- After childbirth – we often find women experience a lack of volume in their breasts following childbirth and breastfeeding. Breast implants can bring your bust back to its original shape and size so you can begin to feel like you again.
- Following weight loss – rapid weight loss is an extremely common reason for women to consider breast surgery. As breasts are made up of fat and tissue, the process of losing weight can cause them to deflate considerably in size.
- Asymmetry – you may find that your breasts differ in size to each other. Although we always refer to breasts as ‘sisters’ not ‘twins’, breast augmentation is a fantastic solution to improve any asymmetry.
- Underdeveloped – you may have simply never developed breasts that you were happy with. If this is the case, breast enlargement surgery can provide you with the appearance you’ve always longed for.
Many of our patients find that undergoing breast enlargement surgery, regardless of the reason, has huge implications for their self-confidence and overall wellbeing. They no longer feel embarrassed when wearing swimwear or lingerie and wearing padded bras to enhance their bust becomes a thing of the past.
Your Breast Enlargement consultation
Your consultation is the perfect opportunity to meet with Mr Adrian Richards and his nursing team, find out everything about your breast augmentation procedure including risks, recovery and expected results and ask any questions.
Prior to your consultation we recommend looking at before and after photographs of breast sizes and shapes that you both like and dislike. You can bring these along to your consultation to help guide Mr Richards and his team as to the type of look you are hoping to achieve with surgery.
During your consultation Mr Richards will discuss with you the following important elements of breast enlargement surgery:
- Shape of the implant – teardrop or round
- Size of the implant
- Profile – high profile or low profile
- Placement – under or over the muscle
- Breast asymmetry
- Combination procedures – e with a mastopexy
Come to your consultation already prepared with a list of questions for your Plastic Surgeon. This ensures you won’t forget anything!
Following your initial consultation you will be invited back for a sizing appointment. We ask you to bring different items of clothing along to this appointment so you can try on a variety of sizes and shapes of implants to see how you may look following the operation.
The breast augmentation procedure
A breast enlargement operation typically takes around 1 hour under a general anaesthetic. However this can vary slightly depending on the type of implant being used and the technique.
Your Plastic Surgeon will start by making their incision based on your discussions during your consultation. This is most likely to sit in the natural crease of your breast. The breast implant is then placed inside the breast pocket before the incisions are closed with sutures.
You can be safe in the knowledge that Mr Richards only uses the highest quality CE Mark and FDA approved breast implants. This ensures high quality results and safety standards.
Your scarring will differ depending on the technique used for your procedure and the size of the implant. However most patients tend to have a scar that measures 4-4.5cm long which fades considerably over time.
Recovery following breast augmentation
Recovery following your breast enlargement surgery is relatively straightforward. Unlike traditional recovery methods of wearing large dressings following your operation, you will simply wake up wearing a bra with small bits of tape over your incisions. This ensures you feel as comfortable as possible from the moment your anaesthetic wears off.
You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure. For the first 7 days you are likely to feel some mild discomfort and swelling in your breasts however your Plastic Surgeon will discharge you with painkillers in order to ease any pain.
Although we advise against any strenuous activity, particularly lifting, it is important to keep circulation flowing and therefore we advise you to partake in some gentle walking.
You will have a follow up appointment with the nursing team 7 days post-surgery and you will be able to resume normal activities after a couple of weeks. Exercise regimes should be re-introduced slowly. We’d recommend waiting 2-3 months before returning to your full exercise programme.
A comprehensive aftercare package will be provided to you by your Plastic Surgeon.