60 to 90 mins
0 - 1 night
General or local with sedation
2 - 9 months
Breast enlargement surgery is also known as breast augmentation, a boob job, breast enhancement or an augmentation mammoplasty. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the UK every year. During breast enlargement surgery, the breasts are made larger by inserting a breast implant into the body.
60 to 90 mins
0 - 1 night
General or local with sedation
2 - 9 months
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Online resources, such as before & after photos and treatment guides are very helpful to give you a general understanding of what the procedure entails and who it is for. But you need to keep in mind that these are other people's results and general information. In order for you decide if the procedure is the right path for you, you need to know what outcomes your surgeon can achieve for your body.
Keep in mind: Your consultation is not binding. It is your opportunity to make sure you feel comfortable with the idea of having the procedure and to find a surgeon you trust.
The consultation revolves around your specific enquiry, but most consultations should include:
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60 to 90 mins
0 - 1 night
General or local with sedation
2 - 9 months
Anyone who would like permanently larger breasts with a rounder shape and more symmetrical look can benefit from breast augmentation.
Similar to many types of cosmetic breast surgery, breast augmentation aims to enhance the size and shape of the breasts by giving them a fuller and more contoured look by placing a breast implant into the body.
Breast enlargement surgery can:
Breast implants cannot correct the look of severe breast sagging, also called breast ptosis as seen in the diagram below.
If you have sagging breasts, your breast augmentation may need to be combined with a breast lift in order to get you the results you want. Learn more about breast enlargement and uplift here.
Some patients do not like the invasive nature of breast augmentation because of the silicone breast implants. While the possibilities for breast enhancement are limited without a standard implant, there are options including fat transfer. Learn more about fat transfer breast enlargement and auto-augmentation breast enlargement by following these links.
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Every Medbelle consultation takes place with the surgeon who will perform the surgery.
Your breast augmentation consultation will last between 15 to 60 minutes. It will take place either in the surgeon’s private practice or a Medbelle consultation office.
Questions you will likely be asked during your consultation include:
Your surgeon will also examine and measure your breasts. They may also take photos of your breasts that will remain a part of your private medical record.
The measurements they will take include:
These measurements will help them determine:
Breast augmentation may be an option for women looking to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. The ideal candidate for breast enlargement surgery is likely:
Breast enhancement surgery often lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. Before surgery, you must follow the guidance given to you by your surgeon regarding eating, drinking and taking medications the night and weeks before.
Medbelle surgeons use the most proven surgical methods on their patients. This includes the use of the Keller Funnel to place breast implants. Learn about the benefits of the Keller Funnel for breast enhancement here on the Medbelle blog.
There are two common breast implant shapes. Depending on the type of results you want from breast augmentation, your surgeon can use round or anatomical shaped breast implants.
Round implants provide more overall volume to the breast and are a good option for patients who want more cleavage and volume in the upper part of the breast.
Anatomical implants are also known as teardrop breast implants. Their shape mimics the shape of natural breasts.
This breast implant shape is a good option for those who want a more natural-looking final result from breast augmentation.
Medbelle surgeons take great care when placing incisions during breast augmentation to make sure the final results are not distracted from by scarring.
There are three possible types of breast enlargement incisions:
There are 3 possible places in the breast where a breast implant can be placed.
This method places the implant over the chest muscle and under the existing breast tissue.
Pros of subglandular implant placement:
Cons of subglandular implant placement:
This method places the breast implant under the chest muscle, also called the pectoral muscles or pecs.
Pros of subpectoral implant placement:
Cons of subpectoral implant placement:
As the name suggests, the dual-plane method combines the two previous methods and places the breast implant under both the breast tissue and chest muscle at once. This is also called the bi-planar method.
Pros of dual-plane implant placement:
As with any surgery, breast augmentation has risks and complications associated with the procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss all the risks and complications associated with breast enhancement surgery with you during your consultation. Choosing a highly experienced BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon will reduce the chance of any risks and complications occurring during or following your breast enhancement surgery.
The risks and complications associated with breast enlargement surgery include but are not limited to:
What is Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)?
BIA-ALCL is an extremely rare type of cancer of the lymph glands. It is not breast cancer. It is associated with some types of textured silicone breast implants.
Treatment involves surgical removal of the breast capsule and implant, and in some cases, chemotherapy.
If BIA-ALCL is caught early enough, treatment is curative.
If you have any questions or concerns about BIA-ALCL, speak to your surgeon.
During your consultation, your surgeon will give you specific instructions regarding their preferred method of aftercare for breast enlargement surgery patients.
After your breast enlargement surgery, you will likely be able to return home the same day or the day after. Before you leave the hospital, a post-operative appointment will be arranged so you can meet with your surgeon within the following two weeks. During this appointment, your surgeon will examine your breasts, remove any non-dissolvable stitches and address any surgical complications.
As part of your breast enlargement aftercare process, your surgeon will give you specific time frames and advice regarding things such as time off work, sports & exercise, driving etc. These time frames can differ greatly from surgeon to surgeon. It is therefore important to follow the specific advice that your surgeon gives you, as it is specific to your recovery.
However, we have provided below some general guidelines and information about breast enlargement aftercare.
The time you need to take off work after breast enlargement surgery depends on the type of work you do.
If your job requires any level of manual labour, especially lifting heavy objects, reaching for objects above your head, or any strenuous physical work, you may have to take a minimum of one full week off.
If your work is relatively low or no impact and requires only work at a desk, you may only need to take 4 to 5 days off work.
No matter your role, even light-impact duties should be avoided for at least 1 to 2 weeks.
Although you will need to rest after your surgery, it is important that you do not stay in bed all day. Even though you will have had surgery on your chest, occasional light walks every day can help prevent blood clots from developing in your legs.
While you should keep lightly mobile, you should only return to regular exercise on your surgeon's guidance.
Below is a broad guideline for returning to exercise after breast enlargement surgery:
Do not exercise at all. Even minor aerobic activities may lead to increased swelling and a longer recovery time.
You may begin to resume sports like cycling that do not involve vigorous movement.
6 weeks after your surgery, you should be able to resume all types of exercise again.
You will not be able to drive immediately after your breast enlargement surgery because you will still be slightly under the influence of anaesthesia. You will, therefore, need to arrange for a family member or friend to take you home after your procedure.
Driving may also be difficult or impossible for you for up to a week after surgery. This is because breast enlargement surgery impacts the muscles in your chest necessary to push and pull the wheel with your arms. Even if it is comfortable for you to drive in the week following your surgery, the NHS recommends you avoid driving for at least 1 week after surgery to ensure you do not hurt yourself or slow your healing.
After your breast enlargement surgery, you will have to wear a post-operative compression garment for anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks. The amount of time you will have to wear this "recovery bra" depends on your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon’s advice. Your compression garment is vital in the early days of your breast enlargement aftercare as it helps reduce swelling and bruising and helps you achieve the best result possible.
There are a number of different techniques that your surgeon may recommend to help you heal your scars after your breast enlargement. These include:
Your surgeon will advise you specifically on how to take care of your scars.
Although you will see an immediate difference in the size of your breasts after surgery, it may take 2 to 9 months before you are able to appreciate the full cosmetic results of your breast enlargement. Swelling and some slight shape differences may persist for up to 9 months.
It is important to keep in mind that exact recovery times vary from patient to patient. Timing is different for each patient and each surgeon gives different advice and timelines. Therefore, it is important to follow all the post-operative advice your surgeon gives you.
It is important to research your breast enlargement well before going ahead with the procedure. Common breast enlargement FAQs include the following:
This depends on what type of work you do. If your job includes a lot of physical activity you may have to take at least one full week off. If it does not involve a lot of activity you may only need to take 4 to 5 days off work. In any case, you should avoid even light duties for at least 1 to 2 weeks.
Although a rare complication, some women do find they have difficulties or are unable to breastfeed after a breast enlargement procedure. However, if you were able to breastfeed before your procedure, you will likely still be able to breastfeed after healing.
Breast enlargement can be done in several ways, some of which are more likely to preserve the ability to breastfeed. These include making incisions (cuts) under the breast or in the armpit or having the implant placed under the chest muscle. These measures may help prevent damage to the milk ducts and nerves in your breasts.
Be sure to discuss this with your Medebelle surgeon so you can both decide what is the best option for you and your breast surgery.
If you are currently breastfeeding, your surgeon may require you to stop nursing at least 3 to 6 months before surgery. This allows the breasts to settle before your procedure.
If you’ve recently had a baby, your surgeon may require you to wait 3 to 6 months before you are able to have a breast enlargement.
Breast implants are designed to mimic the feel of natural breasts. Silicone gel implants, especially highly-cohesive silicone gel, have a more natural feel than saline implants.
Most cosmetic surgeons will be happy to see you for an initial consultation without a referral from your GP. If you plan to go ahead with surgery however, your surgeon may contact your GP for details regarding your medical history.
Cosmetic procedures such as a breast enlargement, are usually not available on the NHS. If however, you have had a lumpectomy or mastectomy for breast cancer treatment, you may be eligible for a breast reconstruction on the NHS.
Further surgery may be required for a number of reasons. In most cases, it is needed following the development of a complication such as capsular contracture or implant rupture. Some patients also choose to have further surgery to change the size, shape or type of implant.
A breast enlargement may not suitable for women who:
A breast enlargement may interfere with the treatment of the infection or cancer. It may also compromise the safety of the baby during pregnancy.
Major weight loss or weight gain may affect the look of your breasts. Drastic weight gain will result in a less noticeable size-effect of the implants; whilst drastic weight loss will make their effect more prominent. The effect of weight loss or gain will however, vary between individuals.
If you have any other questions that are not been listed under these breast enlargement FAQs, give us a call!
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