Breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation or a ‘boob job’, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the UK. It is used to:-
Implants are used to enhance the size and shape of the breast. The patient’s stature, breast anatomy, skin thickness and elasticity will determine the size of implant which can be used and also the positioning of the implant.
The procedure will not correct sagging breasts. If the breasts need to be lifted, an uplift procedure may be carried out at the same time as the augmentation (see Breast Uplift).
It should be noted that implants are a consumable item and will need to be removed or replaced at some future point so the cost of further surgery should also be taken into consideration.
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes around 1 hour. Implants are inserted into a pocket which is made through an incision in the crease under the breast (the inframammary fold). The implants can either be placed directly behind the breast tissue and on top of the pectoral muscle (submammary) or behind the muscle (submuscular dual plane).
Any invasive treatment carries its own risks and complications. Also, every procedure has limitations and the risks should be compared to the potential benefits before undergoing a surgical procedure.
Possible risks and complications include:-
Recovery time after having a breast enlargement surgery can vary between patients. Some discomfort will be felt afterwards which can be controlled by pain medication but patients should expect swelling and soreness for several weeks. The breasts may also feel tight and firm and strenuous work or exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.
Although fuller breasts will be immediately noticeable, the final results won’t be available until the implants have settled and the swelling has completely subsided. The incision scars will be covered by underwear and will typically fade over several months.
The results may be affected by significant weight gain/loss or pregnancy.
Implants are a consumable item and will need to be removed or replaced at some future point so the cost of further surgery should also be taken into consideration.
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