Breast Enlargement – Breast Augmentation
A Breast Enlargement, (sometimes known as mammoplasty, breast augmentation or boob job) is a surgical breast enhancement procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. It is a popular procedure that can enhance a woman’s appearance and help boost her self-confidence. Most find that breast augmentation has a really positive impact on their life.
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Breast Enlargement Operation Guide
Breast enhancement is a very common procedure with a high satisfaction rate. However, like all surgeries, you should always discuss the potential risks with your surgeon.
MyBreast surgeons most commonly use general anaesthesia during surgery, but your surgeon may talk to you about the possibility of other sedation. Depending on your specific type of procedure, surgery typically takes between 1 to 2 hours.
Breast augmentation under a general anaesthetic can require an overnight stay in hospital however it is now more common to have an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home the same day of your surgery.
The recovery process depends on your health and other variables. During the first 48 hours, you may have an elevated body temperature and swelling. Both should return to normal over time. At MyBreast we pride ourselves on making the smallest and most concealed incisions possible, usually four to five centimetres long. There are three incision areas widely used for breast augmentation:
- The infra-mammary incision (under the breast fold)
- The circumareolar incision (around the nipple)
- The axillary incision (in the armpit)
Each incision has its advantages and disadvantages. The final choice needs to be discussed with your surgeon at consultation.
How to choose your breast Implants
MyBreast’s surgeons are among the top cosmetic plastic surgeons in the UK, and we use implants of equally high quality and calibre. There are two types of implant fillers available in the UK: silicone and saline. At MyBreast many of our surgeons use Nagor silicone implants. Nagor first manufactured breast implants in 1980 and they have an enviable track record for safety. Nagor are dedicated to the specialist design, manufacture and supply of high quality silicone cohesive gel breast implants.
Nagor is so confident in its product design that each Nagor implant is backed by a lifetime guarantee. The new silicone gel has a thicker consistency that holds its shape in the rare event that the shell should rupture. Nagor produces silicone implants in extensive shapes and sizes. We offer the premium Impleo Nagor implant with a lifetime guarantee for capsular contracture and rupture.
Our surgeons may recommend Motiva Implants® from Establishment Labs, one of the leading breast implant companies in the world. Motiva Implants® are available in two different silicone gels, the difference is the elasticity and firmness which produce either a younger more active medium profile or offering the look, feel, and movement of a natural breast.
Your surgeon at MyBreast will work closely with you to begin planning your personal outcome through the consultation process to achieve an individual result based on your unique body type and surgical requirements.
Inserting your breast implants
The implant will be placed either under or over your pectoral muscle depending on several factors including the size of your breast, skin quality, and your breast shape. The position of the implant will have been decided prior to surgery between you and your surgeon at your consultations.
Implants placed under the muscle tend to give a slightly more natural upper ‘pole’ of the breast and possibly a lower incidence of capsular contracture (scar tissue that can develop around an implant and cause the breast to feel hard).
- Subpectoral (under the chest muscle)
- Subglandular (beneath your breast tissue)
- Dual Plane (partly under the muscle, partly under breast tissue)
Closing your incisions
Dissolvable stitches are normally used to close the incision. Dressings will then be applied. Your surgeon may place a drain on each side to remove unwanted fluid from around your implants. These are usually removed prior to discharge. Occasionally drains need to be left in place for a little longer.
Preparing to go home
Your breast implants need to be held in their new position, so you will require a surgical support bra to stay in place for a two to four-week period after breast enlargement surgery. During this time, you must restrict your activity to ensure the breast implants are not disturbed. Your surgeon will sometimes recommend the use of an upper pole strap to hold your breasts in the desired position.
- Sleep or rest with your head slightly elevated, avoiding lateral positions. Keep your arms close to your body, and avoid lifting weights until allowed by your surgeon.
- Do not drive for at least 2 days after your surgery, and do not exercise until approved by your surgeon.
- Do not expose your breasts directly to sunlight until approved by your surgeon.
- Healing cream may be recommended by your surgeon.
Your first post-operative consultation will take place approximately seven to 10 days after your surgery.
Read more about the Nagor breast implants used by MyBreast in cosmetic surgery. Also, ask your surgeon about Motiva Implants.
At MyBreast, we are committed to providing you with the highest possible standard of care. We promise to look after you before, during and after cosmetic surgery. Importantly, you can rest assured that the surgeon you meet for your consultation will be the surgeon who performs your breast enhancement surgery. Your surgeon will see you for all appointments leading up to your breast enlargement surgery, and the journey afterwards. Our commitment to you, which you will experience through our long-term care policy, is just as serious as your commitment to having surgery.
MyBreast offers all patients follow up appointments for life so you can give us a call 5 or even 10 years after your breast Implant surgery and pop in and see your operating surgeon whenever you like. All MyBreast surgeons are BAAPS and/or BAPRAS registered so you can guarantee the same high level of expertise and care.
Breast enlargement surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Most patients come to the hospital early in the morning on the day of their surgery. The breast enhancement surgery will then take place later that morning or early afternoon that day. Patients can be discharged the same day however some patients who have surgery in the afternoon are expected to stay overnight before being discharged the next morning.
Breast enlargement is a long-term commitment, and you may require adjustment surgery at a later date. Until recently, the average product life of breast implants was thought to be 10 years. This is no longer the case. Modern breast implants can last for twice that term without needing to be replaced. But if you are in your early 20s, please be aware that you may require additional breast enlargement surgery later in life.
We operate a lifetime follow-up policy for all our breast enlargement patients. If you need to consult MyBreast or one of our surgeons at any time after your initial follow-up consultation phase, you are very welcome to do so.
MyBreast can offer you peace of mind with a lifetime implant guarantee. In the unlikely event of an accident causing your breast implant to rupture, you will be provided with new implants free of charge.
- How you should prepare for your surgery
- How to recover faster from surgery
- What are the risks of Breast Augmentation surgery
Our expert blogs
- Minimising incisions and scars – By Norman Waterhouse
- The safety of silicone – By Peter Butler
- Please read our Blog on Breast Enlargement: Choosing your implant size