Breast augmentation is an operation in which an implant is inserted to increase the size and fullness of the breasts.
It's one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery in the UK and has changed the lives of many women, increasing their self-esteem and confidence. Unlike the image commonly portrayed in the media, breast augmentation can be just a subtle change, boosting the contours of your body by adding volume and curves.
Choosing a breast enlargement is a very personal decision. Some women wish to restore volume and firmness to their breasts after weight loss or pregnancy. Others may wish to boost their confidence in their appearance and when wearing certain clothes. Whatever your personal situation and how it may be affecting you, our medical team can provide expert care, information and advice to help you reach the right decision for you.
If you believe that breast augmentation might be the procedure for you then book a consultation and we will discuss with you:
• The results you are hoping to see.
• Your current situation.
• The procedure and what to expect during surgery.
• The recovery process.
Breast augmentation: frequently asked questions
What happens before breast augmentation?
Before the breast augmentation procedure, you will meet with a consultant who will talk to you about the shape and the size you would like your breasts to be. You will gain an understanding of the various implants that we offer and the advantages and disadvantages to each type, allowing you to make an informed decision. Rest assured, we only offer implants from the highest quality suppliers.
It is important to note that breast augmentation simply increases the size of the bust. If your breasts are high up and the skin is tight then the result will be excellent. However simply putting an implant inside does not lift up sagging breasts or correct loose skin. In this case your surgeon will recommend that an uplift operation be performed at the same time. The two procedures together will then give you the outcome you need; breasts high up, full with a normal profile.
What actually happens during the operation?
During the breast augmentation operation your surgeon will insert the implants of your choice into your body through a small incision beneath each breast, usually in the natural crease of your body. This will be performed under general anaesthetic so you will be asleep the entire time. The incisions will then be stitched and dressed.
What should I expect after surgery?
Expect to stay overnight in the hospital and for there to be a certain degree of swelling and/or bruising. You will be prescribed medication to help with the soreness and it is recommended you give yourself at least a week off work to recuperate.
Post operatively, the breasts will be tender for a few days. You may drive at the end of the first week. It is not essential to wear sports bra immediately after the operation as it would be sore. Light clothes, a lycra top or crop top are perfectly satisfactory. A sports bra is suitable after about a week or so. The tapes on the incisions are removed at the 10 day check. They will be replaced and should be changed once a week. The gentle pressure the tapes produce will encourage the scar lines to settle quickly.
There may be changes in nipple and breast sensation which are usually temporary. It is common for the skin above the incision but under the nipple to feel numb for 3-6 months. Permanent loss of nipple sensation is very uncommon. Some patients describe increased nipple sensation which can last for 2-3 months. The breast will be very firm for up to six weeks but will be softening by the time of the two month follow up appointment.
Will I have much scarring?
There will be scars from where your surgeon creates the incisions but these will be positioned to align with the natural crease of your body. As they are underneath the breasts, you will not be able to see them in low-cut tops, bras or bikini tops. You can expect your scars to fade naturally with time and in the first twelve months you should see the colour change to your natural skin tone.
Will my breasts be noticeably bigger?
The results of your breast enlargement will be agreed between you and your surgeon during the consultation process so that you have clear expectations. Remember that in the first few weeks following surgery there will be some swelling, but as your breasts heal they will drop into a more natural position and feel softer. This is when you will be able to see the true effects of your surgery.
We use breast implant sizers to try on with a bra which allows you to make a decision about the look which you would like to achieve.