Also known as Breast Implants or Breast Augmentation
It is extremely common for women to be dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts. Breast augmentation (also known as breast enlargement, augmentation mammoplasty, breast implantation or simply a ‘boob job’) involves placing an artificial implant into the breast in order to increase the breast size or restore volume that has been lost after weight loss or pregnancy.
Breast augmentation is by far the most popular procedure requested by women.
Please note that breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. If you want your breasts to look fuller and to be lifted due to sagging, a breast uplift may be required in conjunction with breast augmentation.
You may be a candidate for breast augmentation surgery if:
• You are physically healthy
• You have realistic expectations
• Your breasts are fully developed
• You are bothered by the fact your breasts are too small
• You are dissatisfied with your breasts losing volume and shape after pregnancy, weight loss or ageing
• You are unhappy with the upper part of your breasts appearing empty
• Your breasts are asymmetrical
• One or both of your breasts failed to develop normally or have elongated shape (tubular breasts).
Breast augmentation is usually performed under general anaesthesia. However, a small number of surgeons prefer the use of local anaesthesia with sedation. Most patients can go home the same day after a few hours of surgery and only occasionally do patients stay in hospital overnight.
There are a number of means to insert a breast implant. There are three common types of incision. It is a matter of patient and surgeon preference as to which is used. For more information on the incisions please see our blog post on the different incision sites that can be used, or download our brochure.
The quality of the implant used is very important. Rest assured, at New Birkdale Clinic we will offer you a choice of the best implants available, developed by the world’s leading companies in the design and production of modern breast implants.
All breast implants come in a variety of sizes, usually expressed as a volume. For example, 60ml would be a very small implant, whereas 600ml would be a large implant. The majority of women have implants in the range of 260ml to 380ml.
Implants come in two basic shapes, either perfectly round or teardrop shaped. Some surgeons prefer one shape over the other, whilst others will use different types depending on the patient’s own characteristics. Overall, both give excellent results. For more information on the types of implants, please see our blog post on the subject, or download our brochure.
• The operation takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour to perform
• Following surgery, most patients will be asked to wear a firm support bra for up to six weeks
• The breasts will feel bruised, tender and swollen for a few days
• Sutures dissolve or are removed or trimmed after ten to fourteen days
• Ice packs may be used to reduce the swelling and make the breasts feel more comfortable
• Most patients take one week off work, depending on the nature of their employment
• If you feel comfortable, you may drive a car once you have been for your check-up – 7 to 14 days after your procedure
• Patients are advised to do no lifting in the first two weeks after surgery, and no heavy lifting for at least six weeks
• Most women can resume normal activity within four to six weeks after surgery
• As with all scars, they will slowly fade over six to twelve months. However, they may never completely disappear
• Follow-up appointments are held with our clinical team at one week, and with your surgeon at six weeks
• Before leaving hospital you will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your breasts following surgery, medications to take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection.
In order to achieve optimal breast augmentation results, it is important that you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and return for your follow-up visits.
If you are ready to take the next step to discuss breast augmentation surgery with us, the next step is to arrange a consultation with a surgeon at our clinic.
Your initial consultation will be with a surgeon who, after examining you, can offer you comprehensive information about what can and can’t be achieved. You will also meet a patient co-ordinator and together, these two professionals will be able to answer your questions and offer you objective advice and guidance. They will also discuss what happens at each stage of the process – surgery dates, care in theatre and afterwards.
The consultation is designed to be friendly and informative, and you are encouraged to bring a friend, partner or relative along with you.
You will have the chance to see and feel the various types of implants available to you, and even try them on to discover which feels most comfortable.
At no point are you under any obligation to progress any further – the surgeon and patient co-ordinator are simply there to act as your guides. If you are not 100% satisfied with the surgeon’s consultation, the co-ordinator may be able to offer you another consultation with a different surgeon.