Breast enlargement surgery continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the UK and the US. Breast enlargement or breast augmentation is a procedure which is designed to make the breasts larger, and improve proportion in relation to the rest of your frame. Refined technique and the range of implants available make this a straight forward and efficient procedure which produces excellent results with high patient satisfaction.
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Am I A Suitable Candidate For Breast Enlargement Surgery?
Hormones, genetics and fluctuations in weight will affect the size of women’s breasts throughout their lifetime. Small breasts can be a source of anxiety for many and for this reason alone, you could be an appropriate candidate for breast enlargement surgery. If your breasts are asymmetrical, droopy and lack fullness and volume, you could also be a suitable candidate for the procedure. If sagging, small breasts are a concern you could opt for a combination of enlargement and uplift surgery. You can read more about this here.
What Happens During Breast Enlargement?
During the procedure your consultant will make an incision in one of three places: the armpit, the nipple, or under the natural fold of the breast (where an underwired bra would sit). It is important to discuss this with your surgeon as this will result in some scarring. You can read more about the benefits and disadvantages of each incision site here.
The implant will either be placed either above or below the pectoral muscle. Placing the implant under the muscle (submuscular) is known to reduce the risk of capsular contracture and make it easier to image your breast during a mammogram. A subglandular placement (under the breast glands but on top of the muscle) can mean a shorter recovery time. Where your implant is placed will depend on your own anatomy, the surgeon’s judgement and your preference. This decision will be fully explored during consultation.
When the implant has been positioned properly, your surgeon will then stitch the site of incision and you will be returned to your room to recover. Surgery will last a maximum of two hours and usually require a one night stay in hospital.
What Should I Expect After Having A Breast Enlargement?
In the days and weeks following surgery it is advised that you wear a fully supportive bra to get the best long term result possible. The more you rest immediately after surgery the better you will heal and recover. Minor discomfort and swelling will continue from the initial surgery for about two weeks. However in the weeks that follow the swelling and bruising quickly subsides. At around six weeks you can expect your breasts to feel soft and more natural again.
How Long Do The Effects Of Breast Enlargement Surgery Last?
To maintain the effects of surgery into the long term, it is important to maintain your weight through exercise and diet. Despite having had surgery, repeated periods of weight loss and weight gain will have the same effect on your breasts as the rest of your body. Implants don’t come with a lifetime guarantee, but you will only need to consider changing your breast implants if suffer from a complication like rupture or capsular contracture. According to the FDA, around 20% of women who have breast enlargement surgery will need to change their implants before ten years.
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