Also known as a breast augmentation or a boob job, breast enlargement increases bust volume, improves breast shape and can help increase your confidence. Out of all the cosmetic procedures available in the UK, breast enlargement is the most popular.
Breast enlargement may be right for you if:
- You’ve lost volume in your breasts after breastfeeding or as a natural consequence of the ageing process.
- You feel that your breasts are too small in comparison with the rest of your body, and you want a curvy look.
- You are naturally flat-chested and want to increase the size of your breasts.
The Breast Enlargement Procedure
Before undergoing a breast enlargement procedure, you will meet with your surgeon and discuss your operation in detail. Implant position will depend on your body type and also on the look you want to achieve afterward.
- Subglandular Implants: In this procedure, implants sit on top of the pectoral muscles in your chest, and under your glands. Subglandular implants settle into position quickly and won’t interfere with pectoral muscle movement.
- Submuscular Implants: In this procedure, implants go under your glands and also under your pectoral muscles. Submuscular implants look natural and remain well supported in their subpectoral pockets.
During the augmentation procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in the crease under your breast, and creates a pocket for your new implant. Your surgeon then carefully pushes the implant into the pocket until it sits in an optimal position. Then, your surgeon closes the incision and dresses your wound.
Implant on top of the pectoral muscle
Implant under pectoral muscle
The Recovery Process
Most people take at least a week off after surgery to recover, and many people wear a chest strap or post-operative bra for the first month or two. Your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions, which can help you recover more quickly.
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Important Questions About Breast Augmentation
What size can my breasts be increased to?
The surgeon will usually attempt to increase your bust size by at least two sizes, for example from A to C cup size. However, you can only be made as large as medically possible. During your consultation the surgeon will be able to assess approximately the cup size that you will increase to afterwards.
Where do the implants go - "under" or "over" the muscle?
At your consultation and in discussion with you, your surgeon will choose the positioning of the implant, depending on your physical characteristics.
“Submuscular” – implant placed partially or totally under the pectoralis major muscle
“Subglandular” – implant placed on top of the muscle and over the glands
Will my breasts look and feel natural?
Yes, once the breasts have settled. During the first few weeks following your operation your breast enhancement will feel very firm, swollen and pert.
What implants do you use?
We only use high quality Motiva implants for your peace of mind. We offer both the standard Motiva implants in traditional round shape, or the top of the range ProgressiveGel™ breast implants which offer literally hundreds of options of size, shape and texture.
How do I know which size to go for?
Don’t worry – your surgeon will assess your physiology and discuss your preferences with you before recommending the best implant to suit your frame and give you the look you want. Enhance Medical also offer the Biodynamics® Breast Analysis System in a Computer Assisted Consultation which takes very detailed measurements, after which you can literally see and feel the effect of your new implants by wearing specially made breast prosthesis under a purpose-made stretchy vest.
Will I need to take time off work?
Yes, normally 7 -10 days is required off work unless your job involves any lifting or carrying, then you may be advised to take more time off. In this case the surgeon can supply you with a medical certificate for your employer.
Will my breasts be painful afterwards?
Many Breast Augmentation patients say they experience more discomfort than actual pain, though you can expect to feel sore and tender afterwards, and you will experience a certain amount of post-operative bruising and swelling over the area(s) treated.
Can I speak to someone who has had a breast enlargement?
Yes, many of our staff have had a breast enlargement and various other cosmetic surgery procedures. We also have many patients who are happy to talk to you about their own experiences
What care do I need to take post-operatively?
Our Patient Care Coordinator will give advice and you’ll also receive a free Patient Information Booklet at your consultation. Do give consideration to post-surgical support bras – the right garment will really help your healing and recovery.
Why would I need to have my implants replaced?
Implants can be replaced for many reasons, including wanting to change the shape or size of the implants, breasts change due to weight loss or gain, age or having children.
Will there be the same amount of discomfort?
The pocket or capsule has already been made so if the implants are going in the same position, for example under or over the muscle, there should be less discomfort than the previous procedure.
Is the recovery the same?
Having a breast implant replacement should be treated the same as the initial procedure, 1 week off work and 4-6 weeks recovery.
Will there be more scarring?
Where ever possible the surgeon will use the existing scar for the incision, there may be instances where an uplift may also be required and more scarring would then be necessary but the surgeon will discuss this in full at consultation.
All cosmetic procedures receive free aftercare!
Following a cosmetic surgery procedure; our patients’ can rest with ease knowing they will receive free aftercare which includes the continued support from their patient care coordinator, unlimited access to an experienced member of the nursing team and periodic reviews from their Surgeon. We have an experienced senior nurse on-call out of hours to support our patients so they can reach someone 24/7. In the unlikely event it is needed, we have additional hospital stays available and can accommodate patients should there be an emergency. Our patients receive surgical coverage for 12 Months.
Remember, many of our staff have undergone similar procedures themselves and enjoy the opportunity to answer questions and discuss their personal journey. Come meet our team.