Breast enlargement, or breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery that women opt for in the UK and is popular across a wide range of ages. There are many reasons why women are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts and it is important you understand your own reasons before undertaking any surgery.
During the consultation stage we will discuss with you your desired aesthetic result along with the recommended size and shape implants to be used. As every woman is unique, it is important to remember your breast enlargement result will also be unique. We use implants that are approved by the MHRA and FDA.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes between an hour and an hour and 30 minutes. An incision is made either under the armpit, around the areola, or under the breast on the crease. Where the incision is made is discussed with you at your consultation. The implants are then inserted through the incisions and placed either over the muscle, beneath the muscle or partially over and under. This is dependent on the overall desired outcome and the benefits and risks of each will be discussed with you prior to your surgery.
Most breast enlargements do not require an overnight stay in the hospital, however you may wish to stay over for support and aftercare reasons.
Following your surgery, you are advised to take at least 2 weeks off from work. Whilst you should not become bedbound during these first 2 weeks, it is important that you get plenty of rest and eat well. You may need to arrange alternative childcare arrangements and have some additional help to complete household chores. You can normally gradually return to normal activities following week 4.
You will have follow up appointments with your surgeon and nurse. Bandages and sutures (if present) will be removed, your well-being will be discussed and you will be advised further on any necessary at home aftercare. During the first 6 weeks post-surgery, your breasts will look and feel unnatural and you will most likely experience slight pains, soreness and numbness. All of these are perfectly normal but we encourage you to talk to us about any concerns you may have.
Breast enhancement does not have a set price – the cost of your surgery is dependent on numerous factors including the aesthetic look required (for example an uplift might be needed as well as an enhancement for drooping breasts), the location of your surgery, whether you wish to stay in our hospital overnight and any additional extras you purchase such as compression bras.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.