Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
Breast enlargement surgery usually involves putting an artificial implant either under the breast tissue, or under the chest muscle behind the breast, to make the breasts permanently larger, firmer and fuller.
If you have always wanted larger or more shapely breasts, or if you are unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts after pregnancy or weight loss, then a breast augmentation may be an option for you.
Before you decide to go ahead, our consultant will discuss with you what you’re hoping to gain from the operation, including the size, shape and type of implants that might be most suitable for you. They will also outline the result you can realistically expect, plus the possible risks and side effects.
Breast enlargement usually takes between one and two hours under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make cuts in the skin on your breast. The exact position of the cuts will vary, depending on the type of implant, your particular anatomy or patient/surgeon preference. Be sure to discuss incision options with your consultant.
Your surgeon will then make a space for the implant. The implant usually lies under your breast tissue on top of your chest muscle, but is sometimes put under your chest muscle. Your surgeon will talk to you about which method is best for you. Your surgeon will close the cut with stitches (which may be dissolvable), and may wrap your breasts in a supportive dressing or support bra.
The operation can be carried out as a day case or you may need to stay in hospital overnight. Everyone recovers at their own pace however most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks. Depending on your type of job you should be able to return to work after one to two weeks.
After surgery, you will have some hardness, discomfort and swelling in your breasts. Bruising and pain may last a few weeks. The scarring will usually fade to pink after around three months, and then fade to white.
Are there any risks?
As with all surgery, there is a risk of complications such as:
• Blood clots (deep-vein thrombosis)
Specific complications of breast enlargement may include
• Capsular contraction – scar tissue can form around the implant and the breast may feel harder than normal and painful
• Change of breast and nipple sensation
• Sometimes scars can become red, thick and painful and may need more surgery.
• Kinking and rippling of the skin
• Rupture or deflation of the implant
Ask your surgeon to explain in more detail how any risks apply to you.
Breast enlargement surgery cost
The cost of breast enlargement (augmentation) surgery may vary according to which consultant you choose, your medical history and the type of implant, however we do have a guide price of £3,995. If you would like more information on the cost of breast enlargement surgery please contact us today.