Cost: £3,500 – £7,000
Treatment Time: 1 – 5 Hours
Recovery Time: Around 6 Weeks
Longevity: 10 Year +
Popularity: 1.7 Million global procedures in 2017
Everything You need to know about Breast Augmentation
What is Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that aims to enhance the size, shape, or fullness of the breast. It is often referred to as breast enlargement or a boob job.
Why do people have Breast Augmentation?
There are many reasons people choose to have breast augmentation: to enlarge breasts that are naturally small, to restore breast size after pregnancy, weight loss or breastfeeding, to restore symmetry when the breasts are different sizes and to reconstruct breasts after mastectomy surgery.
Ultimately, for most women they see breast augmentation as a procedure that will give them a confidence boost; a treatment that will rid them of the anxiety their current breast appearance causes them.
Am I a good candidate?
If you believe your breasts are too small for your body or have lost volume after weight loss or pregnancy, or feel they are asymmetrical, then you may want to consider breast augmentation.
However, it is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure. For example, if you have a family history of breast cancer or are obese (BMI of 30 or more), you will need to be evaluated and cleared before surgery.
Another important consideration is family planning. If you are planning to have a baby in the near term, pregnancy may affect the results of breast augmentation. Also, breast augmentation could possibly affect your ability to breastfeed in the future. It is important to discuss this with your surgeon during the consultation.
What are my options?
In breast augmentation using implants, your surgeon makes an incision, lifts the breast tissue, creates a pocket in the chest/breast area and places an implant in the pocket.
An additional option for breast augmentation is autologous fat transfer, a process in which your surgeon removes your own fat, using liposuction, from a fat-yielding body part (such as your abdomen, thighs, or flanks) processes it and then injects it into your breasts.
What should I look out for?
All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. With breast augmentation, minor complications occur occasionally, but do not affect the outcome. Major breast augmentation complications are very unusual.
Other risks specific to breast augmentation are outlined below:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant rupture
- Mammography shadows affecting breast cancer detection.