Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)

  • Commonly known as a breast enlargement, this involves surgically inserting breast implants underneath the natural tissue to make the breasts permanently larger, firmer and fuller.

    What happens during the procedure?

    Usually a hospital stay of one or two days will be needed. You will be given a general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep throughout the whole procedure which normally lasts between one and two hours.

    Your surgeon will make a small incision near your armpit, under your breasts, down the side of the breast or around the areola (dark area of the nipple), depending on what you have discussed in your consultation. The implant will then be inserted underneath your natural breast tissue or under the muscle of the breast. The incision is then closed with stitches. Surgeons attempt to minimise scarring, so your incision will usually be hidden away from sight, for example, under the crease of the breast.

    The psychological benefits

    After the operation many women often report that they feel more feminine, with greater self-esteem and confidence. They often feel that their breasts have become more proportionate to the rest of the body and that it is easier to wear the clothes they want.

    Talk to your chosen surgeon about your needs

    Like all kinds of cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation begins with a consultation phase. You will discuss with your surgeon the size and shape you would like your breasts to become, and have all your questions answered.

    After your surgery

    You will need to plan some time off work so that you can recover at home. Normally your stitches and dressings will be removed seven days following your procedure, after which you can return to work. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra for several weeks after your surgery to help your breasts ‘settle down’ and to help you feel more comfortable.


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