What is Breast Enlargement?
Breast enlargement surgery, also known as a breast augmentation procedure, breast enhancement or just a ‘boob job‘, is extremely popular in the UK across a wide age range.
Many women choose to have surgery to increase breast size or to achieve a fuller shape. Everyone’s reasons for wanting a breast enlargement are completely unique, so here at MYA we treat you like an individual and provide a bespoke service.
Women who consider breast enlargements are typically seeking a larger cup size for one of the following reasons:
- Following pregnancy
- Following weight loss
- Their breasts did not fully develop to their desired size during puberty
- They are suffering from asymmetry or tubular breasts
- Simply to enhance what they already have for personal reasons
Breast enlargement is one of the most popular procedures with the highest patient satisfaction rate in the cosmetic surgery industry.
A breast augmentation procedure under local anaesthesia or sedation takes the same time as under general anaesthesia. A breast implant is inserted through a small incision made in the natural crease of the breast and closed with dissolvable stitches; this can be carried out as a day case or an overnight stay in hospital.
Before you decide to go ahead, we recommend that you are absolutely sure about why you want to have this procedure. Take your time, reflect on your decision and make sure it’s the right choice for you. If you have doubts or questions, we would recommend spending some time on our MYA Forum; this is a great place to speak to thousands of other women who have gone through this procedure and will have their own unique experiences. MYA have built this community of like-minded women because we want to offer you support through every stage of your journey.
BREAST AUGMENTATION BEFORE AND AFTER
Take a look at the breast enlargement surgery transformations performed by MYA’s expert surgeons, specialising in cosmetic surgery. From just looking at the incredible before and after results, it’s easy to see why Breast Enlargements are one of our most popular procedures here at MYA.
Check our Instagram for more amazing breast augmentation photos and recovery stories, and read more of them on our patient stories page here.
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR CONSULTATIONS?
Patient Coordinator Consultation
At your first consultation with a Patient Coordinator, you will be walked through your patient journey with MYA and some discussion will follow about implant shapes and possible sizes; we also want to find out what your expectations for the outcomes of your surgery are. If you are suitable for surgery, you will be told about the operation, the expected outcome and possible risks and complications.
At your pre-operative consultation with your surgeon, they will assess your chest wall, your existing volume of breast tissue and how much skin is available to accommodate the implant & take a medical photograph of your breasts.
Your surgeon will be able to give you an idea of what implant is appropriate for you but they will not be able to guarantee your cup size. It is unfortunately not possible to just pick a cup size and ask your surgeon to supply that. We do, however, advise patients to bring in photographs of desired breasts to their consultations so they can better articulate the look they are going for.
Day of Surgery
You will be admitted to the breast augmentation hospital on the day of surgery and often be discharged the same day or the next morning. Please be aware that you will not be taken to surgery straight away and you can have a wait of up to 6 hours. Once you have returned from your operation, your chest will feel tight and your breasts and ribs below your breasts will be tender. You should be mobile from day one and can exercise after 6 weeks. No strenuous exercises or heavy lifting for 6 weeks.
Your surgery will be performed under General Anaesthetic (GA). GA stops you feeling pain and other sensations; it gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness (being asleep). The anaesthetist, who has had specialist training, will start the anaesthetic by inserting a needle which is used to put a cannula (small thin plastic tube) into a vein in the back of your hand or arm – it will take about 30 seconds to work. If you’re worried about having a needle in your hand, you can speak to your anaesthetist about this prior to surgery.
Your surgeon will make a small (typically between 2-3 inches) incision in the crease of your breast, they will then insert the implant either in front of the muscle, between or underneath, depending on your initial discussions with the surgeon and your requirements. The incision will be closed with either dissolvable or non-dissolvable sutures, depending on your surgeon.
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Breast Augmentation Surgery Time
The surgery itself usually takes between 30 mins – 1 hour and is typically performed under General Anaesthetic (GA). The total time that you are in theatre being anaesthetised, operated on and waking up in the recovery room can take between 2-3 hours.
After surgery, you will be taken to your room where a nurse will routinely monitor you as you start to fully wake up from the anaesthetic. Your nurse will offer you tea and toast and it will take a final 3-4 hours until you are ready to leave if you are a day case. Most patients prefer to stay in our hospital overnight as this gives them an opportunity to recover from the surgery in a safe environment and under the supervision of our nurses who specialise in cosmetic surgery.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Augmentation?
Every woman’s breast augmentation recovery time is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore and some swelling after breast augmentation surgery, this will subside after 7-14 days. Pain relief will be prescribed and administered as required to ease any discomfort you may have. You will have bruising and swelling that usually lasts 7-21 days, this is normal following all operations.
At first your breasts may look too high and the skin may appear tight. This tends to settle down over the first 6 weeks or so as a more natural shape emerges. It is extremely important that your wounds are checked post-operatively by a nurse; this is to ensure the wound is healing well. It is very important that you attend all your breast augmentation post-op appointments; it is equally important to ensure you follow all instructions provided to you to ensure you have the best opportunity to achieve the desired result by you and your surgeon.
Read more about aftercare here.
*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
FIND A CLINIC
MYA have a network of nationwide cosmetic surgery clinics that are typically within an hour’s drive from most places in the country. Our clinic locations include London (The MYA Fitzroy Hospital), Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Chelmsford, Bristol, Cardiff and Liverpool.
Where will you have the operation?
The MYA Fitzroy Hospital is a very popular breast augmentation clinic known for breast enlargement procedures. The Fitzroy hospital is our fully owned hospital so you will only be treated by trusted MYA theatre staff, ward nurses and recovery nurses.
We have 24 available operating days across 2 operating theatres in this hospital. So although days fill up quickly, we will be able to work around your schedule.
You may be offered a private room with both en-suite and TV facilities. Your family or friends are welcome to wait in your room during your operation or they are free to explore the nearby shops and cafes.
If you are having your procedure in the North, then you will go to the First Trust Hospital in Preston.
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How much do breast implants cost?
We focus on providing high quality care from your initial consultation through every step of your journey and beyond. To ensure you receive the support you deserve, our commitment to service is reflected in our prices, which are tailored to the individual patient’s needs.
Breast enlargement on finance
We understand that the cost of breast enlargement can have an impact on your decision to have the procedure. That’s why we’ve made things simple and stress-free with a choice of flexible options on breast enlargement finance. For example, a £5,000 procedure could be financed with a £500 deposit and 60 monthly payments of £94 (total credit charge of £1,1145, £6,140 total repayable and 9.9% APR representative). Visit our finance page to learn more about breast augmentation costs and to try our Affordability Calculator now!
Breast Enlargement Guides
If you’re looking for more information, download our helpful Breast Enlargement guides. These help you on What Questions to Ask Your Surgeon, Assessing Your Breast Shape and How to Prepare for Surgery. Download now and have them with you at all times!
ARE MYA IMPLANTS HIGH QUALITY?
MYA uses only the highest quality breast implants that abide by strict regulations and quality standards. This is why we only trust Mentor, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, with over 40 years of experience in making breast implants.
Made with medical grade silicone gel, they have a soft and fluid consistency – mimicking the feel of a real breast. Mentor has an extensive range of implants, including over 1,000 shapes (both round and anatomical teardrop) and sizes (from 100cc to 850cc). We’re confident you’ll be able to find an implant that best matches your expectations and surgeon’s recommendations.
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ARE BREAST IMPLANTS SAFE?
Yes, breast implants are safe. We use Mentor, which are silicone gel implants; they have 4 layers of shell so there is no risk of leaking. Due to the surface and texture of how Mentor implants are made, there is less risk of capsulation and a low risk of rupture.
ARE BREAST IMPLANTS SUBJECT TO AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW GROUP?
The Independent Review Group (IRG) on Silicone Breast Implants was assembled by the Chief Medical Officer of the UK to review the possible health issues associated with silicone gel breast implants. Members of the IRG were selected for their independent views, their knowledge and understanding of the issues, and lack of any financial interest in the conclusions they reached. Led by Professor Roger D. Sturrock, MD, FRCP, the IRG reported in 1998 that there is no scientific evidence of an association between silicone gel-filled breast implants and any established connective tissue disease.
ARE BREAST IMPLANTS SUBJECT TO THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE ON QUALITY ASSURANCE?
In July 1998, the European Committee on Quality Assurance and Medical Devices in Plastic Surgery released a report that contained the following conclusions: “There are conclusive scientific, clinical, immunological, epidemiological data, that silicone gel-filled breast implants do not cause any autoimmune nor connective tissue diseases”. Their report also stated, “Updated studies continue to show that silicone gel-filled implants do not cause cancer nor other malignant disease”. The entire declaration can be found online.
DOES BREAST ENLARGEMENT LEAVE A SCAR?
A breast enlargement incision is placed central in the patient’s breast crease, usually measuring 3-5cm in length. The size and placement of the incision will be discussed on an individual case by case basis with the surgeon. The only breast augmentation scars will initially be a red horizontal thin line in the breast crease and after healing, it will fade to a thin white line. Scarring can typically take up to a year to fully fade.
DO BREAST IMPLANTS NEED TO BE REPLACED?
The length of time a breast implant lasts is unknown and may vary from individual to individual. The Medical Devices Agency has recommended that implants are replaced every 10-15 years or at least visit your surgeon for an assessment during this time.
WHY WOULD YOU NEED YOUR IMPLANTS REPLACING?
Typically, patients will have their implants in for around 10 years and then opt for an implant removal and re-augmentation procedure. This will normally be due to the natural changes that the female body undergoes during this time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss and the natural ageing of skin can mean that breasts could change in shape and size, meaning that implants no longer sit on the chest wall as they once did. There are instances of patients having their implants in for 30 years so it really does depend on your own body.
Find out about breast implant removal and re-augmentation here.
DOES BREAST AUGMENTATION AFFECT BREASTFEEDING?
Breast implants will not normally prevent breastfeeding but may adversely affect the shape of the breast as may pregnancy itself. Women should expect physical changes to their bodies that could affect the aesthetic results of surgery and in some cases, it is advised that patients wait until after completion of their family or have achieved their optimum weight before surgery.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A BREAST ENLARGEMENT?
This is a 45 – 60 minute procedure that is carried out under General or Local Anaesthetic as a day case or as an overnight stay. A very small incision is created in the crease under the breast to allow the breast implant to be inserted.
WHAT ARE BREAST IMPLANT PLACEMENTS? UNDERS, OVERS, PARTIALS?
There are three different breast augmentation types (as shown below). A MYA surgeon is able to best advise as to which implant placement is the best option for you.
SUBMUSCULAR (Breast enlargement under the muscle)
SUBGLANDULAR (Breast augmentation over the muscle)
PARTIAL (Breast enlargement partially below the muscle)
WHAT IS ANAESTHESIA?
General Anaesthesia (GA) is when medications are administered to cause a controlled reversible loss of consciousness so that you are unaware of surgery. People often refer to this as being put to sleep. The patient will awake from surgery in recovery, feeling sleepy and unaware that the surgery has taken place, with a team of medical staff as support.
WHAT SIZES CAN I CHOOSE?
There is an extensive range of breast implant sizes that will be offered to you. Following an assessment with the surgeon, they will advise the most appropriate size for your desired look. Implants sizes are measured in “cc” which is a unit of volume.
WHAT ARE HIGH OR EXTRA HIGH PROFILES?
“Profiles” refers to the amount of forward projection off the chest wall. With respect to the profile you wish to achieve, you and your surgeon may choose a round or contoured implant. Mentor round gels are offered in 5 projections: low, moderate, moderate plus, high and ultra high projections. Similarly, Mentor Contour Profile Gel breast implants or CPG offer 3 projections to match your unique physiology. These projections are: moderate, moderate plus, high or extra high.
WHERE ARE YOUR HOSPITALS?
MYA’s first fully owned hospital is The MYA Fitzroy in London. MYA also operate out of private hospitals and clinics: The First Trust in Preston, The Natural Look Clinic in Doncaster and The First Trust Hospital in Manchester. All of which carry out breast augmentations.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO TAKE OFF WORK?
After a breast enlargement, MYA recommend you take 7 days off work for office based work. If you drive then you will need to find another form of transport as you are not advised to drive for 14 days. If you undertake heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activity please speak with your clinic nurse or surgeon for the best advice.
WILL I EXPECT TO BE IN PAIN FOLLOWING MY BREAST ENLARGEMENT?
Like any surgical procedure, some discomfort can be expected but this varies for each individual. Pain following a boob job is easily managed with pain relief and advice provided on the day of surgery. If you are concerned, we advise speaking with other breast augmentation patients on our MYA Space forum who may help you to feel reassured.
WHAT’S THE PRICE FOR BREAST AUGMENTATION?
Prices vary for every individual subject to implant size/type, overnight stay or day case or late space discount. If you’re having trouble funding your procedure, MYA offer fantastic finance options so make sure you check out our our incredible finance calculator.
I’M CONFUSED! WHO CAN I TALK TO?
If you have any questions then the best person to talk to is someone at MYA! You can book a free consultation by calling 03330141014 or completing an online enquiry form at the top of the page. Have you heard about our MYA Forum? Speak to real patients for great advice from our very own community of MYA girls.
WHAT CAN A BREAST ENLARGEMENT COMMONLY BE REFERRED TO?
There will always be abbreviations or slang terms used to describe this procedure, such as: BA (short for Breast Augmentation), boob job or breast enhancement.