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. Every person’s reason for getting breast implants completely unique, so here at MYA we treat you like an individual and provide a bespoke service.
Women who consider breast enlargement surgery 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 enlargements are one of the most popular procedures with the highest patient satisfaction rate in the cosmetic surgery industry. Breast enlargement procedures under local anaesthesia or sedation take 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.
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR CONSULTATIONS?
Patient Coordinator Consultation
At your first breast enlargement 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 preoperative breast implant 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 breast implants & 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.
BREAST ENLARGEMENT SURGERY
Day of Surgery
You will be admitted to the breast enlargement 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 breast implants 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 Enlargement 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.
BREAST ENLARGEMENT RECOVERY
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 Enlargement?
Every woman’s breast enlargement recovery time is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore and some swelling after 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 implant 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.
How much do breast implants cost?
We understand that the cost of breast implants 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 £1,145, £6,140 total repayable and 9.9% APR representative).
You can pay back over 10, 24, 36 and 48 months depending on how much you can afford for your monthly payments. Your patient coordinator will be able to give you all the necessary information at your free consultation. The finance application process only takes minutes to complete and you will receive an answer within seconds.
- Must be 18 years and over
- Must be a UK resident and able to provide 3 years address history
- Must work a minimum of 16 hours per week
- Must be able to provide 3 years employment history
- Must have a valid email address
- Must have no CCJs, defaults or bankruptcies over the past 3 years
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, How to Prepare for Surgery and understand Why MYA are Best at Breasts. Download now and have them with you at all times!
- Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
- Assess Your Breast Shape
- How to Prepare for Surgery
- Why are MYA the Best at Breasts
As the world’s most patient-focused cosmetic surgery, MYA offers a wide variety of breast procedures, from breast uplifts to breast enlargements. For more information on what we offer and to view our full list of procedures click here.
*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.