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.
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.
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*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
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!