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What Is Breast Augmentation?


What is a Breast Enhancement Procedure?

A breast augmentation procedure or enhancement, also known as a ‘boob job’, is a treatment that surgically alters the size and shape of your breasts. Breast implants come in all shapes and sizes so whether you want a subtle or more noticeable change this procedure could be right for you, providing you have thought about it carefully and consulted with a plastic surgeon. More than 6,400 breast enlargement procedures were performed by members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons last year alone, with a rise of 275% between 2002 to 2007.   Through this section, you will be able to view the latest breast surgery information, videos, before and after photos and forums.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?

If your breasts are lacking in shape and volume, or if have lost their perky, youthful shape, a breast augmentation procedure can boost the breasts and often simultaneously boost your self esteem. Ideal candidates are those who wish to regain breast shape or size after having children; those wish to correct uneven breasts; people who are generally dissatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts; or those who have had a mastectomy and may consider an implant as part of a breast reconstruction.

Before Breast Surgery

Before surgery, you should think carefully about your reasons for having breast implants and be sure that a breast augmentation is the best solution to your dissatisfaction. There are currently natural breast enhancement (non-invasive) options for boosting your breasts, such as Macrolane fillers, which may deliver the results you require without having to undergo painful and expensive surgery. Discuss your options with a cosmetic surgeon and also explore the psychological aspects of having breast implants, as well as the physical details of the operation.

During Breast Surgery

During surgery an incision is made either in the crease underneath the breast or around the areola. The implants will then be inserted either between the skin and the chest muscle, or beneath the chest muscle, depending on how much loose skin you have. Breast surgery generally takes about ninety minutes to complete, than slow dissolving stitches are used to sew up the wounds.

Recovery from Surgery

The recovery time after a breast surgery usually involves a half-day stay in the clinic. Most patients find that they can return to work after a few days’ recuperation but it may be up to six weeks before you feel completely back to normal.

Breast Augmentation options

There are two main parts to a breast implant: the outer shell and the inner filler. All breast implants are surrounded by a firm, silicone elastic shell with either a smooth or textured surface. The inner filler can be made from a semi-liquid silicone gel that feels natural, or you can opt for saline-filled implants, which are usually placed inside the breast before they are filled with salt water. Breast implants come in many different shapes and sizes, so it is important to find the right implant for you.

Benefits of Breast Augmentation

One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK, breast implants are used to improve both the shape and size of the breasts. The way you feel about your breasts can have an enormous impact on your confidence and self-esteem, so a breast augmentation can give you a mental, as well as a physical, boost.

Surgery Risks and Complications

Expect to feel sore and tired for a few days after the operation, with some bruising and swelling of the breasts. The swelling in your breasts can take 3 – 5 weeks to go completely and scars will be pink for several weeks, but they will begin to fade. It is quite common for women to experience a temporary change in sensation in their breasts after breast surgery, although any loss of feeling will fade over time. Other side effects include developing an infection or ‘capsular contracture’ where the body rejects the implant, which may rarely result in the implants having to be removed.

Breast Augmentation Prices

A breast enhancement cosmetic surgery procedure can usually cost between £4,500 and £5,500.

Choosing Surgeon

Ensure you select an experienced and reputable breast surgeon in the U.K.   It is essential that your chosen cosmetic surgeon has extensive experience with breast implants, so that they can advise you on the correct size and shape of implants that will suit your body.

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