Breast Enlargement Surgery (Breast Augmentation)
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to cosmetically enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breast using implants. Breast augmentation is performed for a number of reasons varying from patient to patient, some cosmetic and some medical.
The breast implants used are either a silicone rubber shell filled with either medical grade silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline.
Breast Augmentation Surgery Procedure
The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your preferences, anatomy and your surgeon’s recommendation. However the implant is normally inserted through an incision made in the natural crease beneath the breast. It is also possible to make the incision in the armpit or around the edge of the areola. The incisions are then closed by using fine, dissolving sutures which will also be taped for better support.
How long does breast surgery take?
Breast augmentation surgery is an operation that usually takes 1.5 hours to complete using a general anaesthetic and normally includes an overnight stay at the hospital. In certain circumstances it can be performed as a day case.
What can I expect from the surgery?
Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they gain a feeling of increased self-confidence especially when wearing can those more revealing clothes. The overall achievement will be having a completely natural look that compliments your figure.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery you should be as well informed as possible. To request further information or arrange your consultation complete our online enquiry form.
Recovery after Breast Surgery
What will happen in the recovery period?
You will feel tired and sore for a few days and will have slight swelling and bruising, which is only natural after a surgical procedure. Most of your discomfort will subside with prescription medication.
Following the operation you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks your dressing will be removed and the wound inspected and lightly cleaned.
The scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks and may remain the same size for several months – it is important to keep in mind that they may take up to 2 years to fade.
You will have follow-up visits in the months after cosmetic breast enlargement surgery to check on your progress.
What is the recovery time?
This will depend on the individual patient however most patients are able to go back to work after a couple of days. Although you can walk about and do very light activities from the next day, it is advisable not to do anything strenuous for 7-10 days. The average recovery time is between 1-2 weeks.