Breast augmentation is also referred to as breast enlargement or 'boob' job
What is breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation, also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty and breast enlargement, is a procedure which increases breast size through the placement of breast implants. It is able to achieve a number of objectives, including increasing the volume of the breast, enhancing the shape of the breast and correcting any breast asymmetry.
The breast augmentation procedure is able to improve the balance between the breasts and the hip contours. It is also used to accentuate the fullness of the breasts, which, in turn, can improve self-confidence.
Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?
The decision to opt for breast augmentation is very much a personal choice. Many women who choose breast augmentation are not satisfied with the current shape or size of their breasts. Or they have experienced a change in breast firmness or size after breastfeeding or weight loss. Alternatively, they may have breasts which vary in size or breasts which they feel clothes don't fit around well.
During the surgery
Patients usually have the choice between structured implants (favoured for their more natural look and feel), saline implants (which have a more uniform look and feel), or silicone implants (with gel which is designed to feel similar to natural breast tissue). You can talk through the best kind of implants for you with your consultant - there is no right or wrong choice; it is all about selecting an implant which matches well with your individual objectives, and suits your breast type.
The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia. Incisions are made in pre-determined areas which are designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, in order to minimise the visibility of any scarring. The breast implant can then be inserted into a 'pocket' which is situated either under or over the pectoral muscle. The location which is chosen will be influenced by a number of factors, all of which will be discussed at the time of your consultation. The procedure then concludes as the incisions are closed with sutures, surgical tape or skin adhesive.
Recovery from breast augmentation
In some cases, you may be able to go home the same day, however, in most cases, you will be required to stay in hospital overnight. Patients are usually advised to stay take 2 weeks off work to allow full recovery and will be advised to wear a non-wired supportive/sports bra for 6 weeks. During that time, you will also be advised to avoid any strenuous exercises.
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