Breast Enlargement Surgery
Do you feel your breasts are too small?
Anyone who’s always wanted a bigger cup size to feel their body’s in proportion will love the results of our breast enlargement procedure. The aim is simply to increase the size of your breasts and create a more desirable shape. Whether you’ve lost the fullness after pregnancy and breastfeeding, losing weight or always wanted a bigger bust, we can help.
The surgery takes around half an hour to an hour, under general anaesthetic and you can either go home the same day or stay in our hospital overnight, depending on the procedure you choose. There are three different implant placement options. Your specialist surgeon will take you through the process step by step, explaining every stage and ensuring you’re comfortable with everything from start to finish.
You’ll need to plan a week off work and stop any physical activities for 6 to 8 weeks afterwards. We will recommend you wear a post op bra, which your surgeon will discuss during your consultation.
The surgical name for this procedure is breast augmentation and here are the three ways it can be done.
Over the muscle, or subglandular placement
Partial or subfascial placement
Under the muscle of submuscular placement
You can expect some bruising and swelling for 7 to 21 days after breast enlargement surgery. But it can take up to 6 months for your new shape to settle completely.
A little discomfort
Feeling a little uncomfortable afterwards is normal, but depending on which breast enhancement procedure you choose, any pain should fade away after 7 to 14 days. To help, we’ll prescribe and administer any pain relief you need.
A change in sensation
It’s possible to experience a difference in sensitivity, but it should settle down after a few weeks. Sometimes it can last a little longer and for a small number of patients, it can be permanent. It’s caused by moving the nerves during surgery and you can expect anything from mild tingles to a sharp pain, it’s all normal. Some patients also hear air ‘gurgles’ during the first week, this is also normal.
Stretch marks and veins
Stretch marks may develop, especially with larger implants while veins can become more noticeable too. Unfortunately this procedure does not improve existing stretch marks.
Housework and picking up children
It’s not advised to lift anything heavy, including your children until 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Strenuous lifting or activities like hovering may damage stitches and can affect your final result.
Breast implants do not normally prevent breast-feeding but occasionally they can depending on their placement.
If you’re planning on having more children, we’d advise you to wait before having this procedure. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can really change the size and shape of your breasts and sometimes patients request another procedure after having children.
Something to think about
A surgeon can’t carry out the procedure if you’re body’s still producing milk. So you should wait until 3 months after giving birth or after breastfeeding before considering this procedure.
Capsular contracture explained
This is the name given to scar tissue that shrinks beyond the expected level. It can happen after just 6 months or occur many years later for no real reason. It shows itself as hardening of the breast, or a change in shape and can cause slight pain. Please get in touch with us if this happens.
Rippling and palpability
Palpability is where the rim of the implant is slightly noticeable by the eye or to the touch. It can happen where the breast tissue covering the implant is thin. Rippling or wrinkling of the skin can also occur at certain times, usually caused by a change in hormones, especially during or after pregnancy.
Your surgeon can talk you through all of these at your consultation.