Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure performed to enhance the size and shape of a woman's breasts for a more aesthetically pleasing contour. Some of the most popular requests for breast augmentation include: increasing breast size for better proportion, correcting breast assymetries and restoring volume and fullness to the breasts after weight loss, pregnancy or aging. Breast augmentation is also commonly known as a breast enhancement, breast enlargement, boob job or breast job.
Our surgeons perform hundreds of breast augmentations each year at our state-of-the-art fully accredited surgery center. With location on the famous street of London, Harley Street.
Breast augmentation is performed by making a small incision in one of four locations: around the areola, under the fold of the breast The most common incision site is around the under the fold of the breast because it is less visible.
A pocket is then made under the muscle and a sizer is used to ensure that the implant size selected is to the satisfaction of the surgeon based upon the desires of the patient. Either a saline or silicone implant is carefully set into place and the layers of the breast tissue are closed. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water while in the breast, while silicone implants come pre-filled.
In rare instances, breast implants are placed above the muscle; however breast augmentation under the muscle provides a more natural look and feel, a decreased risk of infection and a decreased risk of capsular contracture.
Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes about 1-2 hours in the operating room.
Immediate recovery from breast augmentation requires only a few days of downtime. You will need a responsible adult to pick you up from surgery and care for you for the first 24 hours. You will experience soreness, but this can be relieved with prescribed medication. Be sure to take it easy - no heavy lifting, cleaning, exercising, driving or lifting your hands over your head. Most patients are able to return to work within a week, although it is important to avoid strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks.
It is important that you return for all of your post-op appointments and communicate with your surgeon with any questions or concerns.
Initially breast implants are high on the chest wall immediately following breast augmentation, but drop into place after the first month or two.You will be required to wear a sports bra that zips in the front for a minumum of 6 weeks after surgery. Although breast augmentation scars are generally discrete, we recommend the use of scar cream beginning 2 weeks after surgery. This can be purchased at our location.