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What is Breast Enlargement?
Breast enlargement (also known as Breast Implants, a 'boob job' or Breast Augmentation), is a surgical procedure to place artificial implants into your breasts to increase their size or to improve the shape of your breasts. Being one of the most frequently requested cosmetic surgical procedures in the UK, you can have trust that thousands of women have been through similar breast enlargement and augmentation journeys. If you want to see what we’ve achieved at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, take a look at some of our before and after imagery below.
What is the procedure used for?
Thousands of women every year choose to have breast enlargement surgery to increase their confidence and boost their self esteem if they feel their current breasts aren't right for them.
Who are breast implants suitable for?
Ideal candidates are those who wish to regain breast shape or size after having children; those who 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. If you are unsure whether this is the treatment for you, we recommend having a consultation with one of our head surgeons - this will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and allow an expert to talk you through your options based on what you want to achieve.
What happens before the procedure?
Before your surgery you will be assigned your own personal patient coordinator who will be your point of contact throughout your journey with Zenith. You will also meet with your surgeon and discuss at length the results you would like to achieve, your preferences when it comes to breast size and shape, and any other concerns you may have. Our surgeon and the clinical team at Zenith will make sure you feel totally comfortable before going ahead with the surgery.
Your surgeon and Patient Coordinator will explain the risks and complications that can arise from having your breast enlarged and it is important that you ask as many questions as possible to make sure you are fully informed. The consultation will also include an examination where the surgeon will need to assess your breasts to be able to advise if you are suitable for the procedure. They will then be able to confirm what implants you will need to give you the results you are hoping to achieve.
Once you are happy with all the information that you have been provided with, we can then begin to plan your procedure.
You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements - (height, weight, BMI), and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a breast enlargement procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be happy with your decision and delighted with your new breasts!
It is compulsory for all patients who smoke to stop at least 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery.
What happens during a breast enlargement/breast augmentation procedure?
Breast enlargement surgery at Zenith Cosmetic Clinics is performed under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep during your operation. Your surgeon will make an incision in the crease of your breast which is usually around 5-7cm long depending on the size of the implant. The surgeon will then place the implant either on top or under the muscle. This will be discussed at the time of your consultation and the surgeon will advise the best option for you. Your surgeon will then repeat this procedure on your second breast, making sure that your breasts are as symmetrical as possible. The whole operation lasts around 1 hour.
What are the side effects or risks of a breast implant procedure?
- Scarring (common). The size of the scar will depend on the size of the implant and the incision location.
- Stretch marks (uncommon)
- Loss of sensitivity (often temporary).
- Small risk of developing a seroma (a mass caused by the accumulation of serum fluid within a tissue or organ) or hematoma
- Capsular contracture (the evil scar tissue encapsulating, hardening around and squeezing the implant).
- Rippling (wrinkling or indentations from the implant).
- It is possible that the implant can shift and push through layers of tissue, showing through the skin.
- Deflation or rupture from an injury or from wear and tear from an improperly under filled implant.
- A mammogram can, under extreme circumstances, rupture your implant.
What results can I expect from a breast procedure?
As with any breast enlargement procedure, we can't guarantee an exact final cup size, but your surgeon will ensure they help you choose the right implants for you and your body.
What the breasts look and feel like after surgery depends on a number of factors:
- The more natural tissue there is before the operation, the greater the chance of them feeling ‘natural’ afterwards. The thicker and more elastic your skin, the less the implant edges will be felt. Thinner skin allows a more palpable result which is why women with thinner skin often opt for under-placement.
- Secondly, the way the implants are made also affects the feel of them. Smooth-surfaced implants are thinner than textured-surfaced implants and, although very slight, women who have had both often report that they can feel a difference. At Zenith, we offer the Mentor silicone implants as standard for our breast enlargement procedures. Mentor offers two types of silicone breast implants- MENTOR® MemoryGel® Breast Implants and MENTOR® MemoryShape™ Breast Implants. Your surgeon will discuss which would be the best option for you.
- Thirdly, it makes a difference whether the implants are placed on top of or beneath the muscle layer under your breast. All these issues will be discussed with the surgeon before the operation.
Here are some of our before and after pictures for breast enlargement treatments:
Breast Enlargement Aftercare
Immediately after having breast enlargement surgery, you will experience some swelling, pain and bruising. After returning home, you can continue to take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You will need to rest to give your body time to recover. You should avoid excessive use of your arms and chest area because as it may cause irritation. It is recommended that you take around one to two weeks off work after the operation to fully recover. You should be mobile from day one and back to full exercise within six weeks.
Why choose Zenith
- Any follow up appointments included in the price
- Registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
- Full member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM)
- Range of finance options available
- We have 98% patient satisfaction rates
- As part of our 5 star service we offer preferential rates at local hotels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the operation hurt?
The actual operation will not hurt because you will be under General Anaesthetic. Following the procedure, your pain level will be dependent upon the implant placement, incision placement and the quantity of pain medication taken. Many patients report that their discomfort is described as pressure or muscle soreness.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants are artificial devices which will gradually age and wear out, and may eventually need to be removed or replaced, usually after ten to twenty years.
How long does breast enlargement surgery take?
Your breast augmentation surgery will last around 1 hour.
Can I have a breast uplift with a breast enlargement?
Yes, it is not unusual to have an uplift alongside a breast enlargement in order to achieve your desired look. Your surgeon will discuss the breast augmentation process with you beforehand to make sure they can get the best result for you.
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