Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)

Breast enlargement, breast augmentation or breast enhancement (occasionally referred to as a “boob job”) is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in UK. It is usually carried out by inserting implants behind the breast. This surgery can be carried out for cosmetic or for reconstructive medical reasons e.g. to correct breast asymmetry and for breast reconstruction after cancer surgery.

Breast enlargement (breast augmentation), when carried out for right reasons can produce both physical and psychological benefits. You will have a detailed consultation with one of our consultant plastic surgeons, who will discuss your desires regarding the shape and size you want to achieve.

Consultations are available for breast enlargement in Liverpool, Crosby, Ormskirk/Southport and Chester. We always give our patients a cooling off period and offer a free second consultation to make sure we fully answer your questions and deliver adequate information. This is to allow you to make an informed choice. You will have the opportunity to see the full range of implant sizes and shapes available at our clinic and decide on the size you want to achieve.

What are the alternatives?
The new procedure of enlarging breasts with your own fat is now available.  Strict protocols and guidelines have to be followed if this method of breast enlargement is considered. The limitations of breast enlargement using your own fat include the possibility of unpredictable increase in size. This is due to inevitable loss of some of the fat which is transferred from on part of the body to another.

Procedure:
The surgery involves an incision in the crease below the breast and a space is made to place the implant either behind the breast tissue (overs) or behind the chest wall muscle (unders). The incision is closed with dissolving stitches after the implant is inserted. Dressings are applied to the wounds.

Recovery:
After the surgery, you will stay overnight in the hospital, however, the procedure can be done as a day case . Most women are fully recovered and back to work about 2 weeks after the procedure, but some may take up to four weeks.

After Care:
We offer a lifetime aftercare to all our patients. If you have any complication which is directly related to your breast enlargement surgery, and can be corrected with surgery, we will provide, where possible, corrective treatment at no extra cost for up to 1 year after the procedure.

You will always have access to the hospital after your surgery (day or night) where advice can be given over the phone or a doctor will see you should the need arise.

You will be seen at our clinic for follow up care after the surgery and as often as required until you are fully healed. This is included in the cost of your surgery. You will then have the option of having the implants checked on a yearly visit at our clinic at no extra charge.

Your surgeon and the nurse at the hospital will give you detailed instructions about do’s and don’ts after your surgery.

We use implants which are covered by a lifetime guarantee for implant leak and/or rupture.

Risks and Potential Complications:
All surgery carries potential risks and there is no substitute for a full and frank discussion with your consultant plastic surgeon. You can read more about some of these potential complications below.

 

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Key Information

Duration of Surgery1 hour
Hospital Stay1 day
Recovery Period (approx)2-4 weeks

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Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to thicken and tighten. Capsular contracture can be treated in several ways, and sometimes requires either removal or “scoring” of the scar tissue, or perhaps removal or replacement of the implant.

Haematoma

Haematoma refers to an excessive collection of blood in the tissues and can sometimes require surgery to remove the blood and stop the bleeding.

Infection

While the risk of infection with a breast enlargement / augmentation is small, if an infection settles around an implant, the implant will need to be removed to allow the infection to be treated. A replacement implant is inserted, usually after 3-4 months.

Nipple Sensation

There can be alteration to the sensitivity of the nipples in this procedure. The nipples can become oversensitive, under sensitive, or even numb. You may also notice small patches of numbness near your incisions. These symptoms usually improve over time, but may be permanent in some patients.

Safety of Silicone

There is no evidence that breast enlargement using breast implants will affect fertility, pregnancy, or your ability to nurse. If, however, you have nursed a baby within the year before augmentation, you may produce milk for a few days after surgery.
A few women with breast implants have reported symptoms similar to diseases of the immune system, such as scleroderma and other arthritis-like conditions. These symptoms may include joint pain or swelling, fever, fatigue, or breast pain. Research has found no link between silicone breast implants and the symptoms of what doctors refer to as “connective-tissue disorders”.

Implants and Breast Cancer

While there is no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer, they may change the way mammography is done to detect cancer. Additional views will be required. Ultrasound examinations may be of benefit in some women with implants to detect breast lumps or to evaluate the implant.

Implant Rupture/Leakage

If a break occurs in a gel-filled implant, one of two things may occur. If the shell breaks but the scar capsule around the implant does not, which is usually the case, you may not detect any change. If the scar also breaks or tears, especially following extreme pressure, silicone gel may move into surrounding tissue. There may be a change in the shape or firmness of the breast. Both types of breaks will require a second operation and replacement of the leaking implant. If the silicone has entered the breast tissue, it may not always be possible to remove it all.

Rippling, Wrinkling and Palpable Edges

Some women may find that the implant edges are palpable or (more rarely) visible.
Occasionally wrinkling of implants may be visible. This usually happens when you have little tissue under your skin to hide the implant. If you are concerned about this, you should discuss this with your surgeon. While the majority of women do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your physician to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of breast augmentation.

Breast shape and size will continue to change after breast enlargement / augmentation.
For many women, the result of breast augmentation can be satisfying experience, as they learn to appreciate their fuller appearance. Regular examination by your plastic surgeon and routine mammograms for those in the appropriate age groups at prescribed intervals will help assure that any complications, if they occur, can be detected early and treated. We provide a one year limited guarantee after this surgery – talk to your surgeon for details.
Before your surgery you should have a frank discussion about your expectations with the surgeon and he will be equally frank with you about the limitations and complications of this surgery.