Consultants who perform this procedure
Why would I need breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic procedure, and you might undergo it to increase the size of your breasts, to alter the shape of your breasts, or to make your breasts more symmetrical.
What symptoms does breast augmentation surgery address?
The outcome of the procedure depends upon what you would like to address about your breasts (size, shape, or symmetry).
When should you speak to your specialist about breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation surgery is a major procedure and the decision to undergo it should be carefully considered. After time, if you are still interested in increasing the size of your breasts, altering the shape of your breasts, or making your breasts more symmetrical, you might consider speaking to your specialist about the possibility of undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
How is breast augmentation surgery performed?
Breast augmentation surgery usually takes approximately 1.5 hours and is performed under general anaesthetic.
During the procedure the surgeon will make an incision, generally underneath your breast, and will insert the artificial implant. The incision will then be stitched closed and covered with bandages.
What is the recovery for breast augmentation surgery?
Your recovery from breast augmentation surgery depends on multiple factors, but you will most likely need to take one to two weeks off work after your procedure.
It can take up to six weeks before you are able to resume all of your normal day-to-day activities, including heavy lifting and exercise.
You and your surgeon will discuss what you can expect after your surgery and what the best options will be for your recovery.
Are there any risks/complications associated with breast augmentation surgery?
As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist or surgeon about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.
Some complications that have been associated with breast augmentation surgery are:
- Pronounced scarring
- An infection
- Haematoma – an excess of blood around the implant
- Nerve damage – your breast skin or nipples may become more or less sensitive than they were prior to the surgery
- Formation of scar tissue around the implant
- Problems with the implant – it could rupture, crease, fold, rotate or ripple
- Difficulty breastfeeding
How can I prepare for breast augmentation surgery?
Prior to breast augmentation surgery you should discuss the preparations you should make with your surgeon, as there are several that could be suggested and they vary depending on the person.
Are there alternatives for breast augmentation surgery?
Before you decide to get breast augmentation surgery, you should give a lot of thought as to why you want the surgery done.
If it is because you feel insecure about your appearance, or have been experiencing low self-esteem, you might consider first trying activities that could boost your wellbeing (e.g. exercise, healthy eating) and provide psychological benefits.