Breast Augmentation is an aesthetic surgical procedure used to enhance the appearance and size of the breast. The process is also carried out if one is smaller than the other due to breast surgery for other conditions and restoring the breast’s size and volume due to weight loss and pregnancy. The plastic surgery process is also known as augmentation mammoplasty or boob job, which involves placing implants under breast tissues or chest muscles. The procedure involves the use of breast implants or fat transfer to give volume to the breast. Breast augmentation helps restore volume by giving it a more rounded shape and symmetry with the rest of the body.
What to Expect
Before considering surgery it is also important to be aware that all surgical procedures carries a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with breast enlargement specifically.
1.5 to 3 hours surgery
8 to 14 days for full recovery
For ages 18 and above only
Light scarring can be present depending on the method used
Why is Breast Augmentation surgery done?
Breast augmentation procedure is an enhancement in women’s confidence and self-image. It is done to increase your breast’s fullness and volume and help in giving balance to the breast and hip contour.
What may not be achieved by Breast Augmentation alone?
Procedure and Techniques
What to expect
Before the surgery
What to expect
After the surgery
Risks and Complications
Although rare, these complications may include:
- The patient may have breast pain few days after the surgery.
- Distortion of breast implant by scar tissues.
- Changes in breast and nipple sensation
- Difficulty in breastfeeding
- Changes in implant position
- Rupture and leakage of implant.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do implants last forever?
No your new breast implants will not last a lifetime and will need replacing at some point in the future.
Although it does differ among cases, you should expect to have to have further surgery after about 10 years.
Can I breastfeed after having breast implants?
In most cases yes it’s still possible for you to breastfeed with implants. It does depend on the size of the implant, the placement and the type of breast surgery that you’ve had, therefore its advisable that you mention this to your surgeon in the initial consultation. But usually If the cuts are made under the fold of the breast or alternatively through the armpit, there shouldn’t have any problems associated with breastfeeding after surgery.
When can I return to normal life after surgery?
Most people find they need to take a week or two off work after having breast augmentation surgery. Although this does depend on the job you do and people who have higher intensity jobs will need to take longer off work that say someone with a office job.
You will be advised to avoid doing any strenuous activities and lifting anything heavy for the first few weeks after your surgery. It is likely to take up to six weeks before you can completely get back to normal.
How much does breast augmentation cost?
When will I see the final results?
Immediately after surgery you may find that your breasts look too high, but this usually settles down after a few weeks as they settle into the final shape.