A Breast Augmentation, also known as a boob job, breast enlargement or implants, a breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the world.
Boob job: Am I suitable?
The most common reason for a boob job is for women who have small breasts. It is suitable for women of any age. However, if you have excessive drooping then implants will just make them look worse, so you should investigate an uplift.
Boob job: What do I have to do to prepare?
Your surgeon will give you instructions to help you prepare for surgery and these may include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
Boob job: What’s the treatment like?
A surgeon will make an incision – usually in the crease of the breast, but can also be made in the armpits or even through the tummy button – and insert the implants. The implants are placed either in front or behind the muscle in your chest depending on your frame, size and the look that you wish to achieve. Implants come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and consistencies.
A boob job takes roughly one to two hours and patients usually stay overnight.
Boob job: What about after?
Any dressings are removed after a few days and after having a boob job you should then wear a surgical bra to support your breasts.
Stitches are removed in a week to 10 days and patients typically return to work after a week/two weeks, although vigorous exercise isn’t recommended until four weeks after your boob job. Swelling in your breasts may take three to five weeks to disappear.
Boob job: Are there any risks or side effects?
This is a surgical procedure so there are the usual risks associated with having a boob job. Implants will not last forever so you should expect to have revision surgery at some point. Other complications specific to this procedure can include infections, capsular contracture, external scarring, reduced breast skin and nipple sensation and implant rupture.
Having breast implants that are too big for your frame can also bring problems from a simple aesthetic consideration that they look very unnatural, through to back ache, drooping and skin stretching. A reliable and experienced surgeon will always advise you on the best size and shape for your frame.
Boob job: What will it cost me?
Expect to pay about £5,000 on average for a boob job – there are cheaper prices out there but it is important to ask what aftercare you can expect.