A breast enlargement, augmentation or ‘boob job’ is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic procedures in the UK. Breast enlargement surgery involves placing breast implants between the breast tissue and chest muscle or behind the chest muscle depending on the patient’s desired outcome.
Lots of women choose to have this procedure to increase the fullness, size and shape of their breasts and to enhance their overall appearance. Some women are naturally flat chested and want bigger breasts, while others have lost volume from their breasts following pregnancy or weight loss.
Breast enlargement surgery involves an incision to be made in the breast so that a surgical grade implant can be inserted behind or in front of the chest muscle, underneath the natural tissue. When the implant is in position, the incision will be closed with stitches. Depending on your individual circumstances, these may dissolve or may need removing at your first pre-operative appointment in clinic.
The procedure requires going under general anaesthesia and is expected to take approximately 60 minutes, depending on the extent of surgery required.
How can I make sure I recover in the best way?
- Take plenty of time out
Patients are normally advised to take between one and two-weeks rest before heading back to work. The more you rest in the few weeks immediately after surgery, the quicker you tend to recover.
Avoid any strenuous activity such as heavy lifting and exercise – this should be gradually added back into your routine at least two weeks after when you begin to increase your mobility. If you are unsure at any point whether you should be getting back into exercise, then please contact your Patient Coordinator who will be able to advise.
- Don’t ignore the signs
Pain and nausea are expected post-surgery. However, if you manage the symptoms well this can lead to a smoother recovery.
Keep your Patient Coordinator informed with any nausea and pain you experience to ensure you don’t require any further medical assistance.
- Follow wound aftercare advice
If you have incisions created for surgery, you will be provided with wound dressings during your recovery. All dressings should remain intact until you are re-assessed at your first post-operation appointment.
- Support bras will be your new best friend
Normal bras will not provide you with the same level of support that you require following Breast Augmentation surgery. You’ll require specific support bras to help with your recovery in order to achieve the results you want.
After surgery you will be provided with a special medical garment that enhances your recovery time, reduces the swelling and generally increases your comfort during the recovery process.
- Eat well and stay hydrated
What you put into your body can be crucial to your recovery. Ensure you are getting vital minerals and nutrients that can help aid your recovery.
Drinking at least two litres of water per day is key to staying hydrated and flushing out any toxins.