Breast enlargement surgery (also known as a boob job) is designed to make the breasts bigger. It remains the most popular form of cosmetic surgery in the UK. Women seek breast augmentation to boost the volume of their breasts, usually using implants. In some cases we can combine with fat transfer if this is deemed more suitable.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
Making the decision to undergo a breast enhancement procedure can be a difficult one, and there are many questions you may have. Please read the frequently asked questions below which may answer any queries or ease any concerns you may have.
How can breast enlargement surgery improve your appearance?
Breast surgery for enlargement adds volume to the breasts. Please note, we offer various types of breast surgery, including breast lifts, if you’re more concerned with position rather than size.
Who is suitable for this type of surgery?
Women who wish to boost the size of their breasts are most suitable for this type of breast surgery. It is not suitable for women who wish to reduce their breasts (breast reduction surgery) or lift the breasts (mastopexy). A consultation is vital to determine whether this is the most appropriate procedure for you.
What happens during breast enlargement surgery?
During breast enlargement surgery, incisions are made in the crease under the breasts before implants are inserted. The position and size of the implants will be discussed with you prior to surgery.
Your surgeon’s technique depends on your personal goals and how much your breast size is due to increase. The incisions are closed and bandaged before you return to the ward to recover.
In most cases both breasts are made bigger, although in the case of asymmetry one breast can be augmented in order to create a more balanced aesthetic.
This type of breast surgery takes 1-2 hours, on average, but this will vary depending on the patient. Please contact us to discuss the types of breast implants we have available.
How long does a breast implant last?
There is no specific time frame, but they should not be considered a lifelong device. Modern implants have usually been tested for up to 10 years but that does not mean they will all last that long.
Our advice is, even if you have no problems with your implants, once they have been in place for 10-12 years it might be worth booking a review with your surgeon to confirm that all is well. As well as a physical check, an ultrasound or MRI might be considered. If these investigations are normal and no concerns are found, we would suggest a further review every 5 years thereafter, unless symptoms occur.
How long do the results of breast enlargement surgery last?
Implants will, at some point, need replacing. This is usually after 10+ years unless there are problems with the implants, and they require replacing or removing.
Over or under the muscle, which is better in breast augmentation?
This varies from patient to patient and is an important part of the discussion with your surgeon. Important things to consider include:
- How much natural breast tissue do you have to start with?
- Are you wanting the most natural result or a fuller upper pole?
- How active are you?
- Is a breast lift also advisable?
These additional questions might have an influence on whether over or under the muscle is better in your individual case.
Can I breast feed after breast augmentation?
Normally yes. In most cases, breast augmentation is unlikely to affect a woman’s ability to breast feed.
Must I sleep on my back after breast augmentation?
Initially this is advisable. Your surgeon will advise you of their regime after surgery, but in most cases a few days to a week of sleeping on your back (rather than on your side or on the front) is sensible. Make sure to check with your surgeon though.
How do you reduce breast implant related complications?
Our surgeons are all consultant plastic surgeons and thus highly trained in minimising post-operative complications. The best ways to minimise implant complications include avoiding contamination of the implant at the time of surgery, minimising the risk of trauma to the implant as it is inserted into the breast, and minimising trauma to the implant as the surgical wounds are closed. Your surgeon will advise how they perform the surgery during a consultation.
How long do I wear a bra after breast augmentation surgery?
The advice will vary from surgeon to surgeon, however the post-surgical bras that are usually provided are useful for 1-2 weeks. Beyond this time, as the post-operative swelling reduces, they may become looser and less useful, so a sports bra or new post-surgical bra might be worth investing in at that time.
What is the recovery like?
Post-surgery you will notice some swelling and tenderness which is normal, and painkillers will be prescribed to manage any initial discomfort. You might be kept overnight to monitor your wellbeing.
Patients are given full aftercare information, including how to care for scars and advice on when to return to work. On average, patients usually take around 4-6 weeks to recover but this varies patient to patient. Our aftercare for breast enlargement surgery at our Newcastle clinic is the best available and 5-star rated.
Exercise should be avoided initially, and you should wear the compression garments provided. A follow up check up appointment allows your surgeon to make sure you’re healing well and the implants are settling well.
Who should you trust to perform breast rejuvenation surgery?
When it comes to breast surgery for enlargement it’s best to choose an expert. The best breast surgeon in Newcastle is at LASE Cosmetic, Mr Ali Khan is a breast rejuvenation specialist. If you decide to go ahead with a breast augmentation procedure, a skilled surgeon will give you honest advice.
Where can you get more information?
Please contact us if you wish to request a breast enlargement consultation and for details on our breast enlargement Newcastle prices at LASE Cosmetic. We are happy to discuss any type of breast surgery with you including breast implant removal and breast revision procedures, and there’s also more information on our treatment pages.