Breast augmentation means breast enlargement surgery, to increase the size and enhance the shape of the breasts.
Being unhappy with the size and shape of your breasts can have a significant impact on self-confidence and body image – and breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. Some women are simply unhappy with having naturally small breasts, while some choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery following breast cancer treatment, or because they’ve lost volume and shape after breastfeeding or weight loss (in these cases, the procedure might involve lifting the breasts at the same time to improve sagging).
Before going ahead, you’ll have a consultation to discuss your goals and what results to expect, as well as what the surgery and aftercare entails. The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and involves inserting an implant via a small incision, often in the crease underneath the breast (although this can vary depending on your individual needs, and whether additional things, such as repositioning the nipples, will also be involved). You may need a week off work afterwards, and to avoid things like heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for a while, but most people can usually go home 4-6 hours after the surgery or the following day.