Breast augmentation, or a boob job as the surgery is more commonly known, is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure carried out. Every year women of all ages choose to have breast augmentation to improve their breasts and how they feel about them. A boob job looks to enhance a woman’s breasts rather than striving for perfection; as a result, the surgery is often referred to as breast enhancement.
As suggested by Dr Rey, in 2016, it’s recommended for girls to take pictures of their breast in their late teens if they are happy with them as “this will make our plastic surgeons’ job much easier in giving you back what you are aiming for”.
Breast augmentation means mainly adding volume and possibly change shape while also improving position or symmetry. Any additional procedure will come under the name of symmetry surgery, breast lift or similar.
WHAT CAN BREAST AUGMENTATION ACHIEVE?
Enhance your body contours, if for any reason, you feel your breasts are too small.
Correct a reduction in breast volume or shape after pregnancy.
Balance the size and shape of your breasts.
Reconstruction after another breast surgery.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO BREAST AUGMENTATION?
The goals of your surgery will dictate the most appropriate procedure for you. In some instances, a breast lift will be recommended instead of, or alongside a breast augmentation procedure.
BEFORE YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION
When it’s time for your surgery we want you to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible and this starts with establishing good communications between you, your surgeon and the clinic team. You will meet the surgeon during your consultation, when you will be able to discuss your personal circumstances and seek further information and advice.
DURING YOUR CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
Have the opportunity to explain your reasons for seeking breast surgery
Be given the opportunity to pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
Undergo a health evaluation
Have a full assessment of your chest area, asymmetry and how this is affecting your decision.
If you had previous breast cosmetic surgery, it could be very difficult to say what is best for you. Dr Cotrufo has 5 star reviews on Google and RealSelf for revision breast surgery. Nevertheless, if you are not 100% on his surgical plan, Dr Cotrufo will support you in seeking a second or third advice from “independent practitioners” to sort out your doubts. Dr Cotrufo will always refer to European or UK board certified plastic surgeons.
BEFORE YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION SURGERY:
In the weeks leading up to your procedure and the days immediately prior to it, you may be asked to make some small changes to your lifestyle or to avoid particular medications or activities.
This may include:
Taking a blood test or other medical tests.
Adjusting or taking certain medications.
Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Refraining from drinking alcohol.
Avoiding overexposure to the sun, particularly to your face area and wearing a hat.
Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet.
Those undergoing general anaesthetic will need to follow specific fasting instructions (usually nothing by mouth six hours before the surgery).
THE BREAST AUGMENTATION PROCEDURE
The surgery time will depend on the anaesthesia and breast augmentation technique used, generally about 1.30 hours for a dual plane (both breasts) technique.
Usually, an incision will be made in the crease where the breast meets the chest, around the areola or in the armpit.
Your surgeon will lift the breast tissue and skin to create a pocket, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall muscle.
The implants are then inserted and centred beneath your nipples.
Sutures are used to close the incisions. When you wake up you may also find these have been taped for greater support.
AFTER YOUR BREAST AUGMENTATION
Once you have been discharged from the clinic, we strongly advise you to have a friend or relative drive you home and help care for you as you recover.
You should avoid alcohol.
All strenuous exercise must be avoided for around 1 month and you should avoid eating hot and spicy foods.
You will need to care for your wounds as advised by the clinic.
You will need to attend aftercare appointments with Dr Cortufo, who will also be available to discuss your progress via telephone.
A support bra must be worn for the first six weeks.
Swelling should subside approximately 7-21 days after surgery.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION?
If you would like to discuss your suitability for surgery or to discuss the breast augmentation procedure in further detail, please call our clinic on 0207 8732330 to organise a personal consultation.