Breast Augmentation

The science bit

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast enlargement/augmentation is the most popular cosmetic breast surgery procedure for women. The surgery itself involves inserting breast implants to increase the size of the breasts, change their shape, or make them more symmetrical.

There are many different shapes and types of breast implant – your surgeon and practitioner will discuss options with you. A round silicone implant is the most common, but also available is a tear-drop shaped implant for a more natural look.


Saline implants are also available but they do not hold their shape as well and are often used to expand the skin after breast removal following surgery.

The procedure is suitable for women with:

  • Very small breasts which are out of proportion to the rest of their body.
  • Asymmetrical, deformed or different sized breasts.
  • Sagging breasts following excessive weight loss who opt for breast enhancement instead of or as well as a breast uplift (mastopexy).
  • Existing implants who would like a larger size, or who have experienced hardening or distortion.

What Can I Expect from Breast Augmentation?

The operation, usually performed under a general anaesthetic, involves making a small cut in the skin next to or below the breast to allow the implant to be positioned either between your breast tissue and chest muscle, or behind your chest muscle. The incision is then stitched together and covered with a dressing.

The procedure usually takes 60 – 90 minutes, usually under a general anaesthetic with an overnight stay in hospital. However in some circumstances it can be performed as a day case.

At A New You we use a variety of implants such as Mentor and Nagor which are proven and well-known implants used by leading plastic surgeons.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Side Effects?
You can expect to have bruising and soreness following this operation. Very rarely you can have post-operative bleeding which is why we usually recommend that you stay in for one night. There is also a possibility that you can have some hardening of the implant which can happen at any stage but we advise you at all your check-ups what can be done about this if this occurs.
What is the Recovery Time?
We recommend that you have at least a week to two weeks off following this procedure and you will be required to wear a special bra that we will provide to help with your recovery. You should not undertake any sporting activities for at least 4-6 weeks.
How Lasting Are the Effects?
Implants do need to be replaced and usually last anything from 10-15 years. At this point we would request that you look to have a replacement. You can attend the clinic for regular check-ups every couple of years if you have any concerns about the change of shape that could be hardening or an indication that they may need to be removed and replaced.
What are the Alternatives?
In some cases fat transfer to the breast can be the more favourable option but you cannot achieve a very large increase and it also normally lasts up to about 5-7 years as some of the fat dies. Another option that can be considered is just to have an uplift without an implant that can reshape the breast and lift it without the need for an implant to create a better shape.
How Will This Make You Feel?
This is one of the most satisfying operations we undertake at A New You and really does increase confidence and allows you to wear clothes that you would not have otherwise considered. Many of our clients say this makes them feel more womanly and more attractive and in proportion to the rest of their body shape.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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