Breast Enlargement surgery, or Breast Augmentation, is a procedure which involves the placing of a silicone gel-filled implant immediately behind the breast tissue or, if necessary, underneath the muscle that lies beneath the breast. The inserted breast implant pushes and projects the natural breast tissue forward, giving a fuller and larger breast appearance.
The procedure is carried out under Local Anaesthetic with sedation and the implant is usually inserted through a short, inconspicuous incision that runs in the natural fold under the breast. It can of course be performed under general anaesthesia at the request of the patient or if our surgeons feel that this is the best option for you. The Westbourne Centre is one of only a handful of clinics in the UK to perform Breast Augmentation under local anaesthesia with sedation – a procedure pioneered by the centre’s own consultant plastic surgeon's Fazel Fatah and Hiroshi Nishikawa.
The Westbourne Centre has the policy that all our patients deserve the same high standard of treatment and quality of surgery at all times. They all benefit from our extensive, long-term follow up policy equally, therefore, we don't offer cheaper and varied surgery package deals.
Breast size and shape should be an important focus of discussion with our surgeons. You will also want to discuss whether to use round or anatomical shaped implants and review the many choices of size and weight available. Many women believe that they will be too large after surgery and therefore ask their surgeon to choose a smaller size than they really want. However, you will likely become more comfortable with your new breast shape after surgery. Some women wished they had opted for a larger size,. On the other hand, some women desire a larger implant than fits their body proportions. These are all good topics for discussion with our surgeons, who can advise you on your specific concerns and the likely aesthetic improvement attainable.
It may be difficult to visualize your ultimate breast size and shape before surgery. Breast implant manufacturers have improved the shape of implants, so it is worthwhile to not only consider size but also the width of your chest and desired projection. A wider implant may provide more cleavage, but less fullness of the breast. A higher profile implant will provide more projection and fullness but have less width and cleavage. Once you determine the shape and overall size that you are seeking, discuss with our surgeons about which implants will get you as close to your desired shape as possible.
Your body's size and characteristics, along with your desire for a specific shape and size, will normally decide what is possible. You should be aware that after implant surgery one woman's breasts will be different than anothers, even though the same implant size and shape were used. Also be aware that each woman's body is different and before and after photos of women who have had breast implant surgery, often in the media, are not likely to apply to you.
During the Breast Augmentation Local Anaesthetic procedure, patients are sedated, but are not completely unconscious. Recovery time is much faster than the general anaesthetic procedure, which usually involves an overnight stay in hospital.
Time off work is an individual matter, and variable, but can range from 5 days to two weeks. You will be fully informed about the implications of having breast augmentation and any possible short or long-term complications. You will need to discuss with your surgeon which procedure is best for you. The final decision to have surgery is as always, your own personal choice.