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Breast augmentation is the UK’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. For women who have always wanted larger breasts or those that have seen unwelcome changes to their breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss, a breast augmentation can help restore body confidence.
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, surgical mammoplasty or the boob job, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast volume. Mr Juling Ong will either use breast implants or fat transfer for an autologous breast enlargement [LINK TO PAGE] or a combination of both procedures to boost cup size, improve shape or achieve a more symmetrical look to your breasts.
A breast enlargement can greatly improve body confidence Often, Mr Juling Ong will recommend an uplift combined with breast implants to achieve optimal results.
During your breast augmentation consultation with Mr Ong, he will review your medical history as well as examine your breasts and frame. He can then advise you whether a breast augmentation is the appropriate procedure.
You will also discuss the different type of implants that are available and where they will be positioned, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery, so you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed.
A breast enlargement is a relatively quick and straightforward procedure performed under a general anaesthetic. Mr Ong will make an incision where it will be well hidden when the scar fully heals. Typically, this is in the inframammary fold underneath the breast, but it can also be made through the armpit, known as an axillary incision, or along the edge of areola.
The implant is then inserted in a pocket that is made either above or below the muscle. Where the implant is placed depends on the amount of existing breast tissue and the desired breast shape.
Patients typically take one to two weeks off work to recover. Although it’s important to rest in the first 48 hours after surgery, Mr Ong will advise you to gradually increase your activity levels as it helps to promote recovery. More strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks after your surgery. Mr Juling Ong will provide comprehensive advice on your recovery process and you will have a series of follow-up appointments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I suitable for a breast augmentation?
There are many reasons why women decide to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. Some women have always been dissatisfied with their breast shape and size, whereas others may feel their breasts have lost volume, whether due to the ageing process, weight fluctuations or the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are in good health and have realistic expectations, then a breast augmentation can be a highly satisfactory procedure.
How do I know which is the best implant for me?
Mr Juling Ong will advise you on which implant will achieve the results you’re hoping for and take into account your natural breast size and your body shape. There are many variations in size, shape and also the profile of the implant, which means how far it projects from the chest wall. Implants also come in a round or tear drop shape; the latter usually produces a more natural result. Implant placement will also be discussed. The implant can either be placed below or above the muscle, largely depending on the degree of existing breast tissue.
How often should my breast implants be replaced?
There is no exact expiration date for your breast implants, but they are not a lifetime device and you are likely to require implant replacement at some point. Most patients experience no issues with their implants, but reasons why you may need to have them replaced include capsular contracture, where the body creates a film around the implants which hardens, and breast implant rupture.