So what does having a breast augmentation look like exactly? We give you the low down on what you can expect in your journey, going through 10 key stages in your procedure.
Before your breast augmentation consultation you should read up on the procedure itself, while keeping notes of questions to ask in your consultation. Look at before and after photos and gather photos of breasts you like and do not like to show your surgeon. We also recommend finding a trusted confidant (family member or friend) to bring along to your consultation, for support.
Patient Advisor Consultation:
Some clinics provide the opportunity to meet a patient advisor prior to a consultation with a surgeon, who can inform you about the procedure and answer questions. At The Private Clinic, our patient advisors are highly knowledgeable on breast augmentation, working with our breast surgeons on a daily basis.
Breast Surgeon Consultation:
At your surgeon consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you the reasons for breast implant surgery, what you are looking for from breast surgery, discuss any concerns you may have and go through your medical history. As we mentioned, it is helpful to show the surgeon photos of breasts you do and don’t like to indicate your desired appearance.
During or following your consultation, you should have a sizing appointment, where your surgeon will take measurements to recommend the best possible sizes and options for you. Using a sizer bra, you will be able to try a variety of sizes. Your surgeon should discuss the choice of shaped tear drop or round implants, and recommend what will suit you. Your surgeon will discuss techniques, including breast enlargement scar placement options and the choice of having the implant behind or in front of the muscle, which will depend on your measurements and anatomy.
As everyone is different, it is important the implant and technique used is tailored to you.
Some clinics assign patients a patient co-ordinator who will support you throughout your journey and be your link to the clinic for any information or advice you need. At The Private Clinic, a special co-ordinator is assigned to you following your consultation. They can arrange a second appointment for you, or discuss surgery dates with you, if you would like to.
Preparing for your op
It is important to keep as healthy as possible, for a smoother, quicker recovery, which your clinic should advise on. At The Private Clinic, your patient advisor will be a regular contact before and after surgery, and instruct where to be on the day, what time, how to get there, what to bring and more. Also ensure to organise a friend/family member to be with you on the day and accompany you home, with most breast augmentation procedures now being performed as day cases.
On the surgery day, medical checks should be performed, such as a blood pressure and pregnancy test. The surgeon should run through the procedure with you, ask you to sign a consent form, and take ‘before’ photos to see the difference post procedure. The surgeon will make surgical marks/drawings on you and soon take you to the operating theatre, and give anaesthesia.
The operation takes approximately one hour. After the op, your bust will have a bra or dressing applied. You may feel some discomfort but overall pain should be minimal. You will be given something to eat and drink and after a few hours post op, when instructed by your surgical team, you can return home.
You should be given several aftercare instructions by your surgical team, such as avoiding driving for at least one week-post op and lifting anything heavy. It is important to keep moving and mobile, however. After the 1st week, you can resume most activities, but exercise can be resumed after 4-6 weeks.
You may notice some discomfort post-op, but you should be given painkillers for this, and may also notice your breasts are slightly tender and swollen.
At The Private Clinic, we provide you with a contact number so if have any you can get hold of one of our team members immediately.
Post-Op Check Up
All clinics should meet you for at least one appointment post-surgery. At The Private Clinic, you will be given an appointment after the first week, where you will be checked out by a member of the nursing team who will go through various do’s and don’ts. As part of our dedicated aftercare package, you will be provided unlimited appointments for 3 years after your treatment, and your surgeon may advise specific stages post-op that they would like to meet you.
- Looking after scars
Most surgeons will cover your incision with tape post-op, and give advice as to when to start showering, bathing and washing the incision. At your one-week post op appointment with The Private Clinic, your nurse will change the tape, inspect the scar, and in most cases, apply another dressing. In most cases, absorbable stitches have been used which do not need to be removed. Also, your nurse and surgical team will provide instructions on looking after your scar.
We usually advise supporting the scar with tape for the first 4-6 weeks. It will eventually fade to being very pale and flat, but this usually takes around a year, and continues to improve with time.
Find out Lucy’s Journey
Our breast augmentation patient, popular fashion influencer, Lucy, shares a bit about her Breast Augmentation story. Click below. And find more breast augmentation patient testimonials online.
Why choose Breast Augmentation with The Private Clinic?
- Top UK specialised breast surgeons with decades of experience
- Multi-award winning provider voted Best Cosmetic Surgery Practise 2018 by the MyFaceMyBody Awards
- State-of-the-art hospital facilities
- Giving you the best possible results and care is our priority
- Comprehensive breast care package including a 10 year warranty with £1000 towards any surgical costs and a three-year aftercare breast cover
- 5 Star Trustpilot Rating
“My journey of having a breast augmentation was fantastic … Mr Olu was very understanding of my needs and the outcome I desired, and I am over the moon with my result…” Breast Augmentation patient
“I cannot thank Adrian and the Private Clinic enough for their support and friendliness throughout my experience with them. This was my first major surgery I have had and I was very nervous but the team made me feel comfortable and at ease from beginning to end. I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking about having any sort of surgery. I am extremely pleased with my results!” Breast Augmentation Patient
To find out more about breast enlargement at The Private Clinic, visit our website offering breast enlargement before and after photos, answers to breast augmentation FAQ’s, and more. If you would like to see us for a patient advisor consultation, or a FREE breast augmentation consultation with one of our top specialised breast surgeons, in one of our nationwide locations, please call us on 0333 920 2471 or book via our website