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Breast Implants | Augmentation

Breast augmentation is performed for a number of reasons:

  • To enhance the body contour of a woman who, for personal reasons, feels her breasts are too small.
  • To restore loss of breast volume after pregnancy.
  • To balance a difference in breast size.
  • As a reconstructive technique following surgery to remove tissue.

By inserting implants surgeons are able to increase the breasts by one or more bra cup sizes. The procedure generally requires an overnight stay in hospital but can be performed as a day case.

The implant is usually inserted through an incision made in the natural crease beneath the breast. It is also possible to make the incision in the armpit or around the edge of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple).


Constant bra support is necessary for a minimum of 4 weeks. Discomfort around the nipples is common in the first two weeks but this will subside as the bruising goes away. Swelling of the breasts may take a couple of months to settle completely and upper body exertion should be avoided during this time. About two weeks off work is recommended.

The Implants

A booklet entitled "Breast Implants", produced by the Department of Health, is available from the clinic, and provides a full understanding of breast implants clinical safety studies and advice on breast-feeding.

Other Relevant surgeries include:

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