What is it?
The boob job has been number one on the most wanted lists for the past decade. If you have small or underdeveloped breasts and want to feel more feminine, or even if you’re perfectly well endowed in the chest area but want to achieve that Baywatch look, this is the op for you.
Who is suitable?
Breast augmentation is suited to almost any woman of any age – so long as your breasts have finished developing that is. Most surgeons will refuse to operate on anyone under 18 and you can’t legally have a boob job without your parents’ consent under the age of 16. Obviously there are also some medical conditions that will prevent you from undergoing surgery, and you should have a thorough consultation with the surgeon who will be performing the procedure to ensure that s/he is happy to operate.
What’s the treatment like?
You can have a breast augmentation under local or general anaesthetic. If you choose local you will be awake throughout the operation and the surgeon might ask you to check on the size of the implant halfway through. However, most surgeons still prefer using a general anaesthetic. Breast implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials and your surgeon will decide which is the right one for you based on the width and height of your chest wall, how big your breasts are to start with and your desired end result. The surgeon makes an incision, usually in the crease underneath the breasts – although it can be made in the armpit or even the belly button – and inserts the implant. The implant can be placed either in front of or behind the muscle, depending on the look you want.
What happens afterwards?
If you’ve had the op under a local anaesthetic, you can go home as soon as the nursing staff are happy that you’ve had something to eat and drink and are able to walk around without difficulty. If you went with a general anaesthetic, you will probably have to stay in hospital overnight. Your breasts will be swollen for several weeks and once the dressings have been removed you will need to wear a support bra. You can usually return to work after about two weeks, although strenuous activity isn’t advised for at least four weeks.
Will I have a scar?
Yes, but these are usually hidden beneath the crease of the breast, so don’t pose any aesthetic problems.