Breast enlargement is a cosmetic surgery procedure, which involves increasing the size of your breasts with the use of implants (most common) or by using fat transferred from other parts of your body.
This cosmetic procedure is also known as augmentation mammaplasty, breast augmentation and more commonly; a boob job. It is one of the most popular types of cosmetic surgery in the UK.
You can use our procedure guide to breast enlargement to find out more about what is involved before, during and after surgery.
The aim of breast enlargement surgery is to change the shape and size of your breasts to make them look fuller and improve your body contour.
Your cosmetic surgeon typically uses breast implants for enlargement, but can also enlarge your boobs with the use of liposuction and fat transfer.
Liposuction can be used to suck out fat from one or more parts of your body and transfer it to your breasts. See our fat transfer procedure page for more information on this.
Below is a list of some of the reasons why you may decide to have your breasts enlarged:
Breast enlargement alone does not correct sagging, but it can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to further enhance your breasts and meet additional goals.
Your cosmetic surgeon may recommend other procedures to help you get the desired look you want, such as breast uplift or nipple surgery.
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks and complications that can occur.
With breast enlargement, there are a number of specific risks and side effects that you should be aware of before having breast surgery, including:
Infections are very rare in breast enlargement surgery, however, women can get an infection, which sometimes requires the implant to be removed and inserted at a later date.
Although loss of sensation around the nipple can occur on a temporary basis post surgery, there is a chance that some numbness can be permanent.
An implant can rupture or leak because of injury – such as a blow to the breast, age or capsular contracture.
Internal scar tissue can form a capsule around the implant, which contracts it and causes it to change shape or feel hard. Although one of the more common complications, the chances of it happening are approximately 5%. In most cases, people will notice this complication within the first 24 months of surgery.
Implants can sometimes displace inside the breast. Although moving implants is rare, if the displacement is large it will need to be corrected with surgery.
When cells or tissue die or fail to receive sufficient blood supply, it is known as necrosis. This can happen during the healing process and will require surgery to fix it.
The spontaneous production of breast milk can happen after breast surgery. This complication is very rare but if it occurs can go away on its own. However, there has been cases where implant removal is required.
Sometimes a pool of clotted blood can collect in a cavity within the body, known as haematoma.
Seroma is fluid that can develop in a cavity after surgery made up of blood plasma, which requires drainage.