For some women, the size or shape of their breasts is a cause of unhappiness. The problems can be exacerbated by natural body changes due to pregnancy, weight loss or ageing.
Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that uses breast implants to enhance the shape or increase the size of a woman’s breast. It is the commonest cosmetic procedure undertaken in the United Kingdom. It is performed by placing a breast implant either immediately behind the breast or behind the muscle that lies deep to the breast or both (dual plane). The implant then pushes the natural breast tissue forward to give the appearance of a fuller breast.
Implants can either be round or anatomically shaped (more of a tear-drop shape). Round implants provide a fuller appearance higher up on the breast, along with a more defined cleavage. Anatomical implants create a more natural look with less volume at the top.
Varying degrees of projection (the degree the nipple moves forward after inserting the implant) are possible, depending on chest wall measurements. The necessary breast implant volume that is suitable for you can be estimated by using a temporary implant placed in your bra, over your breasts. Various volume sizes can be placed in this way, to assess breast appearance. Another method is the rice test, which your surgeon can explain to you. This enables you to test out beforehand what size of breast you would most like to have.