HOW MUCH IS A BOOB JOB?
Getting a boob job is a major decision for anybody to make. The results cannot be guaranteed and you have to weigh the risks that are involved. You should therefore take time to make your decisions regarding having a boob job. You might want to know how much a boob job is before you make your final decision on getting one done. During the procedure, breast implants are inserted into the breasts to increase the size of your breast, change the way they look or to make them look more even.
Getting a boob job is quite expensive. To get it done in the UK, it will cost you around £3,500-£7000. In the United States, it will cost you $3,678. This is only the surgeon’s fees and does not include the additional costs you will incur which includes cost of consultation and follow-up care as they may not be part of the price. This price will depend on the doctor, patient and the area.
HOW LONG WILL YOUR BOOB JOB LAST
The implants do not always last forever, and some women might need further surgery at about 10 years later. As a result of this you may need another surgery if the implant that was put in develops problems. A scar shell can grow around it, deforming its shape or it can begin to leak and the need for getting new implants will arise. If the implant has to be removed, you will be responsible for footing the bill of the replacement and the additional surgery that will be carried out. Some of the factors that could lead to you having the need to have new implants can be due to reasons of pregnancy, loss in weight or other personal reasons.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A BOOB JOB
In order to avoid having problems with the boob job done for you, carry out a thorough research on the surgeon that you intend to use. Make sure the surgeon is certified by the relevant board. Ensure that the surgeon has the relevant experience pertaining to your needs. A surgeon that has at least five years surgical training and a minimum of two years’ experience in carrying out plastic surgery will be an ideal surgeon you can go along with. You can ask to see before and after photos of former work done and talk to other patients to find out what their customer satisfaction rate is, the number of operations they have carried out and if there were complications and the kind of follow-up you should expect in case things go wrong. In order to get a feel of the surgeon’s approach, you should have a consultation scheduled. The surgeon can ask you to stop taking some medications some days or weeks before the surgery takes place.
Before you eventually go through with the surgery, you should ask your-self some of the following important questions and be sure you are comfortable with the answers you give before you go ahead with the procedure.
- Does your present situation worry you?
- Why will you want to go ahead with the surgery?
- Are you excited to go ahead with the procedure?
- Can you cope with the pain and healing process?
- Are you willing to expose yourself to the risks involved?
WHAT DOES A BOOB JOB ENTAIL
In order to get a boob job done, you will have to take between one to two weeks off work.
The operation is carried out under general aesthetic and it involves the following:
- Making an incision in the skin below your breast
- Placing of the implant
- Stitching the incision made and putting a dressing on it to cover it up
This operation takes place between one to two hours. You can go home the same day if the operation is carried out early but if it is carried out late in the day, you may have to stay the night in the hospital. If you experience any discomfort after the operation, you will be provided with pain relief.
Before the boob job, go to your gynaecologist for a proper breast examination. Get a mammogram if you are of age. A lot of mammographers have no issue if your implant is placed behind the muscle. Just make sure you discuss it with your surgeon.
WHERE TO PLACE THE IMPLANTS
Breast implants can be placed between your breast and chest muscle or behind the muscle. Talk to your surgeon and come to a decision on the best place to place it. Here’s a rough guide to help you.
IF YOU WANT THE IMPLANTS BETWEEN THE BREAST AND THE MUSCLE
- This is the most natural position to place it
- It gives little discomfort after the procedure is carried out
- It does not damage the chest muscle
IF YOU WANT THE IMPLANTS UNDER THE MUSCLE
- There is extra tissue coverage here
- There is less risk of capsular contracture and rippling
You won’t be fully back to your normal self after the operation but at the end of a few weeks, you will be able to go back to work. You may be recommended to wear a sports bra 24 hours a day for about three months after your boob job by some surgeons. For about another month after the surgery, you will have to avoid lifting heavy things and strenuous exercise. Especially exercise like cardio where you have to bounce a lot. You will also need to keep the breast scars away from the direct rays of the sun for about another year.
A week after the surgery, your stiches will be removed, except dissolvable stitches were used. Within a period of six weeks, you will be able to start carrying out majority of your usual activities again. A few months after the surgery, your boobs will start to look real and feel natural and you will be able to stop wearing the sports bra.
If you have your implant placed at the back of the muscle, you will still be sore for a very long time and it will also take longer for you to recover fully.
SIDE EFFECTS OF A BOOB JOB
After going through the surgery, it is common to experience the following side effects like:
- Bruising, swelling and pain that will be temporary
- A feeling of tightness in your chest area for some weeks
THINGS THAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG
Having implants in your breasts can at times cause problems such as the following:
- Heavy scarring which is noticeable
- The breast tissue becoming hard because as a result of scar tissue shrinking round the implant known as capsular contracture
- Rupturing of implant that can cause small lumps that are tender, this is known as siliconomas and can only be detected on breast scans and implants will have to be removed
- Rippling of the implant within the breast which happens when the implant is concealed only by a thin tissue layer, it sticks to the surface of the implant and creates difficulty during treatment
- Rotation of the implant within the breast and may lead to an irregular shape
- Folds or creases in the implant
- Nerve problems within the nipples where the nipples may become less sensitive, more sensitive or having no sensation at all, the condition may be permanent or just for some time
- Problems with breastfeeding or bringing out lesser milk than normal because of the implants in your breast, this does not mean that your baby will be harmed as a result of being breastfed because of the implants in your boobs
- Problems of excessive bleeding
- Issues of infection which are rare but this means the implant will have to be removed
- Having an allergic reaction because of the anaesthetic used
- Formation of blood clots within the deep veins
WHAT TO DO IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR BOOB JOB
Problems can occur and the surgery can go wrong at times. The results you see might not be what you hoped for. If you experience unexpected symptoms like unusual swelling, burning sensation or redness on the breast, you should contact the hospital where the operation was done as soon as you can.
If the results you have at the end of the surgery are not what you expected or you felt the procedure was not done properly. Take up the matter with the surgeon in the hospital where the surgery was carried out.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS AVAILABLE TO CHOOSE FROM
Before you go for a boob job, you should have an idea of the size you want your breasts to be. You can stuff sizers into your bra to have an idea of the size you should choose. You should also have a discussion with your doctor on the shape and the best kind of implant that you can use. Be aware that you cannot go from a small size to a big size all at once. Take for instance; it is not possible to just go from a small A cup to a D cup at once. What your surgeon will suggest is for you to go up by a couple of cup sizes initially, and then increase the size of the implant over the course of some years. This is important because your body and skin needs to be given time to adjust to all the changes you are making to it.
The following are the types of implant that are available for you to choose from.
Silicone gel Implants: They are pre-filled with either firm or soft silicone gel that closely resembles the feel of human fat. A lot of women feel that the implants look and feel like real breast tissue. The implants that are filled up with firmer gel are known as cohesive gel implants and some may have a polyurethane coating. The ones that have a polyurethane coating are believed to reduce the risk of implant rotating and capsular contracture. The ones filled with soft gel will give you a natural feel. Silicone gel implants are generally less likely to wrinkle.
The downside to this type of implant is that if the gel implant type ruptures, it is hard to detect and the silicone in it can spread into your breast and cause what is known as siliconomas.
Saline solution implants: These implants have sterile salt water in them. They are inserted while empty and filled once they have been inserted. These types of implant show ripples in some areas of your breast. If these type of implants rupture, you will know on time because it has a filling that is like water and as there will be a decrease in the size of your breasts with time. The saline solution can be safely passed out of your body. The downside to these implants is that they are likely to deflate or rupture before silicone implants. This is because they slowly deflate with time. They are more likely to fold and wrinkle and they do not feel as natural as having the soft silicone implants.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER GETTING A BOOB JOB
After you have a boob job done, you are likely to lose sensation in your nipples; however this will depend on the surgery type. Your nipples will still respond to stimulation and cold and will get hard even if you are not able to feel it. Your ability to breastfeed in the future can be affected. It is more comfortable when you have it done after you have kids rather than before you have kids.
WILL THE NEW BOOB JOB AFFECT YOUR POSTURE
In case you are worried that the breast implants will affect your posture, be aware that the difference in weight between equal volumes of silicone, saline and breast tissue is more or less the same. As a result of this, an augmented C cup and a natural C cup are identical in weight. If you go for implants of a size that are of the same proportion as your frame, it will not affect your posture too much. It is when you choose implants that are very large that you will feel the effects on your posture.