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The Ultimate Guide to Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is another term for increasing the size of your breasts.

You may just want to increase the size, or it could be because you want to restore breast volume that has been lost due to pregnancy or weight reduction. It is also known as augmentation mammoplasty, or simply breast enlargement. The main reasons for going abroad are to save money (a substantial amount) and to give yourself some relaxing ‘me’ time before and/or after surgery to aid recovery.

Is breast augmentation suitable for me?

Breast augmentation can:

  • Increase the volume of your breasts
  • Balance your figure
  • Improve your self-confidence and body image
  • Be used for breast reconstruction after surgery such as mastectomy

Breast augmentation doesn’t

  • Correct severely drooping breasts (you may require a breast lift as well as breast augmentation to lift your breasts and make them look fuller)

Is there anything I should do before or after breast augmentation surgery?

Your surgeon will give you specific information and answer any questions you may have about how to prepare and how to help recover from your breast augmentation. Prior to your procedure this will include:

  • Stopping smoking as this increases the risk of complications
  • Eating a nutritious, balanced diet prior to surgery which will help recovery
  • Avoiding some medications such as aspirin which cause increased bleeding

After your procedure you will need to:

  • Have someone pick you up from the clinic
  • Arrange for someone to stay with you on the first night after surgery
  • Bring loose comfortable clothing and shoes to wear

What's involved in the breast augmentation procedure?

The breast augmentation procedure usually takes between 1 and 2 hours, and can be done using implants, or by using fat taken from other parts of the body by liposuction and injected into the breasts. This option is usually only if you prefer natural results and are looking for a small increase in size.

Incisions are made into inconspicuous areas to minimize scarring, as below, which you and your surgeon will discuss. The implant will then be inserted under the pectoral muscle (submuscular) or over the pectoral muscle (submammary or subglandular).

What is the breast augmentation recovery time?

Recovery time from breast augmentation is quite quick compared to some other surgeries. You may have drainage tubes and gauze which will be removed after a few days, and you will be advised to take it easy for a week or so and not do anything too strenuous.

Many people return to work within a week and can carry out normal activities after 2. It is generally advised to wait 6 weeks before doing heavy lifting.

How good is the quality of breast augmentation abroad?

Providing you go with a reputable clinic and surgeon there is no reason why your breast augmentation procedure won’t be as successful as it would be should you have it at home.

Doing a little research will help you find out whether a surgeon is reliable, for example, checking out professional accreditation and memberships, as well as breast augmentation reviews from former patients.

Medical Departures works with reputable clinics and surgeons, performing quality-checks on verified clinics, including virtual tours and real patient reviews on our website so you can book with confidence for your breast augmentation surgery.

How much will I save on breast augmentation abroad?

You can easily save 50% on the cost of breast augmentation by traveling abroad, and that includes the cost of your airfare and accommodation.

Breast Augmentation in Mexico costs $4,300

Breast Augmentation in Thailand costs $5,000

Breast Augmentation in The Philippines costs $3,200

How do I book?

This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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