Breast enlargement (boob job) is the most popular kind of cosmetic surgery in the western world. During 2006, more than 6,100 women got boob jobs under the British Association of Plastic Surgeons. However, since most practitioners are not members of BAAPS, the real total of boob jobs is probably more like 18,000.
This article on breast enlargement / boob jobs is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
By getting boob jobs, women are able to achieve their dream body and feel more confident about their physique. However, it’s a misnomer to imagine most of them are pin-up models or Barbie dolls in the making. More often than not they’re just smart, middle-aged women looking to regain their original shape. Getting older and having children takes its toll on the body – which includes a loss of volume in the breasts – and many women simply want to reverse that trend.
Getting a boob job takes less than two hours, and is performed by a cosmetic surgeon under a general anaesthetic. Two small incisions are made underneath the breasts in the natural crease, or in the arm pits, or on the lower edge of the nipple. The reason for these incision placement choices is to ensure the scars are tiny and discreetly placed.
It’s important to find an experienced cosmetic surgeon as this will ensure the implants are correctly positioned, and the result is as seamless and natural-looking as possible.
The initial recovery period after a boob job lasts about a week, after which any stitches and dressings are removed. You will usually have to wear a special sports bra for up to three months to give your breasts extra support as they heal.
Silicone implants will last for 7-12 years, after which you can have them removed and/or replaced. This is a significant period of time which many women deem worth going under the knife for, especially since advances in technology are creating better and better results.