Many women are genetically predisposed to having smaller breasts.
However, small breast size can also result from fluctuations in hormones, pregnancy, and weight loss. This may result in a negative body image and low self-esteem.
But with breast enlargement, you can significantly enhance the size of your breasts and reshape them. And this surgery can be positively life-altering.
To give you an idea of what your implants will look like, your surgeon will provide you with implant sizers to try out in your support bra. Have a look at our before and after breast surgery gallery to see the final results.
What Is Breast Enlargement?
Breast enlargement surgery or breast augmentation is performed using breast implants.
Plastic surgeons place the implant between the breast tissue and the muscle of the chest wall to reshape the breasts.
There are different types, shapes, and sizes of implants. Together, the patient and the surgeon decide on the surgical technique and area of placement depending on the desired aesthetic outcome and body/breast anatomy.
Although you may think of increasing your breast size by one or more cups, breast implants come in CCs (cubic centimetres) of volume. They can be anywhere between 100-800cc.
For even higher volumes, it is possible to get them custom-made. However, getting the largest implant size is not always a good idea, as it may appear unnatural.
If the implant size is too large, the breasts may appear disproportionately large in relation to your body shape/size. This can cause overstretching of the skin, and you’ll end up with stretch marks.
Your breasts can lose shape more quickly and begin to droop. Plastic surgeons advise their patients on the type and size of implant that will best suit them.
What Is The Cost Of Breast Enlargement In Turkey?
In Turkey, you can get breast augmentation surgery starting from £2,300. In the UK, the same surgery can cost up to £8,000.
Since breast enlargement is cosmetic surgery, unless it’s for breast reconstruction (for breast cancer patients), it is not available on the NHS.
In the UK, prices can vary depending on the location of the clinic centre, the expertise of the surgeon, and the surgical technique. But Turkey’s usually 2-3 times cheaper than the UK, US or Europe.
The currency exchange rate allows medical tourists to buy more for a pound, dollar or Euro. Moreover, the cost of living is low.
To reduce costs even further, companies include hotel accommodation, transportation, and aftercare services in treatment plans.
This is why many find breast implants in Turkey prices so much lower; it isn’t for the lack of quality.
Who Can Have Breast Enlargement & Why?
You can get breast augmentation surgery in the following instances:
- Hereditary Small Breasts: If your mother or grandmother has small breasts, you might also have them because of your genetics.
- Breasts Asymmetry: This can happen during puberty, but most times it corrects itself. However, if it persists into adulthood, you can consider breast enlargement as implants can fix this problem.
- Micromastia: It is a condition in which a woman has abnormally small breasts due to the underdevelopment of the breast tissue. Congenital abnormalities, trauma, injury, and lifestyle can result in this condition. It can affect one or both breasts.
- Pregnancy: This results from a decrease in the production of estrogen. After breastfeeding, since you’ll not be producing milk, the breast starts shrinking, which is why you may find them noticeably smaller.
- Weight Loss: Since the breasts are primarily fat, a gain in weight can give you larger breasts. Similarly, weight loss can burn fat in the breasts and result in smaller boobs.
- Breast Cancer Surgery: For the removal of a tumour from the breasts, the surgeon can end up removing a large amount of tissue. In that case, a reconstructive surgeon can perform breast enlargement on you.
Contraindications For Breast Augmentation
You are advised against undergoing this surgery before the age of 18. That’s because the breast tissue may still be developing, so the breast size can change.
Only sometimes, the breasts completely develop when the girl is 18. So, you need to consult a surgeon to find out if you are suitable for breast enlargement.
Am I Suitable For Breast Enlargement?
What To Think About Before You Have Breast Enlargement In Turkey
Before getting a breast enlargement, you need to ask some questions about the surgeon and the medical facility (clinic or hospital).
First and foremost, ask about the credentials and experience of the surgeon.
Learn how long have they been performing breast augmentation (including the total number of surgeries they’ve performed) and look at the surgeon’s portfolio.
Make sure to ask about their specialisation in aesthetic and plastic surgery. This should include a question about whether they’re board-certified and, if so, which board.
Also, ask if the surgeon has malpractice insurance and if malpractice policies are in place in the facility.
Then it would help if you asked what size and shape of implants the surgeon recommends and why.
Moreover, you need to know who’s the manufacturer of the breast implants and if they’re FDA-approved. Still, ask the surgeon why they’re using that particular breast implant brand.
About the surgery itself, you should ask about the location of the incisions. You should also learn how your breasts will change over time.
To get a better idea, request a meeting with a previous patient of the surgeon. Lastly, ask about the follow-up you can expect after the surgery.
How To Best Prepare for Breast Enlargement In Turkey
When preparing for your breast enlargement, make sure to keep the following things in mind:
- Inform the surgeon about the condition of your health and any medications that you’re taking.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol before surgery.
- Do not eat anything after midnight, as it can pose a risk to your safety during surgery.
- Do not apply any creams, lotions, powders, perfumes, or deodorants to your body.
- Remove any piercings or jewellery.
- Make sure to wear/bring loose-fitting clothing with zippers or buttons. That’s because you may experience pain and discomfort when lifting your arms after breast implant surgery.
What Is The Procedure For Breast Enlargement In Turkey?
Breast enlargement can take place under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation.
The surgeon makes the incisions to insert the implants and then sutures them. After that, they may attach drainage tubes for excess blood and muscle.
The whole surgery takes 1-2 hours, but there are some things you need to consider before that:
Types Of Implants
There are different types of implants in terms of their shape, texture and filling.
1. Silicone Breast Implants & Saline Breast Implants
The outer shell of the implant is made of silicone. Silicone implants, of course, contain silicone gel which is quite viscous. These come pre-filled.
Silicone breast implants are more common because they come in a range of sizes and are more durable.
In addition, a silicone implant appears more natural and feels like natural breast tissue.
The outer shell of a saline implant is also made of silicone. However, saline implants contain IV fluid.
For saline implants, the surgeon first places the silicone shell inside the breast pocket and then fills it with saline solution during the surgery.
These are not as common since they can cause rippling. But if it ruptures, the saline implant is safer in that the solution is absorbed by the body.
2. Smooth Breast Implants & Textured Breast Implants
Smooth breast implants have a soft, shiny outer surface. In contrast, textured implants have a rougher surface.
This texture can better hold the implant in place and doesn’t let it move around, which is a problem with smooth implants.
Smooth implants take some time to settle into their position. Meanwhile, they pose a risk of displacement.
3. Teardrop Breast Implants & Round Breast Implants
Round implants have equal width and height, and they do not slope and project at the bottom like teardrop implants.
Round implants are more suitable if the patient desires fullness at the top of the breasts.
However, the uneven shape of the teardrop gives the surgeon more control over the final surgical outcome.
Types of Incisions
Incisions for the insertion of the implants can be made in two different areas.
After making the incisions, the surgeon creates a breast pocket and places the implant. These are then sutured and covered with surgical tape.
This involves making incisions around the dark skin surrounding the nipple known as the areola.
Either the incision is made below the lower half of the areola or all around it (making a doughnut shape).
When the incisions are made in the creases just beneath the breasts, it’s known as an inframammary incision.
Area Of Placement
There are three different areas for the placement of implants in a breast enlargement surgery:
Behind the Breast Tissue/Sub-Glandular Placement
This is the most common technique and involves cushioning the breast implants between the tissue and the chest muscles. This technique is usually preferred by professional sportspersons.
Behind the Chest Muscle/Sub-Muscular Placement
If the patient doesn’t have sufficient tissue, placing the breast implants directly underneath will make their outline visible through the breasts. In this case, it is better to place the implants behind the chest muscles. It’ll also provide better support. Your implant may move when the muscles contract.
Dual Plane Augmentation
This is a combination of the sub-glandular and sub-muscular placement. The surgeon places the breast implants directly underneath the breast tissue and partially behind the chest muscles. This is a dual-plane breast augmentation surgery.
This refers to the projection of the implant. It’s of three types:
These lie flat against the chest wall with the least projection. If a woman has a wide chest, this kind of implant can best fill the space.
It is taller and narrower than a low-profile implant for the same volume. This can make the breasts look quite round and achieve the highest projection. However, not everyone is suitable for these. If the patient has a petite frame, these can look unnatural.
The medium profile appears the most natural and lies between the low and high profiles. This is the most common implant profile and is suitable for women who have a regular-sized chest.
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Recovery & Results Of Breast Enlargement
You may have to stay in the hospital for one night before going back to your hotel.
Soon after the breast surgery, you may feel tightness in the chest. The breasts may also be tender and appear higher. However, it should get better after the 1st month.
You will start seeing the results from the surgery at least 3-6 months later. Breast implants can last for 20 years or more.
However, due to the ageing process, hormonal or weight changes, and effects of gravity, the skin quality will change, so you may want to replace implants after 10-20 years.
But, at any given time, you can have this surgery if you want to increase or decrease the breast size.
Aftercare Of Breast Enlargement
After breast enlargement, the surgeon will give you a bra to wear for support. Also, make sure to take any painkillers and antibiotics they prescribe.
Do not extend your arms for at least a week after surgery. In addition, you have to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 3 weeks after the breast implant surgery.
It is okay for you to sunbathe. However, it is better if you avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen when leaving the house for some time after the surgery.
That’s because it poses a risk of infection and can slow down the healing process.
Side Effects to Expect After Breast Enlargement
A breast enlargement surgery can result in the following side effects:
- Breast Sensitivity: Your breasts may feel oversensitive, warm, and itchy. It should go away after some time.
- Changes In Nipple Sensation: Nipple sensitivity can increase or decrease after the surgery. You may also feel numbness in the nipple area.
- Pain & Bruising – This is normal following the surgery. You also might have some redness and swelling, which can take a few weeks to a few months to go away.
What Could Go Wrong After Breast Enlargement?
After a boob job in Turkey, you will notice a change in the breast shape, depending on the breast implant size you get. However, not every change is normal.
The surgical wound can get infected due to different reasons. You may experience tenderness, redness, heat from the surgical area, and discharge.
Other than that, teardrop breast implants can rotate and result in an abnormal shape after the surgery. If the implants settle in different positions, it can also lead to asymmetry.
Implant rupture is another problem that can arise after this procedure.
And lastly, you may have a capsular contracture that is making the breasts too firm, painful, and misshapen. Most of the time, this is caused by the body’s reaction to a foreign substance.
What To Do If You Have Problems After Breast Enlargement In Turkey?
If you are having problems after your breast enlargement operation, get in touch with your surgeon via the Aftercare team.
You can reach them online, call or email for medical assistance.
In addition, you can create a ticket on the Support Portal, where you can also learn more about the aftercare of this aesthetic plastic surgery.
Alternatives To Breast Enlargement Surgery
One surgical alternative to breast enlargement is fat grafting or lipofilling. The surgeon will inject fat into the breasts.
It is possible, however, that more than one surgery will be necessary since they might not extract enough fat from other parts of the body.
Another non-surgical alternative to breast augmentation is a vampire breast lift, which makes use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Its results may last up to 2 years.
Instead of non-surgical or surgical treatments, you can try a push-up bra.
Other Procedures to Have with Breast Enlargement In Turkey
Breast enlargement on its own is one of the most common plastic surgeries. However, many women also get a tummy tuck and liposuction together with breast enlargement.
Since a breast implant won’t lift the sagging breasts, you can combine breast enlargement with breast uplift.
Facial cosmetic surgeries such as nose jobs and blepharoplasty can also be done with breast implant surgery.
When can I measure my new bra size after surgery?
You can measure your new bra size at least 6 months after a breast augmentation. It’s because you need to wait for the swelling to go down.
Can I get breast reduction after enlargement surgery?
If you want to, you can get a smaller implant in replacement surgery. In addition, the surgeon may remove excess fat and skin from the breasts.
Are silicone breast implants safe?
It is safe to have breast implants in the body. They’re medical grade.
Can I breastfeed with implants?
You can feed your baby with breast implants. However, keep in mind that breastfeeding can change breast volume.
Can I have a mammogram with implants?
You can get a mammogram with breast implants. This medical test is important for your safety. However, when getting a mammogram, make sure to tell the technician that you have implants since X-rays cannot penetrate them.
Reviewed and Approved by Prof Fuat Yuksel