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Breast enlargement

Breast augmentation surgery increases the volume of your breasts and improves their shape and proportion. Every year, many women who feel they have small breasts undergo breast augmentation surgery. Most women choose breast augmentation to enlarge underdeveloped breasts or to regain the former proportions of the breasts after pregnancy or losing weight. With breast augmentation, your breasts not only gain extra volume, but they also become firmer. The goal is to ensure that your breasts form a beautiful whole with your body. Our plastic surgeons are happy to meet with you in a personal consultation where they will answer all of your questions and work with you to determine which treatment options are best for you.

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The treatment process

What is the treatment process for breast augmentation?


General anesthesia

Operation duration

60 – 90 minutes

Recovery time

14 days

During the first consultation you will discuss your wishes and expectations with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon tells you what options there are and what result you can expect. The treating plastic surgeon will explain how a breast augmentation works. The entire treatment process is discussed and you will be extensively informed about the different options, the advantages and disadvantages of breast augmentation, the aftercare, risks of and any complications after the operation. In addition, it is discussed whether your personal wishes match your starting situation.

In this conversation you can also ask all your questions about breast augmentation. Furthermore, the size of your breasts is recorded by measurement. After that you can get an impression of the possible result with paw prostheses. When choosing breast prostheses, we always take your wishes, your figure and the quality of your skin into account. Prostheses do not only differ in size, but also in shape (round or drop -shaped). The prostheses can be placed under the chest muscle or under the mammary gland. Which placement gives you the best results depends on your skin and the tissue. Do you not want silicone prostheses? Then in some cases it is possible to enlarge breasts with body’s own fat, or lipofilling. This is only possible if you have enough body fat at the suitable places. Ask your treating surgeon about the possibilities.

We believe it is important to properly inform you during the consultation about the results to be achieved, the risks and possible complications so that you can make an informed decision. Ultimately, your wishes and satisfaction with the results of the treatment are our primary concerns.

A consultation is subject to a €100 consultation fee. These will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.

Breast enlargement is performed under general anesthesia and takes an average of one to one and a half hours. During surgery, the prosthesis is inserted through a small incision of about 5 cm in the inframammary fold. Then the incisions are carefully sutured and taped with a band-aid. If necessary, the breasts are bandaged with supportive bandages to enhance recovery. After surgery, fluid may drip from the wound. To drain the wound fluid properly, two thin tubes (drains) are inserted. When hardly any fluid drips from the wound, the tubes are removed. In most cases, this happens the next morning.

Your breasts may feel sore and tight after breast enlargement. The pain will gradually subside in the days following surgery. To help with breast recovery, we have some tips:

  • For the first six weeks after surgery, wear a sports bra without underwire day and night. We will hand out this bra after surgery.
  • For the first six weeks after surgery, avoid any form of intense exercise, such as sports or heavy lifting.
  • Movements that you can perform painlessly will always be allowed, for they will not interfere with recovery.

For several months after breast enlargement surgery, the nipples may be extra sensitive or less sensitive. This is a normal phenomenon that generally disappears after a few months. To ensure that we can intervene immediately in case of any complications and to relieve you in the first important hours after the procedure, we recommend staying in the hospital overnight in most cases.

The scars are swollen and red for the first six weeks after a breast augmentation. Then this gradually decreases. The complete healing process of scars lasts one to a year and a half. To promote this process, we recommend using a good scar cream and to expose your scars as much as possible to UV radiation. To promote the wound healing process, we advise you not to smoke six weeks before and six weeks after the operation. With this you reduce the chance of after bleeding and other complications. In addition, we advise not to consume alcohol 1 week before until 1 week after the procedure.

As with any surgery, there is a small chance of complications. Common risks are: The general risks are:

  • post-bleeding
  • infections
  • swelling
  • delayed wound healing
  • allergic reactions

Specific complications that may occur in exceptional cases of breast enlargement are:

  • sensory changes
  • asymmetry
  • capsular contracture

A capsular contracture occurs when the connective tissue layer that forms around the prosthesis contracts instead of remaining flexible and thin. This contraction can make the breasts feel harder. In extremely rare cases, this is accompanied by pain and distortion of the breast.

What does breast enlargement cost?

Breast enlargementFrom € 5.740,-General anesthesiaYes
Breast augmentation tubular breastsFrom € 7.500,-General anesthesiaYes
Breast augmentation hybrid (prostheses and lipofilling)From € 8.900,-General anesthesiaYes
Breast augmentation tubular breasts hybrid (prostheses + lipofilling)From € 10.500,-General anesthesiaYes
Breast augmentation by lipofilling (excluding follow-up sessions)From € 7.000,-General anesthesiaYes
Breast augmentation Motiva Ergonomix2additional charge of € 1,500General anesthesiaYes

Breast Enlargement Results

You are never too old for breast augmentation.

A fantastic and natural result.

Great result after breast augmentation.

Rachel chose to be seen by Dr. Klaske Booij to operate.

Frequently asked questions about breast augmentation

At Blooming Plastic Surgery, only qualified and experienced plastic surgeons perform breast augmentations. The safety of breast implants has been under discussion in the media recently which is why we have prepared this article in which we provide detailed information about possible complications with silicone breast implants.

Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia, and therefore you will not experience anything from the procedure itself. Once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience pain symptoms, but these are different for everyone. In addition, it also depends on where the breast prosthesis is inserted. When the plastic surgeon places the breast prostheses behind the breast muscle during breast augmentation, the pain symptoms will be more severe than when placed behind the glandular tissue. After surgery, you will stay in the hospital overnight so that we can provide aftercare. When you are allowed to go home, we will give you a prescription for painkillers.

After surgery, paracetamol is sufficient to relieve pain. In case of extreme pain, please contact the clinic and something stronger may be prescribed. Never use blood-thinning medication such as Aspirin.

Can I still breastfeed after breast augmentation? The prosthesis is placed under the glandular tissue and therefore the surgery does not affect the functioning of the mammary glands. Please note that not every woman can breastfeed; if it cannot be done before surgery, there is little chance that it can be done after surgery.

When you can return to work depends on the type of work you do. If you do lighter work physically, you can start again after two weeks. With physically strenuous efforts and lifting, you will have to wait a little longer. Therefore, the period will be longer (from four weeks), if you are doing more physically demanding work.

During the initial consultation, you can try on different sizes of dentures. Based on your wishes and the plastic surgeon’s expertise, together you will arrive at an appropriate size.

After the breast augmentation, small scars remain in the breast fold. These scars remain red and visible in the beginning. You can rub the scars, when the wounds are closed, with a scar cream. After about a year, the scars present have turned into a thin line. With skin types with high pigmentation, the scars can remain more visible.

Prior to the breast augmentation, you will discuss your expectations with your attending plastic surgeon. We look at your physique, skin structure and the glandular tissue present. Based on your needs and the technical possibilities, we prepare a customized treatment plan.

We use two types of breast prostheses: round and anatomically shaped prostheses. During the initial consultation, we will show you the types of breast prostheses, in different sizes. Which type is right for you depends on the shape of your breasts. The round breast prosthesis gives volume over the entire breast, while the drop-shaped (anatomical) prosthesis gives more volume at the bottom.

For the first period after surgery, your breasts or nipples may be a little less sensitive than you are used to. Usually this will take a few weeks to several months. Depending on the procedure, your breasts may also actually be more sensitive than before surgery. In most cases, the “normal” feeling of your breasts gradually returns.

The results of breast augmentation are generally permanent, but over time your breasts may change due to a number of factors: for example, pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, slimming or sagging skin. You can then have the dentures replaced.

Before the surgeon begins the procedure, he draws on the breast where the incisions will be. Our plastic surgeons place the prostheses through the inframammary fold because this gives the least chance of capsular contracture and the scar falls nicely into the skin fold. After about a year, the scars have become inconspicuous thin lines.

Experience shows that you can return to most daily activities after about two weeks. When you can return to work depends on the type of work you do. If you do lighter work physically, you can start again after two weeks. With physically strenuous efforts and lifting, you will have to wait a little longer. Therefore, the period will be longer (from four weeks), if you are doing more physically demanding work. After about four weeks, you may resume lifting, and after six weeks you can return to sports at a leisurely pace.

After the breast augmentation, we will give you a sports bra that you should wear day and night for the first time for the best recovery. How long this will be for you depends on the situation.

You should wear the bra day and night for at least the first six weeks. You will discuss with your attending plastic surgeon what the best option is in your case.

The treatment takes place in Haarlem within the Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem Noord. We receive clients from all over the Netherlands and abroad. View our location and route description on Google Maps.