A Guide to Boosting Your Bust

Client: Harley Medical, November 2009


Boosting your bust can increase self-confidence and improve quality of life. However, it’s important to be informed and find a reputable plastic surgeon.


Breast augmentation, according to the statistics, is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery available. Since the first reported implants were developed in the 1890s, millions of women around the globe have gone under the knife in order to enlarge their breasts and increase their self-confidence.

While the most common way for a woman to boost her bust today is through silicone or saline breast implants, a number of slightly more unusual techniques were tried out before these were developed. Over the years, a variety of curious procedures were tested, including paraffin injections, glass balls and polyester sponges.

Thankfully, due to advancements in modern medicine and technology, the days of trial and error are over and it’s now relatively easy to safely and effectively increase breast size.

Both silicone and saline breast implants have the same outer shell, which is made from silicone and can be either smooth or textured. Then, depending on what your surgeon recommends, you can have the implant filled with a silicone gel, which moves quite easily and is known for retaining its shape, or a saline solution that’s typically injected into the implant once it’s already inside the breast.

However, before you choose to go under the knife, it’s essential to think carefully about your reasons for wanting a breast enlargement. While plastic surgery can bring positive psychological benefits to many who undergo the procedure, such as restoring self-confidence, it’s important to talk to a qualified plastic surgeon beforehand, who can help assess whether it’s your best option.

The age at which you have the operation carried out is crucial. The British Association of Plastic Surgeons recommends you wait until you’re at least 18 before undergoing surgery of this kind, since your body is not yet fully developed: if your breasts are still growing when you have the operation, the results can significantly alter later on.

Finding a reputable surgeon is another vital consideration. In addition to having the appropriate qualifications and a proven track record, you should also think about where they’re located. Having to travel hundreds of miles for a consultation, the actual operation and for any required aftercare can be trying. Therefore, try and find one that’s nearby or arrange suitable accommodation beforehand.

Finally, before undergoing breast enlargement surgery, make sure you book an initial appointment to speak to the surgeon about your expectations of how your breasts will look post-op and how much time you’ll need to take off work for recovery, for example.

Boosting your bust can be great for improving your self-esteem and your quality of life. Just remember to do your research beforehand so you can make the best possible decision based on your individual requirements.


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