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Breast Augmentation with Implants

Breast augmentation with implants uses prostheses that are filled with a special silicone gel. This surgery is a procedure designed to change the size, shape and contour of a woman’s breast using implants.

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WHO IS THIS FOR
  • Women who are in good health
  • Women who desire to augment the size of their breast
  • Women who need breast reconstruction
TREATMENT DURATION
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • If done close to home: outpatient procedure
  • If done abroad: 2 to 3 hospital days required
RECOVERY TIME
  • Back to normal activities: 2 to 3 days
  • Back to the gym: light training can be resumed after 1 week
  • Avoid cardio activity for 3 to 4 weeks, and heavy lifting or intense activity for 6 weeks
  • Full recovery: 6 to 8 weeks
SUCCESS
  • 98% of women say they are satisfied with the results.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Infection
  • Implant rejection
Costs

Below are starting prices for a breast augmentation procedure with standard, round-shaped, submuscular, <400cc breast implants across several countries.

  • Turkey

    € 2,200
  • Hungary

    € 2,360
  • Lithuania

    € 2,400
HOW DOES IT WORK?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries. Breast implants are used to improve symmetry and proportion, or to increase or change the size of your breasts. Breast implants can be filled with a special silicone gel or a saline solution. Silicone implants are more popular because they offer a more natural look with less risk of rippling.

What does a breast augmentation procedure involve?

Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Surgery can last anywhere between 1 to 2 hours. Here's what a breast implant procedure entails in steps:

1. Anesthesia

During a breast augmentation procedure, anesthesia can either be through intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia depends on your medical history, the procedure type, and the surgeon. You will discuss your options with your surgeon before surgery to understand which type of medication will work best for you.

2. Incision

The next step is creating the incision. There are three main incision techniques that surgeons typically use. You will discuss with your surgeon which incision pattern is right for you. The choice usually depends on what incision is most suited to your anatomy and aesthetic goals.

Breast implant incision sites

  1. Periareolar incision - This type of cut is made along the bottom edge of your areola.
  2. Inframammary incision - This site is underneath the breast along the bottom fold near where your breast touches your lower chest.
  3. Transaxillary incision - This incision site is located in the bottom portion of your underarm.

    Some plastic surgeons also offer the umbilical incision, or TUBA incision, where the incision is made within the belly button. This technique is rarely used.

3. Implant insertion

Once the incision is made, it is time for the surgeon to insert the implant. There are two main breast implant placement options:

Breast implant placement

  1. Subglandular implant placement - This method allows the surgeon to insert the implant directly behind your breast tissue and in front of the pectoral muscle.
  2. Subpectoral implant placement - The implant is positioned in a pocket underneath your pectoral muscle.

    Which method your surgeon uses will depend on your body type, your preferred implant type and how large the implants are.

4. Closure

The final step in the surgical process is for the incisions to be closed with stitches, medical-grade skin adhesive or surgical tape, depending on the incision site. Your breasts will be then covered with bandages.

If your surgeon used dissolvable stitches, your body will break them down within the next 6 to 8 weeks. If your surgeon used sutures that are not absorbable, they will be typically taken out after 7 days.

What breast implant shapes are available?

There are two main shapes for breast implants: round breast implants and teardrops breast implants.

Breast implant shapes

1. Round breast implants

Round implants are the most common implant shape. They give a fuller and rounder appearance to your breasts. Although round implants are considered less natural, they are most widely used as they are less likely to rotate of shift out of place.

Round implants come in four types, from low to high projection: low profile, moderate profile, moderate plus profile, and high profile. The higher the profile, and hence the projection, the greater the distance of the breasts’ forward from the chest wall.

2. Teardrop breast implant

Teardrop breast implants have a sloped contour that fills out more the bottom of the breast as to mimic the shape of natural breasts.

Teardrop breast implants come in three shapes: round base, oval base, and classic base. Teardrops implants are the preferred option for those women who want to achieve a more natural look.

What should you expect from a breast augmentation procedure?

A breast augmentation surgery is a popular option for those women who want to enhance the shape and size of their breasts. At the same time, it is important that every patient has realistic expectations of what their breasts will look like. Understanding all surgery implications is also a fundamental step towards a successful surgery and recovery.

Making the right decision

Before making the decision to undergo the procedure, make sure that you are well informed about every aspect of breast augmentation. You should be mentally and physically prepared for surgery. Being confident with your decision and aware of each step of the process will make the whole experience easier for you.

If you're looking to have children in the future, then be aware that it could affect your ability to breastfeed. You should also consider that a breast augmentation might need revision. Your breasts naturally change over time, while the breast implant stays the same. This is why breast implants might not look as good as right after surgery after you have children, breastfeed or grow older. Moreover, you should also consider that weight loss and weight gain may also contribute to how your breasts look.

Physical discomfort

Following surgery, it is normal to experience swelling, discomfort, and soreness around the incision sites and breasts. Initial pain typically lasts 1 to 4 days. Your pain level should decrease week after week until it’s gone. To ease your recovery, you should take a full week of rest right after surgery and wear loose-fitting clothes for the first few weeks.

Your breasts might feel very firm after surgery and that’s due to the swelling. As the swelling subsides over time, your breasts will feel softer.

Regular checkups

It is recommended to do regular checkups with your doctor to monitor the status of your breast implants and prevent, or detect, any potential implant leaks. Depending on the breast implants you choose, you might need to replace them after 10 years from your first surgery.

Are breast implants right for me?

While breast implants are an excellent option to improve the size or shape of your breasts, they will not correct sagging breasts. In this case, you might need a breast lift in addition to breast augmentation.

Fat transfer breast augmentation is an additional option if you do not want to use breast implants. With this procedure, the surgeon will graft fat from another part of your body and inject it into your breasts. Designed as a stand-alone procedure, it can also be combined with a breast implant surgery to achieve better contour, especially in the cleavage area.

In general, every patient should be well informed about all the aspects of a breast augmentation procedure before committing to surgery. Make sure you read up on the treatment and discuss your options with an experienced doctor. If you need support, we are here to help you find the right one for you.

WHERE CAN I FIND A DOCTOR?
Qunomedical Health Managers have an all-round knowledge to find the right specialist for you. Learn more about Qunomedical.

The cost of a breast augmentation surgery depends on the type of implant you choose, the type of surgical incision required and the location where the procedure is performed. Below are starting prices for standard, round-shaped, submuscular, <400cc breast implants across several countries.

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Top destinations

Below are starting prices for breast augmentation with our clinic partners by location. Cost for transport to the destination (e.g. airfare) is not included. Prices may vary depending on individual needs and conditions.

  • Turkey

    € 2,200
  • Hungary

    € 2,360
  • Lithuania

    € 2,400
  • Egypt

    € 2,400
  • Costa Rica

    € 2,630
  • Czech Republic

    € 2,760
  • Thailand

    € 2,770
  • India

    € 3,050
  • Poland

    € 3,150
  • Croatia

    € 3,700
  • Mexico

    € 3,750
  • Indonesia

    € 3,930
  • Austria

    € 5,500
  • Spain

    € 5,500
  • Germany

    € 6,500
  • United States

    € 7,260
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S. T.,

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I am so happy with my new breasts

I work out a lot, so I am very lean therefore I never had any breasts. Finally I came with Dr. Uribe and he gave me exactly what I wanted for so long. I am so happy with my new breasts, just want to wear beautiful dresses and show off. Beautiful natural look! It's amazing, THANKS!

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Germany

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100% weitere Empfehlung!

Sehr kompetent, 100% weitere Empfehlung!

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Very competent, 100% further recommendation!

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Thanks for changing my life.

Ich habe mir 2016 die Brüste von Dr. Bartels vergrößern lassen. Schwangerschaft, Stillzeit und der Zahn der Zeit forderten seine Opfer und der Anblick war einfach kein schöner mehr. Die Entscheidung war die beste meines Lebens. Ich freue mich jeden Tag darüber. Ich fühlte mich zu jeder Zeit bestens aufgehoben und beraten. Die Praxismitarbeiter sind sehr nett und Herr Bartels strahlt eine unglaubliche Ruhe und Sicherheit aus.Thanks for changing my life.

Thanks for changing my life.

I had Dr. Bartels enlarge my breasts in 2016. Pregnancy, breast-feeding and the ravages of time claimed his victims and the sight was simply no more beautiful. The decision was the best one of my life. I enjoy it every day. I felt in good hands and advised at all times. The practice staff are very nice and Mr. Bartels radiates an incredible calm and security. Thanks for changing my life.

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DAS ERGEBNIS und auch alle Kontrolltermine waren zu meiner vollsten Zufriedenheit

Hallo Zusammen, Ich wurde im Mai 2016 von Dr. Bartels operiert ( Brustvergrößerung ). Diesen Wunsch hatte ich schon sehr lange und war im Vorfeld bei insgesamt 4 Chirurgen in unterschiedlichen Städten zum Beratungsgespräch. Ich habe mich voller Überzeugung für Dr. Bartels entschieden und würde es auch immer wieder tun! Die Beratung im Vorfeld, die OP an sich, DAS ERGEBNIS und auch alle Kontrolltermine waren zu meiner vollsten Zufriedenheit ( Ich habe mich sehr gut aufgehoben gefühlt ). Ich kann Dr. Bartels nur weiterempfehlen und soviel sagen, dass ich mich jederzeit wieder von ihm operieren lassen würde.

THE RESULT and also all inspection dates were to my complete satisfaction.

Hello everyone, I was operated in May 2016 by Dr. Bartels ( breast enlargement ). I had this wish for a very long time and was with a total of 4 surgeons in different cities in the run-up to the consultation. I have chosen Dr. Bartels with conviction and would do so again and again! The consultation in advance, the operation itself, the RESULT and also all control appointments were to my complete satisfaction ( I felt very well taken care of ). I can only recommend Dr. Bartels and say so much that I would let him operate on me again at any time.

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Elmira,

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Doctor Mindaugas Kazanavičius and all the staff who have served him during the operation, a big thank you to all of you.

I want a great deal of good work and good communication; doctor Mindaugas Kazanavičius and all the staff who have served him during the operation, as well as the medical staff who ran after the operative period, a big thank you to all of you.

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Roisin M.,

United Kingdom

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I liked how I had Jenny to hand to answer any questions I had. I felt everyone in the process was wonderful.

My mother and I were picked up from the airport. Taken straight to our apartment then collected to go to the hospital. Everything was quick clear and all my questions were answered by veronika and my surgeon lucie. Everyone was wonderful we were well looked after and food was top quality! The rooms were like a hotel clean and comfortable. Great from start to finish. Highly recommend! I liked how I had Jenny to hand to answer any questions I had. I felt everyone in the process was wonderful.

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Jen Lee,

Ireland

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I highly recommend Medilife Hospital.

To all the patients out there wanting a breast enlargment, I highly recommend Medilife Hospital. I am soo happy with the outcome and was very pleased with the environment. Keep up the good work Medilife =)

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Shona,

United Kingdom

December 2018

| KCM Clinic, Poland

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Here i was made to feel at ease and extremely relaxed about surgery when Dr Marta came and spoke to me, her English is amazing!

I have recently got back to the UK from Poland where I went for Breast lift and implants. Since returning home I haven't been able to say a bad word! Everything from start to finish was amazing, I was met at the airport by a driver, taken straight to the clinic. Here i was made to feel at ease and extremely relaxed about surgery when Dr Marta came and spoke to me, her English is amazing! Dr Marta went through everything that would be done, and also the recovery stages. Dr Marta certainly worked her magic as I am completely over the moon with results already and I'm only 2 and a half weeks post-surgery. Can't thank you enough and highly recommend to anyone wanting anything done to go and see Dr Marta!

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Michelle,

United Kingdom

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Dr. Attila informs perfectly

The doctor was very caring and looked after me, he also informed me perfectly fine. His friendly approach to patients makes you even more motivated to follow through with the procedure. He made us feel comfortable to undergo the operation.

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Mary,

United Kingdom

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Dr. Atilla Eyüboğlu was careful and friendly

About Dr. Attila: He took great care in order to avoid the risk of infection. He was excellent and the care and attention to the wound was perfect also. His detailed presentation and informative approach on all subjects such as postop - preop were very good. His attention to me and my wounds were great. I came to know that I would get good service, and I did not regret it at all. The surgeon was very careful and friendly.