For women who feel insecure about the breasts, a breast augmentation is a rewarding procedure. Whether this is because the breasts have never developed properly or because they have changed enormously after weight loss or pregnancy, you often think long about an operation and have heard many different opinions. It is very important to be well informed and to list the pros and cons of a breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is usually performed to give the breasts more volume or to change their shape. Breast augmentation gives your breasts a natural, firm appearance.
- Treatment plan based on your wishes
- Our plastic surgeons are affiliated with the Dutch Societies for plastic surgery (NVPC and NVEPC) NVPC and NVEPC
- Free consultation with extensive advice
- Crisalix 3D Simulation
- Both male and female surgeons
A breast augmentation can be a major step and that is why we explain to you how the process of a breast augmentation surgery works.
Providing honest information and sufficient information is very important. During a personal consultation, the advantages but also certainly the disadvantages of surgery with breast prostheses are discussed. The plastic surgeon will discuss with you your wishes about the size and shape of your breasts. The plastic surgeon takes into account the current shape of your breasts, any asymmetry, elasticity of the skin and the location of the nipples and areola. You choose the prostheses in consultation. These can be round or teardrop-shaped (anatomical) prostheses. Of course we only work with checked, medically sound prostheses that are approved by the Ministry of Health.
During the consultation, photos will be taken for your medical file. It is also possible to make a Crisalix 3D simulation of the desired breast augmentation. This gives you a good impression of the expected end result.
The plastic surgeon also indicates where the scars from the operation will be and whether the breast prosthesis will be placed in front of or (obliquely) behind the pectoral muscle. This depends on the breast tissue present and the quality and thickness of your skin. He or she also tells about the surgical risks and possible complications of breast augmentation with breast prostheses. In this patient folder you will find more information about surgery with breast prostheses. In addition to enlargements with prostheses, more and more breast enlargements with lipofilling are taking place. For more information about a lipofilling click here.
On the day of the operation, you must report to the desk. There you will be picked up by the nurse who will take you to the OR complex. The plastic surgeon will come here to mark the breasts and then the anesthetist will administer general anesthesia so that you will not notice anything of the operation.
During the operation, the breast prostheses are inserted in front of or (obliquely) behind the pectoral muscle. The plastic surgeon will discuss with you where these will be placed during the first consultation. The implants are inserted through a small incision in the crease under the breast. A cavity (pocket) is created that is large enough for the breast prosthesis to fit snugly. The skin is then sutured with dissolvable stitches. If necessary, a plaster bandage is applied to the breasts. After a breast augmentation you can go home the same day, under supervision.
Aftercare and recovery
It is important that you take enough rest in the first few days after surgery. After a few days you can do light household and administrative work again. Avoid heavy work and lifting for the first two weeks. You can only exercise again six weeks after the breast augmentation. This is important for a good recovery. It goes without saying that you should be careful with the area you have had surgery on for the first few weeks. The breasts feel very tight and firm for the first few months. Over time, this will change and the breasts will feel more supple and natural. The shape of the breasts will also change after the procedure. The scars may also look a bit fiery. This fervor disappears over the course of a year, after which they take on the color of the skin and become less visible. UV rays are not good for scars, so they can remain red for an unnecessarily long time. It is therefore best to keep the scars covered in the first months, so do not expose your breasts to the sun.
After the operation, we are available 24/7 in case of emergency or urgent questions.
Meet one of our plastic surgeons during the intake consultation. Our experienced and specialised surgeons are here for you before and after the surgery.
The cost of a breast augmentation depends on the type of breast augmentation that is performed for you. To give you an idea of the prices of a breast augmentation, we give you an indication below.
|With round Motiva breast implants |
(incl. DBIR registration and emdaplast bra)
|With ergonomics Motiva breast implants |
(incl. DBIR registration and emdaplast bra)
|*Additional charge round implants above 600 cc||€ 325,-|
|**Additional charge for ergonomics implants above 600 cc||€ 375,-|
|Surcharge denture change||€ 650,-|
|Surcharge capsuleectomy (up to Baker 3)||€ 1.050,-|
|Surcharge hybrid breast augmentation with lipofilling||€ 3.800,-|
|Breast enhancement/enlargement through lipofilling||from € 6,000|
|Every follow-up session||from € 5,600|
In principle, breast augmentation is not reimbursed by your health insurer. In some cases, breast augmentation is reimbursed on medical grounds. You can request advice about this from your health insurer.
Risks and Complications
Any surgical procedure carries risks and complications, including breast augmentation. We want to reduce the risk of risks by providing the right information and precautions. By carefully following our instructions prior to breast augmentation, you will minimize the risk of complications. Some possible complications of breast augmentation may include:
- Feeling change in your breasts
- Allergic reactions to the anesthetic or suture material
- Displacement and/or rupture of the breast prosthesis
- capsular contraction
- Swelling or bleeding
For complete information about the risks and complications, it is important that you read the surgical package leaflet of the NVPC (Dutch Association for Plastic Surgery) carefully. We also notice that there are more and more questions about BII / ASIA and therefore can be found here more information on this topic. In addition, there is a patient folder of the NVPC with a clear description of everything you need to know about surgery with silicone breast implants.
Before and after
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I experience pain after surgery?
Every person experiences pain differently. Breast augmentation surgery whereby the implant is placed behind the chest wall muscle is generally experienced as more painful than when the implant is placed behind the gland tissue. You will get pain relief medication during the time that you are at our centre. If necessary, you will get a recipe for pain relief for the first few days at home. We recommend that you also have paracetamol at home.
Can I resume my sports activities after surgery?
No, you cannot resume your sports straight away. You will have to wait until about six weeks after the surgery before you resume any sports activities.
Can I decide on the size of my breasts myself?
During the consultation with the surgeon, we will discuss to what extent we can meet your wishes regarding the size of your breasts. We will consider your physique, the structure of the skin, and the available gland tissue. These factors will determine what will or will not be possible.
What is the difference between a round and an anatomically shaped implant?
The surgeon will advise you on which type of breast augmentation will be most suitable for you. For this, we will consider the shape of your breast as they are now. Round implants give the breasts a more rounded shape at the top. Anatomical implants give the breasts more volume at the bottom.
How long will I be able to enjoy my breast augmentation?
In principle, the result is permanent, but over the years, the breasts may start to sag somewhat and change their shape due to a number of factors (e.g. after pregnancy/breastfeeding, ageing, or serious weight loss). We always recommend that you wear a bra that offers good support.
What is capsular formation?
Over the years, the breasts may start to sag somewhat and change their shape due to a number of factors (e.g. after pregnancy/breastfeeding, ageing, or serious weight loss). This is why we recommend having the implants checked once every 10 to 15 years and to consult with the plastic surgeon whether they might be exchanged.
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After how many years must the implants be replaced?
Over the years, the breasts will become weaker and change shape under the influence of a number of factors (for example after pregnancy/breastfeeding, the aging process of the body or strong weight loss). It is therefore advisable to have the prostheses checked once every 10 to 15 years and to have them replaced if necessary in consultation with the plastic surgeon.
Are silicones safe for my health?
Yes, many scientific studies have shown that silicones can be safely used for implants. Silicones have been on the markets for dozens of years and are used for many different purposes and applications. The implants we use are developed by highly reliable companies with many years of experience and which are strictly controlled. We can give you much more information about this during your consultation!
Will I still have the same sensation in my breasts as before the augmentation?
During the first period after the surgery, your breasts and/or nipples may be less sensitive than before. This usually lasts a few weeks or months. The normal sensation will generally return gradually.
Can I still breastfeed after a breast augmentation?
Yes, that is not a problem. You should bear in mind, however, that the shape of the breasts can change after pregnancy and breastfeeding due to the stretching of the skin and tissue during this period. The breasts usually return to their former shape, but in some cases a correction may be necessary to enhance the breasts again.
Is the surgery covered by my health insurance?
When you have a medical indication for breast augmentation, your health insurer may be willing to reimburse the costs for the surgery. When there is no medical indication, you will need to pay for the treatment yourself. Check our. price list.