We all know the desired effect of a boob job, the media have followed the ups and downs of Jordon´s cleavage avidly, but do we really know exactly what's involved in a breast augmentation operation? Female First bring you the facts....

With so much media coverage on the results it isn´t surprising that many of us don´t know about the mechanical makings of a double D. When it comes to the procedures, health risks and costs we are left in the dark.

If you are contemplating breast enhancement then it is important that you have all the facts so you make the right decision. We spoke to Dr Andrea Marando, an experienced cosmetic surgery consultant, to get the lowdown on the operation, recovery and most importantly the risks.



Before Surgery

Dr Marando has had over ten years experience in cosmetic surgery and is no stranger to the boom in the number of people going under the knife and the effect that has on their lives.

Most of us have a preconception that it's the wannabe glamour model or spoilt little rich girls that have a boob job, however Dr Marando has found that this isn't the case. In fact most of his patients visit him after pregnancy. This is very common as women find their breasts tend to change shape after breast feeding.

Dr Marando said: "Sometimes due to pregnancies and breast feeding the breasts have changed their shape so they would prefer to have a smaller up-lifted version so t the breast is fuller in the upper part and it´s a rejuvenation of the breast together with an enhancement.

When it comes to operating it is not a case of one method suits all, the type of surgery is dependent on the patient and this will be decided through consultations with your plastic surgeon. Dr Marando told us: "There are different techniques for breast surgery. For one patient there is not just the one method."

Basically the procedure involves the patient being under general anesthetic while a small discrete incision is made underneath the breast or at the edge of the nipple.

The surgeon then makes a pocket under the breast tissue, or chest muscle to place the implant.

There are different options as to where the incision is made and they each result in different degrees of scaring. Going through the nipple is the method which is most popular with Page 3 girls and those whose profession requires them to have as little scars as possible.



After Surgery

Dr Marando says new techniques make the operation even more simple: "The most important and best known technique is called Endoscopic surgery. It´s an American technique that has been devised a few years ago and if you like is the best and safest technique in the hands of a surgeon in the theatre."

This method involves a tubular probe with a tiny camera and bright light being inserted through a really small incision.

A viewing screen, which magnifies the transmitted images of the body's internal structures to a screen, then allows the surgeon to see what he is doing.

The patient is usually required to stay in the hospital for one or two days after the operation. It is important when planning your surgery that you allow yourself enough recovery time after it. The time it takes to heal varies from patient to patient.

Dr Marando said: "It depends on the lifestyle and depends on how fit the patient is and also depends on which kind of profession they have, so if the patient is 25 she has two children and has a good pain threshold she could be back to normal life between 10 to 12 days. If the patient is 20 and she has no pain threshold and no children it might take a few more days."

Those who have had children and therefore have a much higher tolerance to pain are more likely to recover sooner. Dr Marando believes this is why older women aged 50 to 60 have a quicker healing time than young women in their twenties. He said: "The figures have increased between the 40´s and 50´s now, which is if you like the second youth of women and with their pain threshold they tend to recover very quickly sometimes they go back to work within one week."

Even after this period of recovery it is vital to check your breasts frequently as the main risk after surgery is an infection. Dr Marando says the risk of having an infection leading to a problem is a one in 400 chance but it is still important to regularly check for swelling, redness, tenderness and discharge.

Before your breast augmentation surgery, be sure to discuss the signs of an infection and how to prevent one with your surgeon. Dr Marando said that patients should be provided with medication to prevent infection: "Every patient has a dosage of antibiotics to use. Usually, in the hands however of a sensible patient and a skilled surgeon the risk can be reduced."

Even though the operation is over, things can still go wrong. Always keep contact details of your surgeon in case any problems arise (concerning the breasts not in general!) Good surgeons will always encourage visits where they can check on your progress. Dr Marando offers all his patients future check ups which can be made yearly or as many times as they like.

Dr Marando said: "Then you can assess the patient´s progress, the patient can also be sent for ultrasounds, anagrams or magnetic revna which means if the patient is healthy they can keep the implants."

It sounds like a lengthy procedure but for the perfect pair the time must be spared.

For further information concerning cosmetic surgery visit Dr Andrea Marando´s homepage at www.andreamarando.com

  1. by gazlez 03rd Apr 2008 15:56

    I always thought she had had them enlarged to balance up with her nose!

  2. by Hayley P 04th Apr 2008 15:35

    I had a boob job when I was 17 and I've never looked back. It's the best thing I ever did. I love my boobs and so do all the men I've met since

  3. by emmanuel 05th Apr 2008 16:05

    Jordan's Boob jobs Ars Big niws, segy tu you hoy da borstdy vulime koery hard bast komy?!I mi may mayfick schon voly borsty in after surgery, neffer so berfore surgery.

  4. by alexandra 05th Apr 2008 20:37

    I had a breast augumentation in 2004. I love my boobs, and i would'nt change them for the world.
    But im 3 months pregnant. I had them done throught the nipple, with only little scaring... Read More

  5. by Eddie 07th Apr 2008 16:33

    Don't do it girls!

    My partner had an enhancement 15 years ago. Now looks unnatural, and feels odd, one lumpy, the other not. Scarring around the nipple isn't the most atractive thing... Read More

  6. by Sally Wendkos Olds 07th Apr 2008 20:31

    I'm the author of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING -- AND it's not breastfeeding that makes them sag -- it's pregnancy and -- guess what -- smoking! And if you think you might want to... Read More

  7. by Brian May (yes really) 08th Apr 2008 04:14

    Without being churlish and from this man's viewpoint, the results shown are undeniably aesthetic but . . .

    Not real, the 'before' picture is infinitely more attractive in my book as ... Read More

  8. by Anita Jones 08th Apr 2008 19:44

    To behonest with you ive only got small ones myself but i'd rather have natural than fake cos it has a major impact on your body becuase it depends how big or small you are which makes ... Read More

  9. by Dr. Danilo De Gregorio 27th Apr 2008 18:06

    Dear Alexandra in my practice many women had breast augmentation ask me about pregnancy, and, after my best wish for you, I can tell you don't worry about this, your mammary gland stil... Read More

  10. by Diane 31st Jul 2008 19:37

    I just wanted to know how old do you have to be to have a boob job. I have read storys were girls age 14 have had it done, but where can you get it.

  11. by samantha dargan 06th Sep 2008 00:12

    i had my boobs done *it hasnt interfered wit breastfeeding any of my kids..good luck

  12. by ann 06th Sep 2008 00:16

    i have wanted 2 have a boob job done 4 about 5 years but i work wit kids does anybody know how long id have 2 stay off work??

  13. by lyn 11th Oct 2008 20:38

    i had a boob job last april after 3 years of looking in to it i can honestly say that it was the best thing i had done i went from a aa to a ff as i had big boobs before i had my child ... Read More

  14. by Katy 07th Nov 2008 20:32

    What is the legal age that you have a boob job in the U.K? I'm only 14 but i've had HUGE saggy tits since i was 10 and it's driving me mad.

  15. by Amy 13th Nov 2008 23:51

    hi, i would love to have my breast done i am 16 and a size 34E they r so saggy!! i hate it, would i be able to get a boobe job? if so how much would this cost?
    x

  16. by jade 20th Nov 2008 15:02

    hiya. am 16 turning 17. i want a boob job so bad. am wondering how much it costs and how old do you have to be to get it done??
    jade xxx

  17. by laura 24th Nov 2008 19:15

    hi, i am 15 years old and would really love to have a boob job because i want bigger boobs, i am a 32c now and i want them bigger, i just want to know the risks and costs involved.x

  18. by steph 28th Nov 2008 18:39

    hi, im 16, and have wanted a boob job for quite some time now. its not that im unhappy with my boobs, but im a 32B and would love to be at least a size D. i think it would give me more ... Read More

  19. by Alyssa 03rd Dec 2008 19:02

    I'm quite shocked at how many young girls are posting to request information about breast augmentation, and express a wish to go through with it. By younger girls I mean under 18.

    AN... Read More

  20. by megan 30th Jan 2009 11:33

    hi. im 16 nearly 17 soon i really want a boob job i did when i was 15. my size is 34c and i don think they are goin to grow anymore. i was woundering how much a boob job was and how old have you got to be.

  21. by Jessica 03rd Feb 2009 22:03

    Hi There im 17 Now Goin On To 18 In June And im So Unhappy With My Boobs im a 38AA And im Really Unhappy.
    All My Friends HAve By Boobs im The Only One With Small Ones. The Only Thing T... Read More

  22. by KD 05th Feb 2009 22:36

    I am 37 and have one boob slightly bigger than the other,I have considered going to see about getting them sorted with surgery but i feel it is a big step and tend to just make do with ... Read More

  23. by jamie Barnier 16th Feb 2009 05:13

    Hi my name is jamie im 19teen i had a boob job a yaer ago and nothing has gone right my doc will not even tell me whats wrong iv had 4 opp all together and he has now taken one side out... Read More

  24. by lizzy 26th Mar 2009 08:57

    Hi im lizzy 14, i live in the UK.

    I want a boob job becuase i want to be a glamour model, but can it go rong?, from the surgery and that? And ive heard on planes that they can someti... Read More

  25. by Jess x 03rd Apr 2009 10:32

    hey, im 16 nearly 17 and i really want a boob job, im a size 34A and im so unhappy with them. I was wondering if there was any serious risks to it?

  26. by kirsty 07th Apr 2009 15:53

    i'm 12 and i have got bullied ever since i was in yr6 please oh please can i get a boob job and how much would it cost

  27. by becki 14th Apr 2009 20:38

    omg, you are all so young, Im 29 and been unhappy with my boobs for a long time, dont rush into havin one, not all men want big boobs, atleast have your kids first, then have one!!!!

  28. by craig 28th Apr 2009 23:06

    I'm a 19yo guy. guys like boobs all shapes and sizes. Girls stop tryin to be some skinny, big busted, tart made up of peroxide and silicon. Fact is we love you for lookin like natural, ... Read More

  29. by Rebekah 01st May 2009 18:40

    Wow, I am so shocked at all the young girls wanting boob jobs. You haven't even finished growing yet. It's madness what our society does to us, thinking we need huge boobs to be attract... Read More

  30. by Clarissa 12th Jul 2009 19:22

    I'm a 32C so i can't really complain considerin i'm only a uk sie 4, naturally i eat which i'm also pretty lucky by! I've had loads of rumours spread like but i no thats just jelousy.. ... Read More

  31. by zoe 27th Jul 2009 14:45

    hi im 17 and im really unhappy with my boobs im only just into a 32b but would love to go up to a 32c as i think its a nice size i would love to get it done now but me and my boyfriend ... Read More

  32. by leanne 21st Sep 2009 23:46

    hey hey...iam 19 and i so want a boobjob really bad i think about it everyday iv had a kid aswell soo thats why i want one so much...i love jordon and her boobs i just dont like how big... Read More

  33. by amy 17th Dec 2009 23:05

    hayyyyyy ammm goin 18 and im a size 32a im reallly unhappy with my boobs and im planning on gttin a boob job buh dnt really fancy going under th eknife im thinking of trying breast ench... Read More

  34. by cindy 10th Apr 2010 17:40

    Iam 20years old and am planning to have a boob job. i already got two kids and i am not having anymore. I need your advise anyone is it good or bad?????????

  35. by Jade 21st Apr 2010 14:38

    Hey, im 13 and i know im young and i have no boobs atal and all my friends have these big boobs and it makes me have no confidence i havent started my period yet and i just wondered if ... Read More

  36. by rhiannon. 30th Aug 2010 20:20

    right, i know im only 14 but im a 28aa and really unhappy with them, i do really want a boob job but only to go to about a c? because i still want to be a nice size but im just too smal... Read More

  37. by bronnie 04th Sep 2010 00:56

    hey there,
    I'm 16 and obviously i am interested in a boob job.
    Now i know I'm only 16 and it sounds ridiculous that a girl my age is thinking about this as my body isn't even fully d... Read More

  38. by cass 21st Sep 2010 11:32

    iv just turned 18 an want to get a boob job as i hav to kids an neva giiv my body tym to grw lol. is it a gd idea an how much wud it cost me.. message me bk plzz x

  39. by tasha 03rd Mar 2011 03:24

    Had A boob job
    looks wel amazing now going to get more when i get sum money :) x x x

  40. by Millie 05th Jul 2012 15:47

    Im 16 chr(38) im a double D but want to be bigger. How much would a boob job cost?xx