Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)

Perhaps you’ve always wanted a fuller cup-size or perhaps you want to rejuvenate your post-pregnancy body. Either way, ‘boob jobs’ have long been known to boost self-esteem and confidence.

What does breast enlargement surgery involve?

One of the most important aspects of surgery is your consultation. Our surgeons are here to advise you, listen to your concerns and discuss what you want to achieve.


Breast enlargement surgery commonly involves inserting breast implants behind the breast tissue, either under or over the pectoral muscle, to give a fuller cup size and a more voluptuous shape.

There are several options for surgical incisions:

  • Inframammary (the natural crease underneath your breast).
  • Transaxillary (under your armpit).
  • Periareolar (the area around the areola, or your nipple).

Usually, a hospital stay of one or two nights is required. The surgery will be carried out under general anaesthetic and will take between 60-90 minutes.

What are the benefits of breast enlargement (augmentation)?

Many women feel self-conscious about their breast size. Size is dependant on your genetics, but once developed your breasts may fluctuate in response to weight, pregnancy and breast feeding.

The psychological benefits after breast enlargement surgery include:

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence.
  • Feeling more feminine.
  • Your body may feel more proportionate.
  • eeling more comfortable in your clothing.

Recovery after surgery

  • When it’s time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow-up appointment with your consultant and a date for your stitch removal. Within six weeks, we’d expect you to be able to return to most of your normal activities.
  • Depending on your job, breast surgery patients are recommended to have a week off work to allow time to recover comfortably at home. In some cases, two weeks off work may be recommended.
  • You shouldn’t drive for at least one week following surgery, always check your insurance policy and with your doctor.
  • Your new implants will need to be supported in their new position, so you will need to wear a surgical support bra for a two-four week period after surgery to help your breasts settle.
  • You will probably experience some pain and discomfort following the procedure, but you will be prescribed painkillers which will ease this.
  • As with all surgery, a small amount of scarring is expected, but this will fade with time.

How long will my implants last?

The results of breast enlargement or augmentation usually last for a long time but will not last a lifetime. Exactly when you will need them to be removed or replaced will depend upon personal factors. You may need further surgery after about ten years as the size and shape of your breasts may have changed.
This could be caused by:

  • Gravity.
  • The aging process.

What type of implants should I choose?

Based on what is right for you, one of our consultants will guide and advise you on what implant is best. The new size of your breasts will be affected by the diameter of the implant (determining their fullness) and its projection (how prominent you’d like your breasts to be).

At The McIndoe Centre we mostly use silicone implants but saline can be used if you wish. We are also introducing the new ‘B-Lite’ implant which is 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent. It’s important to note that we don’t use PIP implants and the implants that we do use are ethically approved and have an excellent reputation.

During consultation you can discuss which implants you would like for your breast augmentation. Ultimately the choice is yours and our GMC registered team of surgeons are well equipped to advise you.

Silicone gel implants

> The silicone used to fill the implant can be in the form of a liquid or gel. Implants filled with gel are called cohesive silicone implants and have a firmer feel. The implants we use are coated in a micro polyurethane foam. Silicone implants are less likely to wrinkle but if a soft gel implant ruptures, silicone could spread into your breast.


>  The B-Lite gel is cohesive and has a reduced density which makes implants up to 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent, achieving the same volume enhancement with 30% less weight. The gel is a microsphere-enhanced, cohesive, silicone gel. The microspheres are fixed in place physically and chemically providing form stable implants with a natural feel.  You can check the B-Lite website for more information

We submit all information regarding breast implants to the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry. The purpose of which is also allow the identification of possible trends and complications relating to specific implants. You can find out more information here.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

There are certainly a few quick fixes when it comes to making your chest bigger. Simple padded bras or bra inserts can enhance your breasts quickly, easily and cheaply.
Natural breast enhancement pills that contain phytoestrogens (plant hormones that copy natural hormones) may help increase the size of your breasts. Please note that these pills have not been tested and possible complications and side effects are unknown.

What are the possible complications of breast implant surgery?

  • Haematoma/Seroma (collection of blood/fluid) (risk: 1 in 30).
  • Infection of the implant (risk: less than 1 in 100).
  • Kinking and rippling caused by a capsule forming or natural sagging of skin. If a capsule does form, you will need extratreatment.
  • Thickening and tightening of the scar tissue (risk: up to 1 in 10 in one year).
  • Change of breast and nipple sensation. You can breastfeed after surgery but the change of sensation could be permanent and affect you experience of breastfeeding. There is no evidence that silicone is found in breast milk.
  • Stiff shoulder.
  • Numbness or continuous pain on the outer part of your breast.
  • Rupture or deflation of the implant.

How should I set my expectations?

There are some cosmetic factors you should think about before having your breast enlargement as it is difficult to predict exactly how you will look after the procedure. It is very important to review your expectations before you proceed. The shape and size of your breasts will depend on things like gravity and the aging process. Sometimes your implants take slightly different positions which can magnify any natural differences or asymmetry. It is sometimes not possible to create a cleavage, so your breasts may not look or feel natural. Lastly, larger implants are heavier and can speed up the sagging process that occurs in natural breasts.


In preparation for your operation, we advise that you give up smoking six weeks beforehand. Smoking can seriously impede the healing process. The risk of chest infection and coughing is increased which can trigger unwanted bleeding. The blood supply to the skin is also affected which can delay the wound healing.


If you decide to have breast enlargement surgery at The McIndoe Centre you can select your preferred consultant surgeon at any time that suits you. We have some of the most innovative and experienced surgeons who will discuss your options with you in a thorough and expert way.

Prices start from £3555 (excluding implants). The cost of your surgery may change as everyone’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs. For more information, we’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Call the Helpline for free and professional advice on: 0800 917 4922.

To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before deciding on anything.

Surgical Inpatients Price

Treatment Cost
Breast Enlargement (augmentation/enhancement) £3555
excluding implants

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