Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)

Breast Enlargement / Augmentation

Cosmetic Surgery | Breast Surgery

Breast Enlargement and Augmentation Services

Perhaps you’ve always wanted a fuller cup-size or perhaps you want to rejuvenate your post-pregnancy body. Our specialist consultants guarantee the highest standard of surgical care and results that can last a lifetime. For many patients, breast enlargement procedures have restored their confidence and offered a new lease of life.

Our consultants help women feel more confident in their own skin. Breast enlargement is a life-changing treatment for many patients and offers instantly noticeable results.

What does breast enlargement surgery involve?

The breast enlargement process commonly involves inserting breast implants behind the breast tissue, either under or over the pectoral muscle, to give a more voluptuous shape. There are two main options regarding surgical incisions:

  • Inframammary (the natural crease underneath your breast, this is the most common)
  • 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. We do not perform breast enlargement under local anaesthetic.

What are the benefits of breast enlargement?

Many women feel self-conscious about their breast size. Size is dependent on your genetics, but once developed your breasts may fluctuate in response to weight, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Breast enlargement is a safe way to increase confidence and boost self-esteem. In keeping with our ethos of providing excellent care, our leading surgeons adhere to strict guidelines so you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands.

Can I get breast enlargement after pregnancy?

It is not uncommon for your breasts to change shape during and after your pregnancy. Due to this, many women opt for breast enlargement (or augmentation) to help return their breasts to their previous “perkier” appearance. You will need to wait at least six months after giving birth until you opt for breast enlargement or enhancement. If you are planning on having more children, you may want to delay your surgery. Arranging a consultation with one of our surgical consultants will help you decide on the best course of action regarding your surgery options.

Can I breastfeed after breast enlargement?

Breast enlargement surgery does not affect the ducts or the areas that are responsible for milk production. Meaning, in most cases, your ability to breastfeed will not be affected following surgery. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask your consultant about breastfeeding during your consultation.

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). Shapes usually include round, anatomical or teardrop. We encourage patients to do some of their own breast enlargement research to help identify what implant shape you would prefer.

At The McIndoe Centre, we use either silicone or saline implants. We also use an implant called the ‘B-Lite’ 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. 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. Silicone implants are less likely to wrinkle and give a slightly more natural appearance.

Saline implants

Saline implants are a salt-based, non-prosthetic implant. If the saline breast enlargement implant were to rupture, the contents would be absorbed into your body, however, surgery will probably be needed to remove the shell. Saline has a slightly firmer feel than silicone.


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. Additional breast enlargement advice will be issued by your consultant during your consultation.

What are the possible complications of breast enlargement surgery?

Breast enlargement is a very popular and well-practiced procedure, but as with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything to minimise the chance of any complications. Some early issues include haematoma or seroma which is a collection of blood or fluid in the treatment area. This is quite uncommon and can easily be resolved by washing out the source of bleeding or fluid. Some women experience a change in nipple sensation which can be temporary or sometimes long-term.

Contrary to popular belief, you can breastfeed after surgery, there is no evidence that silicone is found in breast milk. Implants have been known to rupture; however modern silicone implants are filled with medical-grade silicone which is designed to stick. If the implant was to rupture it does not pose a serious health risk. Scar tissue can thicken and become tighter; this only has a risk level of up to 1 in 10 in a one-year period. If it becomes harder and distorts the shape of the breast you may need to remove and replace the implant.

Consultants that perform this procedure

Patient Information Hub

If you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, here are some important questions that you should ask yourself to help you make the decision that is right for you.

  • What do I want to change and why do I want to have surgery?
  • Have I considered all the options?
  • Can surgery give me the results I want?
  • Am I expecting the surgery to change my life as well as my appearance?
  • Is now the right time?

Having surgery is a big decision

For more information and advice about cosmetic surgery contact our Private Patient Advisory Team on 01342 488054 or email

Planning your long-term goals with your consultant, and researching the procedure, will reinforce whether surgery is the right option for you.Surgery is not without risk so you should be sure in your reasons for wanting to go ahead. It is important that your expectations are realistic and that the advantages to you always outweigh the risk of surgery.

Take this checklist to your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure. Discuss each topic with your surgeon to help you make the decision that is right for you before having surgery.

Having surgery is a big decision

For more information and advice about cosmetic surgery contact our Private Patient Advisory Team on 01342 488054 or email

Think carefully before having cosmetic surgery

Never feel rushed or pressured into giving your consent. Be wary of surgeons or staff who try to convince you to go ahead. Take plenty of time to make your decision.

We strongly advise you take at least two weeks after your consultation with the surgeon performing the procedure to think things through before surgery.

Having surgery is a big decision

For more information and advice about cosmetic surgery contact our Private Patient Advisory Team on 01342 488054 or email

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