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Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)

What does breast enlargement (augmentation) surgery involve

Having long been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for women looking to boost their confidence and self-esteem, breast augmentation - breast enlargement – gives the patient a fuller cup size. Boob jobs are also used to rejuvenated body confidence following pregnancy.

While easy and cheap alternatives such as padded bras and inserts can help achieve a temporary enhancement, they don’t always achieve the desired effect or have the longevity required.

Why you might need a Breast Augmentation

Breast enlargements are sought out by women who are not happy with the size of their breasts and suffer from low body confidence as a result. There are many reasons why they can feel this way, but even the smallest increase of a single cup size can make the body appear more in proportion, giving a better shape and renewed confidence.

What are the benefits of Breast Augmentation surgery?

Despite putting in time and effort to keep fit and healthy, breast size is a common factor for women when it comes to body confidence. The size and shape of breasts fluctuate greatly depending on genetics, age, lifestyle choices, pregnancy and weight. Some of the many benefits of augmentation include:

  • A fuller cup size
  • Feeling more feminine
  • Changes after pregnancy are reversed
  • A higher level of confidence and increased self-esteem

What does Breast Augmentation involve?

There are a number of different techniques that can be used for breast enlargement surgery. One of the most important aspects of your surgery is the consultation process, and our surgeons are on hand to give advice when needed.

A breast enlargement operation involves inserting implants behind the breast tissue, and this can be over or under the pectoral muscle if there is not enough tissue. The end result gives a fuller cup size and a more voluptuous shape as required. Implants are made using either silicone or saline (salt water) to increase breast size and improve shape.

Incisions can be made on or around the breast – in the inframammary fold (the natural crease underneath the breast), transaxillary (under the armpit) or periareolar (the area around the nipple).

Types of Implants

Our consultants will advise on the right implant for your needs and requirements. The overall size of your new breasts will not always be determined by the weight of the implant, more the diameter and projection. The diameter of the implant relates to fullness and the projection relates to how prominent you would like your breasts to be.

Here at The McIndoe Centre, our consultants typically use silicone implants, but we can also use saline where required. We also offer the B-Life implant, which is 30% lighter than the standard silicone equivalent. Our consultants will discuss your options with you, and the choice of implants for your augmentation surgery is entirely yours. Our GMC registered team are on hand to advise every step of the way.

Please note: we do not use PIP implants. All implants used by our consultants are ethically approved and have an excellent reputation.

Silicone Gel Implants

There are two main types of silicone implants, those filled with liquid or gel. Implants filled with gel are called cohesive silicone implants and are much firmer to touch.

The implants we use are coated in a micro polyurethane foam. Silicone implants are less likely to wrinkle, but if a soft gel implant ruptured, the gel could spread into your breast,

B-Lite

The B gel implant has a reduced density compared to standard silicone equivalents, making them up to 30% lighter in weight without reducing the volume enhancement. The gel is microsphere-enhanced, cohesive, silicone gel. The microspheres are fixed in place both physically and chemically and form stable implants that feel natural. More information can be found here on the B-Lite website.

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.

What are the possible complications of breast enlargement surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery has a number of associated risks and complications, including:

  • Haematoma/Seroma (collection of blood/fluid) Risk level: 1 in 30
  • Infection of the implant. Risk level: 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 extra treatment to correct
  • Thickening and tightening of the scar tissue. Risk level: Up to 1 in 10 in a one year period
  • Change of breast and nipple sensation. It is still possible to 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 shoulders
  • Numbness or continuous pain on the outer part of your breast
  • Rupture or deflation of the implant

How long will the implants last?

It is important to remember that breast augmentation surgery is not a permanent solution. As the body changes, grows and develops, the appearance of your breasts will also change. Similarly, gravity and the aging process can also impact how you will look in the future.

It is not always possible to create cleavage, so your new breasts may not look or feel natural.

Implants can also take slightly different positions once settled which can magnify any natural differences or asymmetry. Larger implants are much heavier and can speed up the natural sagging process that occurs in breasts over time.

Recovery Time

As a general rule, it takes four to six weeks to recover from breast augmentation surgery and for the initial discomfort to subside. The timeframe can vary depending on the size of the implant and its placement - your consultant will be able to advise based on your specific treatment.

Treatment Cost

If you decide that breast enlargement surgery is for you, at The McIndoe Centre you can select your preferred consultant surgeon at a time that suits you. We have some of the most innovative and experienced surgeons who will discuss your options in a thorough and expert way. The cost of your surgery may change as each and every treatment plan is tailored to patient’s specific needs. 

We’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 for free and professional advice or submit a contact form here for more information.

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

Surgical Inpatients

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

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