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Perhaps you’ve always wanted a fuller cup-size or perhaps you want to rejuvenate your post-pregnancy body. Either way, breast enlargement (augmentation) continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. Breast augmentation is a safe, quick and effective way to increase bust size and its positive effects on self-esteem are well known. 

Breast enlargement surgery commonly involves inserting breast implants behind the breast tissue, either under or over the pectoral muscle, to give a more voluptuous shape. There are several options for 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. 

It is important to remember that each person will heal differently. The incision is usually in a discrete place under the crease of the breast and typically only 5-6cm long. Throughout your journey with us, your consultant will advise of the best techniques to reduce the appearance of scarring. 

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. 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.

You should recover quickly following breast augmentation, but there are some things to be mindful of. 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 may be recommended. Any strenuous activities should be avoided during this time.

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.

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 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. 

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. 

Guide prices are available here. Everyone's treatment plant is tailored to their own individual needs. For more information, we would be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. You can call the Helpline for free and professional advice on 0800 917 4922. 

Remaining healthy and following your consultant’s advice should ensure your breast implants retain their shape and health for many years. However, there are additional things you can do both during and after the recovery process:

Supporting your Breast Implants

Breast implants will naturally add weight to your breasts, so it’s important to limit the impact of gravity by wearing supportive bras. When you get back to exercising, a sports bra that protects from movement is also advised.

Maintain a Healthy Weight and Diet

Drastic changes to your weight and diet can cause changes to the breast tissue. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight, to avoid any potential sagging.

Compared to having separate surgeries, combining treatments has the advantage of saving time and having only one recovery period. Having said this the recovery period could become longer and you could be in a little more discomfort than having separate surgeries. If you are thinking about combining treatments, you can definitely discuss this with your surgeon during your initial consultation. 

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