At our 5-star clinic in London, Breast Enlargement, also known as breast augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure used to increase the size of the breast in a woman who feels that her breasts are too small. It can also be performed to restore the size and shape of the breast following pregnancy and breastfeeding and/or improve symmetry and shape where there is a difference in breast size and shape either due to developmental asymmetry or following previous breast surgery.
Breast enlargement can improve or enhance your breasts and thereby your self-confidence, allowing you to wear the clothes, swimwear you desire. Various types of breast implants are available and the best implant for you will depend on your goals and the existing size and shape of your breasts.
London Bridge Plastic Surgery is now offering the revolutionary B-Lite Lightweight Breast Implants. Below, we’ve provided information about the surgery and answered some frequently asked questions. If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation with renowned London plastic surgeon, Mr. Christopher Inglefield, please contact us today.
Who is the Best Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
The best candidates for breast augmentation at our London Clinic include:
- Patients who would like to improve their breast shape and fullness
- Patients that do not have any breast disease or serious medical conditions
- Patients that desire a long term option to achieve fuller and more shapely breasts
What are the Benefits of Breast implants?
There are many advantages to getting breast implants. When choosing a London plastic surgery expert, like Mr. Christopher Inglefield, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you will get some of the best breast implant results in London. Some of the breast augmentation benefits include:
- Patients will feel and look more feminine
- Our patients express that they gain more self-confidence
- Breast implants are a fantastic solution to gain volume after breastfeeding and childbirth
- Enjoying the freedom of wearing the flattering clothes you’ve always desired
What Happens at Your Breast Enlargement Consultation?
Your consultation will be with our top London Breast enlargement surgeon and one of our nurses to understand your concerns and desires.
- Your medical history with be reviewed to ensure your safety, followed by a full examination of your breasts.
- Measurements of your breast will take place – width, nipple distance, breast drooping/ ptosis, and soft tissue thickness will all aid in planning your breast augmentation.
- The most suitable implant to achieve the best result following your Breast Augmentation will be discussed at your consultation.
- Your age, skin laxity, loss of volume of the breasts will all be considered in determining the optimum treatment(s) or surgery.
- Please be as open as possible during your consultation. Great communication, always leads to the best results.
What are my options for the Type of Breast Implants?
Various types of Breast Implants are available and the optimum implant for you will depend on your goals and existing size and shape. London Bridge Plastic Surgery is now offering the revolutionary B-Lite Lightweight Breast Implants.
Where will the Implants be Placed During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast implants can be placed either behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle, usually partial muscle – Tebbetts 1, 2. The position suitable for you will depend on the amount of your own tissue available to cover the implants. If the soft tissue is thin over the breast region “upper pole”, then it will be recommended that the breast implants are positioned under the pectoral muscle. In either position, what you will see and feel is your own breast tissue. The goal is to achieve the optimum natural appearance of your breasts.
Does Breast Implant Surgery require a General Anaesthetic or Hospitalisation?
Breast Implant Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with local anaesthetic, commonly as a day-case or overnight procedure.
How Long is the Breast Enlargement Surgery?
Breast Augmentation with Implants normally takes approximately 1-5 hours to perform.
Will Drains be used at the Time of Breast Enlargement, Breast Implant Surgery?
The use of drains (thin tubes from each breast) is a hotly debated topic in breast augmentation. At London Bridge Plastic Surgery, we believe that any blood or fluid around the implant leads to inflammation and scarring, which can result in a capsule around the implant. This capsule can cause firmness or hardening of the breast and a poor result. Therefore, drains will be placed at the time of your Breast Augmentation surgery. These will be removed before you leave the Hospital.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
We cannot guarantee a “Rapid Recovery Breast Augmentation” but over 96% of our patients report that their surgery was much less painful than they expected. Moderate pain/discomfort is expected for 3 – 5 days. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities the next day, but avoid strenuous exercise/activity for 6 weeks. It will be necessary to wear a support bra for the first 3 weeks, day and night, and the second 3 weeks during the day. The majority of swelling will resolve in 2 – 3 weeks but it will take up to 6 months for the breast to return to normal feel.
Will there be Scars After my Breast Augmentation?
Unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar as a result of Breast Enlargement Surgery, but every effort is made to minimise the scars and ensure that these are as inconspicuous as possible. The goal is to achieve a scar that is as short as possible for the safe placement of your implants, and which, once fully healed is barely visible. Scars can be placed in the crease under each breast, in the armpit, or within the areola. The optimum scar for you will depend on your size, breast shape, and desired cup size/shape.
What are the Risks of Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with Breast Implant surgery. However, Breast Augmentation with implants is a very safe procedure if performed by a fully qualified and trained Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon using high-quality implants in hospitals with a high standard of care – as recommended by LBPS. The common risks are bleeding inside the breast (less than 0.1%), infection (less than 0.1%), and capsular contraction (less than 2%). Each of these risks may require revision surgery. Other risks that may occur are; implant displacement or rotation, loss of nipple sensation, poor scars, asymmetry of the breasts, and implant rupture which are rare.
What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation in London?
The costs of Breast Augmentation in London will depend on your specific needs and goals. A written quotation will be provided following your consultation with Mr. Inglefield. All of your care and follow-up appointments in the first year will be covered. You will have access to a nurse 24/7 post-operatively and will receive pre and post-operative manual lymphatic drainage to support your recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation
Mr. Christopher Inglefield is widely considered by his patients to offer the best breast enlargement London residents can look forward to. The surgery can achieve more self-confidence and help give you the body you’ve always dreamed of. If you’d like to book a consultation, please contact us today.
Breast Augmentation FAQs
Your Breast Enlargement questions answered
Do I Need a Mammogram Before my Breast Enlargement?
Working in close collaboration with our Breast Cancer Specialists, the guidelines are that any woman over the age of 40 should have a mammogram before any breast surgery including Breast Implant Surgery. Under the age of 40, no screening is necessary if there is not a family history of Breast Cancer or other cancers. A screening mammogram can be arranged for you at the time of your consultation if required.
Can Breast Implant Surgery be Performed with a Breast Uplift, Mastopexy?
Yes, some women with significant drooping of the breasts together with loss of fullness may require Breast Augmentation combined with a Breast Uplift, Mastopexy. The extent of uplift required will depend on the degree of drooping and the amount or volume necessary to shape the breast.
Can Breast Surgery be Combined with other Surgeries?
Many of our London patients request a Mommy Makeover. This is a combination of procedures that are often done after childbirth. While having kids can be amazing, it can be strenuous on the body. Many of our women patients get breast implants as well as tummy tuck or liposuction. Please view our Mommy Makeover article to better understand what the operation is capable of.
What About the Results of Breast Implant Surgery?
The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Breast Augmentation with implants are to enhance the size and shape of your breast to achieve an improved aesthetic appearance. Your London breast implant surgery result should boost your self-confidence; allow you to wear the clothes you wish and look and feel as natural as a normal breast.
Can I get a Breast Augmentation while Breastfeeding?
Our London Breast Augmentation is a beautiful way to give your body a boost after pregnancy. However, it is recommended that patients don’t have their initial consultation until a few months after breastfeeding. This way your breasts can stabilize in shape and are no longer producing breast milk.
How Long will Breast Implants Last?
While every patient is different, your breast implants should last the remainder of your natural life. However, it is important to remember that your breasts will continue to age as part of the natural aging process so you may wish to have them replaced or reassessed after approximately 20 years or so.
What is BIA-ALCL?
The FDA and the World Health Organization agree that BIA-ALCL is a rare T-cell lymphoma that can develop following breast implants. At this time, most data suggest that BIA-ALCL occurs more frequently following the implantation of breast implants with textured surfaces rather than those with smooth surfaces. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are persistent swelling or pain in the vicinity of the breast implant occurring more than 1 year after surgery.
BIA-ALCL is usually found near the breast implant, contained within the fibrous scar capsule, and not in the breast tissue itself.
The type of implant fill does not appear to be a risk factor for BIA-ALCL
This is a very rare disease – only 14 cases reported in the UK up to March 2016 with a risk somewhere in the region of 1:10,000 to 1:30,000.
Removal of the breast implant along with the capsule (scar tissue) is curative in most cases. A small number of women have required radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
You should monitor your breast implants and contact your doctor promptly if you notice pain, swelling, or any changes in or around your breast implants. There is no reason to contact your doctor if you have no symptoms.
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