Breast Augmentation or Enlargement Surgery
Breast augmentation or enlargement surgery is a straightforward procedure that will significantly impact your body image and self-confidence.Book a Consultation Today
Our world-class surgeons at North Bristol Private Hospital provide stunning results using the highest quality breast implants available.
On this page, we look at:
- Choosing breast implants
- Breast enlargement procedure
- Latest advice on breast implants
Choosing breast implants
Breast implants come in all cup sizes and can be round or teardrop shaped.
Body proportions are unique to each woman, and careful consideration must be given to choosing the best shape and size of implant to suit your frame and achieve the desired result.
Breast augmentation surgery will significantly alter your body’s appearance, and you must be aware of and happy with the changes that will result from your surgery.
This important decision will be part of the extensive discussion that you will have with your surgeon before your surgery.
We only use the highest quality implants to ensure your health and safety.
Breast enlargement procedure
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and involves the insertion of an implant under the breast tissue or the chest muscle to increase the breast size.
The surgeon makes an incision under the crease of the breast or around the areola of the nipple.
The procedure typically takes about an hour, but this may vary depending on your body and medical history. The details will be explained to you at your initial consultation.
The latest advice on breast implants
Since December 2018, regulatory bodies in many countries have made statements on the subject of breast implants after some negative publicity about their effect on health.
The research data is inconclusive and has been interpreted differently by different countries. No country has advised that women with implants have them removed or replaced as a precautionary measure.
However, breast implants are not designed to be lifelong products and will need to be replaced at some point.
The Breast and Cosmetic Implant register (BCIR) collects breast implant data about patients in England and Scotland. The MHRA has a reporting system to gather and analyse information in the UK and is linked to data compiled by public health organisations in other countries.
The most recent advice from MHRA on BIA-ALCL was updated on the 4th of April 2019.
Frequently asked questions
After your breast augmentation surgery, you will spend a night in our luxurious in-patient ward with a nurse dedicated entirely to your care.
Typically, the post-operative drains will be removed the day after surgery, and after your surgeon has assessed you, you will be ready to go home. Your breasts will feel tight at first but this feeling will gradually disappear.
We advise our patients to take four weeks off work after surgery and avoid even moderate exercise for the same period. This includes sports, gym workouts, hoovering, driving, and dog walking. Your surgeon will advise you when you can start exercise for your lower body and, later, when more strenuous activities can be resumed.
Most patients find that their scars have faded after a year.
We are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of personalised care available, ensuring you feel safe and confident after your surgery. You will know exactly what to expect and how to care for yourself and your breasts. You may be prescribed medication to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection. The healing process will be monitored at regular follow-up appointments.
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Complications are rare, but no surgery is risk-free. Bruising, bleeding, infection, implant displacement, breast asymmetry and implant rupture are possible complications.
We will provide you with full details of all the risks and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultation.
The procedure usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes but may vary between individuals.
It is normal to feel some discomfort after any surgery. You are unlikely to feel pain for an extended period unless you experience complications but pain relief is always available.
Round or teardrop-shaped implants are available and both give stunning results. Your surgeon will discuss which shape and size are best for your body.
Different manufacturers use different materials for the outer shell and the filling. In the European Union, 95% of implants are filled with silicone gel and only 5% with saline or other fillers.
We only use the best implants available. Mentor Silicone Gel-Filled Breast implants have silicone elastomer shells. They are filled with MemoryGel, Mentor’s own silicone gel.
North Bristol Private Hospital offers world-class surgical expertise to patients in the South West who no longer need to travel to London for treatment.
We develop a caring relationship with our patients that begins at the first consultation and continues for as long as you need our support.
Our aftercare is unrivalled. Spending time as an in-patient at North Bristol Private Hospital is more like spending time in a cosy but luxurious boutique hotel than a medical facility.
You will know exactly what to expect after the surgery as your surgeon will have thoroughly discussed your outcomes based on your body shape and size at your pre-surgical consultation.
We will ensure that your expectations are realistic and informed and we are sure that you will be delighted with your results.