Your Guide to Breast Enlargement:

What does the procedure involve?

After your FREE initial consultation you will then be booked to have a detailed medical consultation with the surgeon who will be carrying out your breast augmentation. After you have discussed and fully agreed on the exact procedure you will undergo, including the size and shape of your new breasts, and only after you have been fully checked that your health is suitable to proceed, a date will be set for surgery.

The surgical procedure usually lasts between 1-2 hours and will be conducted under general anaesthetic. You will most likely need to stay overnight in one of our top quality hospitals. The exact nature of the surgery that you undergo will depend on the options you and your surgeon have discussed. In many cases an incision is made under the natural crease of the breast and the implant (either saline or silicon gel) is inserted under the existing breast tissue. Your surgeon will take time to check that your breasts are symmetrical and beautifully shaped before finalising the procedure.

Time off work and recovery

Of course the amount of recovery time you need depends on the extent of the surgery that you have undergone and how you as an individual recover. However as a rough guide, after your breast enlargement you can expect to spend a week off work (depending upon your occupation). During this week you will be checked by your surgeon and have any dressings changed and looked after by one of specialist nurses. Your stitches may also be removed if dissolvable stitches have not been used. You will be advised to keep the area dry for approximately two weeks. The remaining recovery time is on average six weeks and it is likely that you will be advised to wear a special support bra during this time whilst healing takes place. Any scarring should fade over the course of the following months. Your individual plan will detail all after-care appointments and additional appointments will be arranged where required. is fully committed to ensure an excellent after-care package.

Questions you should ask

Before committing to breast enlargement, it is a good idea to honestly consider the following issues:

  • Can what you want to achieve be realistically obtained by the procedure? If you have any doubts, please raise them with your personal co-ordinator.
  • Is anyone pressurising you (family, friends, society) into having the procedure? This should be something you desire yourself. You can raise any worries at your initial consultation.
  • You have had enough time to fully consider your options.
  • Can you afford to undergo breast augmentation without placing unnecessary strain on your finances? See our Finance Options to see how can help you to sensibly plan how to pay for your treatment.
  • And finally, and perhaps most importantly, will breast enlargement give you the body confidence and satisfaction to enhance not just your breasts, but how you feel in your day to day life?

Before proceeding with the operation, be sure that:

  • You have told your surgeon about any medical history, allergies, reactions to medications or anaesthetics, existing medical conditions or worries.
  • Have provided your GP’s details so your surgeon can make any necessary health checks.
  • You are happy with your surgeon’s credentials (details of these can be requested from the surgeon or from your personal patient co-ordinator and they should be registered as specialist in the field with the General Medical Council).
  • Your expectations can be met by the procedure you have chosen.


As with any surgery there are always risks involved. Our team of expert surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses will work with before, during and after your procedure to ensure that any risks to you are minimised.

With Breast enlargement surgery you can normally expect a certain amount of swelling, bruising and soreness local to the surgery. This should decrease with each passing day. Your surgery may require you to stay in hospital overnight. Some people recover very quickly from surgery, others find that it takes longer to get back to their usual energy or activity levels.

On very rare occasions if the surgery is not successful it may need to be repeated or altered to ensure the desired results. You will be kept fully informed if this is something you require.

Other complications relating to surgery in general can on rare occasions also occur with breast enlargement surgery. These complications may include: infections, blood clots (haematomas), excessive bleeding during or after surgery. Rarely, some people can react badly to the anaesthesia that is used during the procedure. It is very important that you tell your surgeon of any previous adverse reaction to any form of medication.

Feel free at any time to discuss any concerns or questions with your personal patient co-ordinator or with your surgeon. Remember complications are rare, and the majority of women find that their procedure goes smoothly and that they get the outcome they desire.

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