What is Breast Enlargement Surgery?

Breast Enlargement surgery, also known as Breast Augmentation or Breast Enhancement, is one of the most regularly performed procedures in the UK and involves the insertion of implants under the breast tissue to increase the size or change the shape of the breasts.

Many women choose to have Breast Augmentation surgery to boost body confidence and to feel comfortable with the size and shape of their breasts.

Breast Enlargement & Augmentation surgery at The Harley Medical Group is rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 3,838 reviews

Why Breast Enlargement Surgery May Be Right for You

Patients choose to have Breast Enlargement for many different reasons. The procedure is most suitable for patients with small breasts, asymmetrical breasts or breasts that have lost volume or shape due to weight loss or pregnancy. There is no right or wrong reason to have Breast Enlargement surgery, Breast Uplift or Breast Reduction, but what’s essential for all patients is that you do thorough research and talk to your cosmetic surgeon.

Breast Enlargement surgery is not recommended for women who have not fully developed, as the body shape can change a lot, naturally. To have this procedure at The Harley Medical Group, you must be over 18 and in good general health. Your cosmetic surgeon will have access to your medical records too, so they will be able to advise you on whether the procedure is suitable for you. We thoroughly assess all patients, so please book a no obligations consultation to find out if you’re a suitable patient.


The Types of Breast Implants

There are different types of breast implants available. Patients can choose the type of implant and shape. During your consultation, your consultant can explain the different types of implants available and why they might suit your individual needs.

The implant types available:

  • Silicone gel (soft)
  • Silicone gel (firm)
  • Saline

The implant shapes available:

  • Round shape
  • Teardrop shape (CPG)
  • Projection shape

Mr T K Sankar, Plastic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer at The Harley Medical Group, explains the difference between round vs teardrop implants in the video below.

How Breast Enlargement Surgery Works

Breast Enhancement Surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic. The operation time will vary from patient to patient and can take between one and two hours depending on the type of breast surgery being carried out. The surgeon will make an incision in the skin about 3 to 5cms long, usually in the crease below the breast but incisions can also be made in the underarm or around the areola (nipple).

The surgeon will then create a pocket for the breast implant to be placed in and this can be between the breast tissue and chest muscle or behind the chest wall muscle. The size and shape of the breast, the looseness of the skin and your own anatomy will determine which position the surgeon feels is the best option for you and this will be explained and discussed at your Breast Enlargement consultation.

Surgeons at The Harley Medical Group use the Keller Funnel™ to introduce the implant into the created pocket rather than the traditional method of the surgeon using their gloved fingers. This medical device provides a low friction or less traumatic insertion method for silicone gel implants and means a shorter incision length.

The incision will then be stitched, these may be dissolvable stitches rather than ones which require removing, and the treated area will be dressed. There may be drainage tubes in place which will be removed before you go home.


Who Will Carry Out Your Breast Augmentation?

From your very first Breast Enlargement consultation with one of our Patient Advisors, you will have a committed nursing team to talk you through the breast surgery and to provide all the support you need. All our medically led team of expert Surgeons, have years of experience, and all are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Patient care is our number one priority, and that is why we insist on a minimum of two pre-surgery consultations, a full assessment of your current health and medical history, and ongoing post-operative care.

We are a trusted cosmetic surgery provider and are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW). The CQC and HIW are executive non-departmental public bodies which are part of the UK governments Department of Health and Social Care.

Simon Smith

Consultant Surgeon

Mohsen El Gammal

Consultant Surgeon

Helena Antoniadou

Consultant Surgeon in Plastic Surgery

Pundrique Sharma

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon
Pundrique Sharma is a respected and extensively trained Plastic Surgeon with 14 years of experience within the speciality and has performed over 4,000 plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic cases.

George Samouris

Consultant Surgeon
Mr Samouris qualified as a doctor in 2004 and undertook his specialist training in some of the most prestigious hospitals in the UK and Greece. He has served as a Sergeant Physician at a Greek Air Force Unit and worked within the NHS and private hospitals across the UK for several years.

Hazem Khout

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
Mr Hazem Khout is a leading consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon His areas of expertise include breast cancer, cosmetic breast surgery, benign breast problems, immediate and delayed breast reconstruction, therapeutic mammoplasty, chest wall flaps and lipofilling.

Fateh Ahmad

Consultant Surgeon
Mr Ahmed is one of a handful of fully trained plastic surgeons in the UK to have completed accredited national and international fellowships in microsurgical breast and Head and Neck reconstruction, as well as craniofacial surgery. Mr Ahmed is a member of the BAPRAS and BAAPS.

What to Expect Before Your Breast Augmentation?

Preparing for your surgery is important, you will discuss:

  • Your Breast Enhancement
  • The changes you are wanting to make to your breasts
  • The results you would like to achieve
  • Which lifestyle changes will need to be made prior to surgery including smoking and the taking of certain medications.

Your consultation appointment will allow you and your surgeon to decide whether a Breast Enlargement is the right option for you and which procedure type will be best. Your surgeon will also be able to answer any of your other questions.


What Happens After Your Breast Enlargement Surgery?

A high level of aftercare is crucial after any surgical procedure, that’s why you’ll only ever deal with qualified, caring professionals at The Harley Medical Group. From your consultation to the dedicated check-ups following your Breast Enlargement, you’ll have a committed nurse and surgeon team to guide you through.

As our patient, we will do everything we can to ensure you have a full and speedy recovery following the Breast Enlargement surgery. Before you leave the hospital, you will be given full post-operative advice, such as what you need to wear after your surgery, as well as a phone number you can ring 24-hours a day if you have any questions or concerns. We pride ourselves on always being there to put your mind at ease in the weeks, months and years following Breast Enlargement surgery.


How Much is a Breast Augmentation?

Breast Enlargements costs vary depending on the patient’s requirements. Our Breast Augmentation prices generally start from £6,200 which is of everything you need, such as your consultation, pre-operative test, hospital stay and aftercare.

Breast Enlargement Surgery Costs

Breast Enlargement prices with The Harley Medical Group are as follows:

Day case:
Breast Enlargement £6,200
Breast Enlargement - Anatomical Implants £6,750
Breast Uplift and Augmentation £9,675
Change of Implants £6,800

We always endeavour to be completely transparent at every stage of your journey with us which is why all prices quoted are complete and include Mentor Implants, Keller Funnel™, all pre-operative tests and all post-operative care. There are no hidden extra costs.

Finance Options

We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your consultation and your advisor will be happy to take you through these. Finance options are subject to status and terms and conditions apply.

Please contact one of our Client Service Advisors or call 0800 288 4110 or discuss your financial options with one of our nurses during your consultation at your local clinic.

0% finance* available.

*0% Finance available, subject to status and terms and conditions apply.

LCHMG Limited trading as Harley Medical is an Appointed Representative of Lasercare Clinics (Harrogate) Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to carry out the regulated activity of credit broking.

Breast Enlargement Before and After Examples

We have performed thousands of Breast Enlargement surgeries across our 16 clinics, giving patients their desired results. See below our before and after results:

before breast enlargement after breast enlargement
before breast enlargement after breast enlargement
before breast enlargement after breast enlargement

Frequently Asked Questions

The Breast Enlargement procedure usually takes between one and two hours to complete and it is carried out under general anaesthetic. After your treatment, you may require an overnight stay in hospital so that your progress can be monitored.

Your cosmetic surgeon will begin by making small incisions in the natural crease underneath the breast, in the armpit or the underside of the nipple area. They will then insert the implant either behind or over the muscle and breast tissue to give a natural shape before closing the incisions with surgical sutures. Your surgeon will advise which position will deliver the best results for you. You can discuss the Breast Enlargement procedure in more detail with your Cosmetic Surgeon during your consultation.

In most cases our surgeons will use the Keller Funnel™ in their breast procedures, and at no additional cost to our patients.

The Keller Funnel™ is an FDA* approved medical device that allows the surgeon to position the breast implant with minimal contact to the implant itself. This means that the breast implant never meets your skin during Breast Enlargement surgery ensuring it remains perfectly sterile. The funnel also allows the surgeon to make a smaller incision, which means that recovery time after surgery should lessen as the procedure is less impactful on the body.

No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breast feeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breast feeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss next steps.

Learn more about Breast implants and pregnancy.

We use Mentor Breast Implants, and these come with a 10-year warranty (which includes free replacement in the case of capsular contracture.

Mentor, a Johnson & Johnson brand, has been producing the highest quality breast implants for more than 20 years. They are approved by the US FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) and exceed CE and MHRA testing standards following more than 20 years of clinical data. They are also the UK’s leading provider of implants for breast reconstruction patients.

It’s important to bear in mind, breast implants will usually last between 10 and 12 years, after which they’ll need to be replaced.

Choosing the right size is crucial and this will be a big part of your surgical consultations. The sizes available to you will depend on your current breast size, your build and the amount of loose fat or skin in the chest area.

A round breast implant, currently the most popular style in the UK, looks like half a sphere is no defined top or bottom. Round implants give a full look directly under the nipple area providing the classic augmented appearance.

The CPG implant, also known as teardrop or anatomical implant, is currently the most widely used implant in the world. Teardrop implants have less volume towards the top of the implant and are fuller at the bottom, more closely resembling the look of a natural breast. Teardrop breast implants do have a slightly longer recovery time, but produce a far more natural result, which is becoming increasingly popular.

The only difference between the round and the CPG (teardrop) breast implant is the shape. Both implants have the same unique, patented Memory Gel and outer shell and both come in a variety of projections and sizes. Most importantly both implants are tested to the highest exacting standards.

For the Breast Enlargement procedure, surgical incisions are made in the most discreet places possible. This means that scarring is minimal and usually hidden in the armpit or under the natural creases of the breasts. Any scarring you are left with, following the Breast Enlargement, will fade over time until you are left with very faint marks that are barely noticeable.

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