While many people might believe finding the right surgeon to perform their breast augmentation is simple, it is important to understand there is a lot to consider when making the decision. Patients need to bear in mind which type of anaesthesia will suit them best (local or general), or whether they would prefer silicone gel or saline breast implants.
An increased demand in breast augmentation surgery has created a highly competitive marketplace bringing the price of breast enlargement surgery down. Prices for breast implants tend to start from around £2,750 and many clinics offering discounts, special offers and deals. It is also possible to spread the cost of the surgery over one, three or even five years.
Prices will vary according to a number of factors including surgeon fees, the clinic's location, the surgeon's reputation and the type of breast implant used. Some patients are tempted to look further afield for an even cheaper enlargement. In places like Cuba and Bolivia a boob job can be found for as little as £713 and £1,533 respectively.
On this section of the site you'll find a wealth of advice and information on all aspects of breast augmentation surgery. If you have any questions about breast enlargement then please feel free to give our friendly advisers a call on 020 7424 3130 or by filling in a few details at the top of the page.
Alternatively you can check out our breast enlargement frequently asked questions section where our team have answered a range of questions on everything from the augmentation surgery itself to offering post procedure advice and tips.
Because cosmetic surgery is expensive and customers may not have the available finance, some clinics and third parties offer a payment options for breast implants. There are a variety of schemes to help ease the financial strain of getting a boob job, including buy-now-pay-later schemes, low interest loans and monthly payment plans.
It is not only clinics who offer loans for cosmetic surgery. A number of third party companies will offer finance, and if the borrower has a suitable credit rating and the appropriate documentation, funds can be secured within a matter of hours.
Finance companies legally have to keep any information about your procedure completely private and you might not even need to give them any information about the procedure you are looking to fund.
Loans like this are typically treated on a case-to-case basis and even if your credit history isn't suitable, it may still be possible to take out an unsecured loan, though this will incur a higher rate of interest.
Eastern Europe countries such as the Czech Republic and Poland offer significantly cheaper breast enlargement surgery options than the UK. Even after taking into account the cost of travel and accommodation, it is often cheaper to have surgery in an exotic destination like Brazil or Thailand rather than the UK.
This has led to a noticeable increase in medical tourism over the past few years. However, it is incredibly important to thoroughly research the country, the clinic and your operation before spending any money on procedures in foreign clinics. Try and do as much homework beforehand on the clinic itself, the surgeon that will be operating on you and the aftercare package that is available and what is provided in the initial cost.
Most importantly you must ensure your health insurance provides adequate cover for your trip. A thorough check can mean the difference between an enjoyable cosmetic experience and being stranded in a foreign country after a serious medical procedure.
Breast implants come in all different shapes and sizes but share the same basic components of an inner filler and an outer shell. The outer shell is typically either smooth or textured and made from tough silicone elastic. The two types of implant filler used in the UK at the moment are saline solution or silicone gel.
Fat transfer is another form of breast enlargement currently being offered by surgeons. The idea is fat is removed from one part of your body via liposuction and then transplanted into your breasts to make them larger. This is not a permanent procedure and results last anywhere from six months to eight years. The breasts are normally enlarged by about one cup size.
After having administered a general anaesthetic the surgeon will generally start the surgery with an incision either under the armpit or under the breast along the natural crease the skin provides. In some cases an additional incision will need to be performed around the areola.
The location of the incision points will depend on the surgeon's recommendations, as well as what he/she and the patient have discussed beforehand. The three incision points most commonly used by surgeons are called the inframammary, periareolar and transaxillary, illustrated in the diagram below.
On average the whole procedure will take around one-two hours to complete.
Patients should consider making arrangements for a friend or family member to drive them to and from the appointment and to be with them throughout the first night post surgery. Patients will need to refrain from drinking alcohol and/or smoking to reduce the possibility of complications occurring in surgery, which can include blood clots and infections. It is also advised patients avoid anti-inflammatory medication or aspirin as this can also contribute to increased bleeding.
It is usual for breast augmentation patients to spend the night (sometimes a day) in hospital after theirboob job. The recovery time will depend on a variety of different factors including the patient's health and age as well as the clinic and surgeon involved.
However, as a rule of thumb, most patients can return to light (desk based) work within a few days. Patients are advised to refrain from strenuous activities for up to 10 days with a complete recovery expected between 14 days and six weeks in rare cases.
During this post-operative recovery stage, patients are encouraged to perform light arm exercises to relieve pain. In some extreme cases of post-operative pain it is possible to receive medical aid.
The ability to breastfeed after breast augmentation surgery will depend entirely on the type of surgery you have. If the incisions for the breast implants were made in the breast fold or under the patient's armpit then this should not cause complications. The patient should be able to breastfeed.
Complications may arise when incisions are made around the areola because the nerves in this sensitive area may be damaged during surgery. Normally the patient should still be able to nurse either partially or fully, but the possibility of these complications must be discussed with a health professional or your surgeon before surgery.
After surgery, patients can potentially experience swelling, bruising and a slight burning sensation in the nipples. However, these are all part of the recovery process and this discomfort should subside after a week or so. If there is swelling it can be expected to last four to five weeks. Scars will begin to fade after a couple of months, though they will never completely disappear.
As with any surgical procedures there are risks and complications but your surgeon will discuss everything you need to know with you prior to the operation date.
It is extremely unlikely the NHS would fund a cosmetic procedure such as a boob job for solely cosmetic reasons. However, if a patient has lost a breast to disease or a trauma of some kind the NHS may consider treating the patient to reconstructive or cosmetic surgery.
It is advised, as when considering any form of major cosmetic surgery, to consult you GP beforehand for advice.
There a wide variety of pills, creams and even cereal bars available claiming they can help increase bust size. However, these claims for a miracle solution are not based on reputable clinical or medical trials and should be considered with caution.
Both the contraceptive pill and some hormonal treatments, such as HRT medication, can produce a side-effect of a increased bust size. However, it should be stressed this is a side-effect and the contraceptive pill or HRT should never be taken purely for breast enlargement.
Breast implants are now widely considered to be one of the safest and most successful cosmetic procedures performed in the UK. They can be a life-changing operation for women who have traumatically lost one or both of their breasts due to illness, spent a lifetime feeling uncomfortable with their body or simply want to feel more confident and feminine.
As with any major surgical procedure, there are considerable risks and complications which of course must be taken into account before embarking on any decision. Is it also crucial a potential patient takes time to research the procedure properly and finds a surgeon and clinic that will ensure the experience and results are the ones the patient is searching for.
Finally, it is essential patients gain a realistic understanding that a breast augmentation is an investment that may require additional surgery in the future.
Couldn't find the answers you were looking for regarding breast surgery then why not take a look at our breast augmentation frequently asked questions section to find our more about surgery, the consultation itself and for after care tips and advice.