How Much Does Breast Enlargement Cost?
The cost of boob jobs in the UK can start from £3,645 and rise to around £5,000, inclusive of surgeon fees and aftercare.
The cost of any breast augmentation surgery will be determined during a personal consultation with the qualified plastic surgeon carrying out the procedure and may vary from patient to patient.
How Much Is A Boob Job?
Boob job costs can vary greatly, depending on the clinic and the type of surgery you chose. Here is a price guide for breast procedures:
|Procedure||Price Range (GBP)|
Our pricing information was taken from Transform, The Private Clinic, Surgicare and Harley Medical Clinic in April 2017
How Much Do The Leading Clinics Charge?
With breast enlargement no longer available for purely cosmetic reasons on the NHS, most breast enlargement operations are now performed through private clinics. Boob job costs are dependent on the clinic and the type of implant you select. Here are the basic surgery costs from the UK’s leading breast augmentation clinics:
|Clinic||Starting Price (GBP)|
|Harley Medical Group||£3,900|
|The Hospital Group||£4,595|
|Surgicare||£3,645/£3,895 (depending on location)|
Prices taken in April 2017
Factors That Determine Your Boob Job Cost
There are a number of implant choices available to women considering boob jobs and the style and type of implant used will each carry a different price tag.
- Implant Placement
- Breast Implant Type - Saline implants or Silicone implants
- Surgeon and Location
Not all clinics include every aspect of the surgery in their quote so it is important to review the quotes you receive thoroughly before committing to surgery. There may be hidden costs or additional charges and it is important to compare your breast augmentation quotes on a like for like basis.
It is strongly recommended you discuss all the options of your breast augmentation with a consultant prior to surgery. We advise you think about the areas of the procedure that are most important to you before selecting the clinic you have surgery with and don't just think about the price alone.
Financing Your Boob Job In The UK
Many of clinics we compare with now offer a range of finance options to allow you to pay for your surgery in flexible monthly instalments including the following:
- Buy-now-pay-later schemes
- Low monthly payment plans
- Breast enlargement loans
These offers range from monthly payment plans to interest free loans, why not find out more about the variety of payment plans our partners offer by enquiring above
Fixed Price & Flexible Options
Sometimes it is possible to get a fixed price package which covers consultation, surgery, an overnight stay and aftercare. It is important to look carefully at this and ask some important questions as there could still be additional costs. Questions to ask include:
- What happens if I require further treatment?
- What happens if I'm not happy with the results?
- What does the aftercare package cover?
- When might additional costs be incurred?
- Does a fixed price restrict my choices of implants?
- How much is a boob job compared to other UK clinics?
Am I Eligible For Breast Implants?
If you are debating getting implants, you should first research whether you may be a suitable candidate for breast augmentation surgery.
Suitable candidates tend to have common issues such as small breasts, asymmetrical breasts, breasts that have lost elasticity with age or due to childbearing and breastfeeding, along with changes in the size of the breast due to dramatic weight loss. Patients requiring reconstructive surgery following issues pertaining breast cancer also make good candidates. Under these circumstances, you may also qualify to have the procedure on the NHS.
However, not everyone is able to qualify for boob jobs. You may not be eligible for breast implants if you have previously had radiation therapy, you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you suffer from psychological issues pertaining to body image and/or do you not have realistic expectations about the surgery. You must be at least 18 years of age to qualify for a breast implant procedure, too.
Ultimately, although you may feel that you know breast augmentation is the right choice for you, it’s important to have consultations with medical professionals to determine if this is, in fact, the case. Discuss your options with your GP to find out more about the surgery, and whether or not you would be a suitable candidate.
What Type of Breast Enlargement Is Right for Me?
Currently, in the UK, there are three main forms of breast enlargement:
- Silicone implants - are the most popular form of breast implants. It consists of a silicone shell that's filled with a silicone gel, which gives the appearance of a realistic look & feel. Prices start from £5,285
- Saline implants - also use a silicone shell, however, it's filled with a salt water solution. With saline implants, there is a smaller insertion scar as the shell is filled with a liquid not a gel. Prices start from £5,285
- Lipofilling (fat transfer) - removes unwanted fat from one part of the body (such as the thighs or stomach) and is then inserted into the breasts to increase their shape & size. Prices start from £6,500
Mr David Floyd, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, details the key differences between lipofilling, silicon and saline breast implants:
There are a variety of options available for breast enlargement. The most common is to use breast implants. We’ve been using breast implants for the last 40 years, and they’ve mostly been silicone type of implants.
This is a bag of silicone covered by silicone elastomer that has what’s called a cohesive gel silicone on the inside and it’s placed under the breast tissue, sometimes also in fact under the pectoral muscle to create the augmentation.That’s the most common procedure we have. The implants can also be made out of saline i.e. they’re a bag of a silicone shell filled with salt water. They’ve been very popular in America, but mostly we’ve been using silicone implants over here.
Fairly new on the market now is the option to do breast enlargement with what’s called lipofilling. That means using your own body fat to augment the breast volume. This is relatively new, it’s a technique that’s been around for ten years or so, but it’s only in the last two or three years that we’ve started regularly using it for breast enlargement. The beauty of that is you get to suck fat from one part of your body where there is some unwanted fat such as the hips and the thighs, and then you can inject into the breast creating a very natural augmentation without any of the pitfalls that come with breast implants.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
As the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the UK, breast augmentation using implants is a well-practiced and generally safe procedure. However, as with any surgery, there are potential risks, which your surgeon should discuss with you in detail before the procedure.
It is also important to research the quality and success rates of your breast augmentation clinic and surgeon. There are also a number of breast implant specific risks, such as capsular contracture where naturally occurring scar tissue surrounding the implant shrinks and tightens.
Furthermore, breast implants, like any medical device, do have a natural lifespan so it is important that you attend regular follow-up appointments and have your implants replaced after 10-15 years, or when deemed necessary by your medical team.
We recommend reading The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ consumer safety guidelines and NHS guide to cosmetic procedures before you make a final decision on surgery.
Breast Augmentation Procedure & Recovery
A breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to enlarge the size of the breasts, usually by insertion of an artificial implant. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the breast, into which the implant (filled with either silicone or saline) is inserted.
Recovery depends on the exact procedure performed and whether the surgery had any complications. You should normally be allowed to return home the same or next day with instructions to minimise the use of your arms and chest.
You will probably be quite sore initially, but will then be able to resume normal activities within 4-6 weeks. In the long term, these implants then require replacing around every 10-15 years.