The cost of breast enlargement surgery in the UK can start from under £3,000 and and rise to between £4,000 and £5,000 in some places, including hospital and surgeon fees. The precise cost of breast augmentation surgery will largely depend upon the outcome of a personal consultation with the plastic surgeon carrying out the surgery. Factors such as the shape and size of the breast implant, as well as the whether the implant is filled with silicon gel or saline, may affect the final cost of the breast enlargement procedure.
Firstly, it will depend on which surgeon and clinic a patient opts for. A reputable clinic or experienced surgeon may cost a premium, but it might be the case of 'getting what you pay for'. Doing thorough homework and getting independent feedback on providers is advisable, so that patients can be confident that a bargain isn't achieved through cutting corners (or costs hyped for no sound medical reason). That said, some less expensive providers will have a good reputation and be able to meet patients' needs within a budget.
Secondly, as mentioned, the type of implant chosen will affect the price of surgery. Not only is there the choice of silicon or saline, but implants have been developed over several generations and patients and surgeons may now opt for the most up to date. Additionally, a range of brands are available, which vary in price. The surgeon should advise a patient on the pros and cons of each type and brand, and help them to match their particular needs and budget. The size and shape of the implants may also influence price.
The longer the stay in hospital, the more it will cost, in most cases. One night is normal, but some clinics claim to be able to send patients home the same day. In some situations, patients may also need to extend their stay.
Aftercare will cover a minimum of post-operative immediate care and follow up appointments to check the progress of the healing process. It is important to check the situation regarding complications, which may require further treatment. Will patients be liable for the cost? Is there normally a limit to aftercare consultations? Is 24 hour help and advice available included in the cost?
Many of the top breast enlargement clinics offer monthly payment plans for boob jobs. It is also possible to find interest-free payment options, as well as buy-now-pay-later options. Payment terms for monthly pay boob jobs in the UK can be as little as £69 a month and can be spread over 12 months or more to make the monthly payment even more affordable.
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. There could still be additional costs. Questions to ask include:
Breast augmentation or boob job surgery is usually performed with the patient under general anaesthesia. It involves cutting incisions underneath the breasts next to the chest, next to the armpit and/or around the areola (see illustration below).
The surgeon carrying out the procedure will either position the breast implants below the breast tissue above the chest muscle or beneath the breast muscle itself (see illustration below). Positioning a breast implant beneath the chest muscle makes the implant edges less visible but is harder to do with larger implants. After breast enlargement surgery it is normally advised to wear a support bra to facilitate healing.
Many clinics will offer much cheaper solutions for the surgery than other places will. Whilst it will save you money going for a cheaper solution you should thoroughly investigate the history of procedures performed by the surgeons at these clinics. You can ask to see photos of previous procedures and if possible try to get recommendations from people who have had similar work done. Saving money on the operation may prove to be a false economy: if you do not get the result you are looking for you may have to consider having revision surgery to alter any mistakes. It may therefore be worth paying a bit more to work with an expert surgeon who you feel confident working with.
Of course, regardless of cost, there are many advantages to breast augmentation which should also be considered when deciding whether or not to go ahead with surgery. These include:
Taking all these factors into account, weigh up you options carefully, and be confident in the knowledge that whatever you decide, it's the right choice for you.
We understand that you're bound to have questions about your breast enlargement which is why we have a dedicated team of advisers on hand to point you in the right direction. Feel free to give them a call on 020 7424 3130 or fill in a few details on the form above to be connected with clinics in your area.
Alternatively why not take a look a look at our breast augmentation frequently asked questions section for answers to everything from "Can I Get Breast Implants For Free?" to "How Can I Find the Best Breast Augmentation Surgeons?".