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Breast Enlargement (augmentation)

Breast enlargement is undertaken using implants (also called prostheses or augments) placed either beneath the breast tissue or beneath the pectoralis major muscle (lying directly beneath the breast tissue). Breast implants today are filled with cohesive gel silicone, which is designed to look and feel as natural as possible.

The cohesive gel is different to older implants that were filled with liquid silicone, and behaves in a similar fashion to the inside of a jelly baby if the implant shell were cut (or the implant shell were to fail). For a consultation regarding a breast enlargement in Bristol, London or Newport, click the link below.

Frequently asked questions

Are breast implants safe?

Mr. MacQuillan only uses the premium range of Allergan implants, which are guaranteed, and have one of the best reputations within the field of breast augmentation.

The incisions for breast implant surgery are usually placed beneath the breast in the breast (or infra mammary) crease. The incisions are dressed with surgical glue, which is water proof and the sutures will normally need to be removed at 2 weeks.

What size and shape breast implants should I have?

Breast implants are available in differing shapes and sizes and level of fill. The most common types of breast implants that you will hear of are round or anatomical (also known as tear drop) shaped implants. The round type prosthesis looks almost like a semicircle in profile (hence round), whereas the anatomic shape tries to recreate the natural shape of the breast, which is tear drop in profile. The size equates approximately to the number of millilitres (mls) inside the implant, and the level of fill equates to the projection that the implant will have from the chest wall.

How long does breast enlargement surgery take?

The breast augmentation procedure is undertaken under general anaesthetic and takes between an hour to an hour and a half. You can go home the same day of the procedure but the cost is the same as for an overnight stay, so often it is as well to relax, whilst being looked after by the expert and caring nursing staff, and enjoy the truly excellent hospitality provided by the catering department in Bristol, London or Newport.

How long is the recovery process?

After you have been discharged from hospital you will need to take some pain relief but you should not be too uncomfortable. You will be provided with all the analgesia you should need before you go home.

You can start wearing a sports bra as soon as you feel comfortable, but it is essential not to wear underwired bras for the first 6 weeks as they can cause problems with wound healing.

After breast enlargement surgery you can undertake light activities (including light aerobic exercise) once you feel comfortable, and after the first 2 weeks you can start to lift everyday objects. It is important not to do upper body weights or rigorous exercise until 6 weeks following the surgery. Your body will be a good guide as to what you can and can’t manage!

Is there anything else I should know about breast enlargement?

One of the key things to understand with breast implant surgery (and breasts in general) is that there is no person on the planet who has a symmetrical breasts (or for that matter face, hands or feet etc.). This is important, as following surgery most people tend to look quite closely at their breasts and start noticing any asymmetry that may be there, having not noticed it previously. Breast augmentation will reduce size discrepancy between breasts (by adding the same volume to each breast the overall percentage difference between the 2 will decrease) but it will not adjust nipple height (and may make differences more pronounced) and if your breasts are at differing heights on your chest wall asymmetry will persist following the procedure.

Before & after

Breast Enlargement Bristol
Breast Enlargement Bristol
Breast Augmentation

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