Breast surgery encompasses several different procedures designed to enhance or reduce breast volume, which may be combined with the reshaping of the breast with breast uplift. The breast size can be increased with breast implants or fat transfer. Women can achieve improved size, shape and firmness of the breasts to achieve an enhanced body silhouette. Some patients may be distressed by having breasts that are too large or heavy, and breast reduction surgery is one of the most successful breast surgery procedures to achieve smaller and lighter breasts. Droopy or saggy breasts that have occurred after pregnancy and breastfeeding can be reshaped to achieve a more lifted and perkier appearance with breast lift surgery.
Here at Centre for Surgery, our specialist breast surgeons have years of experience treating women unhappy with the appearance of their breasts with state-of-the-art breast surgery techniques. Each patient is thoroughly assessed before the formulation of a detailed treatment plan that is customised to them. We have access to the full range of breast imaging technologies for accurate treatment planning. One of the fundamental decisions patients need to consider is the optimum size of breast implants for breast augmentation surgery. Our surgeons can offer their advice based on years of expertise in carrying out all types of breast enlargement surgery in London. Whatever your needs and preferences, we are here to make your breast surgery experience as stress-free and satisfying as possible.
We carry out hundreds of cosmetic breast surgery procedures at our Baker Street clinic in London. Whether you are interested in breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction surgery, we are considered one of the premier plastic surgery clinics in the UK with a commitment to providing the highest standards of medical care before, during and after your procedure.
What is breast surgery?
Breast surgery encompasses a range of cosmetic surgery procedures designed to enhance the appearance of the breasts or correct breast deformities such as breast asymmetry or tuberous breasts. Although our surgeons regularly perform breast reconstruction surgery in the NHS, this is not something we currently offer at Centre for Surgery. Your surgeon will help you to determine the best choice of breast procedure for you based on your needs and desires and a comprehensive physical examination.
What are the benefits of breast surgery?
When carried out by a specialist breast surgeon, cosmetic breast surgery can provide numerous benefits, including:
- Improved breast shape that is in better balance with your body
- Improved posture
- Boost in self-confidence
- Improvement in emotional well-being
- Alleviation of back pain caused by heavy breasts
- Eliminate skin irritation and infection caused by large breasts
- Better choice of clothing options
- Ability to participate in a greater range of activities, including sports without pain and discomfort
Am I suitable for breast surgery?
At your consultation, your surgeon will assess your suitability for breast surgery based on several factors, including your overall state of health, the size and shape of your breasts, whether you smoke, lifestyle factors such as how active you are and your overall needs and desires. You will be determined to be appropriate for breast surgery if you fulfil the criteria below:
- You are in a good state of physical and mental health
- You do not have any chronic medical conditions
- You have developed breast sagging or drooping due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, massive white loss or ageing.
- You require corrective breast surgery to treat complications from previous breast surgery.
- You have flat or inverted nipples.
- You have excessively large breasts that are causing neck, back or shoulder pain and may be associated with skin irritation and infection.
- You would like to replace your old breast implants
- You have realistic expectations of what the procedure involves and the results you would like to achieve.
- You have little or no breast tissue, causing a flat-chested appearance
Types of cosmetic breast surgery procedures
- Breast augmentation with implants (boob job)
- Fat transfer breast augmentation – Fat transfer to breasts
- Hybrid breast augmentation – hybrid BA using implants and fat transfer
- Breast lift (mastopexy)
- Breast lift with implants (mastopexy augmentation)
- Breast reduction surgery (boob reduction)
- Breast liposuction (scarless breast reduction)
- Breast implant removal – Explant
- Breast implant replacement
- Breast implant revision
- Breast asymmetry surgery for lopsided or uneven breasts
- Tuberous or tubular breast correction
- Inverted nipple correction
- Nipple reduction
- Areola reduction
Most popular breast surgery procedures in the UK
The following cosmetic breast procedures are most commonly performed by plastic surgeons in the UK:
- Breast augmentation – this procedure involves the insertion of silicone breast implants or the injection of your own body fat to enhance the size, shape and firmness of the breasts.
- Breast lift (mastopexy) – this procedure involves surgically reshaping the breasts and removing excess skin and breast tissue to achieve a more lifted and perkier appearance.
- Breast reduction – this procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat and breast tissue to achieve smaller and lighter breasts. This helps to alleviate neck, shoulder and back pain.
- Breast implant removal – explant surgery is most commonly performed to address complications arising from a previous breast implant procedure.
- Breast implant revision – this procedure is commonly performed to remove old breast implants and replace them with brand-new ones.
- Inverted nipple correction – Women with inverted nipples can have them effectively treated with a simple and straightforward procedure performed under local anaesthetic to make the nipples protrude outwards.
Can I have breast augmentation and a breast lift at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to have breast augmentation and a breast lift performed at the same time. This combination procedure is called a “breast augmentation-mastopexy”, and it’s designed to enhance the size, shape, and position of the breasts.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make incisions to insert breast implants, remove excess skin, and lift breast tissue. The surgeon will also reshape the breast tissue to create a more youthful and attractive breast shape.
Combining a breast lift with breast augmentation can be a good option for women who have sagging breasts and want to increase their size. It can also be a good option for women who have lost breast volume and elasticity due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or ageing.
It is important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery and to choose a certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing this procedure. It’s also important to have a thorough consultation with the surgeon to discuss the goals, risks and benefits of the procedure. Recovery time for this procedure can be longer than a breast augmentation or breast lift alone, and the recovery time can vary depending on the individual’s healing process.
How is Breast Surgery Carried Out?
Breast surgery is a medical procedure that is conducted under general anaesthesia, and its duration depends on the complexity of the case and the chosen surgical approach, which can last anywhere from one to three hours. Typically, incisions for breast surgery are strategically placed to remain inconspicuous, often hidden in natural skin folds or camouflaged by variations in skin tone. One of the most commonly used incisions is the inframammary incision, which is frequently utilised for breast augmentation with implants, as well as other types of breast procedures. This type of incision is made along the crease located underneath the breast, where it meets the chest wall.
Recovery after Breast Surgery
The time taken to recover after breast surgery will differ between patients depending on the type and extent of the procedure undertaken. Some procedures, such as breast augmentation with implants, involve a shorter downtime than breast reduction surgery for very large breasts.
- Recovery after Breast Augmentation Surgery
- Recovery after Breast Lift Surgery
- Recovery after Breast Reduction Surgery
- Recovery after Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation
- Recovery after Breast Implant Removal Surgery
Other factors affecting breast surgery recovery include your overall health, whether you smoke or how closely you follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. After breast surgery, it is common to experience localised bruising, swelling, tenderness and mild discomfort. It would be best to take your painkillers as directed by your surgeon to minimise postoperative discomfort. You should also wear your recommended breast compression garment to support the breasts in their new position after surgery. You should avoid any vigourous exercise, including going to the gym for the first six weeks after surgery, to minimise the risk of wound healing complications.
Breast Surgery Costs London – How much does breast surgery cost in London UK? Prices & Fees
Costs and prices of breast surgery will be determined by the type and extent of surgery undertaken and where you choose to have the procedure. Breast surgery costs include surgeon fees, hospital fees and anaesthetic fees. Preoperative and postoperative after-care is included in the price of your breast procedure. You can obtain an approximate price for your procedure by calling us today on 020 7993 4849 and speaking to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators.
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How to Finance Breast Surgery
Centre for Surgery offers a wide range of finance options in conjunction with Chrysalis Finance, the leading provider of medical finance in the UK. Eligibility for finance can be determined with a quick five-minute telephone-based assessment. Call us today and speak to one of our patient coordinators to find out about the options available to find the cost of your breast surgery procedure.
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Which celebrities have had breast surgery?
Many high-profile celebrities have either confirmed they have had breast surgery or are believed to have done so, including:
- Pamela Anderson
- Kourtney Kardashian
- Kelly Rowland
- Yolanda Hadid
- Drew Barrymore
Breast surgery FAQs
Can you have breast implants if you have droopy or sagging skin?
This will be determined by the amount of breast sagging or drooping you have. Women with severe breast sagging may require a breast lift to correct droopy breasts for a more youthful and perky look. Breast implants alone may be suitable for women who have mild degrees of breast drooping. The best treatment options will be discussed at your consultation once your surgeon has performed a physical examination to assess the size and shape of your breasts.
How long should you wait after pregnancy before getting breast implants?
It is recommended to wait until your body has fully recovered from pregnancy and childbirth before getting breast implants. The specific time frame can vary from person to person, but generally, it’s best to wait at least six months to a year after giving birth before undergoing breast augmentation surgery.
During pregnancy, breasts undergo significant changes, including enlargement, engorgement, and changes in skin elasticity. Waiting for these changes to settle down can ensure that the final result of your breast augmentation surgery is satisfactory and long-lasting. Additionally, waiting for a few months after pregnancy can also help your body to recover fully, reducing the risk of complications such as bleeding, infection, and other adverse outcomes.
Does breast surgery increase the risk of breast cancer developing?
Breast surgery, in general, does not increase the risk of breast cancer developing. However, like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, such as bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia.
Breast augmentation surgery, which involves placing implants into the breast tissue, does not seem to increase the risk of breast cancer. However, it is important to note that having breast implants can make it more challenging to detect breast cancer during mammography, and additional imaging tests, such as an MRI, may be needed to detect breast cancer accurately.
In some cases, breast reduction surgery can decrease the risk of breast cancer, as it reduces the amount of breast tissue that is present. Women with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer may choose to have a prophylactic mastectomy, which involves the removal of both breasts to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. However, this decision should only be made after careful consideration and consultation with a medical professional.
Breast surgery at Centre for Surgery
Any type of cosmetic surgery, including breast surgery, can truly transform patients’ lives. Although there are many reputable plastic surgeons in London, we would recommend spending time researching your choice of surgeon and clinic to make sure you get the best results with minimal risk of complications. We recommend asking plenty of questions at your consultation to help you make an informed decision. An experienced surgeon can give you a range of breast implant options. We would recommend avoiding cosmetic surgeons who may not possess the same level of skills and training as specialist plastic surgeons.
Centre for Surgery is considered the leading plastic surgery clinic in London and is home to some of the most experienced consultant breast surgeons in the UK. Call us today on 020 7993 4849 or complete the contact form below the schedule a face-to-face consultation at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in Marylebone, central London.