Breast Implants

Breast augmentation (also known as a boob job or breast implants) is the UK’s Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedure for women. Breast enlargement treatment involves the surgical addition of implants to improve the shape, size, form and/or feel of your breasts.

It is a relatively straightforward breast enhancement treatment with a high satisfaction rate, but the 2012 PIP crisis highlighted the necessity for quality, safe treatment.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT AT THE PRIVATE CLINIC WE HAVE NEVER USED PIP IMPLANTS*

At The Private Clinic we are proud to offer the highest quality implants, with procedures performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons. Our team includes some of the most recognised plastic surgeons in the UK - Mr. Davood Fallahdar, Mr. Nick Percival, Mr Miles Berry and Mr. Navid Jallali in London, Mr. Shivram Singh and Mr Maisam Faizal in Birmingham, Mr. Deemesh Oudit in Manchester, Mr. Vasu Karri in Leeds, Mr Alastair Lowrie in Glasgow, Mr Adrian Richards in London, Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire) and Northampton and Mr Richard Karoo in Bristol– all of whom use their years of expertise to ensure you find the right option for your needs. The team are also able to advise you on a range of other breast treatments if implants aren’t the best way forward including Breast Implant Removal, Replacement or Revision, Breast Uplift, and Fat Transfer.

Transfer of fat to the breast is a common alternative for breast enhancement for those who want an increase in volume rather than size, or those who don’t like the idea of invasive surgery. Find out more here.

The Problem 

You might find that your breasts aren’t a size you feel comfortable with, or that there’s a discrepancy in their shape or appearance. Pregnancy, breast feeding and weight loss can leave the breasts lacking in volume, shape or size, or you might be generally unhappy with their appearance.

Our Advice

Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a breast enlargement procedure:

1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic. Some of the 47,000 women affected by PIP implants had nowhere to go once they found out they had faulty implants; the Clinic they had their procedure with had gone into administration, or no longer existed.

Established in 1983, The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic industry for over 30 years. You can rest assured that we will be here to answer all of your post-procedure questions, address any of your concerns and carry out routine follow-ups after your procedure.

 2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing; their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are just some of the important factors to take into consideration. Ensure that your procedure and follow-ups will be carried out by the same plastic surgeon. 

At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our medical team here.

 3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and, more importantly, that of your surgeon. You should always feel confident that they will look after you - not only before, but also after your procedure.

Our top priorities have always been, and continue to be, your safety and your satisfaction. 

4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Saving money on important aspects of the breast enlargement procedure, such as the type of implants used or your aftercare, may result in future pitfalls. Always find out what implants are going to be used and what your clinic’s reputation is.

Our surgeons only use the highest quality of CE Mark and FDA approved implants to ensure the very best results and uncompromised safety standards. 

>>See Breast Augmentation Before and After Images here


The Procedure

Your surgeon will discuss your ideal breast size and shape fully during consultation to find the best way to achieve the outcome that suits you. You will talk about the difference between tear-drop and round implants, whether you want the breasts under or over the muscle, and the size that will best suit your frame and expectations. We find that patients’ biggest worry is often finding the correct size so we spend as long you need prior to surgery going over your options and showing you similar before and after photos to ensure your decision is the right one.

During the procedure, your implants will be inserted through a small incision, normally made along the natural crease of your breast. The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform and the length of time you’ll remain after will depend on your individual case. We endeavour to allow as many patients as possible to be day cases under sedation rather than general anaesthetic, meaning you can return home in the evening. However, some procedures will require an overnight stay in hospital to monitor your progress. Typically implants above the muscle are day cases more frequently than those under, but your surgeon will discuss this fully with you depending on the best option for you and your body.

Video of Breast augmentation performed by Mr. Davood Fallahdar

*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

The Results

Results will vary considerably depending on the patient and implants chosen, but the enduring popularity of implants is often cited to the results they achieve. We try to ensure your implants last as long as possible with the least amount of risk involved. There is no set time limit for implants to be replaced, but we will discuss fully what you should do for aftercare and what you should look out for in the future.

Breast Augmentation - Before and After Photo Gallery *  |   Testimonials *  |  FAQs  |   Cost

For a 360° view of the 'before and after' results that you can expect following a Breast Augmentation, click here.  

Advantages of Breast Implants

  • Increase fullness and/or size of breasts
  • Long-lasting (implants typically last in excess of 15 years)
  • Breast asymmetry can be improved if different sizes are used
  • May improve sagging (an additional breast uplift may be needed for considerable sagging)
  • Can help increase lost volume after pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss
  • May help self-confidence

Recovery / Downtime

We advise that you take a week off work, but this will vary depending on the nature of your occupation. We suggest you use the week after your procedure to rest, meaning you may have to arrange for childcare or help around the house, depending on your lifestyle.

Your Cosmetic Surgeon will discuss your daily activities with you and will advise you on when to gradually introduce them back into your lifestyle.   

Alternatives to Breast Implants 

At The Private Clinic, we also offer Breast Fat Transfer; an alternative way to enlarge the breasts without implants or invasive surgery. We have performed thousands of Fat Transfer procedures to date and are amongst the most experienced in the UK for the treatment.

Fat Transfer is essentially a 2-in-1 procedure, beginning with the removal of fat from other body areas like the thighs, buttocks, abdomen or flanks via minimally-invasive liposuction and then re-using the same, purified fat to enhance and reshape your breasts.

To be suitable for the treatment you will need to have sufficient fat on your body for transfer. However, for the right candidate, a Fat Transfer procedure can be the perfect solution – giving you the chance to reshape areas of your body whilst enlarging your breast size without the need of artificial implants. Click here for more information.

Why Should You Choose The Private Clinic?

The Private Clinic is renowned for setting high standards in the cosmetic industry and we value our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction. From the first consultation through to your first-class aftercare, our team is sympathetic, caring and highly skilled. There’s no hard-sell, just good advice and the best possible results.

Because we offer breast enlargement through both fat transfer and implants, we’ll only ever give you an honest opinion on what procedure is more likely to achieve your desired results.

Our Medical Team

We have some of the most experienced and well-respected surgeons in the industry as part of our breast implant team including:

*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

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FAQs

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  • Am I Suitable?

    The size and shape of your bust will change throughout your life – age, pregnancy, breast-feeding and weight-loss all affect your profile. It’s no secret that gravity takes its toll over the years and many women find that when they lose weight, it disappears from the bust before any other areas of the body.

    If you are feeling unfeminine, or just under-confident about your shape, boosting your cup-size can make a big difference. Most women want to maintain a natural-looking profile and the surgeons at The Private Clinic work with each patient to create the right figure for them. If your breast size and shape is uneven, your breasts are dropping or you feel that you can’t wear the clothes you’d like to, breast implants can make all the difference to both your shape and your body confidence. 

    During your consultation, your surgeon will go over your medical history to check whether there are any reasons why you may be unsuitable for surgery and they will discuss with you your reasons for having surgery and what results you want to achieve.

    Your surgeon will also discuss issues, such as breast-feeding and mammograms with you so you are aware of any possible complications before moving forward with the surgery.

  • What does a Breast Augmentation involve?

    Breast augmentation is known by many names - like breast enhancement, breast enlargement, or more commonly, a ‘boob job’ – but one thing is clear, it’s the most sought-after cosmetic procedure in the UK. 

    The shape, form, size and the feel of a woman’s breasts are recreated thanks to the use of implants during the enlargement procedure. 

    There are 3 potential incision sites:

    Periareolar - around the underside of the nipple

    Axillary - through the armpit

    Sub-mammary - through the natural crease line under the breast

    Your implants can be placed either:

    In front of the pectoral muscle - usually performed when there is excessive skin that needs to be filled (after breastfeeding, or when the breast is like an empty sack).

    Behind the pectoral muscle - the preferred method if there is no excess skin to fill and the surgeon can use the muscle to hold the implant in place. It also provides a pad of tissue in front of the implant.

    Your chosen Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon will assess you during your consultation and discuss your options with you, making sure to talk you through the procedure in detail. By looking at the current size and shape of your breasts, he will be able to advise you on the most suitable site of incision and placement for your implants, as well as giving you an objective opinion on the most realistic results that you can achieve. 

    Breast augmentation is known by many names - like breast enhancement, breast enlargement, or more commonly, a ‘boob job’ – but one thing is clear, it’s the most sought-after cosmetic procedure in the UK. 
    The shape, form, size and the feel of a woman’s breasts is recreated thanks to the use of implants during the enlargement procedure. 
    There are 3 potential incision sites:
    Periareolar - around the underside of the nipple
    Axillary - through the armpit
    Sub-mammary - through the natural crease-line under the breast
    Your implants can be placed either:
    In front of the pectoral muscle - usually performed when there is excessive skin that needs to be filled (after breast-feeding, or when the breast is like an empty sack).
    Behind the pectoral muscle - the preferred method if there is no excess skin to fill and the surgeon can use the muscle to hold the implant in place. It also provides a pad of tissue in front of the implant.
    Your chosen Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon will assess you during your consultation and discuss your options with you, making sure to talk you through the procedure in detail. By looking at the current size and shape of your breasts, he will be able to advise you on the most suitable site of incision and placement for your implants, as well as giving you an objective opinion on the most realistic results that you can achieve. 
  • What If My Breasts Are Asymmetrical?

    Some woman may have one breast slightly larger than the other.

    Breast asymmetry is not usually linked to any underlying medical condition, but it can be very distressing for you and could have a deep impact on your confidence and self-esteem. 

    Your breasts may have started developing into different sizes during puberty, as this is when the breast tissue starts to develop, and the difference may have become greater and greater over the years. The good news is that if you have a significant difference in breast sizes, this can be corrected with breast enlargement surgery by using different implant sizes.

    Brest implant surgery can also be used to correct a condition called Tubular breasts where breasts have a very narrow base and abnormally large nipples. Tubular breasts get their name from the tube-like shape that forms often during puberty. Tubular breasts are the result of the lack of development of breast tissue, which can affect one or both breasts. Affected breasts are often asymmetrical and grow unusually far apart as well as being noticeably droopy. They can cause a considerable amount of psychological distress for women and many of those affected may wish to have a cosmetic procedure to resolve the issue.

  • What Type Of Implants Do You Use?

    At The Private Clinic we work with only the most reputable brands of FDA and CE Mark approved implants, all with unquestionable safety records and a reputation for the best results.

    We primarily use silicone implants, which we believe give the most natural and long-lasting results. They consist of a solid silicone outer shell which is pre-filled with medicial-grade, fully approved cohesive silicone gel.

    Breast implants can be round or shaped (usually tear shaped), and smooth or textured. Your suitability will be established during consultations where you will discuss the different shapes and textures and how they might suit your needs and shape. For instance, smooth implants are considered to have a softer feel over textured implants, which tend to adhere better to the surrounding tissue thanks to the rougher surface.

  • What Size Implants Should I Use?

    Implants are measured in weight (cubic centimetres or grams). The same sized implants will provide very different results in two different patients.

    Your surgeon will help you chose an implant size that fits the rest of your bodily proportions. The final decision will depend on your personal preference, following the breast surgeon’s advice during your consultation.

  • Will the Results Feel Natural?

    Implants have been designed to mimic the natural feel of the breasts. Silicone implants offer the best possible feel. In particular, if the implant is positioned below the muscle then the natural breast tissue become more prominent – allowing for a more natural feel. Our medical team have many years of experience and are at the forefront of their field, regularly helping women achieve the results they want.

  • How Long Does The Procedure Last?

    The procedure tends to last roughly an hour and a half. Many of our procedures are day cases performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, particularly when the implant is placed above the muscle. You will be given time to rest following the surgery and you should be able to return home by the evening. 

    General anaesthetic is more often used when the implant is placed underneath the muscle and will involve an overnight stay at the hospital. Your surgeon will advise you on whether sedation or general anaesthetic is most appropriate for you and the length of your stay will be determined according to your individual case. 

    The procedure tends to last roughly an hour and a half. Many of our procedures are day cases performed under local anaesthetic and sedation, particularly when the implant is placed above the muscle. You will be given time to rest following the surgery and you should be able to return home by the evening. 
    General anaesthetic is more often used when the implant is placed underneath the muscle and will involve an overnight stay at the hospital. Your surgeon will advise you on whether sedation or general anaesthetic is most appropriate for you and the length of your stay will be determined according to your individual case. 
  • What’s The Average Lifespan Of Implants?

    Most surgeons recommend removing or replacing your implants after 10-15 years. This estimate can vary greatly from one individual to the next, so the best thing you can do is to attend regular check-ups with your surgeons to ensure there aren’t any ruptures or leaks. 

    We recommend that you come in for an imaging scan three years after you first undergo surgery, then every two years following that. 

    Most surgeons recommend removing or replacing your implants after 10-15 years. This estimate can vary greatly from one individual to the next, so the best thing you can do is to attend regular check-ups with your surgeons to ensure there aren’t any ruptures or leaks. 
    We recommend that you come in for an imaging scan three years after you first undergo surgery, then every two years following that. 
  • What Do I Do If My Implant Ruptures?

    If a leak or rupture is spotted, you shouldn’t panic, as implants are made in such a way as not to damage your body’s tissue. However, if anything goes wrong, it’s best to address the issue as soon as possible, because complications may arise otherwise. 

    If you suspect that you’ve suffered a rupture, the best course of action is to immediately contact your surgeon to arrange for a consultation. Once you’ve been examined, your surgeon will discuss your options with you. 

    There are two kinds of possible ruptures. A silent rupture is contained within the breast tissue and may not present any symptoms or discomfort. Some women decide to leave things be and to see what happens, but your surgeon will weigh in on what’s most advisable in your case. 

    On the other hand, if you are experiencing any pain, tissue distortion or swelling, you’ll most probably have to undergo surgery. In both cases you will have the option to either completely remove, or to replace, your implants. 

    If a leak or rupture is spotted, you shouldn’t panic, as implants are made in such a way as not to damage your body’s tissue. However, if anything goes wrong, it’s best to address the issue as soon as possible, because complications may arise otherwise. 
    If you suspect that you’ve suffered a rupture, the best course of action is to immediately contact your surgeon to arrange for a consultation. Once you’ve been examined, your surgeon will discuss your options with you. 
    There are two kinds of possible ruptures. A silent rupture is contained within the breast tissue and may not present any symptoms or discomfort. Some women decide to leave things be and to see what happens, but your surgeon will weigh in on what’s most advisable in your case. 
    On the other hand, if you are experiencing any pain, tissue distortion or swelling, you’ll most probably have to undergo surgery. In both cases you will have the option to either completely remove, or to replace, your implants. 
  • What Is The Recovery Process Like?

    Generally the procedures are day cases so you can opt to stay the night in the hospital, stay the night in a local hotel or return home soon after the procedure.

    In more complicated procedures you will be kept in hospital overnight for monitoring, but will be free to return home the following day.

    We advise that you take a week off work, depending on the nature of your occupation.

    We also advise that you rest for the week following your procedure. This means that you may have to arrange for childcare, and some help around the house.

    Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you on when to gradually introduce your daily/weekly activities and exercise routines.   

    A series of follow-up appointments with a nurse and a 6-8 week check up with your Surgeon will be also be arranged for you.

    Find out more about what to expect after a Breast Augmentation here

  • Will I Be Able To Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

    It’s absolutely possible that you will be able to breastfeed once your implants are in place. Prior to surgery, your glandular tissues will be assessed to gauge your potential milk production capacity, after which your surgeon will tell you if there should be any reason for concern – there rarely is. 

    Your surgeon will be happy to go over any details during your consultation, although you should let them know if you plan to start a family, as it may affect their incision method. 

    It’s absolutely possible that you will be able to breastfeed once your implants are in place. Prior to surgery, your glandular tissues will be assessed to gauge your potential milk production capacity, after which your surgeon will tell you if there should be any reason for concern – there rarely is. 
    Your surgeon will be happy to go over any details during your consultation, although you should let them know if you plan to start a family, as it may affect their incision method. 
  • What Long-Term Precautions Should I Be Taking Following My Breast Augmentation Procedure?

    As a precautionary measure, we advise that you have an MRI scan every couple of years to make sure that everything’s as it should be. It’s also advisable that you check your breasts regularly to monitor any changes in shape, size or texture.

    Other than that, you should handle your breasts the same way you would have prior to surgery.

    As a precautionary measure, we advise that you have an MRI scan every couple of years to make sure that everything’s as it should be. It’s also advisable that you check your breasts regularly to monitor any changes in shape, size or texture.

     

    Other than that, you should handle your breasts the same way you would have prior to surgery.

  • How Do I Know If A Surgeon Is Reputable?

    Choosing the right surgeon is a fundamental part of your Breast Enhancement journey. Opting for a qualified and experienced professional will make all the difference in your final results. 

    The first step is to assure yourself that your surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and that the clinic he operates from is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You should research your surgeon as much as possible and ask to be shown his previous work. 

    Also, be wary of any set prices and deals offered to you prior to a consultation – every patient is different and needs to be assessed before a definitive cost can be settled upon. 

    Choosing the right surgeon is a fundamental part of your Breast Enhancement journey. Opting for a qualified and experienced professional will make all the difference in your final results. 
    The first step is to assure yourself that your surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and that the clinic he operates from is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You should research your surgeon as much as possible and ask to be shown his previous work. 
    Also, be wary of any set prices and deals offered to you prior to a consultation – every patient is different and needs to be assessed before a definitive cost can be settled upon. 
  • Will There Be Any Visible Scarring?

    Our highly experienced surgeons make their incisions in discreet places, such as within the natural creases of you breasts, or under your armpit, to hide any potential scarring as much as possible. 

    You can expect any ensuing scarring to fade as time goes by, so that you’ll ultimately be left with barely visible, faint marks. 

    Our highly experienced surgeons make their incisions in discreet places, such as within the natural creases of you breasts, or under your armpit, to hide any potential scarring as much as possible. 
    You can expect any ensuing scarring to fade as time goes by, so that you’ll ultimately be left with barely visible, faint marks. 
  • Are There Any Risks?

    The most common risk associated with Breast Augmentations is called Capsular Contraction. 

    It’s the body’s natural reaction to foreign objects and only turns into a complication if you feel like your implants are being squeezed and you start experiencing some discomfort. 

    On top of that, the usual risks associated with surgery apply. Your surgeon will discuss these, along with any other concerns, during your consultation. 

     

    The most common risk associated with Breast Augmentations is called Capsular Contraction. 
    It’s the body’s natural reaction to foreign objects and only turns into a complication if you feel like your implants are being squeezed and you start experiencing some discomfort. 
    On top of that, the usual risks associated with surgery apply. Your surgeon will discuss these, along with any other concerns, during your consultation. 
  • What Should I Know About Capsular Contraction?

    When an implant is placed inside the body it becomes enveloped in a layer of tissue. This layer is known as a capsule and is comprised of fibrous scar tissue and collagen. It’s considered as a natural reaction to foreign objects within your system. With time the layer become thicker and shrinks, but the degree to which it does so varies significantly from patient to patient. 

    Capsular contraction turns into a complication if the implant is squeezed as the layer of tissue tightens around it. Your breasts may then start to feel hard and you might feel some pain and discomfort. Should this occur, contact your surgeon immediately and they will discuss your options with you and advise you on the next step to take. 

    When an implant is placed inside the body it becomes enveloped in a layer of tissue. This layer is known as a capsule and is comprised of fibrous scar tissue and collagen. It’s considered as a natural reaction to foreign objects within your system. With time the layer become thicker and shrinks, but the degree to which it does so varies significantly from patient to patient. 
    Capsular contraction turns into a complication if the implant is squeezed as the layer of tissue tightens around it. Your breasts may then start to feel hard and you might feel some pain and discomfort. Should this occur, contact your surgeon immediately and they will discuss your options with you and advise you on the next step to take. 
  • What Aftercare Does The Private Clinic Offer?

    We believe that the right aftercare is essential to a successful recovery process and we’re proud to be known for the high quality of ours. 

    Our elite medical team will be at your disposal every step of the way and you will be assigned a dedicated Patient Coordinator, who will be there to support you throughout your time with us, all the way up until you’ve fully recovered. You will be able to contact them at any time, day or night, with any questions or concerns that you may have. As well as being able to offer you information, they are also there to give you emotional support should you need it. 

    You will be treated with utmost professionalism while you’re under our care. Your surgeon will take you through a detailed recovery guide following your breast enhancement procedure and we will call you regularly to check up on your progress. Our highly skilled nurses will see you while you heal and at the end of the line, a final consultation will be arranged with your surgeon.

    What aftercare does The Private Clinic offer? 

  • Why Choose The Private Clinic?

    The Private Clinic is renowned for setting the standards in the Cosmetic Industry and addresses every possible measure to ensure patient safety and satisfaction. From the first consultation, through to our first-class aftercare, the team at The Private Clinic is sympathetic, caring and highly skilled. There’s no hard-sell, just good advice and the best possible results.

    We have a team of highly skilled plastic surgeons working with us, to ensure you're in most honest, safe hands for the best results.