Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Enlargement Surgery
The Belvedere Clinic is our own private hospital owned and run by us. This allows us to bring you high quality, low cost breast enlargement cosmetic surgery
Breast enlargement surgery or a boob job as it is also affectionately known is a procedure to increase the size of the breasts. Restoring the balance between the breasts and hips makes the hips looks smaller a creates a more proportional figure.
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All surgical procedures carries a degree of risk. However, these risks are significantly mitigated by expert surgeons at the Belvedere Clinic, as we offer a highly professional, client-centred service.
Our experience sets us apart from many other London clinics – over the last 28 years, we have provided safe, high quality breast augmentation surgery to over 3500 patients.
For your peace of mind, all of our surgeons are registered with the General Medical Council and are also listed on the Specialist Register.
To offer further peace of mind, our high quality MOTIVA implants come with a lifetime guarantee. Further details about the breast Implant lifetime guarantee can be found here or explained in detail at your consultation.
We are regulated and monitored by The Care Quality Commission who continually evaluate our staff, procedures and policies to ensure patients receive the highest level of care.
As our name suggests, we are committed to providing beauty with care.
Care for our clients is paramount and we do everything we can to make sure you recover as soon as possible after surgery. At your consultation, you will be provided with comprehensive and personalised aftercare advice. In addition, you will be invited to visit the clinic for a face-to-face follow-up session to ensure you are happy with the outcome of your surgery and that you are recovering well.
Having our own private London hospital means we can provide a tranquil and discreet environment for your breast enlargement procedure. You will not be surrounded by lots of other patients and your surgery will not feel rushed. We value person-centred, discreet care above all else.
In some circumstances, our cosmetic surgeons may need to liaise with your general practitioner to collect vital medical details relevant to your surgery. Your privacy is extremely important to us, and data will always be stored confidentially.
The price of your surgery will depend on the procedure and type of implant used, and because we own our own hospital, we are able to reduce overheads and keep costs low for our Customers. A typical breast enlargement procedure may cost from £4,995.
If you would prefer to spread the cost of your breast augmentation surgery, we can discuss finance options at your consultation. For a clear idea of the procedure and cost, call us to request an assessment or fill in our online form and one of the team will call you back. Following your consultation, there will be no obligation to commit to surgery but you will have a better idea of how we can help you to achieve your perfect body and how you may be able to afford it.
We use MOTIVA implants that come with a lifetime guarantee against rupture and a 10 year warranty against capsular contracture which includes replacement implants.
Generally and according to manufacturer guidelines, we advise on implant replacement every 10 to 12 years for the safest outcome.
It is not uncommon for women to have one breast that is larger than the other. This is not a sign of an underlying condition, but it can have an impact on your confidence, and make it hard to find clothing that fits well.
The difference is usually noticed in early puberty and may become more apparent as your breasts grow over the course of your adolescence. The good news is that it is possible to correct the difference in breast size by using breast enlargement surgery and using a different implant size in each breast to balance out the sizes to give the appearance of natural breasts.
This condition is characterised by breasts that have a tubular shape, with a very narrow base and very large nipples. This tube-like shape is where the name of tubular breasts comes from. This condition is the result of under-development of breast tissue, and it may affect one or both breasts.
Tubular breasts are usually asymmetrical, drippy and very far apart from each other. They are often a major source of distress to women, so there’s no wonder most women who are affected by this condition seek to correct it by having corrective cosmetic breast surgery to improve the breast shape.
Breast enlargement can help to change the look and appearance of tubular breasts, offering a rounder more familiar breast shaped appearance.
The majority of women will regain sensation in their nipples within just a few months of their breast augmentation procedure. While some patients never regain nipple sensation, this is quite rare. When this does occur, the patient has usually opted for extremely large implants. A loss in nipple sensation is also more likely for breast lifts or reductions.
Yes, you can.
In many cases, a breast lift is performed at the same time as a breast augmentation. The lift can make the breasts look more youthful, while the implant can increase the volume of the breasts.
This process is referred to as a Mastopexy. Combining these procedures can help to reposition breasts that have started to sag. Nipple positions can also be corrected at the same time. After the procedure, you can expect more fullness in the upper breast whilst maintaining a natural breast shape.
Capsular contracture describes a rare complication of breast augmentation. When this occurs, scar tissue under the skin forms a capsule over a breast implant. This can cause the implant to contract, which can cause it to become hard or misshapen.
The odds of capsular contracture decrease if you choose saline implants instead of silicone gel implants. Our highly skilled breast surgeons are able to deal with complications arising from capsular contraction and will be able to advise on the best methods for rectification if required.
Also note our implants come with a 10 year warranty with regards to capsular contracture including implant replacement.
We only use high quality MOTIVA implants that come with a lifetime guarantee against rupture and have a proven low rupture rate. It’s highly unlikely you will have implant failure with these implants but if you do MOTIVA will provide you with free implant replacement under their Always Confident Warranty®
Thanks to our unique 3D mapping technology, you will experience the excitement of your new breast profile before you have even had the surgery.
Our highly sophisticated technology allows you to ‘try on’ various FDA approved implant types and cup sizes to find your perfect breast shape before you commit to surgery.
This revolutionary technology allows greater control over your surgery and provides you with a useful insight into what your new appearance might look like.
To try out the simulation for yourself, call us today to book a no-obligation consultation
Ultimately, this will be your choice. As responsible clinicians who are regulated by and registered with The Care Quality Commission, we insist upon a comprehensive consultation prior to plastic surgery.
At your consultation, we will take a detailed medical history and you will be given the opportunity to discuss your goals and concerns. You’ll also have the chance to visualise your potential new breasts and their aesthetic appearance with our innovative 3D technology.
Equipped with all this information, you’ll then have the freedom to make the choice that’s right for you. Rest assured, our consultants are friendly and accommodating without being pushy; you will never be ‘sold’ surgery by advisors at The Belvedere.
Breast augmentation takes between 1 and 2 hours depending on body type, incision points and types of implant. The surgery is completed under general anaesthetic and may require a overnight stay. Our cosmetic surgeon and patient advisors will be happy to give you further advice based on your individual circumstances.
Breast implants are specifically designed to feel similar to natural breasts. The most realistic feel comes from silicone breasts. This is especially true if the surgeon places the implant below the muscle. This will cause the natural tissue of the breast to be more noticeable, which will provide a very natural feel. It can take time for breast implants to properly settle. While implants might feel unnatural to you as you adjust to them, they should begin settling within a month of your procedure.
Recovery time does vary between individuals, but this is something your consultant can discuss with you in detail at your appointment. Women with sedentary jobs may return to work within a couple of days, although many people will take around 2 weeks off to recover.
Follow-up appointments are offered to all clients to support recovery and ensure you get back to your daily activities as soon as possible.
Many patients who have undergone breast surgery wonder how soon after the operation it will be safe to resume a workout at the gym. Most surgeons recommend that their patients start walking immediately after surgery.
This is good for blood circulation and helps to prevent blood clots from forming. Nothing strenuous in the beginning, just short walks every hour or two around the hospital room or at home. After two weeks more intense cardio exercises can be done such as longer walks uphill or the use of a treadmill.
After a month most patients can resume a normal workout at the gym, excluding heavy lifting. Generally, patients will have healed completely after about six weeks when all types of exercise can be resumed.
We certainly wouldn't recommend flying immediately after any surgery let alone breast augmentation. Whenever possible, you should make your surgeon aware of your upcoming travel plans when you consult with them.
As a very general rule of thumb, in most cases, it would be safe for you to fly after about 2 weeks has passed following your surgery, for short haul flights.
For long haul flights we would advise on waiting at least 6 weeks post surgery. You definitely want to complete your first post-operative exam prior to flying.
Travel plans aside, your first week after surgery is critical. This is when most complications, if any, following a breast augmentation become detectable.
The specific answer for you will depend on your general health as well as the details of your plans for travelling. Our surgery team always tries to build up a complete picture of your planned post-surgery activities. Your surgeon will also do their utmost to make sure you understand any and all restrictions you need to follow after breast enhancement.
As long as you follow the advice provided by your surgeon, travelling can be completely safe. The following general suggestions will apply in most cases:
- Don’t lift heavy bags while travelling. Avoid even pulling heavy roller bags if possible. This is an excellent time to enlist professional assistance (e.g. valets) to handle your luggage.
- Don’t run, even if you are short on time.
- Stay well-hydrated while flying.
- Have your surgeon’s number close at hand.
- Keep any prescribed medications close too.
- It is safe to walk up and down the cabin of the plane if you need to, but move around no more than is necessary. You don’t want to raise your blood pressure.
As to the safety of implants themselves, do not worry, implants are completely safe for flight. You may experience very minor expansion or contraction in the shells due to cabin pressure. These changes are temporary and are no cause for alarm.
Yes. Although silicone and saline breast implants can make images on a mammogram more difficult to view, mammograms aren’t something that you should rule out.
According to research, mammograms are still an effective screening tool when a patient has breast implants. That said, implants can decrease the image quality of a mammogram. You should pre-advise the hospital of your implants as there are techniques such as the modified compression technique that will allow the radiologist to obtain better quality images.
It is possible for a mother with implants to breastfeed. Whether you will be able to produce a full milk supply will depend on the type of incision that was used during surgery. If an incision was made across or around the areola or dark circle around the nipple, it may have damaged certain nerves. Incisions that are made under the breasts or in the armpits are less likely to cause damage to the nerves, glands, and milk ducts.
We advise on informing our surgeons upon consultation on your plans to breastfeed so incision points and implant choice and placement can be discussed further.
The Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry, also known as BCIR, is the creation of NHS Digital. The purpose of this database is to include the details of all breast implant surgeries carried out in England, either by the NHS or by private clinics and hospitals.
The main goal of the BCIR is to offer an effective and efficient way to trace all breast implant surgery patients, so that they can be found in the event of a product recall or any other type of safety concern related to the different types of implants.
Patients must give their explicit consent prior to having their details entered into the BCIR.
If you haven’t done so already, we suggest you take a look at our resources, client video diary of real patient stories and before and after photos. IF you still have further questions or need further reassurance, the best way to get all your questions answered is by attending an exploratory consultation at one of our clinics.
Call us today to arrange an appointment with one of our friendly cosmetic surgeons or patient advisors for advice regarding breast enlargement options, at one of our private hospitals in London, Essex or Kent.