Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, commonly referred to as breast enlargement or a “boob job,” is the insertion of implants inside the breast pocket behind the breast tissue or behind pectoral muscle. There may be times when the implant needs to be placed partially under both. We offer two shapes of implant, one round as well as anatomically shaped implant commonly known as teardrop.

Our preference is Fourth Generation Form stable silicone gel implants, manufactured by Motiva – a world leader in breast implant production – meaning you will never have to worry about the silicone leaking.

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Are you considering Breast Augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery involves inserting breast implants into the chest wall to enhance the size of the breasts. We use Motiva silicone implants for breast augmentation, inserting them into a pocket either below the breast tissue or below the pectoral muscle, or in some cases partially under each.

Implants may be round or anatomically shaped and their surface may be smooth or textured. Whether you are looking for state-of-the-art breast enhancement or simply the most cost-effective solution to achieve your desired look, we can find a product to suit your needs.

Key Points about Breast Enlargement

  • Surgery takes between one and two hours, with full recovery between four and six weeks post procedure
  • Our customer testimonials show a significant boost in self-confidence after the surgery
  • We use Motiva Implants for a natural look and feel, allowing minimal scarring
  • Breast Surgery is, by far, the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure for women

Your body, your decision.

There are many reasons for choosing to have a breast augmentation procedure – whether that’s to get back to the shape you were before children, to bring balance to uneven breast or simply to feel happy with the figure you’ve always wanted.

Whatever your circumstances, its important you have as much information as possible to in order to make an informed decision on the right treatment for you.


Your Consultation

During your in-depth consultation with Mr Shoaib and his surgical team, we will take into consideration all aspects of your aims. Together you will decide on the different aspects of the breast implant, including the profile, projection and width. The procedure will be discussed thoroughly as well as the incision method and which pocket the implant shall be placed in.

We like to use the latest generation form-stable silicone gel implants. These breast implants are made from a cohesive gel, which means the implants will never leak silicone. The implants are also bio-dimensional, which means our surgeons takes measurements of you at the time of your consultation.

Taking Your First Steps

If you are looking to change the size and shape of your breasts via breast augmentation, La Belle Forme is able to offer you a comprehensive service that will be tailored to meet your individual needs. From initial consultations through to surgery and aftercare, you can rest assured that you will receive the very highest standards of care and support.

As a leading UK cosmetic surgery group, we offer a full range of breast surgeries including breast lift and breast reduction procedures so rest assured that we will find the best solution to help you achieve your desired body image.

Things to know when considering surgery:


The majority of people who have breast augmentation are very happy with the results. However, there are risks with any procedure and there are specific problems you should be aware of with breast augmentations and these include (but are not limited to):

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Wound healing delays
  • Nipple hypersensitivity
  • Nerve injury leading to sensory reductions at the nipple
  • Size issues – some women feel they should have been made bigger or smaller after their augmentation procedure
  • Implant palpability
  • Implant wrinkling
  • Implant deflation (in cases of saline implants)
  • Implant migration and movement
  • Implant extrusion
  • Implant rotation (in cases of anatomic implants)
  • Difficulty with mammogram interpretation
  • Changes in the way breast lumps are investigated and treated
  • Capsular contraction (the formation of a hard painful or distorting area of scar tissue around the breast implant)
  • Silicone leakage (in cases of non cohesive silicone gel implants)
  • Galactorrhoea (the inadvertent production of milk)
  • Further surgery: all implants have a life-span that is limited and finite. In many cases, the patient lives longer than the implant. All women with breast implants should therefore prepare themselves for further surgery during the course of their life.
  • All the natural effects of having larger breasts – bra strap marks, drooping of the breast tissue with time, development of prominent veins, etc.


Your breast augmentation will probably be performed under general anaesthetic and you will probably stay in hospital overnight but certainly until you are comfortable enough to go home. When you do go home you will need to take pain killers for a few days until the discomfort settles down. The first day of the operation is the worst and you may well need help with day to day activities for a few days.

Some women still feel some twinges of discomfort for a few weeks after the operation, but most women are back to normal tasks within a few days. If you are taking time off work, you may be able to go back after a week and you can go back to high impact activities after 4-6 weeks. Most women are back to doing most of their normal day to day tasks within a couple of days.

Implant Sizes

Choosing the right implant size is a matter of balancing what you already have with what you want and what we can use. We will measure you during your consultation and these measurements will determine the size of the implant we should use, the pocket placement (ie below the muscle or over the muscle) the shape of the implant and the incision placement.

The amount of nipple droop will also tell us whether you need to think about any other procedures to reshape the breast at the time of implant placement or at some other time in the future.

Although your surgeon will be able to give you a size which is roughly in keeping with what you want, there are usually never any guarantees of exact size. In fact, different bra manufacturers will have different sizes to fit the same person.

All this means that you will usually be able to have a breast size roughly within the region of what you are hoping to achieve.


Your surgeon may perform various measurements as part of the consultation.
These measurements may include:

  • The distance between your nipple and the bone at the bottom of your neck
  • The width of the nipple-areolar-complex
  • The width of the breast itself
  • The distance between the two nipples
  • The distance between the nipple and the bottom of the breast
  • The amount of pull present within the skin of the breast
  • The thickness of the tissue at the top and sides of the breast
  • The height of the inframammary fold
  • The point along the chest wall where the breast begins to take off.

All these measurements will tell you and your surgeon what size of implant to use, what pocket to use, what incision to use, whether the same implants need to be used in each side and whether there is already some degree of asymmetry between the two sides.

Cup Size

Breast implants don’t come in cup sizes, but they do come in volume or weight sizes. The bigger the implant, the greater the cup size increase you can expect to see after your operation. The bigger your bra band width that you currently use, the bigger the implant size you will need to increase your cup size by one letter.
Different surgeons will use different ways of deciding together with you what’s best for your requirements. One way of deciding is to talk about implant dimensions. In other words, if we know how wide your breast already is, and if we know the measurements of the implants, then we can match this to how much of a size increase you want.

If you do not have enough pull of skin within your own breast, you may not be able to have as large an implant inserted as you may want. In these cases, you might need two operations to go bigger in stages. The vast majority of women, though, will be able to have a single operation to help them achieve their aims.

Supersize Me

Most women want a very natural look and one that is in harmony and balance with the rest of their body shape and size, often wanting to look as if they haven’t had an operation, and also looking as if they don’t need an operation.
Some women, however, want a very enhanced look. In these cases, we can offer a range of expandable implants where the skin can be repeatedly stretched after the implant is inserted by pumping a salt water solution into the implants until the skin is stretched to its limits. This is then repeated until the desired size is achieved. If this is something you would like, please note that you will need to visit Glasgow probably around six or eight times for your consultation, surgery, and expansions.

With the newer ranges of breast implants, it is now possible to choose an implant based on desired projection, available skin for projection and current breast base dimensions. These “biodimensional” implants are also cohesive gel, carry a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects, and can be used for greater choice and accuracy.

Skin laxity is determined at the time of consultation, the exact method best suited to you will be discussed during the consultation and a decision will be made together on how best to take things further.

Breast enlargement surgery is also known as breast augmentation, breast enhancement, inserting breast implants, and having a boob job. Currently, the most common means of breast augmentation is by inserting breast implants into the chest to make the breasts appear larger.

Implant Types

Breast implants come in three different varieties: the shape, the surface material texture, and the filler. All implants have a silicone outer coating and implants of each type come in various sizes.

Implant Shapes
Implants may be round or teardrop (anatomical) shaped. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages and the shape of implant can be discussed at the time of the consultation.

Implant Textures
Implants can be smooth or textured. Textured implants have a rough surface and smooth implants have a smooth texture. Textured implants have a lower risk of developing capsular contracture, which is explained in the risks section.

Implant Fillers
Implants are commonly called silicone implants or saline implants and this refers to the fluid used to fill the implant. All implants have a silicone shell, but the filler material can differ. The most common filler materials we use nowadays are silicone or saline. Saline implants are filled with salt water at the time of the operation and a valve within the implant reduces the risk of saline leaking out of the implant causing deflation.

Silicone implants have been extensively tested for safety and an independent government report is available for you online. Different types of silicone are also available – some implants have thicker silicone within them, and the silicone will not leak out of the implant even if the implant ruptures.

Other implants use softer silicone gel. These implants are more affordable and feel softer but can potentially leak silicone into your breast. You can see a few of the different implant types at your consultation.

Examples of Breast Surgery

Some examples of breast sugery including before and after pictures can be downloaded here.

Safety Through Innovation

  • Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
  • Enlarge a naturally small breast
  • Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy
  • Achieve better symmetry