Breast Enlargement, Breast Augmentation or “Boob Job”, are common terms when referring to the surgical enhancement of breast shape and size. Today Breast Enlargement has become one of the most popular and safe procedures across Scotland and the UK.
If you are looking to change the size or shape of your breasts, La Belle Forme in Glasgow can offer you a comprehensive service that will be tailored to meet your individual needs. Performed by Scotland’s and the UK’s leading breast surgeons from our brand new, state-of-the-art clinic in Glasgow you can rest assured that you will receive the very highest standards of care and support from your initial consultation through to surgery and aftercare.
How is the procedure performed?
The majority of Breast Augmentation procedures performed are carried out with local anaesthetic and sedation I from our brand new multi-million-pound clinic in Glasgow’s City Centre. Alternatively, you can choose to have your surgery performed under general anaesthetic from a local private hospital in Glasgow – the choice is entirely yours.
Breast Enlargement surgery often involves inserting breast implants into the chest wall to enhance the size of the breasts. We use a world-leading brand— Nagor 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.
If you are unsure what breast size or shape would suit your frame best, we have invested in one of only a few 3D body imaging systems in Scotland. Our Vectra 3D system will take a full body scan which is displayed on a screen, then with the assistance of your surgeon you can choose your desired breast size and shape to see how they will look before making your final selection.
Your Surgical Consultation
While it can be a very exciting time prior to surgery it can also make for an anxious time too, and this is perfectly normal. At La Belle Forme, our surgeons take great care to carefully answer each and every question patients may have. Your surgeon will also explain what the breast enlargement procedure will involve, recovery times and how we will achieve your desired look and breast size you desire.
Depending on where is more convenient to you, we also offer patients the option to have their consultations from our clinics in Perth, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Before and After
Below is a patient that has recently undergone breast enlargement surgery at La Belle Forme in Glasgow. We think these images reflect the transformation breast augmentation surgery can make both to the patient’s appearance and in many cases in their self-confidence too.
Not everybody is able to afford their surgery in one single payment, that’s why we have partnered with Omni Capital Retail Finance to help patients get the surgery their desire today with the options to spread their repayments over 12 to 48 months. Please ask a member of our Glasgow team about your payment options before or after your consultation.
Make an Enquiry
For further information about Breast Augmentation procedures and to arrange your consultation you can call us on 0141 552 0828 (Glasgow) or 0131 357 6910 (Edinburgh). You also have the option of completing our Enquiry Form and a member of our Glasgow team will call you back.
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):
- Blood clots
- 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.
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. Your surgeon will discuss the type of implants best suited for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Breast reduction surgery
- Augmentation mammoplasty
- Breast-conserving surgery, a less radical cancer surgery than mastectomy
- Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery
- Surgery for breast abscess, including incision and drainage as well as excision of lactiferous ducts
- Surgical breast biopsy
- Microdochectomy (removal of a lactiferous duct)
Full list of different types are availabe at Wikipedia