Breast Enlargement

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Procedure time

60 to 90 minutes

Overnight stay

Day case or one night


General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation

Final results

2 - 9 months

Breast enlargement overview

What is a breast enlargement?

A breast enlargement, also known as a breast augmentation or an augmentation mammoplasty, is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the UK. Patients often refer to it as a “boob job”. It is important that you have a good understanding of the surgery before you have treatment. This breast enlargement overview will give you an introduction to the procedure.

What can a breast enlargement achieve?

A breast enlargement aims to enhance the size and shape of your breasts by giving them a fuller and more contoured look. Your surgeon may either use a breast implant for the enlargement, or they may use liposuction to remove fat from one part of the body, then transfer that fat to the breasts. If a surgeon uses fat to enlarge the breasts, it is called a breast enlargement by fat transfer or, “lipofilling”.
You may choose to have a breast enlargement if you want to:

  • Restore volume to your breasts after ageing, weight loss or pregnancy
  • Create a more contoured breast shape
  • Balance an asymmetry of the breasts
  • Boost your self-esteem.

Although a breast enlargement can improve the shape of the breasts, it cannot correct severe sagging (breast ptosis). A breast uplift, also called a mastopexy, is a more suitable procedure for patients with severe sagging. Your surgeon may however, choose to combine your enlargement with an uplift in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing result.

Who are BAAPS and BAPRAS?

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) are the two leading societies for plastic surgeons in the UK. Surgeons can be members of one or both societies, and have years of experience and regular training.
At Medbelle, we only work with BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeons to ensure that all patients receive the highest quality of care. It is vital for you to check that your surgeon is a BAAPS/BAPRAS member. This will make sure that you are in the safest hands during your treatment.

Surgery results and benefits vary per individual.
Specific results cannot be guaranteed.