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Why use Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital for my breast enlargement?

From your first consultation, right through to your after care you are guaranteed the finest patient care at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital. Our expert cosmetic surgery consultants, who specialise in breast augmentation, are complimented by a dedicated nursing team and our state-of-the-art. modern medical facilities.

If you're considering breast augmentation, why not attend one of our free cosmetic surgery open events? You'll meet a consultant and find out if the procedure is right for you.

Why do people have breast enlargement surgery?  

  • To enhance the body contour
  • To reconstruct the breast after previous breast surgery
  • To improve breast size after having children
  • To balance a difference in breast size

What are the benefits of breast augmentation?

Perhaps you have always wanted larger breasts. Or you may want to enhance the shape of your breasts following pregnancy or weight loss. Breast augmentation patients often report psychological benefits following the procedure including:

  • Improved self confidence
  • Enjoy wearing new/fitted clothing
  • Feeling more feminine
  • Body balance, feeling breast are more in proportion with your body

What kind of breast implant should I choose?

Based on your own needs your consultant may also discuss and advise you on what implant might be best to use.

All implants are made of an outer layer (shell) of silicone. They can be filled with silicone, salt water (saline) or both.The silicone used to fill the implant can be in the form of a liquid or gel (cohesive silicone). Liquid silicone and saline implants give a softer and more natural feel. Cohesive silicone implants give a firmer feel and can come in more shapes.

Textured liquid implants with a simple round shape often give as good results as shaped cohesive-gel implants.

The Medicines and Healthcare products regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of implantable medical devices, including breast implants.

Is silicone safe?

Many studies have been carried out to find if silicone breast implants are safe. There is no evidence to suggest that women who have silicone breast implants are at a higher risk of getting diseases such as cancer and arthritis.

What happens during breast augmentation surgery?

Your operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about an hour and a half. There are several options for surgical incisions:

  • Inframammary (the crease under the breast)
  • Transaxillary (the armpit)
  • Periareolar (the area around the nipple)

The type of incision (cut) used is based on the type of implant, the degree of augmentation (enlargement), your particular anatomy and patient/surgeon preference. Be sure and discuss incision options with your surgeon.

Your surgeon will usually place the implant in a pocket directly behind your breast as this gives the most natural result. However, if you do not have enough breast skin and tissue to cover the implant, your surgeon may recommend placing the implant behind the pectoral muscle. Be sure to discuss the implications of placement of your implant with your surgeon.

Going home after breast surgery at our Bristol Hospital

You should be able to go home the same day or the day after your surgery. You might be required to wear a special supportive bra for several weeks to help your breasts settle after the procedure.

Everyone recovers at their own pace. However most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks. Depending on your type of job you should be able to return to work after the first week. You should be able to do a limited amount of activity, such as lifting young children, after about two weeks.

It usually takes a few weeks for your breasts to look and feel more natural. The results of a breast augmentation usually last for a long time. The length of time a breast implant lasts will vary depending on an individual's personal factors.

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

This chart is a guide to stages of recovery only. Everyone heals differently so your results may vary.
Day 1 - 4
5 – 14 days
2 weeks
4 weeks
6-9 months

Sleep upright in bed supported by pillows to help reduce swelling.

Wear your support bra as advised by your consultant.

Take things easy when you get home.

Gradually increase your activity but nothing too strenuous. 

Any nondissolvable stitches will be removed during this time.

Driving may be commenced only when comfortable.

Bruising and swelling continue to go down.

You can think About returning to work a week or two after surgery

Gentle exercise can resume after four weeks but avoid strenuous exercise for a further two weeks.

Your implants will begin to descend into a more natural looking position.

Scars will begin to soften and fade.

Final result can be judged

What are the complications of breast surgery?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

Specific complications of breast augmentation or breast enlargement surgery may include: 

  • Capsular contraction - the breast may feel harder than normal and painful
  • Developing a collection of blood or fluid in the pocket where the implant is placed
  • Infection of the implant
  • Change of breast and nipple sensation
  • Thickening and tightening of the capsule
  • Kinking and rippling
  • Stiff shoulder
  • Numbness or persistent pain on the outer part of your breast
  • Rupture or deflation of the implant
  • Cosmetic problems.
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