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Breast Enlargement – Breast Augmentation

Breast Enlargement  –  Breast Augmentation

Breast Enlargement, or breast augmentation, also known as ‘boob job’, is a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of breast implants in order to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.

Small or less shapely breasts may be genetic, or as a result of weight loss, ageing or pregnancy and can leave you feeling self-conscious. Whatever the reason for choosing breast enlargement, the change in breast size and shape can have a profound impact on your body image and self confidence.

A pre-operative assessment will establish your personal goals and outline the procedure itself, including the type and approximate size of the implants, any pre-treatment and post-operative advice and ensure that you complete a fully informed consent form.

The procedure can be purely for cosmetic purposes (although the benefits often go beyond the simply physical) or to restore breasts after surgery, for instance following breast cancer surgery. Breast augmentation can also restore symmetry and also address any post-pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss changes and reduction in breast size.

Post pregnancy breast augmentation can be part of a package of surgery known colloquially as a ‘Mummy Makeover’, this targeting different areas of the body during one course of treatment, for instance liposuction to remove fat from the tummy or thighs. The fat grafted can be used as part of the breast augmentation.

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At a glance

Length of surgery
1-2 hours
General anaesthetic
Length of stay
Up to 2 weeks off work
12 weeks

Table of Contents

Breast Enlargement Procedure

Breast enlargement, also known as breast augmentation or augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at increasing the size, shape, or fullness of the breasts. The procedure involves the insertion of breast implants under the breast tissue or chest muscles.

Before the Procedure

You will have a consultation Anca Breahna, to discuss the desired outcome, the size and type of implants (silicone or saline), and the specifics of the surgical procedure. Anca will explain the risks of surgery.

This consultation may also involve discussing your medical history, a physical examination, and possibly some pre-operative tests to ensure you are in good health for the surgery.


Who Needs Breast Enlargement?

There are many reasons a woman might choose breast augmentation surgery. The six most commonly cited are:

  1. My breasts have lost volume and firmness since I’ve had children.
  2. My breasts look deflated since I lost weight.
  3. One of my breasts is noticeably smaller than the other.
  4. My breasts are too small for my body.
  5. I feel self-conscious in form-fitting clothing like swimsuits, or in tops that have a plunging neckline.
  6. When clothing fits my hips, it’s too large at the bustline.

Breast enlargement surgery is sought after by patients for many reasons, ranging from aesthetic desires to reconstructive needs. Anca works closely you to determine if breast enlargement is suitable for you, considering both physical health and psychological readiness:

  1. Aesthetic Enhancement: Many patients opt for breast enlargement to enhance their body contour, improve proportionality, or increase breast volume that they perceive as insufficient. Anca understands that these desires are deeply personal and approaches each case with sensitivity and professionalism.
  2. Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Patients who have undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer or other conditions may choose breast enlargement as part of their reconstructive surgery. Anca offers compassionate care and expertise to help these patients regain their confidence and body image.
  3. Correction of Asymmetry: Breast asymmetry is common and can be a source of self-consciousness for many. Breast enlargement can balance asymmetrical breasts, achieving symmetry and a natural look that many patients desire.
  4. Restoration After Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to changes in breast size and shape. Anca assists patients seeking to restore their pre-pregnancy breast appearance through enlargement surgery.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Augmentation Surgery?

For many, there are physical benefits, the surgery either creating breasts that are fuller and more in keeping with the breasts the person has always wanted, restoring lost volume (lost through ageing, pregnancy or other cause) or correcting asymmetry. For those post-surgery, for example for breast cancer, there is of course the profound benefit of restoring the appearance to one closer to the pre-surgery appearance.

However, the benefits go far beyond the simply physical. Breast augmentation can greatly boost self-confidence and self-esteem. As with any part of the body, if a person has concerns over the appearance it can greatly affect their confidence and mood and so impact on all areas of their life. Work can suffer, relationships and friendships too. This will also be addressed during the consultation, the surgeon assessing the reasons the surgery is sought and checking that the results will meet expectation, that the surgery truly is in the patient’s best interest.

If you would like an obligation-free consultation with a top female cosmetic surgeon whose expertise is in breast implants , contact Anca Breahna today. Anca is one of the UK’s leading cosmetic surgeons and as a leading female surgeon has a deeply informed understanding of the process women go through when contemplating breast surgery.


Before & After

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Breast Implant Options

Silicon Implants and Saline Implants are available in a range of sizes and shapes.

Breast Incision Options

Implants can be inserted through an Inframammary, Periareolar or Transaxillary  incision.

Implant Placement Options

Your implants can be placed submuscular, subglandular or  a combination of both – dual plane.

Fat Transfer Augmentation

If you are seeking a modest increase in breast size and a more natural approach, fat transfer is an option. This technique involves harvesting fat from another area of your body through liposuction and then injecting it into the breasts. Anca discusses the viability of this method with patients, considering factors such as available body fat and desired outcome.

Breast Enlargement with Implants

The choice between round and teardrop-shaped (anatomical) implants, as well as smooth or textured surfaces, impacts the final appearance of the breasts. Anca advises on the best options based on your anatomy and aesthetic goals, ensuring a natural and proportionate enhancement. Anca employs various incision techniques to insert breast implants, including under the breast fold (inframammary), around the nipple (periareolar), or under the arm (transaxillary). The choice of incision is influenced by the type of implant, your anatomy, and personal preference to minimise visible scarring.

How is the Procedure Performed ?

Here’s an overview of what typically happens on the day of the surgery, particularly in the context of a procedure conducted in Chester by Miss Breahna.

On the Day of the Surgery

1. Arrival and Preparation: Upon arrival at the surgical facility, the patient will undergo final preparations for surgery. This may include administering a sedative or anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure. The choice between general anesthesia (where the patient is completely asleep) and local anesthesia with sedation (where the area is numbed, and the patient is relaxed but awake) will have been discussed beforehand.

2. Photographic Documentation: A series of photographs of the breasts will be taken from different angles. These preoperative images are crucial for planning the surgery, discussing expectations, and comparing pre-and post-surgery results.

3. Surgical Marking: Miss Breahna will carefully mark the patient’s breasts with a surgical marker to outline where the incisions will be made. This step is crucial for precision and guides the surgeon during the procedure.

4. Incision Options: The incision location is strategically chosen to minimize visible scarring. The main options include:

– Inframammary: In the crease beneath the breast, which is the most common approach due to its direct access to the breast tissue and chest muscles.
– Periareolar: Around the areola, which can be an option for patients who require a smaller incision or are having a simultaneous breast lift.
– Transaxillary: In the armpit, an option for patients who prefer no scars on the breast itself.

5. Implant Placement: Breast implants can be placed either:
– Submuscular (under the chest muscle): Provides a more natural look and is beneficial for thin patients with little breast tissue. However, recovery may be longer compared to subglandular placement.

– Subglandular (between the breast tissue and the chest muscle): Often results in a shorter recovery period and less post-operative pain but may be more visible, especially in thin patients.

– Dual Plane (implant partially covered by chest muscle): Offers more support of the implant by the chest muscle while allowing the lower half of the implant to sit directly under the breast tissue.

6. Closing the Incisions: Once the implants are in place, Miss Breahna will close the incisions with sutures, which may be dissolvable or require removal during a follow-up appointment. The surgical sites are then covered with dressings and, in some cases, a support bra or garment to support the breasts during the initial recovery phase.

After the Procedure

Post-surgery, patients are moved to a recovery area to be monitored as they wake up from anesthesia. Instructions for post-operative care, including medication for pain and swelling, care for the surgical site, and follow-up appointments, will be provided.

Recovery time varies by individual but typically involves a few days of rest followed by several weeks of reduced activity to allow the body to heal and adjust to the implants.

Breast enlargement surgery can significantly impact a person’s body image and self-esteem. However, it’s crucial to have realistic expectations and to discuss all aspects of the procedure, including potential risks and complications, with a qualified plastic surgeon.


Breast enlargement is a procedure designed to increase the size, shape, or fullness of the breast. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a skilled surgeon in this field, utilises different methods to achieve the desired results. The choice of technique and implants depends on multiple factors, including your body type, desired outcome, and health considerations.

Breast Enlargement Recovery

Breast augmentation is carried out under general anaesthetic. It is a relatively straightforward procedure for any skilled cosmetic surgeon, but still one that requires a period of recovery from for the patient.

An overnight stay in hospital is typical, after which painkillers will be used for a while. A follow-up appointment takes place around seven to 10 days later.

Miss Breahna maintains high standards of after care at her breast enlargement clinics in Chester and will arrange follow up appointments at around 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months post surgery, closely monitoring your physical well-being.


Patient satisfaction is the top priority for Anca. You can find out how patients feel about her work below.

How Much Is Breast Enlargement in the UK?

The cost of breast enlargement surgery in the UK is subject to various factors, including the type of implants used, the complexity of the procedure, and the surgeon’s experience. Anca’s clinic provides transparent pricing and detailed consultations to ensure you understand the financial aspect of your surgery:

  • Cost Range: The price for breast enlargement can vary widely but typically ranges from £3,500 to £8,500 in the UK. This cost usually includes Anca’s fee, anaesthesia, hospital fees, and post-operative care.
  • Factors Affecting Cost: The choice between silicone and saline implants, the complexity of the procedure, and any additional treatments (such as a breast lift) can affect the overall cost. Anca’s clinic ensures patients are fully aware of all costs involved, providing a detailed breakdown during the consultation.
  • Insurance Coverage: Cosmetic breast enlargement is generally not covered by health insurance. However, if the procedure is part of breast reconstruction following mastectomy, partial coverage may be available. Patients are encouraged to discuss their options with their insurance provider.
  • Investment in Well-being: While the cost is an important consideration, you should also weigh the emotional and physical benefits of breast enlargement. Anca emphasises the importance of choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon to ensure safety and satisfaction with the results.

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Frequently asked questions

There are several reasons why you may choose breast augmentation: naturally small breasts, genetic conditions such as breast asymmetry or tuberous breasts, or changes in the breasts due to weight loss or following childbirth. A full pre-operative assessment will determine if any breast enlargement is suitable for you, as well as addressing the reasons for wanting surgery and your intended goals.

Breast enlargement is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures across the world. Anca Breahna uses implants of the highest quality which are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Your implant options will be discussed at a full pre-operative assessment.

Breast enlargement treatment is performed under general anaesthetic and a course of suitable pain relief will be prescribed to help make healing and recovery much more comfortable.

All surgery has risks, these can include swelling, bruising, tenderness and temporary numbness.

Infrequent complications are infections, bleeding, asymmetry, capsular contracture and implant rupture.

It may take up to 12 weeks for the final results to develop, with scars continuing to improve over the next 18 months.

Breast enlargement surgery typically has 2 to 3 week recovery period to allow for optimal healing, and time off work is usually required.

Driving will be possible after 2 weeks. It may need up to 3 weeks before travelling abroad and up to 12 weeks before returning to the gym.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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