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Breast Enlargement Surgery in Manchester

Breast enlargement or augmentation or ‘boob job’ is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the UK. The Breast enlargement procedure is performed under General Anesthetic. This is performed by placing breast implants between the breast tissue and chest muscle or behind the chest muscle depending on the patient’s expectation or the amount of breast tissue present. This can also be done by using the body’s own fat cells from different parts of the body and transferring them to the breast. Mr Siddiqui, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, will be discussing the details of these during the consultation and examination at Manchester, Preston and Chester. The Breast enlargement procedure is done to increase the fullness or size and improve the shape of their breasts and to enhance their overall appearance. Some women are naturally flat chested and want bigger breasts, while others lose volume from their breasts following pregnancy or weight loss.

Breast enlargement will not only boost your self-confidence but your overall looks as well. Breast enlargement involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. This procedure can also restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded breast shape or improve natural breast size asymmetry. Breast augmentation is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty. When fat from another part of the patient's body is used to create the improved breast volume, the procedure is referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation. Breast enlargement in Chester.

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Preparing For Your Breast Enlargement Surgery

The majority of Breast Enlargement or Breast Augmentation require a general anesthetic. Your health is of prime importance and any cosmetic surgery should be postponed if you are unwell for any reason. It is important that if anything changes to your health that you make contact with us. You should ideally stop smoking 6 weeks prior to surgery and stop taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements before surgery. You may need preoperative tests prior to surgery, which we will arrange if required.

Post Operative Activities

  • First week ‐ minimal upper body activities.
  • After first week normal daily activities including driving but no excessive stretching of arms.
  • 6 weeks onwards ‐ all activities

Do’s and Don’ts after Breast Augmentation/Enlargement Surgery

Breast Augmentation/Enlargement is a major surgical procedure and requires some preparation to ensure everything goes perfectly. Your doctor may provide a list of dos and don’ts to be followed after surgery to recover:


  • Do plan to take at least a week off work, school and/or your regular household duties so you can relax and recover.
  • Do take plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Do take your pain medication exactly as prescribed.
  • Do avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking your pain medication as mixing both can cause dangerous side effects.
  • Do eat healthy snacks to promote your healing.
  • Do contact your doctor if you have any concerns about infection or other complications.


  • Don’t smoke or use any tobacco products by doing so it may constrict blood flow and may prohibit proper healing after your breast augmentation surgery.
  • Don’t resume rigorous exercise until your doctor tells you, about 4-6 weeks.
  • Don’t drive until you feel ready and have stopped taking a narcotic, about 1-2 weeks.
  • Don’t shower for 2-3 days, and avoid soaking in baths and pools for at least 2 weeks.
  • Don’t lift over 5 pounds or bend over to lift objects for several weeks.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products, since they are known to impede healing.
  • Don’t skip any appointments with Dr Siddiqui as he will carefully monitor your healing process after breast augmentation surgery.

For more suggestions and better guidance, you may contact our expert, Mr Aftab Siddiqui, a consultant cosmetic and plastic surgeon in Manchester, Chester, Preston.

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Is breast augmentation surgery right for you?

Feeling good about the way you look is important — it can increase self-esteem and boost confidence. The decision to have breast enlargement or breast augmentation surgery requires careful thought and consideration. Breast implants give the best results for women who are healthy and emotionally stable. Breast augmentation, sometimes referred to as augmentation mammoplasty, involves using breast implants or fat transfer or a combination of both to increase the size of your breasts. This can be because your breasts have gotten smaller after weight loss or a pregnancy, or simply because you want larger breasts.

How long will it take to recover after breast augmentation surgery?

The recovery period after breast augmentation surgery generally takes 6 to 8 weeks. The length of your recovery period will be determined by your health, how quickly you heal, and the placement of the implants. Your age may also be a factor in the speed of your recovery. The vast majority of women are free to return to all normal activities about 2 months after the surgery, including normal exercise and intimate activity.

Is breast augmentation a major surgery?

Breast augmentation is considered to be a major surgery, but many patients report a reduced need for opioid painkillers after under-the-muscle breast augmentation and rarely request for revision surgery after healing is complete. They also experience less scarring as under-the-muscle breast augmentation is minimally invasive and, therefore, it does not require an extensive healing period. That’s why it is recommended to the vast majority of patients.

Advantages of Breast Enlargement Surgery

A successful breast enlargement surgery helps in the following ways:

  • Enhance the size and shape of breasts
  • Gives breast cancer survivor a chance to regain confidence
  • Minimal invasive with less trauma to breasts
  • Boosts confidence and offer more clothing options

Different types of breast implants are used for breast augmentation, and we use Silicone Breast Implants.

The actual surgery involves having implants inserted into each breast. An implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or a salt-water solution known as saline. The method of inserting and positioning your implant will depend on your anatomy, although the incision will usually be made in the crease where the breast meets the chest. Occasionally, a cut is made around the nipple. Breast tissue and skin is lifted to create a pocket for each implant, either directly behind the breast tissue or underneath your chest wall (pectoral) muscle.

The surgery usually takes one to two hours to complete, and you will have permanent scars, usually in the groove below the breasts, although these will fade with time and can be hidden by clothing.

Risk and potential complications of Breast Implants

  • Capsular Contracture -It is the hardening of the breast around the implant. It can occur in the tissue surrounding one or both implants. This hardening causes the tissue to tighten, which can be painful. Treatment can involve either removal or ‘scoring’ of the scar tissue or the removal or replacement of the implant. The rates of capsular contraction are low compared with nano textured implants we use generally.
  • Rupture and Deflation -A Rupture is a tear or hole in the outer shell of the breast implant. Rupture can be caused by injury or even from the normal compression and movement of your breast and implant, causing the shell to leak. If a break occurs in a gel-filled implant, however, one of two things may occur. If the shell breaks but the scar capsule around the implant does not, you may not detect any change. If the scar also breaks or tears, especially following extreme pressure, silicone gel may move into the surrounding tissue. The gel may collect in the breast and cause a new scar to form around it, or it may migrate. There may be a change in the shape or firmness of the breast. Both types of break will require a second operation and replacement of the leaking implant. In some cases, it may not be possible to remove every particle of the silicone gel in the breast tissue if a rupture occurs.
  • Scleroderma and Arthritis - A few women with breast implants have reported symptoms similar to diseases of the immune system, such as scleroderma and other arthritis-like conditions. These symptoms may include joint pain or swelling, fever, fatigue, or breast pain. Research has found no clear link between the silicone breast implant and the symptoms of what doctors refer to as ‘connective-tissue disorders’.
  • Connective Tissue Disease, Breast Cancer, and Reproductive Problems - There is no evidence that breast implants cause breast cancer, they may change the way mammography is done to detect cancer. Ultrasound examinations may be of benefit to some women with implants to detect breast lumps or to evaluate an implant.

Is breast augmentation reversible?

Yes, a plastic surgeon can remove your implants through breast implant removal surgery. This procedure can be done for the following :

  • Removing the original breast implants and replacing them with new implants.
  • Repositioning the existing breast implants.
  • Removing the breast implants without replacing them.

Best age for Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a major surgery, so Dr. Siddiqui recommends waiting until 18 for women and older using saline breast implants and the minimum age for women who would like to go for silicone breast implants is 22. There are many good reasons to wait until your breasts have reached maturity before electing breast augmentation, and you will get better results that last longer if you wait until that time.

Results of Breast Augmentation in Manchester

Breast augmentation can change the size and shape of your breasts. The surgery might improve your body image and self-esteem. But keep your expectations realistic, and don't expect perfection.

Weight gain or weight loss might change the way your breasts look, too. If you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you might need more surgery to correct these problems. Also, your breasts will continue to age after augmentation.

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25-34 year old woman treated with Breast Augmentation

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Breast Enlargement FAQs

Women whose breasts are abnormally small often say that they do not feel feminine and are ashamed of the boyish appearance of their chests. They are unable to wear underclothes or swimwear of their choice and inhibited about going out on beach holidays or swimming , as they feel self-conscious whilst wearing evening wear or strappy summer clothes. Women feel a lack of confidence in their work environment and in their personal relationships and therefore wish to have surgery to correct this problem. Most women who have had children and have breast-fed or have lost significant weight are unhappy about the loss of volume and emptiness in the upper part of the breast.
It is advisable to discuss with your surgeon what is a reasonable size in terms of your height and body shape and your expectations before you undergo surgery. It is not possible to predict with absolute accuracy the cup size that an individual patient is likely to be after this procedure. Your surgeon will endeavour to give you a result appropriate for your height and build, while keeping your preferences in mind.
Breast enlargement is performed under general anaesthetic and may involve one or two nights stay in hospital. With some patients it may be possible to carry out the procedure as a day case. A tube drain is inserted into each breast to remove any blood fluid that may have collected around the implant. This tube drain is normally removed within 24 to 48 hours and the patient is allowed home in a supportive soft brassiere. Following surgery there is some discomfort, which is more than adequately treated by painkillers. The breast can be bruised and swollen and appears larger in the first few days after surgery than the eventual size. In approximately six weeks the swelling and bruising settles to a large extent and the final shape of the breast becomes evident.
A small dressing is applied to the suture line in the crease underneath the breast. Most patients are able to shower and change the dressing themselves everyday at home. An outpatient appointment is made for removal of sutures approximately one week after surgery. A review appointment is usually offered one to three months after the operation.
For the first couple of weeks patients can experience discomfort while lifting weights or stretching the arms above the head. It is advisable to have help around the house and with young children during this period. The majority of patients are quite comfortable and able to return to work within two to three weeks after surgery. It is usually possible to return to normal exercise schedules including gym, aerobics and swimming four to six weeks after surgery.
Your surgeon will discuss the different shapes and types of implants that are available to you. You will be informed as to whether the implant will be placed above or below the pectoral muscle in the chest and what the long-term implications of having a breast implant would be in. Such problems may include capsule formation, leaks and ruptures, future mammograms, implications for pregnancy and breast-feeding and the possibility of revision surgery in the future. You will need another appointment about 2 weeks prior to your surgery, at no further cost, to have any questions answered following you first consultation and for this you are welcome to bring a relative or friend.
Breast enlargement surgery can have complications just like any other surgical procedure. These include bleeding, haematoma (blood clot under the skin or in the substance of the breast ), infection, visible scar, asymmetry, loss of sensation in the nipple and long-term problems such as capsule formation, leaks or ruptures. Very rarely does an implant have to be removed due to a severe infection following surgery. If this happens the breast is allowed to settle and a new implant is put in three to six months after the operation.
No implant manufacturer guarantees an implant for life but 10 to 15 years is considered a reasonable timeframe for implant survival. Patients are invited to return for an annual review to check the integrity of the implant and for significant capsule formation. If there is a suspicion of a leak or rupture the surgeon may advise you to have an MRI scan or an ultrasound examination to check on the integrity of the implant.
Every woman's body is unique, there is no exact timeline for recovery. However, most surgeons agree that a full recovery can take on average six weeks or so, and women may notice that they feel perfectly fine after about a week.
The decision to have a procedure is a personal one. A woman may enjoy the results of an augmentation prior to her decision to have a family. Breast augmentation will be unlikely to change the ability to breastfeed a baby. However, there is a slight risk that sensation could decrease following augmentation and may possibly interfere with the reflexes required for breastfeeding.
In most cases, this type of surgery can be performed in less than two hours. Many clinics will recommend that you stay overnight, but in some cases you can be in and out within a day. You will likely be given general anesthesia, during which you will be "asleep" and pain-free.
Breast implants and augmentation procedures can stretch the skin either by adding implants or repositioning the breast tissue — and result in stretch marks. If the size of the implant you choose is incorrect for your body shape, it can cause stretch marks. Naturally, the larger size implant you get, the greater your chances of developing stretch marks are. But in most cases, with normal-sized implants, it's very rare to develop stretch marks. The best way to avoid this is to speak with your surgeon beforehand—they will give you all the information you need to choose the most appropriate size.
Smoking cigarettes may increase the likelihood of developing capsular contracture and other malformations of the breast implants, and more prominent and irregular scars. Nicotine causes the tiny blood vessels in your body to clamp down. When they do, healing wounds don’t get enough blood flow. If you smoke around the time of surgery, you have a significantly increased risk of wound-healing problems and infections associated with the surgery period. You will need to smoking for 3 months before surgery.
If the medication needs to be stopped, it should be done one to two weeks before surgery because it takes that long for the drug to be out of your system. So it’s important to talk to your surgeon. You can discuss with Mr Siddiqui, cosmetic surgeon at our clinic in Manchester, Chester, Preston. Call at 07787 331122 or you can book an appointment for a breast augmentation surgery by filling the booking form.
Some herbal remedies increase the risk of bleeding. This can interfere with the healing process. Do not take any herbal medication for four weeks prior to surgery. Many health organizations advise that all herbal supplements be stopped 2 to 3 weeks before surgery. This includes the American Society of Anesthesiologists. They advise you stop the supplements because these herbs can have side effects that could make surgery more dangerous for you.
Patients should sleep upright for a minimum of 2 weeks following their cosmetic surgery procedure.
Not wearing a surgical bra, there is a risk of your implants shifting down or sliding to the side, this is known as breast implant dislocation. This will extend the healing process and may create critical problems, such as bruising, different shape of each breast or poor adhesion of connective tissue, which can lead to a variety of aesthetic defects, and so on. You should wear a compression bra for at least the first month after your surgery, but it can take up to eight weeks before your implants settle into their final size and shape.
After your breast augmentation, you can expect your breasts to be swollen, have a “tight” appearance, and sit higher on your chest. This is all normal and expected.
After breast augmentation surgery in the following weeks, your soreness will gradually disappear as you heal from the procedure. Many women feel little to no pain within 2 to 3 weeks, aside from some mild tenderness. By the time you have reached 1 month after surgery, most of your soreness should be gone.
You don't require strict bed rest but after breast augmentation surgery you have to take complete bed rest for 2 days. It's important for you to get up and walk around to help blood circulation and expand your lungs.
There are no such issues for women who want to enhance their breast size, as breast cancer risk varies from person to person. In addition, implants do not delay the detection of breast cancer. In fact, breast implant patients who do get breast cancer have the same chance of obtaining remission, or being free of cancer for 5 years, as women without implants.
Most women will have loss of some feeling or sensation after breast augmentation surgery. For most of the women, this lasts 6-12 months before returning to normal.
Women may start driving car after one week of surgery as long as they are not taking any pain medications and have done a safe emergency stop.
Depending on the size of the implant, most women find no trouble in performing most physical activities following the surgery so it is unlikely that you will experience long term changes in physical functioning. Weight lifting or lifting heavy objects will not affect the implant once the area has properly healed which can take 3 months or more.