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    Breast Enhancements, Augmentations, and Reduction: What to Consider

    Breast surgery explained, breast surgery costs, best plastic surgeon approach from Harley Street UK plastic surgeon.

    Breast surgery has become increasingly popular in the UK, with more women seeking to enhance their breasts, reduce their size or reshape them. As a plastic surgeon, I am here to provide some key things to consider when it comes to breast surgery.

    Consider Your Reasons for Surgery

    It’s important to understand why you want to undergo breast surgery. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), the top reason for breast augmentation surgery in the UK is to improve confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, breast reduction surgery is often sought by women who experience discomfort or pain due to overly large breasts.

    How To Choose Your Surgeon

    When choosing a surgeon, it’s important to find one who is experienced, qualified and has a good reputation. The Royal College of Surgeons recommends checking the surgeon’s credentials, reviews and portfolio of previous work. In 2020, the BAAPS reported that there was a 4.5% increase in the number of women undergoing breast surgery in the UK, so it’s important to choose a surgeon who is in high demand and has a successful track record. I’m pleased to be registered and recognised as one of the leading surgeons with the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register.

    Consider Your Implants

    If you are considering breast augmentation, you will need to decide on the type of implant. According to the BAAPS, 75% of all breast augmentations in the UK in 2020 used silicone implants, while 25% used saline implants. Silicone implants tend to feel more natural to the touch, but saline implants are less expensive. Your surgeon can help you decide which type of implant is best for you. For me, this is something I go through thoroughly with my clients in a consultation.

    What Size You Would Like

    It’s important to choose the right size for your breast implants. The BAAPS reports that the average size for breast augmentation in the UK is a C cup. However, it’s important to choose a size that is proportional to your body and meets your personal goals. Your surgeon can help you determine the best size for you. This is an important part of the consultation, and one we discuss in depth.


    The location of the incision is another important decision to make when it comes to breast surgery. The most common types of incisions are periareolar, inframammary, and transaxillary. The choice of incision will depend on your individual circumstances and goals. Your surgeon can help you decide which type of incision is best for you. For me, this is a detail we discuss together and I recommend according to your needs.

    Your Recovery

    Recovery is an important part of the breast surgery process. The BAAPS recommends taking at least one week off work and limiting physical activity for several weeks after surgery. Wearing a support bra for several weeks can also help with the healing process. Following your surgeon’s recovery plan is crucial to achieving the best possible outcome. For me, and my team, we go othrough the aftercare plan at the beginning and ensure this is planned, prepared and arranged before surgery.

    Any Scarring

    Scarring is a potential side effect of breast surgery. The size and location of the scars will depend on the type of procedure you undergo. However, the BAAPS reports that most patients find that their scars fade significantly over time. Additionally, many modern techniques aim to minimize scarring and produce the best possible results. I am proud of the approach I use for my clients, which can be seen in my before and afters on socials, as I take care, time and attention with every surgery.

    Considering Breast Reduction

    Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size and shape of overly large breasts. It can relieve discomfort and pain associated with large breasts, as well as improve self-esteem and body image. According to the BAAPS, breast reduction surgery in the UK increased by 11.6% in 2020. There is much more to this surgery, for the moment, I am listing it here as a type of surgery.

    Considering Breast Lift

    Breast lift surgery is designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts. It can improve nipple position and overall breast shape. The BAAPS reported a 20% increase in breast lift surgery in the UK in 2020. There are two parts to the lift – augmentation and enhancement. I have discussed there in my other blogs on Breast Augmentation and Breast Enhancements.

    Breast surgery across the board for enhancements, augmentations and reductions are one of our many services we are proud to offer a full explanation, consultation and discussion to our clients who are considering this. To get in contact and book a consultation, click the link here: 

    Posted by Mark Solomos

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