Breast enlargement/implants

Breast enlargement remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed. Mr Chester regularly performed breast enlargement. He is not limited to any particular type of implant and always tries to accommodate the wishes of the patient as much as possible. A patient’s build, breast implants, size, shape and wishes will dictate the exact nature of the procedure. Mr Chester involves patients fully in the choice of implant type and size.

Medical name
Breast augmentation

Reasons for surgery
Asymmetry, desire for larger breasts, following treatment for breast cancer, congenital/developmental breast deformity e.g. tuberous breasts

Usually 5cm long in the skin crease immediately below the breast. Occasionally placed in other areas e.g. around nipple

General description
This is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure with high patient satisfaction rates. The implant is may be placed under the breast or under the muscle depending on patient build and choice.

Breast implants
The most commonly-used implants in the UK are silicone gel implants. Whilst they do not last forever, modern implants can be left in for many years without requiring exchange. If you have sufficient breast/skin thickness the implant can be placed under the breast tissue. If you are very slim or have minimal breast tissue, the implant can be placed partially under the muscle (Dual Plane). The size of implants that can be used is dictated by a number of factors which include the existing dimensions of your breast, skin laxity and your own wishes.

Implants can be round (of varying profiles and projections) or teardrop shaped (anatomical).

Mr. Chester tailors the choice of implant, both size and shape, to the exact dimensions of the his patients. He offers breast enlargement under the muscle or the under the breast tissue.

“Patients who wish to have breast augmentation should be fully involved in the decisions regarding choice of implant and the technique used. Satisfaction from this procedure is gained by the surgeon meeting the patient’s expectations rather than performing a standard breast enlargement for everyone”.

Post-operative stay
Mr. Chester prefers to keep patients in for one night post-operatively to allow adequate pain relief and monitoring by experienced nursing staff.


Recovery following any surgical procedure is variable and depends on many factors including the type of breast augmentation performed and the demands placed on the patient in terms of their home lives. Most patients however can drive after 1-2 weeks and resume light work(e.g. office based work) after 2 weeks. You will not be able to lift anything heavy for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Useful information

Please click on the following links below to read more about breast augmentation.

1) Mr Chester’s Breast augmentation information letter

2)  Breast augmentation leaflet produced by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

3) How to perform a rice test

4) Information on ALCL

Patient photographs

Patient 1 before surgery - slim patient

Patient 1 after enlargement with round implants placed partly under the muscle for a more natural result

Patient photographs (please click on the images below to enlarge)

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