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Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Enlargement Surgery 

FAQ Breast Augmentation. Answers to Breast Implant Procedure Questions.

With over 30,000 breast enlargement operations being carried out annually, breast implant surgery is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK year after year and by some distance.

While most breast enlargement surgeries are completed successfully, there are some cases when breast surgery goes wrong. If that happens and the cosmetic surgeon or clinic has made an error during the breast implant procedure than a law firm like Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors can make a breast enlargement surgery negligence claim for compensation.

So that you’re clear about how breast enlargement works, how you should appraise potential cosmetic surgeons and what the real risks of breast surgery going wrong, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has produced below answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions that we are asked by our clients.

The Breast Augmentation Experts

Before answering the first question in our FAQ on breast enlargement surgery, we want to know more about Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors and how we can help you if your breast augmentation ever goes wrong.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors were the first legal practice in England and Wales dedicated to the victims of negligent cosmetic surgery and we have been the UK’s leading plastic surgery law firm ever since. Led by the Head of our Cosmetic Negligence team, Michael Saul, we are hugely experienced at guiding victims of cosmetic surgery negligence through the complex and extended compensation claims process.

And we have been very successful in that process, with a success rate of over 95% of all clinical negligence claims cases that we have pursued after obtaining medical evidence. Our expert cosmetic claims advice has meant the clients of Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors have been awarded over £2.5 million in compensation when their cosmetic surgery including breast augmentation has gone wrong.

If you need any advice on breast enlargement negligence then talk to the breast surgery experts at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back.

1. Why Undergo Breast Enlargement Surgery?

Naturally patients have breast enlargement surgery for differing reasons but from the experience of the breast surgery lawyers at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, here are a few main reasons:

  • To enlarge naturally small breasts to enhance their body contour
  • To restore breast size and shape after pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or breasts drooping due to age
  • To have breast symmetry when a patient’s breasts are uneven
  • To reconstruct breasts after an operation like a mastectomy to combat breast cancer

2. How Does Breast Enlargement Work?

During breast enlargement surgery or augmentation mammoplasty a surgical incision is made most commonly under the breast crease so that a breast implant can be placed in a pocket under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle beneath the breast.

The breast implant is then adjusted to the desired shape and position and the incision is closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures and surgical tape to keep the skin closed.

3. What Breast Implants are used in a Breast Augmentation?

All breast implants have an outer shell of silicone elastomer which is a very strong synthetic material. A breast implant can be round which adds volume to the upper part of the breast or anatomical which looks like the natural shape of the breast.

Breast implants contain saline (salt water) or silicone gel. Silicone is far more popular than saline as many women believe that silicone breast implants look and feel more like natural breast tissue.

4. What are the Common Types of Breast Enlargement Surgical Incisions?

The cosmetic surgeon performing a breast enlargement surgery may choose between the three main types of surgical incision:

  1. An Inframmammary incision is the most popular sort of surgical cut during a breast implant surgery and is made in the bottom crease of the breast.
  2. Tranumbillical incision is made inside the belly button or umbilicus and the breast implant is then moved up to its correct position under the patient’s nipples.
  3. A Transaxillary incision is made in the upper outer region of each breast, close to the armpit and again the breast implant is moved to its final position under the nipple.

5. What is the Recovery Period after a Breast Enlargement?

Recovery after an invasive surgery like breast enlargement can vary considerably between patients. In general though it can take a few weeks to recover fully and longer for the breast implants to settle fully. Many women are back at work within two weeks of the date of their breast augmentation.

6. How Should I Choose a Breast Enlargement Surgeon?

You must always research potential breast implant surgeons thoroughly before undergoing a breast enlargement. Check first whether they have the relevant level of qualifications and training. A good place to start is with the General Medical Council which keeps records of medical practitioners.

You should also check whether your plastic surgeon has the appropriate experience of conducting a breast enlargement surgery. Finally, always ask for feedback from patients who have undergone a breast augmentation and request to see before and after pictures of previous surgeries.

7. What Questions Should I Ask my Surgeon?

You may have many questions about your breast enlargement procedure. Ask your cosmetic breast implant surgeon for details of the breast enlargement operation like what anaesthetic will be used. Ask how long will the breast enhancement results last. Ask questions about the post-surgery care.

Never feel you can’t ask your surgeon as many questions as you want. They should always be prepared to listen to and answer any questions you have.

8. What are the Risks of Breast Enlargement Cosmetic Surgery?

No surgery is without risks and breast enlargement surgery is no exception. The following complications can happen when a breast augmentation goes wrong:

  • Breast sagging after the operation


  • Lop-sided or differently sized breasts


  • Uneven position of nipples


  • Inappropriate or unsightly scarring, above or below the fold beneath the breast


  • Symmastia (or “uni-boob”) where breast implants cross over in the centre of the chest


  • Double-bubble effect, where the breast has a double instead of single mound appearance


  • Bottoming out when the breast implant falls to the bottom of the breast


9. What Should I do if I’m Unhappy with the Results of my Breast Surgery?

When your breast enlargement surgery goes wrong and you’ve suffered one of the complications mentioned above, then you might make a breast augmentation claim for compensation.

To do that you need an expert cosmetic surgery law firm like Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors to advise you of your claim options and to bring your compensation case to a successful conclusion. For a free cosmetic surgery negligence consultation you can always speak to us on 0800 634 0285 or request a call back from our Breast Enlargement Claims Team of solicitors.

10. How does the Compensation Claims Process Start?

To make a successful claim for breast enlargement compensation you should contact Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors to find out if you’re eligible:

  1. Call our expert breast surgery solicitors on 0800 634 0285
  2. Let us call you back when it suits you and your schedule to talk about your breast implant surgery gone wrong
  3. Tell is exactly what happened during your beast enlargement
  4. Listen to the expert claims advice our experienced solicitors will give you about breast enlargement compensation and decide if you want to make a breast surgery claim.


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