Woman holding 2 silicone breast implants

Breast Augmentation Queries: Your Questions Answered

Last week we asked our Instagram followers to submit some questions about breast augmentation surgery. Here are the answers!

What is the largest implant you have used?

The largest breast implant we offer is a high profile 620cc implant. In select cases we can place a special order for a larger size.

How long does a boob job take to recover from?

Everyone is different and recovery time can vary. But generally speaking, it can take about 6 weeks to recover from your breast augmentation surgery. We advise taking between 1-2 weeks off work. It is essential you avoid doing strenuous physical activity, like lifting heavy objects and or working out until after the 6-week mark.

What are the safest implants you can get?

Hang tight, there is a little bit of background information to explain first.

Some of you may have heard about the PIP breast implant scandal some years ago. It involved faulty silicone breast implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP).

Following the controversy, strict reform and increased regulation has been introduced to protect patients. In the UK, breast implants are closely regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA ensures that breast implants meet safety and quality standards through rigorous testing and regulation.

ALL surgeons must adhere to professional standards and guidelines on breast implants set by regulatory bodies such as the General Medical Council (GMC) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

Breast implants come in different types. For example silicone gel, saline, or cohesive-gel. Which implant is right for you may not be right for someone else. But you can trust that all of the implants used by registered surgeons in the UK are safe.

La Belle Forme uses premium cohesive-gel PERLE™ implants from industry leader, Nagor. Unlike traditional silicone-based breast implants, cohesive-gel implants retain their shape even if their shells are broken. This means that if your implants rupture, the risk of the filler substance leaking and migrating to other parts of the body is virtually eliminated.

During a consultation, your surgeon can provide you with more information.

Can you still breastfeed after a boob job?

Despite what you may think, the answer is often yes! Most women go on to be able to breastfeeding after getting breast implants.

Incisions around the areola and surgical techniques that include completely detaching the areola and nipples are more likely to interfere with milk production.

If this is a concern for you, make sure to mention it to your surgeon during your consultation.

Is 50 too old for breast implants?

Absolutely not! We perform breasts augmentation surgery on many people from this age group.

The most important factors when considering your eligibility for breast implants are things like your medical history and skin quality.

Your surgeon can let you know whether a bob job is right for you.

What happens to breast implants after 10 years?

On average, today's implants are designed to last more than a decade. In many cases, breast implants can remain in good shape for 20 years or more. Unless there is a medical reason why you should remove your breast implants, for example a capsular contracture or rupture, they can remain in place well beyond the 10 years mark.

Are you considering a breast augmentation?

La Belle Forme is home to some of the country’s leading cosmetic surgeons who would be delighted to see you. Book your consultation online or request a call back from one of the team.


Breast Procedure Options: Choosing the Right one for You

You’re considering a breast procedure, but with so many options out there, it’s unclear which procedure may be right for you. Perhaps you feel self-conscious about where your breasts sit on your chest, maybe the shape of your breasts is a concern, or their size is getting in the way of your day-to-day life. We have put together a guide to help.

I want larger breasts

A breast augmentation is often the best option for those looking to enlarge the size of their breasts. This breast procedure may also be a solution for those who would like to improve their breast shape or create more cleavage.

Breast augmentation patient before and after
Breast augmentation before and after

There are several factors to consider when getting a breast augmentation, such as the size of your implant and where it will be placed (in front of the pectoral muscle, partially in front of the muscle or behind the muscle). Your surgeon will discuss all of these options with you and recommend the best course of action to achieve the results you are looking for.

I want my breasts to be more symmetrical

There are several options available to those who seek more symmetrical breasts. Depending on the type of asymmetry you have, uneven breasts can be corrected with a breast augmentation, a breast reduction or a breast lift.

Our patient pictured below had a breast augmentation combined with a breast reduction to her right side. 300cc implants were used to create a more rounded shape.

Breast augmentation with breast reduction on one side
Breast augmentation with breast reduction before and after

For more information about the differences between and breast lift and breast reduction head to our post.

I have tubular breasts

Tubular breasts are breasts that don’t have a round shape. This happens when your breast tissue doesn’t grow as it should during puberty. You may have a gap between your breasts, oval-shaped breasts or larger areolas/nipples that point down.

There are several breast procedures available for those seeking to correct their tubular breasts: a breast augmentation, an areola reduction, a breast lift or a breast reduction.

The best breast procedure for you will depend on your desired outcome as well as your existing breast tissue. Following an in-person consultation your surgeon can recommend a treatment plan.

I want my breasts to be perkier

If you have drooping breasts and/or nipples that point downwards, a breast lift and/or a breast augmentation may be an option for you.

Breast lift patient before and after
Breast lift before and after

A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a procedure performed to change the shape and position of the breasts. Your surgeon may recommend combining a breast lift with an implant to enhance the overall shape of the breasts, particularly curvature above the nipple.

In some cases, for example a patient with small sagging breasts, a breast augmentation alone can restore volume and lift the breasts to a more youthful position.

Your surgeon will tailor your breast procedure to your anatomy as well as your desired outcome.

I want my breasts to be smaller

To reduce the size of your breasts you may require a breast reduction or an implant exchange.

Breast reduction before and after
Breast reduction before and after

Breast reduction surgery is an option for those who are struggling to cope with the size of their natural breasts. A large bust may be causing back or neck pain, limiting physical activity, or creating feelings of self-consciousness. A breast reduction removes excess fat and tissue while lifting the breasts to a youthful position on the chest.

If you have had large breast implants inserted and would like to go smaller an implant exchange may be the best option for you. During this procedure your old implants are removed and replaced with a new set of smaller implants. You may also opt to have your implants removed entirely and go back to sporting your natural, smaller breasts.

You can have an in depth conservation with your surgeon and your goals.

Considering a breast procedure?

If you have done your research and would like to undergo a breast procedure, the first step is booking a consultation. La Belle Forme offers consultations and surgery with some of the country’s leading breast specialists and plastic surgeons. begin your journey by scheduling your consultation online or request a call back from one of our friendly front-of-house team.