Breast Augmentation

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh Scotland

Breast implant surgery is a commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure. It shouldn’t be undertaken lightly due to the likely lifelong maintenance required. Modern breast implants mean that excellent long-term results are possible. Most women considering breast enhancement ask for a natural size and feel to their breasts. Silicone gel breast implants are used worldwide and generally have an excellent safety profile.

We understand that breast augmentation is a highly personal decision, and we are committed to providing a warm and welcoming environment that puts your needs and comfort first. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and goals and work closely with you to create a tailored treatment plan that meets your individual needs and expectations.

Breast Augmentation


Breast implants Edinburgh

    1-2 Hours
    Day surgery
    1-2 weeks off work
    6 weeks before strenuous exercise
Private Hospital Edinburgh

What the procedure involves

  1. Initial Consultation:
    • Discussion of Expectations: A comprehensive discussion about aims and expectations, including concerns, desired breast size, shape, and overall aesthetic goals.
    • 3D Crisalix Imaging: During the consultation, we employ state-of-the-art 3D Crisalix imaging to assist with implant selection, providing a virtual view of potential results.
    • Viewing Before and After Images: Patients can view several before and after images to understand potential outcomes.
  2. Second Consultation:
    • Recognising the significance of this decision, we always offer a second consultation to ensure patients are confident and fully informed before proceeding.
  3. Choice of Implants:
    • Modern Nanotextured/Smooth Implants: We offer a range of high-quality, modern nanotextured or smooth implants to suit individual preferences and needs.
  4. Surgical Technique:
    • Inframammary Incision: We utilise a small, approximately 4cm, inframammary incision under the breast.
    • Implant Placement: Implants are carefully placed either behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle based on the patient’s anatomy and desired outcome.
  5. Closing the Incisions:
    • Dissolvable Sutures and Glue: The incisions are meticulously closed with dissolvable sutures and medical-grade glue to minimise scarring and promote healing.

Benefits and expected outcomes

  • Enhanced Breast Size and Shape:
    • Achieves a fuller, more proportionate breast profile.
    • Customisable options to suit individual body shapes and aesthetic goals.
  • Improved Breast Symmetry:
    • Corrects asymmetries in breast size or shape, leading to a more balanced appearance.
  • Restoration of Breast Volume:
    • Ideal for women who have experienced loss of breast volume due to ageing, weight loss, or childbirth.
    • Restores a youthful fullness to the breasts.
  • Boost in Confidence and Self-Esteem:
    • Many patients report a significant increase in body confidence and self-image.
    • Enhances the overall feeling of femininity and self-assurance.
  • Improved Clothing Fit and Fashion Choices:
    • Broadens wardrobe options, allowing for a better fit and more style choices.
    • Offers the opportunity to wear styles and cuts previously felt inaccessible.
  • Natural-Looking Results:
    • Modern implant options and surgical techniques ensure a natural and aesthetically pleasing look.
    • Focus on creating results that harmonise with the patient’s overall body structure.
  • Long-Lasting Outcomes:
    • While implants are not lifetime devices, they are designed for long-term use.
    • Many patients enjoy the results of their breast augmentation for many years.
  • Psychological and Emotional Well-being:
    • Addresses and alleviates concerns and insecurities associated with small or asymmetrical breasts.
    • It can lead to a positive impact on overall mood and outlook.
  • Quick Recovery and Visible Changes:
    • The swift recovery process allows a return to daily activities within 2-3 weeks.
    • Immediate visible difference post-surgery, with final results appearing as swelling subsides.

Who is an ideal candidate?

  • Physical Health: Women in good health, non-smokers, and at a stable weight.
  • Aesthetic Goals: Those looking to enhance breast size, improve symmetry, or restore volume.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understanding the potential outcomes and limitations of breast augmentation.
  • Pregnancy: Women who have completed their family or have no plans to have children soon.

Risks and considerations

General Surgical Risks

  • Anaesthesia Risks: Includes reactions to anaesthesia, ranging from mild side effects to more serious complications.
  • Bleeding and Infection: Standard risks associated with any surgery, typically managed with careful surgical technique and post-operative care.
  • Scarring: Scars are an inevitable outcome but are strategically placed to minimise visibility.

Specific Risks Associated with Breast Implants

  • Capsular Contracture: The formation of hard scar tissue around the implant, which may require additional surgery.
  • Implant Leakage or Rupture: Modern implants are robust, but there’s a small risk of leakage or rupture over time.
  • Changes in Nipple Sensation: Some patients may experience increased or decreased nipple sensitivity post-surgery.

Additional Considerations

  • Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL): A rare but treatable type of lymphoma associated with certain types of breast implants.
  • Breast Implant Illness (BII): Some women report a range of symptoms, including fatigue, memory loss, and joint pain, which they attribute to their breast implants.
  • Lifelong Maintenance: Breast implants require ongoing monitoring and may eventually need to be replaced.

Further Reading and Resources

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While breast augmentation can offer significant aesthetic and psychological benefits, it’s important to consider all potential risks and long-term considerations. We prioritise patient education and safety at Waterfront Private Hospital, ensuring you are fully informed throughout your decision-making process.

Aftercare and recovery

  • Rest and Recovery: Initial rest is essential. Patients are advised to take it easy for the first few days post-surgery.
  • Pain Management: Any discomfort or pain can typically be managed with prescribed medication.
  • Wound Care: Instructions on how to care for incisions to promote healing and minimise scarring.
  • Activity Restrictions: Guidance on when to resume regular activities, including work and exercise, to avoid complications.
Detailed aftercare instructions

Frequently asked questions

What is the Cost of Breast Augmentation Surgery at Your Hospital?

The guide price for breast augmentation surgery at Waterfront Private Hospital is £5800. We focus on providing the highest quality of care and, therefore, do not offer price matching or free consultations.

Can Breast Augmentation Be Achieved Without Implants?

While fat transfer breast augmentation is an alternative, it’s often not suitable for everyone. The amount of available donor fat limits this technique and may not provide as significant an increase in size or as predictable results as implants.

How Do I Choose the Right Size and Type of Implants?

Choosing the right implant involves considering your body frame, desired outcome, and lifestyle. During your consultation, we use 3D imaging technology to help visualise potential results and assist in making this decision.

Are Breast Implants Safe in the Long Term?

Breast implants are considered safe for long-term use. However, they are not lifetime devices and may require replacement or removal in the future.

What Happens If I’m Not Happy with the Results?

If you’re dissatisfied with the results, revision surgery is an option. This decision is made after a thorough discussion during follow-up appointments to understand your concerns and determine the best course of action.

Can Breast Augmentation Affect My Ability to Breastfeed?

Breast augmentation surgery typically does not affect the ability to breastfeed, but it can vary depending on the type of surgery performed.

How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

While the lifespan of breast implants varies, they can last many years. Most patients consider replacement or removal after about 10 to 15 years.

How Do Lifestyle and Future Plans Affect My Suitability for Breast Augmentation?

Your lifestyle, including physical activities and future plans like pregnancy, can impact both the timing and type of breast augmentation. We consider these factors to tailor the procedure to your unique needs and ensure long-lasting satisfaction.

What Are the Latest Advances in Breast Implant Technology?

At Waterfront Private Hospital, we utilize the latest in implant technology, including highly cohesive silicone gel and nanotextured implants, which offer improved safety and a more natural feel.

How Does Age Impact the Results of Breast Augmentation?

While there’s no definitive age limit for breast augmentation, skin elasticity and overall health, which can change with age, are important considerations in achieving optimal results. Patients must be over 18 years old.

Can I Combine Breast Augmentation with Other Procedures?

Yes, breast augmentation can be combined with other procedures like a breast lift or body contouring surgeries for a more comprehensive transformation.

How Does Breast Augmentation Impact Mammograms and Breast Cancer Screening?

Breast implants can necessitate specialized mammogram techniques. It’s important to inform your radiologist about your implants during breast cancer screenings.

What Should I Look for in Before-and-After Photos When Researching Surgeons?

Evaluating before-and-after photos can give you an idea of a surgeon’s aesthetic style. Look for patients with a similar body type to yours and focus on the naturalness and symmetry of the results.

How is Breast Augmentation Surgery Customised for Each Patient?

The surgery is customised based on individual anatomy, desired outcomes, and lifestyle factors. During your consultation, we discuss all these aspects to ensure the procedure aligns with your personal goals.

Mr Awf Quaba is an amazing surgeon

Mr Awf Quaba is an amazing surgeon. I had breast augmentation in July. From the first consultation I had with him I knew he was the surgeon for me. He made me feel so comfortable and on the day of my operation himself and his team were just amazing they made me feel at ease the whole time.
It’s been almost 4 weeks since I had my procedure done and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I highly recommend Mr Awf Quaba he’s an amazing surgeon and a lovely man.

July 2023

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