Breast augmentation surgery: from surgery to success

Written by: Mr William Townley
Published: | Updated: 25/07/2023
Edited by: Jay Staniland

Breast augmentation surgery, otherwise known as breast enlargement surgery, remains increasingly popular in the UK, with many women saying that it helps to boost self-confidence. Breast implants are the most popular kind of cosmetic surgery, with the procedure being not only used to increase the size of the breasts, but also the shape.



How long does breast augmentation surgery take?


Breast enlargement surgery usually takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete and can be done as day case surgery, meaning the procedure is performed in a day and the patient can return home afterwards. Some procedures may require an overnight stay in hospital.


How long is the recovery time for breast surgery?


Following breast augmentation surgery, the recovery time is usually as follows:

  • 4-5 days – the pain usually settles down
  • After 1 week – the patient can return to work in most cases
  • After 2 weeks – the incisions have usually healed
  • After 4 weeks – Patients can return to strenuous exercise
  • Up to 6 months – It may take up to 6 months in some patients for the swelling to settle and the implants to soften, and the final result to be seen.

Where is the scar, and how big is it?


The entire surgery is performed through an inconspicuous small incision at the bottom of the breast in the breast fold. The incision is 3 - 4.5cm in length.


What kind of implants are used for the surgery?

The selection of the implant is individualised to a patient based on their goals and requirements as well as their body measurements.

Breast Implants come in two different shapes, round and tear-drop, and in many different sizes.


How much does breast augmentation surgery cost?

Breast augmentation surgery with Mr William Townley usually costs around £5,000

By Mr William Townley
Plastic surgery

Mr William Townley is a highly-experienced consultant plastic surgeon who runs a busy cosmetic practice in London with a special interest in rhinoplasty and all aspects of facial and breast aesthetic surgery

Practising from his two private cosmetic clinics in London, he strives to provide the highest standard of care to his patients, placing great emphasis on quality, safety and innovative techniques to deliver natural and beautiful results. He is also Head of Department at the largest teaching hospital in London (Guy's & St Thomas'), where he is a core member of both the facial palsy and head and neck cancer multi-disciplinary groups and sits on several national advisory boards relating to facial palsy and complex cancer reconstruction.

Mr Townley studied and trained in London, Oxford and Cambridge before gaining further subspecialist training and experience in Toronto, Canada and British Columbia. He has a keen interest in clinical research and improving clinical outcome, publishing almost 30 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals and authoring several book chapters.

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