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Breast implants

Breast implant surgery, often called breast augmentation or enlargement, is the most common type of cosmetic surgery carried out in the UK.
Why breast implants might be necessary
Breast implants can be used to increase breast size, improve breast shape and make breasts more even in size.
When breast implants should be considered
Breast implants should only be considered by women who have taken medical advice from a qualified cosmetic surgeon.
Types of breast implant
If you are considering having breast implants, the first step is to discuss it with your GP.
How breast implant surgery is performed
Breast implant surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Recovering after surgery
You will experience some pain, swelling and bruising immediately after breast implant surgery.
Complications of breast implants
Like any type of operation, surgery to fit breast implants is associated with a number of complications.
Find out about French-made faulty PIP breast implants including why they are banned, latest safety information and advice on removal and replacement.
Warning signs of a ruptured PIP implant
Find out what happens when a PIP implant ruptures, the signs and symptoms of a ruptured implant, and to know what to do.
Safety and regulation
PIP implants are two to six times as likely to rupture or leak silicone than other implants. A rupture may cause unpleasant side effects in and around the breast, but there's no evidence of lasting dangerous toxic effects or cancer.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about PIP breast implants, plus links to other useful resources.