Breast Enlargement (Augmentation) Surgery in Bristol

Breast enlargement surgery (also known as breast augmentation or a boob job) is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK. It is suitable for anyone looking to increase the size and fullness of their breast(s). Breast augmentation is a relatively simple procedure that can make a huge difference to how you feel about your body.

If you feel unhappy with the size of your breasts or have lost volume in your breasts due to having children or weight loss, a breast enlargement can lead to increased self-confidence and an improved body image, especially if you feel your breasts are out of proportion with the rest of your body. Breast enlargement surgery (combined with mastopexy) can also help correct any sagging.

Whatever your reasons for considering breast augmentation, Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will take great care in talking you through all of your options to ensure breast enlargement is the right procedure for you.

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Breast Enlargement Before and After

Mr Wilson has performed many breast enlargement procedures for patients in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Newport.   Please see this gallery for before and after breast enlargement pictures. Mr Wilson will always be happy to talk to you about your desired outcome and what results you should expect for your individual body.

Please see the testimonials page to read Mr Wilson’s 5* breast enlargement reviews.

What does breast augmentation surgery involve?

Technically referred to as an augmentation mammoplasty, breast implants are used to enlarge or improve the shape of the breasts. A breast implant consists of an outer shell and a filling material, which is most often silicone gel. Some implants are round and others are shaped more like a natural breast referred to as tear drops or anatomical implants. Either can give excellent results. The manufacturers life expectancy of implants is 10 or more years, and whilst we do provide breast implant exchange surgery, they can stay in without problems for a much longer time.

Implants can be placed either directly behind the breast (known as subglandular placement), or behind the breast and chest wall/muscle (known as submuscular placement). Mr Wilson will help you decide on the most appropriate implant to use as well as the best position. This depends on a number of factors including the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your existing breast tissue and skin, and the size you would ideally like your breasts to be following surgery.

The surgery takes between one and one-and-a-half hours, and is done under general anesthetic. The implants are usually inserted using an incision under the breast at the crease. Once the pocket has been created, the implant is inserted and the incision wounds are stitched.

Can I breastfeed after breast enlargement surgery?

Yes, most women will still breastfeed normally after an augmentation. In a typical breast enlargement, the implant is placed either behind or above the muscle below the breast tissue and doesn’t involve any areas of the breast involved in milk production.

Do I need an uplift as well as an enlargement?

Patients often ask us if they will need a breast lift in addition to implants in order to achieve their desired result.

This will depend on the skin elasticity of the upper part of the breast (sometimes referred to as ‘upper pole volume’) and how droopy your breasts are.

Breast implants on their own will give good ‘upper pole volume’ but will not correct the droopiness of the breasts. A breast lift (mastopexy) will give the breasts a good shape but will not provide any extra volume.

  • You may wish to consider an augmentation-mastopexy (i.e. implants and an uplift) if one or more of the below apply:
  • You want to increase the size of your breasts in addition to lifting their position on the chest
  • You would like a breast lift but also want more fullness in the upper poles
  • You want breast augmentation but have more droopiness than can be corrected with implants alone
  • You have breast volume loss and excess skin due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and/or weight loss

Recovery time for breast augmentation

You may be able to go home the same day after surgery, but many patients will spend one night in hospital. Patients are recommended to take around two weeks off work immediately after the operation in order to ensure they recuperate fully, and are advised to refrain from any heavy lifting for the first few weeks. At a month most patients can resume most exercise. At six weeks, patients are generally completely healed and can resume all exercises.

Mr Wilson will advise that you must wear a supportive bra during the first few weeks after the operation. Usually, a non-wired front fastening sports bra will be able to provide enough support, however there are bras designed purposefully for the post-surgical period that can be purchased (discount code available upon request). They will help to make your breasts comfortable and supported, aiding the healing process.

Are there risks of breast enlargement surgery?

Breast augmentation surgery is considered very safe, but as with all surgical procedures, they carry a small amount of risk.

In a low number of cases (less than 1%) breast augmentation can lead to bleeding or infection, which may result in reoperation. 

Implants are made to be very tough, but in some cases, the envelope can gradually fail, and a leak can occur. This is not usually a serious event, but once detected, removal and exchange of the implant will be necessary.

Up to 10% of women (over a ten-year period), may experience hardening or encapsulation due to the formation of scar tissue around the implant. 

At any point prior to your surgery, Dr Wilson will be able to talk you through the potential risks associated with breast enlargement procedures and any specific concerns you may have. 

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

Since 2014, a condition called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in association with breast implants has been identified. The risk of this is extremely small. It is not a breast cancer itself, but is associated with the scar tissue or capsule laid down by the body around a breast implant. Cases of BIA-ALCL have occurred between 2-28 years after breast implant insertion with the average time being 8 years. It is most likely to show up as a swelling around the implant causing an increase in size of the breast (a seroma). It can usually be successfully treated by an operation to remove the implant and the capsule of tissue surrounding it.

Because it is so rare, International organisations are sharing data and information about this condition. Most of the cases worldwide have occurred in women with textured breast implants, with higher numbers of BIA-ALCL seen in women with implants that have a coarser texture than those with a finer texture.

It is important to ask your surgeon what the most up-to-date recommendations are. Breast implants continue to be considered safe, with safety approval from Government organisations such as the UK MHRA and USA FDA. They continue to be used in breast reconstruction patients following treatment of cancer worldwide. For more information, please see the links at the end of this booklet.

Breast Implant Illness (BII)

Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a term used by patients who have breast implants and experience a variety of symptoms that they feel are directly connected to their silicone breast implants. BII is not a medical diagnosis and there is no proven association with breast implants. The symptoms include tiredness, “brain fog”, joint aches, immune-related symptoms, sleep disturbance, depression, hormonal issues, headaches, hair loss, chills, rash, and neurological issues.

There is currently no scientific evidence to confirm this proposed link or any diagnostic test to show that a patient suffers from such a condition. Research continues in this area to establish if all of the symptoms that patients describe can be brought together into a single diagnosis. Some patients do report that their symptoms improve if their implants are removed but this is not true for all. More guidance on BII can be found on the Gov.UK and websites.

Breast Augmentation Reviews

Sherif invites all of his clients to leave a review about the service he provided on Google (Bristol and Gloucester), as well as Doctify, RealSelf and I Want Great Care.

Here are some of Mr Wilson’s Breast Augmentation reviews, or please visit the Testimonials page for the very latest, or click on the links directly below this contact form.

“Such an amazing surgeon, I had a boob job with Sherif and I’m so happy with the results! Helped me every step of the way and his assistants Kim and Lilly were so helpful as well! Always picked up the phone to listen to me if I had an issue and sorted it out felt comfortable every step of the way. Highly recommend!!”

Via RealSelfBreast enlargement, such an amazing surgeon - highly recommend!

“From my first consultation I knew that Dr Wilson would be my surgeon. He explained very well all the risks and benefits of having the procedure. He was very interested in my views and desired outcome. He reassured me that I can get a very natural looking breast argumentation if I listen to his advice.
We went for 300cc Mentor HP under the muscle. This increased my bra size by 3 cups ( I am quite petite 107lbs and 5.2)
I am really pleased with my results and I am only 7 weeks post op. They are getting better and better every day.
If you are looking for a surgeon that will not only look after you, but also listen to your wishes look no further!”

Very Natural Looking Breast ArgumentationAffectionate796940 via RealSelf

“I had breast augmentation with Mr Wilson. I wanted a small natural looking breast augmentation and this is what I got. Mr Wilson went through all the options, pros and cons. I didn’t feel rushed to make a decision and was offered as many appointments as needed prior to and after the operation. His secretary, Kim and Lily, were really helpful and responded really quickly to emails. We decide on 250cc high profile round textured implants. I am so so happy with the outcome. My breasts are symmetrical, have a great shape and size, they are better than I could have imagined. The whole process from start to finish was really easy, post op recovery was fine with no complications. The scars are slightly longer than I expected but they are neat, healing really well and have been advised will fade in time.”

Breast Augmentation - Amazing Results soph2010 via RealSelf

“Wow, what can I say?!
From the first moment i researched and met Sherif i just KNEW he was the surgeon for me. He is super knowledgeable, isn’t interested in selling to you, realistic about what you can achieve and so calming. His results are OUTSTANDING and him and both Kim and Lily are sensation for aftercare. I even had an extra appointment for after care which they were more than accommodating for and any questions I have had since my surgery!

The only regret you will have? NOT booking this dream team for your procedure.”

My Boob Job Experience - results are OUTSTANDINGGenerous763578 via RealSelf

I had a Breast Augmentation with Mr Wilson a little over a year ago now and I honestly cannot speak highly enough of his work and himself in general. From the first appointment to surgery and post op he made me feel so very calm and his bedside manner is of such a high standard. We agreed together to go for 450cc high profile silicone implants under the muscle. Originally I had in my head smaller but they are literally the most perfect size on me and the scars are so neat and healed beautifully. Mr Wilson was absolutely amazing and I would recommend him in a heart beat !

The perfect size - the scars are so neat and healed beautifullyBrave493159 via RealSelf

How much does breast enlargement surgery cost in Bristol?

Depending on the type of procedure you require, the cost of this surgery can vary.

These are guide prices and are subject to change following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, where a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient.

At Nuffield Bristol Hospital
From £6,800

At BMI Bath Clinic
From £6,200

At Winfield Hospital (Gloucester)
From £6,400

At St Josephs Newport
From £6,000

There are finance options available which you can find information about on the Nuffield, Circle Health Group and Winfield hospital websites respectively.

Breast Enlargement FAQs

If you are considering breast enlargement surgery, it’s likely you’ll have many questions in mind before making your final decision. Mr Sherif Wilson is one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons and is a leading consultant for plastic breast reconstruction for North Bristol NHS. He will be happy to answer any of your questions if you wish to meet him for a consultation, or please read his list of frequently asked questions about breast enlargement surgery.

The right type of breast implant for you will depend on a number of factors. This includes the size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your existing breast tissue and skin, as well as the results you are looking to achieve from breast augmentation surgery. 

Implants come in round and teardrop (anatomical) shapes. Round implants offer more fullness in the upper part of the breast, while teardrop implants mimic the natural breast shape with more volume at the bottom.

Choosing the right implant size involves considering your body proportions, lifestyle, and desired appearance. Mr Wilson uses Mentor Memory Gel implants, and you will be able to decide with him regarding micro/macro textured, or smooth implants, and the profile (High or Mod+) – he will discuss with you the pros and cons of all the different options. 

Mr Wilson will guide you through all the options to find the right type of breast implant for you. During your consultation process, it will be possible to view different sizes in order to visualise how they might look on your body. Mr Wilson will consider your goals, your individual anatomy, and your preferences to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your expectations and ensures the best possible outcome.

The experience of pain or discomfort after breast implant surgery varies from person to person. During the initial post-operative period, it’s normal to experience some discomfort, soreness, and tightness. This discomfort is typically managed well with pain medications, which will be prescribed to you after your surgery. It’s also normal for one breast to heal quicker than the other, so don’t be surprised by this. 

By following the advice for aftercare instructions, such as wearing a supportive bra (Macom signature bra), avoiding strenuous activities including lifting arms above your head, and making sure you get proper rest, can all significantly affect the level of discomfort as well as your recovery time. 

Pain levels may also be affected by where the implants are placed, either directly behind the breast or behind the breast and muscle.

It’s important to remember that perception of pain varies among individuals, meaning some people might experience more discomfort than others. Discomfort and pain will gradually subside as the body heals, and most patients find that any initial discomfort is manageable and temporary.

On average, breast augmentation surgery typically takes around 1.5 hours to complete. You will require a one night stay in Hospital with drains, which will be removed before you are discharged. 

Yes, the before and after images photos on our website are photos from surgery performed by Mr Wilson. He can also show you additional photos in your consultation and use them to try and help explain the kind of results you should expect from your own surgery. We also share regular Instagram posts of recent surgeries. 

Yes, breast augmentation surgery is typically performed under general anaesthetic. This means you’ll be completely unconscious and unaware during the procedure, which ensures both your comfort and safety.

Mr Wilson will talk you through the full anaesthesia process, address any concerns you may have, and provide instructions for pre-operative preparations and post-operative care related to the anaesthetic. You will meet the anesthetist before you are put to sleep, if you have any specific anaesthetic related questions.  

Recovery from breast enlargement surgery involves several phases.

Immediately after the surgery, you might experience grogginess whilst the anaesthetic wears off and some soreness in the chest area. 

The initial days after surgery may involve discomfort and swelling, but you will be prescribed pain medications to manage any discomfort. 

It may also be helpful to have someone assist you during this time, as lifting and certain movements might be limited. Swelling and bruising are common but should gradually diminish over the first few weeks.

You will be offered post-operative instructions, personalised care and follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress, as it can take several months to heal completely.

Breast implants typically last around 10 to 20 years, though this can vary based on individual factors and implant types. Changes in body weight, pregnancy, and the body’s reaction to the implants can influence their longevity. Regular monitoring and follow-up appointments with your surgeon are important to assess the condition of the implants and address any concerns that may arise over time. If you feel like your implants have changed shape or are causing you discomfort, then you should contact your surgeon for advice. 

Breast implants can rupture, although it’s rare for this to happen (9.8% in 10 years). Damage can occasionally occur due to trauma to the chest, wear and tear over time, or a defect in the implant itself. When a silicone implant ruptures it might go unnoticed initially because the gel will stay within the implant capsule or leak slowly. If you notice a change in the shape or size of your implants or any pain in the breasts, it’s essential to contact your plastic surgeon, who will be able to advise you of the best course of action. 

The guide price for breast implants with Mr Wilson starts at £6,000. The cost will vary depending on where you have your surgery and the exact procedure you require. Sherif Wilson offers breast augmentation at Bristol Nuffield Hospital, Circle Group Bath Clinic, Winfield Hospital Gloucester and St Joseph’s in Newport. A full quote will be given to you once you have been for a consultation.

There are finance options available for breast augmentation with Mr Wilson. You can find information about financing your surgery via the Nuffield, Circle Health Group and Winfield hospital websites. 

Sherif Wilson has an excellent reputation as a Plastic Surgeon amongst NHS and private practices in Bristol, Bath, Newport and Gloucester. Mr Wilson believes that patient satisfaction is paramount, and he will look after you through every step of your treatment, including unlimited pre and post-operative care and support.

He personally carries out all pre-operative consultations and all follow-up appointments. There is no limit to the post-op visits and no extra charges for follow-ups, and he is happy to see you as many times as you feel necessary.

Mr Wilson has excellent reviews from his patients, which you can read here. Many of his patients return again and again, and they are happy to refer Mr Wilson to friends and family.

Mr Wilson is the lead clinician for the plastic surgery department and the lead clinician in Breast Reconstruction at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), Southmead Hospital. He is also currently the Chair of the Breast Special Interest Group for the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (BAPRAS).

If you choose Sherif Wilson for your breast enlargement surgery, you are safely in the hands of one of the most well-respected and experienced plastic surgeons in the UK.

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Jen MooreJen Moore
10:12 01 Jun 23
I recently underwent a surgical procedure at Spire Clinic on 21st March 2023, under the expert care of Mr Wilson, and I am delighted to share my overwhelmingly positive experience. From the moment I walked through the doors of the clinic until my complete recovery, the service I received was nothing short of exceptional.First and foremost, I must express my sincere gratitude to Mr Wilson. His professionalism, expertise, and compassionate approach were evident from our very first meeting. He took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all my concerns and ensuring I had a complete understanding of what to expect. His calm and reassuring demeanor put me at ease, instilling confidence in his abilities as a surgeon.The facilities at Spire Clinic were outstanding. The clinic's clean and welcoming environment helped alleviate any pre-operative anxieties I had. The staff members were friendly, approachable, and always ready to assist me with any questions or requests. From the receptionists to the nurses and support staff, everyone demonstrated a high level of competence and professionalism.Throughout my stay, the nursing team provided attentive care, ensuring my comfort and well-being at all times. They were highly knowledgeable, offering post-operative support and guidance that played a crucial role in my smooth recovery process. Their commitment to patient care was evident in their prompt response to any concerns or discomforts I experienced, making me feel valued and reassured.The post-operative follow-up care I received was exceptional. Mr Wilson regularly checked in on my progress and provided detailed explanations about the healing process. His willingness to address any post-surgery concerns, no matter how minor, further underscored his dedication to ensuring my complete recovery and satisfaction.The administrative staff at Spire Clinic also deserve commendation. They efficiently handled all aspects of my stay, including scheduling appointments, coordinating with my insurance provider, and addressing any billing inquiries. Their professionalism and attention to detail contributed to a seamless and hassle-free experience.In summary, my experience at Spire Clinic, under the care of Mr. Wilson, was exemplary. The clinic's commitment to excellence, paired with Mr. Wilson's expertise and compassionate care, made a significant impact on my overall satisfaction with the service I received. I would highly recommend Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson to anyone in need of surgical care, confident that they will provide the same exceptional level of service that I was fortunate enough to experience.Thank you, Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson, for your unwavering commitment to patient well-being and for exceeding my expectations at every step of my journey!!
Millie TaylorMillie Taylor
09:06 17 May 23
There are so many options when considering surgery, it can be a bit overwhelming as it's such a huge decision. Sherif was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, who talked very highly of him and his work. My first consultation with Sherif was informative and relaxed, there was no pressure to progress with the surgery and I felt I was in good hands. I was given time and space to make my decision, and felt comfortable asking any further questions. The surgery itself went smoothly, I felt safe and well looked after. My recovery went better than I'd imagined and I was comfortably back at work within 2 weeks. I'm now 11 weeks post op and I'm loving the results - it really is life changing, and I'm so glad I did it, and chose Sherif to do it. Huge thanks to him and his team.
lauren priestleylauren priestley
21:56 01 Aug 22
At my first consultation with Mr Wilson he made me feel comfortable and after explaining how specific I wanted my surgery to look, he took so much time explaining the procedure and answered all my questions and advised me on what my best option was.I am so pleased with the results.Him and all his lovely team were highly professional, helpful and very supportive during my surgery and during my post surgery follow up appointments.I cannot express enough how talented Mr Wilson is and I would highly recommend him.
Charmaine GriffinCharmaine Griffin
11:16 28 Jul 22
The service received from Mr Wilson and his secretary has been amazing. Kim has always been prompt and professional with all of our contact. At the initial consultation with Mr Wilson, he made me comfortable and at ease. Mr Wilson has always been so kind and considerate and made sure that he explained the options available to me and what each option would include. Mr Wilson was clear about what the results of each option would likely provide and the risks involved. On the day of my surgery Mr Wilson came to see me prior to the surgery to check that I was happy. The results of the surgery were better than I could ever have imagined. I got a small infection a couple of weeks after surgery and Mr Wilson got me in to see him the same day, provided me with antibiotics and it cleared up right away. I'm now 7 weeks post surgery and feeling right back to normal.
Ashleigh GoodwinAshleigh Goodwin
22:12 04 May 22
Wow, I honestly don’t even know where to start. I guess a MASSIVE thank you to Mr Wilson, he has quite frankly changed my life. From the moment I met him I knew that he was the surgeon for me, he listened to what I wanted, was very understanding and caring, he was honest with the outcome and explained everything perfectly. I knew that I had to have him as my surgeon for my Breast Reduction, the minute I left the consultation I booked my surgery, I only had 7 weeks to wait, I was beyond excited. About a week before the surgery I came to see Mr Wilson again just to settle my nerves, and he did just that. My surgery went incredibly well, I felt amazing and just so excited to see the results, I had no complications whatsoever and pain was minimal, the heeling process was so so smooth too. One year on and I am still on cloud nine, the scars are basically non existent and my new breasts are PERFECT. I’m not over exaggerating when I say Mr Wilson has changed my life, he really has done just that, and I will be forever grateful. Will recommend Mr Wilson over and over again to anyone wanting ANY surgery with him. He is incredible!