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Professional and caring breast services

Yorkshire Breast Clinic :    01274 550842

Rick Linforth.com

Consultant Breast Surgeon


Subglandualar-on top of muscle                                             Submuscular, under the Pectoral Muscle

Cosmetic Breast Augmentation/Enlargement

Mr Linforth is expertly trained in breast enlargement and has been performing this operation for over 10 years at the Yorkshire Breast clinic and also in his NHS practice at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

Mr Linforth spent 6 years training as a breast specialist surgeon and completed his reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery training In 2005 with a year as the ABS/BAPRAS National Onco-Plastic Fellow at South Manchester University Hospital.
He also attended the well know Clinic Akademikliniken, in Stockholm, Sweden, with Per Heden, which is Europe’s largest private hospital for cosmetic surgery and who's ideology is to achieve ‘Beauty Through Science’ .  His other well know mentors have included:
Mr Krishner Clough ( Paris) Mr Moustaphe Hamdi (Belgium) and Stefan Paepke ( Berlin) to name but a few.

Since becoming a consultant Mr Linforth Pioneered the technique of accellular dermal matrices and breast implant reconstruction.

He performed the first operation of this kind in Europe in 2008, and has presented and published his work around Europe demonstrating the technique to over 1000 surgeons world wide.  

What Does Breast Augmentation Cost?

Mr Linforth has negotiated a fixed package price at the Ramsay Yorkshire breast clinic, Bradford

The total cost is £4000. (Theatre nurses, time and instrument costs, hospital stay overnight, Surgeons fees, Anaesthetist’s fees, and implant costs).The predominant variability in cost relates to the surgeons fees, hospital costs or type of implants. All costs are included in this price.

Mr Linforth only uses the latest Allergan and Mentor round or anatomical implants, which come with a life time warranty.
He does not use "Sales Consultants" or "advisors",  All patients are seen personally.

An Initial Consultation lasting for 30 minutes is £200.00.This will include an assessment of you current breast shape, and advice on potential surgical options and their risks and complications. A second consultation prior to surgery is free of charge.

So called "free" consultations else where last 5 minutes and are a waste of time if you want a truly professional opinion.Would you spend all this money after a 5 min consultation? I wouldn't. 

Breast augmentation is straightforward but must be carried out by an experienced breast surgeon to  exceptional standards and with patient safety as paramount. All surgery however has some risks.

                                    An example of a modest breast augmentation using round subglandular Allergan implants

How long does the operation take?

1 hr

Is it painful?

The chest area often feels "tight" and tender for a few days but should be manageable with simple painkillers like paracetamol and codeine.

You will feel discomfort around the lower ribs and scar for up to a few weeks after surgery.

When can I drive?

Simply, when you feel safe to do an emergency stop!
Usually this is 5 days, but the common sense answer is when you feel comfortable turning a wheel and braking.

When can I return to work

Usually after 2 week , although desk type work can be done after 48hrs. 

How do I decide on the size of the implants?

The average breast size in the UK is a "B/C" cup
Most patients desire an increase of 1 -2  cup sizes to a C/D/DD cup 
The average size implant used  is 240-300 cc volume. ( between 120-140cc per cup on a 32-4inch bra, more for bigger backs) 
Asking for a natural shape augmentation is common

Implant to use is selected by carefully measuring your chest and breast shape, width height and projection, along with the quality of your skin and natural breast tissue. Along with this bio-demensional profiling and aesthetic desires , your specific implant can be picked from a range of over 1000 different shapes and sizes.

Risks associated with surgery:

Wound infection 1-3%, treated with antibiotics. However if the implant gets infected it usually has to be removed.

Scaring: All surgery leaves scars. These are usually under the breast and measure 5-8cm.

The majority of women have a very nice and long lasting result from breast augmentation. A thin layer of healthy tissue soon forms around your new breast implant to make it part of you. This is called the capsule.

This occurs around any implanted material whether it is a pacemaker or an artificial hip. In some people this tissue may thicken with time and the term for this is "capsulation "or "capsular contraction."

Capsular contracture is the most common complication that occurs with breast augmentation and can happen at any time. It seems to be more common in the first few months after surgery, but the incidence then rises again several years after surgery.There are probably several causes that affect some patients and not others. There are some factors that may increase the risk of capsular contracture.

The rate of capsular contraction is twice as high in smokers. Mr Linforth advises all of his patients not to smoke.
Capsular contracture is more likely following an infection. It may occur following sub-clinical infection.

This is a collection of blood around the implant. It can cause an inflammatory reaction, which can lead to capsular contracture. It is advisable to drain a haematoma if one develops.

Smooth Surface Implants 
The smooth surface implants seem to be associated with a significantly higher capsulation rate than the rough surfaced type. These rough surfaced implants were a new design change introduced over 10 years ago. The process is called "texturing". There are different ways to texture the implant. The textured implants inhibit the capsulation process and do dramatically reduce it's occurrence. The textured implants also unite better to the back of the breast tissue reducing risks of a rotation of a shaped implant. Occasionly you make get some texture-rippling form, if minor capsulation occurs with a textured implant in place.

Previous capsulation 
If you have had previous capsulation it is much more likely to occur again. There may be a genetic reason for this related to wound healing. This is unknown though.

Best advice is to stop smoking if you are a smoker. If there are no symptoms and the cosmetic result remains excellent you do not need to have anything done. It doesn't always progress.

Other complications include

Rippling and folding of the implants, making them palpable,

Rupture which can cause silicone to cause reactive scar tissue or "granulomas"

Implant Advice booklet 

Faculty of Breast Surgeons at the Acellity breast meeting Rome 2015

Left to Right

Stefan Paepke (Berlin)

Steven Kronovitz( Texas)

Stefan Pompei (Rome)

Michael Scflan (Israel)

Rick Linforth (UK)