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Breast augmentation recovery

Many patients have questions about breast augmentation and recovery.
Although many factors are involved  with determining your actual recovery time for breast augmentation, you will likely experience a post-surgical recovery period  of 24 to 48 hours and an additional reduced-activity period of a few days, you will likely experience soreness and swelling for a few weeks.
Exercise and normal activity can resume at the direction of your plastic surgeon. Over time, post-surgical swelling will decrease and incision lines will fade.

You will be given specific instructions that may include: 

How to care for your breasts following breast augmentation surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with your plastic surgeon.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

• Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?

• What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?

Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?

• Are stitches removed? When?

• When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

• When do I return for follow-up care?


When you go home

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur after breast augmentation, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

Be careful

Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.


Breast augmentation results

The results of your breast augmentation surgery will be long-lasting. You will find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing and swim wear. Like many women who have had breast augmentation, you may also have a boost in self confidence.

Implants may need to be replaced or revised

It's important to know that after receiving breast implants, results are not permanent and they may require replacement during your lifetime. You should expect to have future visits with your plastic surgeon to discuss changes in your breasts.
Over time, your breasts can change due to aging, weight fluctuations, hormonal factors and gravity. If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift or implant exchange to restore a more youthful contour.
Continue to follow your plastic surgeon's instructions to ensure the best results for breast enlargement or breast enhancement, and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.


Breast augmentation costs

As an elective surgery, the cost of breast augmentation is a consideration for many patients. A surgeon's cost for breast augmentation may vary based on his or her experience, the type and cost of breast implants used, as well as geographic office location.

Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Cost may include:

• Surgeon’s fee
• Hospital or surgical facility costs
• Anesthesia fees
• Breast implant cost
• Prescriptions for medication
• Post-surgery garments
• Medical tests

Most health insurance plans will not cover cosmetic breast augmentation costs, related complications or another surgery to revise the appearance of your breasts. Some carriers even exclude breast diseases in patients who have breast implants. You must carefully review your health insurance policy.

Your satisfaction involves more than a fee

When choosing a plastic surgeon for breast enlargement or breast enhancement, remember that the surgeon’s experience with breast implants and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Augmentation mammaplasty words to know

Augmentation mammaplasty words to know

Areola Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
Augmentation mammaplasty Breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.
Breast Augmentation Also known as augmentation mammaplasty; breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.
Breast Implants Medical devices placed in your body to enhance an existing breast size or to reconstruct your breast. Breast implants fall into two categories: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.
Capsular contracture A complication of breast implant surgery which occurs when scar tissue that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant and becomes firm.
General anesthesia Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
Hematoma Blood pooling beneath the skin.
Inframammary incision An incision made in the fold under the breast.
Intravenous sedation Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
Local anesthesia A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
Mammogram An x-ray image of the breast.
Mastectomy The removal of breast tissue, typically to rid the body of cancer.
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging; a painless test to view tissue similar to an x-ray.
Periareolar incision An incision made at the edge of the areola.
Saline implants Breast implants filled with salt water.
Silicone implants Breast implants filled with an elastic gel.
Submammary or subglandular placement Breast implants placed directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.
Submuscular or subpectoral placement Breast implants placed under the pectoral muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.
Sutures Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
Transaxillary incision An incision made in the underarm area.
Ultrasound A diagnostic procedure that projects high frequency sound waves into the body and records the echoes as pictures.


Questions to ask your breast augmentation surgeon

It is important to be an active participant in the process, so we've developed the following list of questions to ask about breast augmentation during your consultation:

 • Are you certified by a Board of Plastic Surgery within your country?

 • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?

 • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?

 • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?

 • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally-or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or

 • Am I a good candidate for breast enhancement or breast enlargement?

 • What will be expected of me to get the best results?

 • Where and how will you perform my breast augmentation surgery?

 • What shape, size, surface texturing, incision site and placement site are recommended for me?

 • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

 • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?

 • How are complications handled?

 • How many additional implant-related operations can I expect over my lifetime?

 • How will my ability to breastfeed be affected?

 • How can I expect my implanted breasts to look over time? After pregnancy? After breastfeeding?

 • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my implanted breasts?

 • How will my breasts look if I choose to have the implants removed in the future without replacement?

 • Do you have breast augmentation before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable
   for me?


Choose a surgeon you can trust

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust.
• Has completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
• Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
• Operates only in accredited medical facilities.
• Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
• Fulfills continuing medical education requirements, including standards and innovations in patient safety.