Breast Augmentation: What to Expect Before, During, and After
If you’ve decided that breast augmentation is right for you, but you’re still feeling a bit nervous about the actual procedure, it can help to know exactly what to expect. While every procedure will differ depending on the client, the type of breast augmentation chosen, and the surgeon, there are some common elements that you can be aware of before, during, and after your procedure.
Before the Procedure
The best way to prepare for your procedure is to communicate with your surgical team about your breast augmentation far in advance. They will take your specific needs and circumstances into consideration before recommending the proper steps that you can take to better prepare yourself for your procedure.
Before your breast augmentation surgery, make sure you have taken into consideration the amount of time you will need for recovery so that you can arrange proper care and time off work. Typically—depending on the specific procedure—you will need to take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to recover. Communicate with your surgeon to find out how long your recovery should be. Make sure you have someone to take you home from your surgery and care for you as needed.
You can also prepare beforehand by making sure your post-surgery recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Lay out the clothes you will need, make sure you are stocked with ice packs, and take care of any necessary housekeeping or furniture adjustments prior to your procedure.
During the Procedure
Most breast augmentations are outpatient procedures, though some individuals choose to stay overnight. While most plastic and cosmetic surgery centers will use general anesthesia during breast augmentation, some offer IV sedation and local anesthesia to make the entire process easier and lower risk for you.
During a traditional breast augmentation surgery, the surgeon will make the proper incisions, insert the implants, and close the incisions with sutures. The procedure should last between one and two hours.
After the Procedure
After your breast augmentation procedure, you might experience some soreness and swelling for a few days. Stitches will likely be removed within a week, and your surgeon might recommend pain medication. You should also follow your surgeon’s recommendations about returning to work, but as long as your job is not physically demanding, you should be able to return to work within a few days after the procedure. In general, you should be able to resume completely normal levels of activity (including exercising and other strenuous activities) after 8 weeks or so.
Some ways to make your recovery easier include wearing loose-fitting clothing, using ice packs and compression bandages (according to your doctor’s recommendations), and minimizing your physical activity. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the entire process.
Breast Augmentation Preparation
The best way that you can prepare for a breast augmentation procedure is to make sure that you are completely informed about every aspect of the process and results. If you are fully informed and communicative with your doctor, you will likely have a faster recovery and be happy with and excited about the results.