What Happens After Breast Augmentation
The breast augmentation procedure can take place in a hospital outpatient facility or in a surgical center. The entire procedure requires almost 2 hours but you are always advised to go home once it’s done.
Only selective cases require local anesthesia, whereas majorly the procedure takes place through general anesthesia. If you consult a good surgeon for breast augmentation, you are normally briefed through the procedure. You are also inquired about the surgery reasons and your awareness of breast implant. There are things you need to be prepared for in advance, if however by now you are still exploring-here’s a brief description for what to expect from breast augmentation;
How does Breast Augmentation Takes Place?
As already explained, you will be discussed with for the incision and breast size choices. The overview of incision is:
Your surgeon will choose (along with your consent) the point for incision. It will be
- Incision under the crease of breast (inframammary)
- Under the arm area (axillary)
- Around the nipple area (periareolar)
Once the incision is done, the next step involves separating the muscle and breast tissues and the connective tissues of the chest. A pocket is formed in front of the outermost muscle of the chest wall. The breast implant is thus inserted into the pocket, right behind the nipple.
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Implants are of two types and you can choose which breast implant to be inserted. Silicone implants are pre-filled with a gel while Saline implants get inserted first and are filled afterwards. The choice of implant depends on your current breast size and affordability as well.
Once the implant has been placed inside, the incision is stitched and covered with bandaged (skin adhesive and surgical tape).
What are the After Effects of Breast Augmentation?
Breast augmentation may seem like a small procedure but the after effects can last a while. Before even getting the procedure done, make sure your work can give you off for a week and if you can do the work from home, and see if your family will be supportive after the procedure as you will require a person with you most of the times. The presence of family member or partner will also be required as you will suffer mood swings and stress.
Once these things have been assured, now this is what you will feel after breast augmentation. You will go through swelling and soreness for a few weeks. You might have bruises and the scars will gradually fade but will not disappear. During the healing time, it might be helpful to wear sports bra or compression bandage for giving extra support to the implants and their positioning.
You will have difficulty in returning to regularly activities, especially work. If the job is not physically demanding then you should try working from home. Avoid any strenuous activity, physical exercise that can result in raised blood pressure or pulse. During the healing process, do remember that your breasts will remain sensitive to jarring movements or physical contacts. These precautions are to be followed for at least two weeks.
The sutures or drainage tubes placed near your breasts will require removal of them as well. The sutures won’t absorb and you should not miss their removal in the follow-up appointment. If for some reason you feel warmth or redness on your breast or run a fever, you should contact your surgeon on priority as that can be an infection. If shortness of breath or chest pain is accompanied, contact the surgeon and do not neglect any of these effects.
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