Women seek out breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. Reconstruction after a mastectomy, or rejuvenating breasts that have begun to sag due to aging, or recovering the fullness after childbirth, are some commonly cited reasons. Whatever your reason for having reconstructive or breast augmentation surgery, there are some important considerations when it comes to recovery.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
The procedure itself takes about an average of 2 hours under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make the incision under the breast, under the arm, or near the nipple depending upon the surgical plan. The implant is then placed either under or above the chest muscle.
The recovery time will depend, in part, upon the type and size of augmentation that is performed. Whichever type of surgery you undergo, you’ll go from surgery into a recover room to be monitored while the anesthesia wears off.
Once you’re fully awake, you’ll be released. Be sure to have someone available to drive you home. If you have small children, you’ll need to have someone else to be responsible for their care for at least a few weeks, since you won’t be able to lift anything for up to six weeks, and will need to get plenty of rest in the days following your procedure.
You’ll probably have some pain and swelling over the first few days. You’ll need to wear a supportive garment or band, and you may have drainage tubes which will be removed after a few days. The gauze covering your incisions will need to be replaced regularly to aid in healing and prevent infection. Your doctor will prescribe pain relieving medication for at least the first few days. Be sure to take it as scheduled for maximum relief.
Depending upon the type of breast implant you and your doctor choose, you may need to be monitored in the years after your implant, to ensure that your implants have not worn out or ruptured. Breast implants need to be replaced about every 10 years, or if you experience changes in your size or shape over time.
You should be able to return to normal activity in about 8 weeks. Scars will continue to fade for up to a year.
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Call Dr. Rast at (913) 451-3722 or contact us online to learn more about breast surgery and your implant options. Our plastic surgery team will walk you through the breast augmentation procedure and help you achieve a natural, beautiful look based on your personal goals.
We are located conveniently and privately in the outskirts of Kansas City in Leawood, KS..