What is breast augmentation surgery?
Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts or to improve symmetry of the breasts. Clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure is used cosmetically to: Enlarge a naturally small breast, most commonly the result of heredity Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy, as a result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss Achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately disproportionate in size and shape .
Breast augmentation procedure steps
What happens during breast augmentation surgery? Step 1 - Anesthesia Medications are administered for your comfort during breast augmentation surgery. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you. Step 2 - The incision Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: Inframammary incision
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.