What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery

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Breast augmentation procedures have come a long way since they were first introduced. Today, anyone who wants to improve the size or appearance of their breasts can look forward to more realistic implants along with a faster recovery time and minimal scarring. According to the Huffington Post, the future of breast augmentation is here, and it is expected that more than 350,000 people will undergo this procedure in the upcoming year. For those who are interested in feeling more confident with their overall appearance, here is what you can expect following breast augmentation surgery performed with the latest research-based techniques and technology.

Recovery Time

A breast augmentation will generally be conducted as an outpatient procedure. After the surgery, which normally takes one to two hours, a patient will go home to continue their recovery will usually lasts approx. 24 to 48 hours. After this period, most patients can expect to go back to their normal routine provided they continue to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise until healing is complete. The majority of patients who undergo this procedure find that having a breast augmentation interferes very little with their normal routine because they are back to work and other activities in only a few days.

Post-Surgery Appearance

Immediately following surgery, bandages will be place around the breasts to protect them during the initial recovery period. Once the bandages are removed, it is common for there to be some swelling and bruising which should begin to fade within the first several days. As the swelling begins to go down, the patient’s breasts should return to the desired size that was determined during the pre-op consultation. There may be some scars; however, these are usually very minimal and carefully concealed. For most procedures, the incisions are placed in areas that will not be noticed, such as under the breast or in the armpit. Additionally, any visible scars generally fade over time. Those who are concerned about scarring can speak with their surgeon about new techniques that result in virtually no detectable incision lines.

After Care Instructions

During the recovery period, patients are given after-care instructions to increase their comfort and reduce the chances of complications. It is important to follow these instructions carefully because they will help to increase one’s happiness with the results of their augmentation. In the after-care instructions, a patient may be prescribed medication and provided with information about when and how to change their bandages. If an antibiotic ointment is recommended, then instructions for this will also be included. Some patients also find that wearing a supportive bra throughout the healing process can alleviate any residual soreness or swelling. Once the healing is complete, a patient may also be encouraged to continue to maintain their current weight and activity level so that their breasts will be less likely to experience changes that could alter their appearance.

Any time a person is uncomfortable with their appearance, it is time to make a change. A breast augmentation can restore a person’s confidence by increasing the size of their breasts, evening out unevenly sized breasts or by adding a softer contour to one’s figure. Here at Allure Medical Spa, our goal is to help you understand what to expect both before, during and after any procedure. We believe this helps patients initiate the process of having procedures like a breast augmentation by alleviating any anxieties they feel and allowing them to take advantage of the new technology that makes recovering from these procedures faster and more comfortable than ever before.