What is Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant) Surgery?
Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure among women seeking to increase their breast size and create fuller, shapelier breasts. During breast augmentation surgery, silicone or saline breast implants are placed under the breast tissue or under the pectoralis major chest muscle for optimal appearance and symmetry. Candidates include women with naturally small or asymmetric breasts as well as those who have lost volume due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.
During your initial consultation for breast implants, you will meet with one of our plastic surgeons to discuss your goals and expectations. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed explanation of the breast augmentation procedure, answer your questions, and determine a surgical plan of care based on your expected outcome. After performing an exam and reviewing pertinent health history, your surgeon may order lab work, a mammogram, and other pre-operative tests as deemed necessary. You will have the opportunity to try on different sizes of breast implants and feel silicone and saline implants. Lastly, you will meet with a surgery coordinator to discuss fees, surgery scheduling options, and make a pre-operative appointment to meet with the nurse for final preparation prior to surgery.
Your breast augmentation will be performed in our AAAASF accredited office surgical suite with a qualified anesthesia provider.. Operative time in most cases is approximately one hour. Most breast implant procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and patients are discharged home the same day.
Your nurse will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions at your pre-operative visit and will review them again prior to your discharge home. Recovery time for breast implant surgery is about two weeks, and most patients take pain medication for a few days. Patients can typically return to work within 1-2 weeks, but heavy lifting, pushing or pulling should be avoided for the first 8-12 weeks following your surgery.