Breast Augmentation Austin
Breast augmentation or breast enlargement is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery procedure designed to give women larger, more symmetric breasts or to reconstruct breasts. First, an incision is made under the arm, around the nipple, or along the breast fold. Next, a saline-filled or silicone gel-filled implant is carefully inserted beneath breast tissue and pectoral muscles. The incisions are then stitched closed. Breast augmentation is performed on an outpatient basis. The patient is usually required to return to our office for a follow-up visit the morning after surgery. Breasts normally heal within a month.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BREAST AUGMENTATION
What is breast augmentation?
- Breast augmentation is a common cosmetic procedure that involves the surgical placement of silicone or saline implants into a woman’s breast for enlargement or breast volume restoration. This is typically done as an outpatient procedure.
What type of breast implant should I use?
- There are two types of breast implants, saline-filled and silicone. There are advantages and disadvantages with both types of implants. The type and size of implant that would work best for you will be discussed during your consultation visit.
How long is this surgery?
- Although surgical time varies for each patient, this surgery is typically 1-2 hours long.
How much pain should I expect with this surgery?
- There is typically swelling and discomfort at the incision sites and in breast tissue overall for the first few days after surgery. Pain associated with this procedure is usually controlled with oral pain medication and a light muscle relaxant.
What dressings should I expect to have after surgery?
- Along your incision, there will be a layer of glue that reinforces the closure. Over that, there will be a thin layer of dressings which will stay in place for several days.
When may I return to work/school?
- Light activity is usually tolerated after 5-7 days of rest after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work or school full-time after 1 week.
When may I return to my regular exercise routine?
- It is recommended to avoid heavy or strenuous exercise for 4 weeks after surgery. Light, low-impact exercise is usually tolerated 2-3 weeks after surgery. It is important to discuss this issue with the physician at your postoperative office appointment.
How long will I need to wear a compression/sports bra?
- A well-fitted sports bra or supportive ace wrap should be worn continuously for the first 2 weeks after surgery. This should be worn during the day for the following 2 weeks. After four weeks, you will have no restrictions on type of bra to wear. At that point, underwire bras are acceptable. You may discuss bra options with the physician at your follow-up office visit.