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Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape, typically through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants. From a cosmetic surgeon’s perspective, the ultimate goal of breast augmentation is to enhance a patient’s natural proportions and create a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing breast profile. The exact procedure is tailored to meet a woman’s individual needs.
There is no “typical” breast augmentation patient, and women choose to have the procedure for many different reasons—having larger breasts is just one of them. Breast augmentation is one of the most effective procedures to correct noticeable breast asymmetry, and breast implants can be used to help correct tuberous breast deformities.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, typically performed using general anesthesia. While it varies depending on the individual, most plastic surgeries last between one and two hours. General anesthesia is administered to make sure that you’re not in pain during the process.
You can expect to walk around on your own a few hours after surgery, and most patients feel up to leaving the house within the next day or two.
You may feel sore the first week or so, and you will need to limit strenuous exercise for about 2-4 weeks. Your surgeon may also ask you to wear a supportive surgical bra or sports bra for a certain period of time after breast augmentation—it is crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure you heal optimally.
If your breast implants are placed partially beneath the pectoral muscle—the preferred method in most cases—your breasts may seem to sit high on the chest at first. This is normal, and your implants will settle into their optimal position over the next several weeks, with final results after a couple of months.
It’s uncommon for people to experience complete loss of sensation on their nipple following a breast augmentation surgery. If the incision is performed near the nipple, it may occur that sensation may take time to return and normalize, but most will not have any lasting problems with it. The type of incision makes the difference when experiencing this problem as well, some are more likely than others.