If you are considering breast augmentation, you may be wondering about the exact steps your plastic surgeon will take. After your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, you will decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The surgeon will give you a set of instructions and help you to make an appointment. Follow these instructions carefully and show up to your appointment on time. Here is what will happen next.
Before beginning the procedure, the surgeon will make sure you are comfortable and administer medication. There are different choices in medication available that can cause sedation and the surgeon will help you find the best option available.
Create the Incision
After the patient is sedated, the surgeon will make a small incision. This is usually in a place selected for limited visibility. There are also several options available for incision placement. These can affect your outcome, so it is important to choose carefully. Your plastic surgeon will explain all of these options to you. Don’t be afraid to choose a noticeable incision if it will help you get a better overall quality.
Inserting and Placing the Implant
Once the surgeon makes the incision, the implant that you and the plastic surgeon selected is placed into the breast. This is inserted either behind the tissue in your breast, or underneath your pectoral muscles. The method chosen for this step typically depends on the type of implant being used and the amount of enlargement desired. Body type can also affect the placement of the implant. Your plastic surgeon will have plenty of recommendations and suggestions.
Closing the Incision
After the implant is placed, the incision can be stitched up. This step may also vary slightly depending on incision placement. This process is done very precisely with to avoid future infections or issues. The surgeon will inspect the area for any signs of puncture and make sure that it is completely sealed.
After the procedure, patients are lead to a waiting area where they can be monitored. Once they have woken up, the surgeon will go over the procedure in detail. They will explain any additional steps that need to be taken that day and how to properly take care of your breasts over the next few days. They will also make at least one follow-up appointment.
Self-Care Over the Next 48 Hours
The first 48 hours post-surgery are often the roughest. During this time, your breasts will be swollen and you will need to rest. You will have to avoid strenuous activities and may need to be excused from work during this time. Talk to your plastic surgeon about specific steps you need to take after surgery to get the most from your treatment.
To learn more about the breast augmentation process and see if you are a candidate for this treatment, contact a local plastic surgeon. With their help, you can decide if the procedure is right for you.