Wondering how long it will take to recover from breast augmentation surgery? It will be more immediate than you think when you follow these helpful tips.
Breast augmentation is so popular, nearly 300,000 people had their breasts enlarged in 2019. Reasons vary, but it’s safe to assume that breast enlargement surgery helps with self-esteem, feeling empowered, radiant, and more confident. Be it for medical reasons or pure vanity, breast augmentation is a big decision. You don’t want to end up feeling you made the wrong choice or, even worse, with a “botched” boob job from an unqualified doctor.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fairy tale of it all. We’re inundated with social media posts and ads of “perfect” bodies and overpromises. The constant reminders of needing to “fix” something make it hard to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion. You’re going to have your new body for a long time. We are giving you a breakdown of breast augmentation surgery, how to choose the right plastic surgeon, and managing recovery.
The Breast Augmentation Procedure
Did you know you can increase the size of one’s breasts two ways? For a slight enhancement of one or two cup sizes, you can opt for a fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, where your body fat is taken from a part of your body with excess fat and injected then sculptured into your breasts. When you’re seeking a substantial change to your chest, the second option is with a breast implant to increase the size of one’s bust. This procedure also requires placement of the implants above, partially, or completely under the chest muscle.
How Do I Choose the Most reputable Plastic Surgeon for My Breast Augmentation?
Dr. Daniel Barrett is highly sought-after for his expertise as a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. Knowing you have a respected and trusted doctor for any cosmetic enhancement is imperative to protect your health and to receive optimum results. Barrett Plastic Surgery is professionally qualified to help you attain your body goals. We agree a decision to enhance your body is a big one that can impact your well-being for a long time.
What Happens During My Consultation?
During your consultation, be ready to talk about why you want to enhance your breasts and how you expect to look after the procedure, medical history, including family, along with your lifestyle to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for breast augmentation. Be prepared to have your breasts examined along with digital images of the size and shape taken to help Dr. Barrett guide you with the best options.
Dr. Barrett will educate you on the various brands, sizes, and types of breast implants available. The most well-known implants are silicone gel and saline; however, there’s also the saltwater-filled “structured” implant, the newest gummy bear, round for an allover full appearance, textured to help the implant adhere more to the body, and smooth giving the feeling of softness. The options are many and can be overwhelming. Choosing the right plastic surgeon who understands the pros and cons of each is key.
What Happens Next on My Breast Augmentation Journey?
Once your breast enhancement surgery is scheduled, you’re given an action plan developed during your consultation. It will help you successfully prepare items you will need before and after your procedure to help you have a seamless, positive experience.
Breast Augmentation Steps
Breast enhancement surgery is an outpatient procedure. As you arrive with your trusted family member or friend at the surgery center, you will check-in, then change into a surgical gown and move to your patient waiting area. Dr. Barrett and his team, including your nurse, and the anesthesiologist, will greet you before your surgery. It’s an appropriate time to ask questions or express concerns. Typically, breast enhancement surgery takes about two hours unless a complication arises. Dr. Barrett will make incisions where you agreed during your consultation, which can be under your breasts or arms, or around your nipples. After the implants are inserted, your incisions will be closed with your breasts wrapped in a surgical bandage or gauge to minimize swelling. You will be moved back to your patient waiting area for observation before being discharged to go home.
Recovering at Home After A Breast Augmentation
Depending on which procedure you’ve chosen, the less invasive fat transfer or the more intricate breast implant method will determine the length of time it will take to heal. Fat grafting is quicker, shorter, easier, and you will be more comfortable after. Recovery takes several days, with the fat absorption taking a total of three months to become part of your new shapely breasts. Scarring, bruising, and inflammation are minimal. Until you fully mend, your incisions will have a little pain.
Breast implants are a somewhat longer rehab, with most patients returning to everyday life after several days. Using a backrest pillow with arms will help keep you comfortable and reduce aching and swelling. If a recliner isn’t available, prop up as many cushions as possible to help you sleep upright for the next several weeks after your procedure. Avoid heavy lifting, raising your arms, and strenuous exercise.
It will be hard, trust us, we know, but refrain from shopping for bras and lingerie too soon. Your breasts will need time to drop and swelling to go away, at least six months to one year. After you no longer need your medical compression bra, invest in several soft cups and sports bras. If your incision is under the boob, stay clear of underwire bras. Nothing is worse than a self-imposed injury to your surgical site from the wire agitating the incisions.
Mostly, take care of yourself and be patient with the healing process. Keep the right attitude with an optimistic outlook to support you during your recuperation. In the end, you are going to look amazing!
To schedule a consultation, call (310) 598-2648. If you happier speaking with our team from the comfort of your home, we provide virtual surgical consultations.