If you’re considering breast augmentation, you can pour over the millions of google results, learning everything you can, but all the research in the world can’t tell you what breast augmentation surgery is really like. And while each experience is different, there are some general things you can expect. We’ll go through the most common to give you a better idea of what your own might be like.
Before we start, let’s talk a bit about breast augmentation basics. A traditional breast augmentation, that is, a breast augmentation with implants, adds volume to the breasts by surgically placing a silicone or saline implant into the breast pocket. This is different from a fat transfer breast augmentation, which is a two-part process that takes excess, unwanted fat from one part of the body through liposuction and injects it into the breast to enhance their size and shape.
You’re also probably wondering how long it takes to recover from breast augmentation. While every patient is different, you should expect at least three days of solid downtime and relative downtime for at least another two weeks. You can also expect pain, swelling and sensitivity for a few weeks, but it should subside enough within the first few days to allow you to return to most of your activities without significant discomfort. Due to all the numbing medications used during your breast augmentation, you shouldn’t have a lot of pain, but you might feel a little uncomfortable, and you’ll experience a stretching sensation. This should subside as the first night progresses and get better by the next day. If you are experiencing any pain, you can take Tylenol or CBD oil. Dr. Barrett recommends (and personally uses) Barrett Recovery CBD to all his plastic surgery patients.
Another game-changer: Red light therapy. A key therapeutic treatment for inflammation, it works by penetrating the body at the cellular level with specific wavelengths of light, reducing swelling and supporting tissue repair and regeneration. LightStim in particular, combines this therapeutic light energy with patented technology as an inflammation after surgery treatment in an easy-to-use, at home device. It accelerates the body’s recovery process by increasing circulation and is even FDA cleared to relieve pain. When used right after surgery (and beyond), it can help significantly with swelling, bruising and even with post-surgery scarring.
There are a few other things you can do to ensure you have the best possible outcome and recovery, most notably, our Dr. Barrett-curated breast augmentation recovery kit, created to set his breast augmentation patients up for surgical success with the least amount of down time and discomfort possible.
Speaking of outcomes, when can you expect to see results? When comparing your breast augmentation before and after results, it’s best to wait at least six weeks for your implants drop and fluff, though it can take up to a year for all the swelling to completely go away and for your full results to appear. Dr. Barrett has gathered an assortment of before and after images you may want to browse to get a fuller scope of his breast augmentation surgery.
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