Tailored to each patient’s personal needs, unique characteristics and desired results, a breast augmentation can make various changes to the appearance of the breasts.
In this blog, we’ll discuss what is involved with breast augmentation and what to expect after the surgery. Knowing what to expect for your recovery process before undergoing your procedure will help you to prepare and make an informed decision as to whether or not you are happy to undergo surgery.
Although we’ll give you a good idea of what your recovery will involve in this blog, ideally, you’ll discuss what you can expect during recovery from your personalised procedure during a consultation. If you think you’re ready for a breast augmentation, you can book a consultation on the Gold Coast with experienced plastic surgeon Dr Scamp.
What is breast augmentation, and what does it involve?
Breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at increasing the size and augmenting the shape of the breasts. It is often chosen by individuals who desire fuller breasts, those who wish to restore lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss or those who want to achieve better symmetry between their breasts.
The procedure typically involves using breast implants, which are silicone shells filled with either silicone gel or saline solution. The surgeon will make incisions strategically, such as under the breast crease, around the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. The choice of incision location depends on factors like the type of implant, the patient’s anatomy, and the surgeon’s preference.
Once the incisions are made, the surgeon creates a pocket directly behind the breast tissue or beneath the chest (pectoral muscle). This pocket serves as a space to accommodate breast implants. The surgeon then carefully inserts the implants and positions them appropriately to achieve the desired results, considering the patient’s specific goals and body proportions.
After placing the implants, the surgeon closes the incisions using sutures or surgical tape and may apply dressings or adhesive strips to facilitate healing. The patient is typically monitored in a recovery area for a short period before being allowed to go home on the same day.
The recovery process: What to do and what not to do
After breast augmentation surgery, you can expect to experience some pain and discomfort initially, as a normal part of the recovery process. Your surgeon will prescribe medications to manage this. You may also experience swelling and bruising, causing your breasts to appear larger, firmer, and positioned higher on the chest. However, this swelling will gradually diminish over time.
Bandages or dressings will be placed over the incision sites to protect them and provide support. A compression garment or surgical bra may also be recommended to reduce swelling and aid healing. Certain activities, especially those involving the chest muscles, will be restricted during the initial recovery period.
If drainage tubes were inserted during the surgery, they will be used temporarily to remove excess fluid or blood and are typically removed a few days later. You will have scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress, remove any sutures or staples, and address any concerns you may have.
During your recovery, do the following:
- Follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully.
- Take prescribed pain medications as directed to manage any discomfort.
- Wear a compression garment or surgical bra to support healing and reduce swelling.
- Avoid strenuous activities and exercises as advised by your surgeon.
- Keep the incision sites clean and follow proper wound care instructions.
- Attend scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
- Be patient with the healing process as swelling and bruising gradually subside.
- Communicate any unusual symptoms or complications to your surgeon promptly.
- Allow yourself time to rest and recover, avoiding excessive physical exertion.
….and, equally as importantly, don’t:
- Ignore or dismiss any unusual or concerning symptoms you experience. Please report them to your surgeon promptly.
- During the designated recovery period, engage in strenuous physical activities or exercises your surgeon disapproves of.
- Remove dressings, bandages, or compression garments without your surgeon’s approval.
- Submerge yourself in pools, hot tubs, or bathtubs. It would be best to wait until your surgeon advises that it is okay.
- Exposing your incision sites to excessive sunlight can lead to discolouration or complications. Keep the scars protected from direct sun exposure.
- Smoke or use tobacco products as this can hinder healing and increase the risk of complications.
- Make changes to your medications or start new ones without consulting your surgeon.
- Refrain from paying attention to your follow-up appointments. These visits are crucial for monitoring your healing progress and addressing any concerns or questions you may have.
- Rush the recovery process. Allow your body time to heal and avoid pushing yourself beyond your limitations.
Your results: What to expect
The results of your breast augmentation can bring about several significant changes to your breasts. One of the primary outcomes is an increase in breast size. A breast augmentation can also improve the shape and contour of your breasts according to your personal preferences. The procedure can also address issues such as asymmetry or tuberous breasts, helping to create a more balanced appearance. Whether you desire a rounder shape, more projection, or improved upper breast fullness, breast augmentation can provide the desired improvements.
After a breast augmentation surgery, you will be able to see some immediate results; however, it’s essential to keep in mind that the outcome will gradually develop over time. Immediately after the surgery, your breasts may appear more prominent, fuller, and higher on the chest due to swelling and the initial positioning of the implants.
As we mentioned before, you will experience some postoperative swelling and bruising in the first few weeks following the surgery. As the swelling subsides, typically within a few weeks, you will see a more accurate representation of your breast size and shape. As the healing process progresses, your breasts will gradually settle into a more natural position.
Each person’s recovery timeline and healing rate can vary. Typically, it takes several months for the implants to settle fully and for the surrounding tissues to adjust and accommodate the new shape. During this time, you may notice subtle changes in the appearance of your breasts, including improvements in shape, contour, and symmetry.
Breast Augmentation Surgeon: Dr Terrence Scamp
Dr Terrence Scamp is an esteemed plastic surgeon with over three decades of experience.
Dr Scamp obtained his medical degree from the University of Queensland and pursued advanced surgical training at renowned institutions. As a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of esteemed organisations like the ASPS and ISAPS, he is dedicated to maintaining exceptional ethical standards and surgical practices.
Dr Scamp adopts a patient-centric approach, emphasising each patient’s goals and concerns. He strives to foster solid doctor-patient relationships founded on trust and open communication.
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