Contemplating a Breast Augmentation
- Dissatisfaction with breast size: Many patients are not satisfied with their breast size starting from a young adult age. Patients range in age from 18 to 70 and on. There is no “right” age to have a breast augmentation. It is dependent on the individual and their personal preference and decision.
- Change in breast size/volume: Many patients experience a loss in breast volume after having children or they may find their breasts are not as firm as they once were. Also, this can result from a significant weight loss and/or age.
- Asymmetry: Having one breast that is larger than the other is common in many women and can be corrected with a breast augmentation to achieve breasts that are symmetrical.
Preparing for the Procedure
During your consultation with Dr. Anton and throughout the pre-operative process you will discuss your preference of the size you would like to achieve. Prior to surgery you will be provided with instructions and exercises to help you determine what breast size you feel most comfortable with. This is a personal individualized process for each patient.
About the Procedure
This procedure takes approximately 2 hours under general anesthesia. A small incision is made on the lower edge of the areola. This is the most optimal area because the incision tends to heal extremely well and fade quickly. The breast implant is placed underneath the pectoralis major muscle. Breast implants that are under the muscle have a lower rate of capsular contracture and rupture. Also, when implants are under the muscle, mammograms are not compromised. Depending on personal preference, a silicone gel or saline implant can be used.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients wake from surgery feeling groggy, tired and just wanting to rest. You will be wrapped in a compression bandage and you may feel some mild to moderate pain that is usually alleviated by prescribed pain medication. Overall, patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated and are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4 to 5 days.
It is typical for breasts to feel very tight especially immediately after surgery, this will gradually subside through the healing process. Approximately one to two weeks later, your implants should relax into their proper position and move freely. This process can take longer in certain patients.
Most patients return to light sedentary work 4 to 5 days after surgery. Your activities will be restricted for a full two-week period including no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments regarding these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and activity level is decided upon on an individual basis.