Breast augmentation, also known as mammoplasty, is plastic surgery performed to increase the size of the small breasts. It is done to rebuild or reshape the breast to make them look rounder, firmer, and bigger. There are two ways by which breasts can be enlarged. First, by inserting artificial implants and second, by transferring the patient’s own body fat in the boobs. Implants are very popular nowadays, not only celebrities but normal women are also considering this outstanding plastic surgery. The breasts look more attractive and the patient feels more confident after having the surgery. The surgery has a high patient satisfaction rate so you can opt for it without doubts and worries.
How breast augmentation is done?
General anesthesia is given to the women to keep her asleep throughout the procedure. Incisions are created and a small pocket is made inside the chest to hold the implant. The surgeon chooses between saline and silicone implant and places it in the pocket that has been created. The same process is done on the other breasts too to preserve the symmetry. The complete the Breast Augmentation surgery, created incisions are carefully closed with stitches.
Physical recovery from breast augmentation surgery
Once the surgery is completed, you will be transferred to the recovery room and a document, with several post-operative tips mentioned on it, will be handed over to you. It may take 3-4 weeks for your body to recover from this plastic surgery. This is the average recovery time for mild cases. In severe cases, fuller recovery can take up to 6-8 weeks so be prepared.
For the next few hours after the surgery, you will experience mild tightness, difficulty in breathing, and muscle aches in your chest. It is normal and will settle down within 5-6 hours. Some patients also reported unsteadiness and dizziness following the surgery, this may have occurred because of general anesthesia. Before you leave the clinic, a surgical bra will be given to you to wear. These bras are designed to help in the recovery process. Call a friend or a family member so that he/she can drive you home because driving can put unnecessary pressure on your breast which could cause complications for you.
During the first week of the recovery, you will experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising in your chest region. Use prescribed pain killers and other medications to control it. Normally, the stitched site bleeds a little, but if the bleeding does not stop contact your healthcare practitioner immediately.
After the first week of the surgery, you will notice a huge reduction in the pain and discomfort. Swelling goes away slowly and gradually so it will be there until your complete recovery. You will see the final results of the surgery after your body fully heals. It is important to ask the doctor before resuming normal activities.
- Ask for leave from your work for about 4 weeks or more.
- Taking care of the incision sites is very important while recovering from this surgery because carelessness can lead to severe infections.
- Stay with your friend and avoid doing housework.
- Visit for a follow-up appointment so that the doctor can assess how much your recovery has progressed.
- Avoid strenuous exercises and heavy lifting during the recovery period
- Take the prescribed medications to combat the inflammation