Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made either around the areola (skin surrounding the nipple), underneath the breast (in the crease) or through the armpit. Each incision site is designed to minimize visible scarring.
Once the incision is made, the implant will be placed either over or under the chest muscles, an aspect of the procedure that you will discuss with your surgeon prior to the operation. Once the implants are in place, the incisions will be closed with sutures and/or tape. The procedure usually takes between one andthree hours to complete.
After undergoing a breast augmentation, patients will need to take a few days or more off from work depending on whether or not their occupation involves strenuous activity. Patients will need to refrain from vigorous exercise and lifting heavy objects for the first few weeks following surgery and should strictly follow surgeon guidelines for incision care and resuming everyday activities –this will help speed along a successful recovery
Following the procedure, patients may also be fitted with compression or support garments to help with healing and reduce inflammation.Patients should expect some swelling and soreness for at least a month or two following surgery, with ease of symptoms as time goes on.