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What to Expect Before, During, and After Breast Augmentation Surgery

What to Expect Before, During, and After Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help enhance breast size and shape, boosting self-confidence and body image for many individuals. Whether you’re considering this surgery for reconstructive or aesthetic reasons, it’s crucial to have a thorough understanding of what to expect at every stage of the process. Use this guide to better understand the essential aspects of breast augmentation, from the initial preparation to post-operative recovery.

Before Surgery

  1. Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon:
    The first and most crucial step is finding a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Research reputable surgeons who are certified by recognized boards and read reviews from previous patients to ensure their expertise and patient satisfaction. Board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Walter Bernacki has years of experience performing breast augmentations and is considered one of the region’s leading experts in the procedure. Read this Q&A with Dr. Bernacki to learn more about his approach to this surgery.
  2. Consultation and Personalized Planning:
    During the consultation, you’ll discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations with your surgeon. They will evaluate your medical history, breast size, and shape, and recommend the most suitable implants based on your body type and preferences. Together, you’ll develop a personalized surgical plan.
  3. Implant Type and Size Selection:
    Breast implants come in various shapes, profiles, and sizes. During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to try different implant sizers to visualize how they will look on your body. Your surgeon will guide you in choosing the best implant that aligns with your desired outcome.
  4. Pre-operative Preparations:
    Your surgeon will provide detailed pre-operative instructions to follow before the surgery. This may include adjusting medications, quitting smoking, and avoiding certain supplements to reduce the risk of complications. It is important to follow your doctor’s pre-operative instructions closely to help ensure a positive and safe surgical experience.

During Surgery

  1. Anesthesia Administration:
    Breast augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia, ensuring you are comfortable and unconscious throughout the procedure.
  2. Incision Placement:
    Your surgeon will make incisions in a location that was discussed during the pre-operative planning. Common incision sites include the inframammary fold (under the breast), periareolar (around the nipple), or transaxillary (underarm). Incisions are designed to minimize scarring and remain inconspicuous.
  3. Implant Placement Options:
    Breast implants can be placed either above or below the chest muscle. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each option and recommend the best approach based on your body and implant type.
  4. Surgical Duration:
    The surgery generally takes one to two hours, but it can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure.

After Surgery

  1. Recovery and Discomfort:
    You will spend some time in a recovery area under observation before being discharged. Expect to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but this can be managed with prescribed pain medication.
  2. Post-operative Care:
    Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative care instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery. This may include wearing a surgical bra, avoiding strenuous activities, and keeping the incision sites clean and dry.
  3. Follow-up Appointments:
    Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon are crucial to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or questions you may have.
  4. Long-term Results:
    It may take a few weeks for the swelling to subside, and the final results will become apparent in the coming months as your breasts settle into their new shape and size. The scars will also fade over time.

Breast augmentation surgery is a transformative journey that can positively impact self-esteem and body confidence. By understanding what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, you can make informed decisions and have a smoother recovery. When you choose Ohio Plastic Surgery Specialists’ Dr. Walter Bernacki to perform your breast augmentation, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a expert in the art and science of breast-related surgical procedures. Trust our team and enjoy the best possible experience from start to finish! Contact us now to book your consultation.