Prior to your surgery, your doctor will ask the following of you in preparation to put your body through the process of healing:
- Adjust your current medication schedule, depending on these medications and the dosage
- Stop smoking immediately
- Avoid aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medications, as these thin blood and may increase bleeding
Day Of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you will be sedated with general anesthesia, so your surgeon will give you instructions as to how to eat for the day leading up to your surgery. You will be required to have a parent or responsible adult drive you to and from surgery.
After your anesthetic has been delivered, your surgeon will begin to make incisions. Depending on your size, shape and implant material, your surgeon will make precise incisions in different regions. The following are the most common incision points in breast augmentation:
- Pariareolar incision: cuts will be made around the areola and implants inserted through these incisions
- Inframammary Incision: this incision is made at the lower part of the breast, just above the crease.
- Transaxillary Incision: incision is made in the underarm area beside the breast.
The Surgery Process
Following the incision, your implants are placed either under the pectoral muscle (submuscular placement) or over the pectoral muscle and directly behind the breast tissue. This placement will vary depending on which type of implant you choose, how large a change you are making, your body type and your surgeon’s recommendations for your desired results.
Once the implants are placed in their pockets and adjusted for symmetry, incisions will be closed with sutures in the breast tissue. You will be bandaged to catch bleeding and any discharge, but your surgeon will remove these bandages during your follow-up appointment. All you need to do from here is focus on your own recovery!
Silicone vs. Saline
You have probably heard of the two most popular types of implant materials: silicone and saline. What is the difference between the two? Let’s break it down:
- Filled with silicone gel, these implants tend to feel more like natural breast tissue.
- These implants have a slightly greater risk, as the material is not naturally absorbed by the body in the case of a leak. If you choose silicone as your implant material, schedule regular visits with your surgeon (every year) to check in on the strength of the implant.
- Silicone implants are ideal for patients with small breasts who do not have their own tissue to sustain the implant or make the breasts look natural.
- Made with sterile salt water, a safe material that can be absorbed and disposed of by the body in the case of a rupture.
- Adjustability is easy with saline implants, as more or less solution can be inserted at any time.
- These implants give patients more options regarding volume and size.
- Women with significant breast size or tissue naturally will often see better results with saline implants and many times choose this option based on safety.
There are benefits to choosing both implant materials, and you will be able to weigh the pros and cons of both with your surgeon during your consultation.
When considering your breast augmentation, often it can be harmful to come into our offices with only one size in mind. Many patients are surprised by the reality of some of the larger breast sizes and our surgeons may recommend going a bit smaller. Of course, this is depending on the results you desire, but we encourage you to come into your consultation with an open mind and an idea of how you would like your breasts to feel, rather than a specific cup size in mind. We can help you make an informed decision that fits your body and lifestyle!
Following your procedure, you will need to be driven home by a trusted adult to allow your anesthesia to wear off. As soon as you feel the sedative leaving your system, begin taking your prescribed medications as directed to manage pain. The bulk of your surgical recovery will take 24-48 hours, but you will continue to feel soreness and experience swelling for about one month following surgery. At this point, you will begin to see your real results and enjoy your new body!
It is not surprising for some swelling to remain for up to 6 months following your procedure. It is important to be patient with your recovery and allow yourself to properly heal by caring for yourself and following instructions from your surgeon.
To schedule your breast implants consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, call our Newport Beach office today: 949-999-8670.