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Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation is the enlargement of the breasts through the use of implants.

Before You Go

Questions to ask your doctor:

  • How much can I increase my breast size?
  • How long after nursing can I get breast implants?

Pre-procedure prep for breast augmentation: Two weeks before surgery, avoid smoking as well as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory medications. Fill prescriptions beforehand, and arrange for a way to get home from the hospital.

Driving is out of the question. Breast implants make it difficult to read mammogram results, so it's in your best interest to get checked before surgery.

On the day of treatment: You will be instructed to avoid all food and drink for a certain number of hours before surgery. Your surgeon will be able to provide specific instructions.

What To Expect

Breast augmentation is typically performed in an out-patient ambulatory setting. Incisions can be made under the fold of the breast (also known as the IMF or inframammary fold). This incision style is called inframmamary incision. The periareolar incision is made under the nipple and is about an inch long. The transauxiliary incision is hidden in the armpit.

The relatively new TUBA (transumbilical breast augmentation) incision is made through a small incision in the navel. TUBA therefore avoids any visible scarring, though it cannot be used with silicone implants and requires a very high level of surgical skill.

Who should do it: Breast augmentation should only be performed by a plastic surgeon. Make sure to do your research to find the surgeon who best fits your needs.

Duration: The operation itself takes one to three hours, depending on the complexity of the incision.

How Painful Is It?

The post-surgery pain level is described as moderate, meaning it can be managed adequately with self-administered medication for one to two weeks. The worst of it is experienced during the first three days after the operation.

Options for anesthesia: Breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia.

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