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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation and the recovery process

Breast augmentation is the most performed cosmetic surgery around the World. Over the years many different types of implants have been created to ensure the safety of patients. Breast augmentation surgery is invasive and requires the patient to have a general anesthetic.

What is breast augmentation surgery?

Breast augmentation will result in increased breast size, improved shape, and fullness. This is achieved by inserting an implant under breast tissue or muscles. The implant can be through an incision under the araeola, under the arm or in the fold below the breast.

What type of implants are there?

There are several types of breast implants, including saline, silicone, or alternative composite implants. The size of the implants also varies depending on what you want to look like. You should also look for a recommendation from your doctor, bigger is not always better. The size of the implant you will choose depends on a few things. Your body type, height, weight, and the amount of skin you have are very important considerations when selecting the size of the implant.

What are the reasons for getting a breast augmentation?

People get breast augmentation done for several different reasons:

to enlarge their breasts
restore the size or the fullness
achieve symmetry
reconstruct the breasts after surgery

Who can get a breast augmentation?

There are several conditions you should fulfill to be able to get a breast augmentation. You need to be completely healthy and maintain a stable weight, not be pregnant or breastfeeding, and be a non-smoker. Psychological health is also important, and you need to have realistic expectations.

What happens during breast augmentation surgery?

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision on the breast and inserts the implant. The implant can go in a pocket under the pectoral muscle or under the breast tissue. After that, the incisions are stitched, and the surgery is over.

Are breast implants safe?

Yes, implants are safe and FDA approved. There are also many studies which confirm that breast augmentation is a safe procedure and that implants are safe to use as long as you monitor them and stick to the recommended time frame of when to change them. You should also know that there are some possible problems when it comes to implants. Women with silicone gel implants (46% of them) and women with saline implants (21% of them) had to get them re-done within three years (for various reasons). Also, 25% of women with silicone implants and 8% of women with saline ones had them removed (also for various reasons).

Do I need to re-do the procedure?

Yes, depending on the implants you choose. Some implants last up to 12 years. Also, the skin stretches over time, and the breast loses their shape again, so you should re-do them not only for health but also for aesthetic purposes.

How long is the recovery process?

Immediately after the surgery, the patient will take painkillers to help with the pain. You should not drive home since you have been under general anesthesia. The first checkup will be scheduled by your doctor. Expect the swelling to take at least two weeks to go down, so the result can only be assessed after two weeks. The dissolvable sutures will dissolve within six weeks, but if you have any remaining sutures or drainage tubes inserted, you will need to go in to get them removed. As for the length of recovery, you should not be moving your upper part body too vigorously as long as you have stitches or tubes, so at least six weeks. After they are out, you should not lift anything heavy for at least three months, and not swim for at least six months. After that, you should begin to exercise moderately to regain strength in the upper body.

Is there anything special about the recovery process I should know?

Recovery is different for everyone. It is important to listen to your doctor and do as they say. Whether that be taking care of incision sites, or wearing a support garments, your doctor will give you the best advice for you.


As you can see, breast augmentation surgery is a serious procedure. There is also a very important recovery period afterward. It does not last long, but it is still important to give your body time to heal. Always consult your doctor with any concerns.