Breast Augmentation and Plastic Surgery Questions

When Can I Resume Regular Exercise?

The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at 1 month in most cases.

How will Breast Augmentation affect my ability to breast feed?

The ability to successfully breast feed varies for all women with or without breast implants. However, you may be at higher risk of unsuccessful breast feeding following breast implantation. In particular, a perioreolar incision site may significantly reduce the ability to successfully breast feed.

What age do you have to be to have a Breast Augmentation?

A woman must be at least 18 years of age to have a Breast Augmentation.

What is the cost of a Breast Augmentation?

There are several factors that determine the cost of a Breast Augmentation.
1. Where will your surgery be performed, in the plastic surgeon's office operating suite or in an outpatient surgery center?
2. What are the fees of your plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist?
3. What style, type, and manufacture of implants will be used?

What are the risks of having a Breast Augmentation?

Any surgical procedure may involve the risk of complications such as the effects of anesthesia, infection, bleeding, swelling, and pain. For complete information on the complications associated with Saline Filled Breast Implant surgery click here.

What are high profile implants?

Newer implants are now on the market that gives greater projection per base diameter. This is greatly advantageous in those patients who have a narrow chest wall, and who want to have projection and size of their breast.

What is the most common incision for breast implants, and what are the options?

The most commonly used incision is inframammary (crease incision). Many plastic surgeons use this incision because it arguably gives good control in placement of the implants and the incision is usually not visible.
The periareolar (around the areola), is an incision in which usually heals well. Some plastic surgeons feel that there may be more of a chance in alteration of sensation utilizing this incision. In addition, some feel that there may be a higher rate of implant exposure to the body's own bacteria from the patients milk ducts.
The transaxillary incision is a procedure in which an incision is made in the armpit. Some plastic surgeons feel that this incision gives less implant placement control. Discuss this with your own plastic surgeon.
The Transumbilical procedure uses an incision inside the umbilicus (belly button). Many plastic surgeons feel that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Speak with your plastic surgeon about this. The correct incision depends on each patient's own anatomy, and your plastic surgeon's feelings about each procedure. Listen to the guidance from your individual plastic surgeon.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

It usually takes approximately 1-2hours for the routine breast augmentation procedure.

Do I Need To Take Antibiotics Before And After Surgery?

Antibiotics should probably be used when a patient undergoes any procedure in which "bacteria" may be released into the blood stream.

What is Arnica and Should I Take It?

Arnica is a homeopathic medication, which is presumed to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. Arnica can be taken by pill or cream form. Ask your doctor his feeling about arnica.


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