Breast Augmentation: What To Expect from Consultation to Recovery
If you’ve recently determined that breast augmentation is right for you, you likely have many questions about what the treatment process will entail. While many patients are clear from the get-go about the specifics of the procedure itself, many wonder about the consultation and recovery process.
Let’s learn more about what you can expect from your breast augmentation consultation, as well as what the typical recovery for this procedure is like. Knowledge is power; and with more information about the breast augmentation process, you can move forward with confidence.
Breast Augmentation Consultation
The first step is to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. Especially if you’ve never undergone a cosmetic procedure, you may feel apprehensive at the idea of discussing your cosmetic goals with a stranger. But rest assured — in the consultation, you’ll get to know your plastic surgeon, gain detailed information about the procedure, and get the opportunity to ask all of your pressing questions.
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will need to complete a physical exam. This will allow the plastic surgeon to make informed suggestions for the procedure according to your unique anatomy. Wearing comfortable clothes (namely a separate top and bottom) to the consultation can facilitate the physical exam and help the surgeon easily examine the treatment area.
Recovering from Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, but it involves anesthesia. You’ll be put on pain medication afterward, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home after the procedure and remain with you for the next 24 hours. The day after the procedure you can shower, but you should avoid baths, hot tubs, and swimming for two weeks after the surgery to steer clear of infection.
Patients typically stay on prescription pain medications for two days after the procedure, then over-the-counter pain medications in the subsequent days as needed. With modern surgical techniques, patients can typically go back to work two to three days after breast augmentation.
In the six weeks after surgery, patients typically experience some soreness and tenderness in the breasts. A compression garment is usually worn during this period to aid the recovery process. During this time, you’ll also need to avoid exercise and shouldn’t sleep on your stomach.
To schedule your breast augmentation consultation, contact us today.