For patients who want to enhance the size or shape of their breasts, breast augmentation is often an excellent option. This common cosmetic procedure can effectively increase the fullness of the breasts, as well as improve the symmetry between the breasts and correct other cosmetic irregularities.
As is the case with virtually all cosmetic procedures, a consultation will precede the surgical procedure. Many patients wonder how long they’ll need to wait in between the consultation and the final results of breast augmentation. Let’s learn more about the time frame involved in this procedure, as well as the factors to consider as you plan the timing of your breast augmentation.
Considerations in Breast Augmentation Timing
To ensure that the recovery period after breast augmentation is as comfortable and effective as possible, you should consider a few factors as you schedule appointments. These include:
Swelling, bruising, and discomfort
After breast augmentation surgery, patients typically have some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These symptoms usually take a few weeks to disappear. In the first few days after the procedure, swelling and pain can be effectively treated with prescription medication, compression, and cold packs. It’s wise to time your surgery with these symptoms in mind.
Work schedule/Vacation schedule
Patients can typically go back to work within a few days after breast augmentation surgery, depending upon your occupation. Planning is important to ensure that you can take time off the week immediately after surgery to recover if you feel this is necessary. Travel plans may need to be modified to allow yourself time for optimal healing so you can fully enjoy your vacation and participate in all the fun activities you may have scheduled.
It’s important to follow all the post-operative recommendations and avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks after breast augmentation surgery so that the area can fully heal. If you lead a physically active lifestyle, make sure to schedule your breast augmentation at a time when you can completely rest and recover.
Breast Augmentation: Typical Time Between the Consultation and Surgery
Typically, plastic surgeons’ offices book appointments two to four weeks in advance, so you may expect your breast augmentation surgery to be a few weeks after the initial consultation. If you have a specific date in mind for the surgery, you should discuss this with the office staff far enough in advance to secure your preferred appointment dates.
You will see Dr. Mosiello in the office one more time prior to surgery for a pre-op visit where your final implant selection will be made, your photos will be taken, you will sign consent forms, and you will make your final payments. A shopping list of items to purchase in preparation for surgery will be provided and you will receive prescriptions for your medications so you can have everything ready. Proper planning makes for a prepared patient! You will also receive specific post-operative instructions to follow that will make your recovery seamless. This visit allows you an opportunity to have any last-minute questions addressed so you can feel comfortable and confident moving ahead.
Don’t hesitate to contact Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery today at 813-631-1500 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation.
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