Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about breast augmentation surgery and related procedures. Remember to ask your surgeon as he/she is best qualified to answer your breast implant surgery related questions and concerns.
What should I look for in a Surgeon?
It is advisable to consult family members, friends, the internet, and different doctors before making your final choice of a surgeon. Shortlist surgeons by checking their credentials, experience in breast augmentation surgery, the reviews you find online and in person, passion for what they do etc. Choose wisely because your life will be in their hands.
Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Safe?
Any surgical procedure comes with risk. A pre-screening process is necessary before breast augmentation surgery to reduce these risks. The consultation should include the surgeon asking you some medical history questions for example; you may be given a blood pressure examination, asked if you suffer from asthma, have had blood clots previously, if you have diabetes, etc. These questions are to ensure that surgery safe for both the patient and the doctor. Nevertheless, plastic surgery is a safe operation in the hands of qualified surgeons.
What Can I Expect during Recovery?
Your recovery experience depend on the surgical process, some surgeons use a rapid recovery technique and other don’t. Rapid recovery technique allows for a faster less painful recovery. Some people feel nauseated and weak for a few days post-op, some amount of soreness and pain are inevitable with breast surgery. You should start to feel better after the first 48 hours. Inform your surgeon if you experience severe pain or bleeding, it happens on rare occasions. Expect swelling and bruising, which gradually subsides within a few weeks. Performing light duties, proper diet and gentle exercise speeds your rate of recovery. Make sure to attend all post-op follow-up appointments to be sure everything is going to plan.
Is it Possible to Control Post-op Swelling and Bruising?
Ice can play a big part when controlling the swelling and bruising after breast surgery. Additionally it is advised that you avoid excess salt consumption. Sodium promotes inflammation. Additionally it is advised to sleep at a 45 deg angle or sleep in a recliner chair for the first 7 to 14 days. (surgeon will further advise)
Will I Have any Surgical Scars?
Any surgery will leave a scar, so it goes without saying that all breast surgery comes with permanent scarring, it is unavoidable after any surgical procedure. Most surgical scars start to fade within a few months after surgery, but they do not entirely go away. Your surgeon should talk at length with you regarding the kind of scar you will end up with based on your skin type, scaring history and the type of breast procedure you are having.
Are the Benefits of Breast Surgery Long-lasting?
Healthy lifestyle – not over-indulging, supportive bras, weight control and regular exercises are all part of maintaining a great post-op result. Your post surgery maintenance routine and the performance technique of your doctor help determine the longevity of your breast surgery procedure.
Which Kind of Anesthesia – General or Twilight?
At your initial consultation the surgeon will cover the type of anesthesia he/she prefers to use. Some surgeons use twilight sedation, Twilight Anesthesia is an aesthetic technique where a mild dose of general anesthesia is applied to induce anxiolysis (anxiety relief), hypnosis, and anterograde amnesia (inability to form new memories). The patient is not unconscious, but sedated. General Anesthesia (GA) is the state produced when a patient receives medications for amnesia, analgesia, muscle paralysis, and sedation. An anesthetized patient can be thought of as being in a controlled, reversible state of unconsciousness. Read more about Anesthesia here