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Breast recover - Breast Augmentation Recovery
Breast Augmentation Recovery Anesthesia:
Your breast augmentation procedure will most likely be performed under general anesthesia, but not always. Some plastic surgeons can capably perform breast augmentation under sedation anesthesia, but be sure to ask about your doctor's experience with this. It is important to ask what methods will be used to keep you comfortable during surgery.

Length of surgery:
The actual procedure takes 1-1 1/2 hours. However, the length of time you will be in the operating room will be longer.
Once you are transferred to the operating room, it takes awhile to get you ready for surgery. You will have monitors placed then sedated or put to sleep. You will then be "prepped" which means your skin will be carefully cleansed to rid it of normal skin bacteria. Drapes will be placed around your body and the surgical "field" will be set up. The breast augmentation surgery will then begin.
After your procedure is over, your skin will again be cleaned and a dressing will be applied. Once you've awakened and are stable, you will be transported to the recovery room. For these reasons, your procedure could be scheduled for anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours.

Length of stay:
Some of the cases will stay in the hospital for one night and some will be allowed to go home the day of surgery.

Discomfort will vary for each patient. On average discomfort is mild to moderate following implant placement over the muscle. Discomfort is moderate to severe following implant placement under the muscle.
There are a number of ways to reduce your discomfort and we could well control it.

Swelling is least if the implants are placed over the muscle and most if the implants are placed under the muscle. Regardless, it is usually at its peak 3-5 days after surgery and thereafter improves. If your implants are over the muscle, 75% of the swelling will be gone in 2 weeks and the rest will resolve over the next several weeks. If your implants are placed under the muscle, 75% of the swelling will be gone in 2-4 weeks, and the rest will resolve over a few months.

Most women do not bruise after breast augmentation. If you do, however, do not worry, because it is not unusual and does not affect your final result. If any exists, it improves within a week or so.

Most plastic surgeons will let you remove your bandages and shower within a few days.

Most surgeons use stitches that absorb and do not require removal. If your surgeon uses stitches that require removal, do not be critical or suspicious, as this is not uncommon. If stitches are to be removed, they will be removed in 5-7 days.

Back to work:
You may return to work in 4-7 days if the implants were placed over your muscle, and 7-10 days if the implants were placed under your muscle. If your job requires lifting, you may return to work in the same time frame but will probably have lifting restrictions.

Resume exercise:
For implants placed over the muscle, most plastic surgeons will ask you to stop all exercising for 1-4 weeks after surgery. For implants placed under the muscle, 2-8 weeks is the normal wait time.
As a side note, we have found that women planning to have implant placement under the muscle have less pain and a speedier recovery if they can stop pectoral exercises 4 weeks before surgery.

Your new look
Breast Augmentation Recovery
As excited as you will no doubt be with your new look, we strongly advise you not to purchase any new bras until at least a month or two after your surgery as it is very hard to predict which cup size you will end up requiring. Breasts with implants behave differently to natural breasts, and we do recommend a proper fitting with a professional bra fitter to get a bra that is both comfortable and flattering for your new size.

It may take you some time to get used to your new look, and you may initially be concerned that friends or colleagues may notice your change in size and comment on it. In the majority of our cases however women experience a noticeable upsurge in self-esteem after this procedure and enjoy the freedom and confidence that breast augmentation surgery brings.

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