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What is a basic overview of the breast augmentation procedure?
- You will discuss your incision options with your doctor before your surgery.
- Once anesthesia has taken effect, your plastic surgeon will make an incision to create a space within your breast tissues for each breast implant.
- The breast implants will then be placed and positioned for optimal appearance and symmetry.
- After your surgeon compares both breasts to ensure proper implant placement, he/she will close the incisions—usually with stitches, or sutures, in combination with surgical tape or glue.
- You will see instant results in your breast size after your procedure, and the incision(s) will heal and fade with time.
Where is the breast augmentation surgery performed?
Breast augmentation is most frequently performed on an outpatient basis in a hospital operating room, surgery center or surgical suite. On certain cases, your plastic surgeon may recommend an approach that involves an overnight stay at the hospital.
How long does the breast implant procedure take?
Cases may differ, but on average breast augmentation surgery lasts one to two hours.
What anesthesia will be used?
General anesthesia is commonly used, but local anesthesia is an option. Discuss the most appropriate choice of anesthesia with your doctor.
When can I resume my normal life?
Many women are able to return to work within just a few days. It's important to follow the postsurgical discharge instructions you receive from your doctor prior to resuming activities of daily living.