- What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
- How Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
- What Is The Recovery Period?
- Where Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
- What Are the Risks?
What Is Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Breast augmentation is performed on women who wish to increase the size of their breasts. This can be due to underdevelopment or due to changes that occur with childbearing and age. It may be done as a reconstructive procedure to balance a significant asymmetry and it can be performed using either saline or silicone implants.
How Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
Breast augmentation surgery is performed under general anesthesia. You will sleep through the entire procedure. Breast augmentation is performed using an incision placed in the fold beneath the breast, along the edge of the areola, in the armpit, or through the belly button. The incision provides access to make a space for the implant either in front of or behind the pectoralis muscle. Breast implants come in many sizes and shapes and are offered in different profiles and with either smooth or textured surfaces depending on an individual patient’s needs. Silicone gel implants are available for Houston breast augmentation patients.
What Is The Recovery Period?
The recovery period varies with each patient; however, the majority of patients are able to resume most normal activities within one week of surgery.* After surgery, a gauze dressing will be applied over the breasts and the patient is fitted with a sports bra. The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. After surgery, pain is relieved with medication. The breasts will appear “higher” than normal on the chest for the first six to eight weeks following surgery.* The implants will gradually settle and the breast will regain a natural shape.
Where Is Breast Augmentation Surgery Performed?
Breast augmentation surgery is well-suited to our Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) accredited outpatient SurgiCenter. This facility is very private and is less expensive than hospital or public surgery centers. Patients are able to go home without undue difficulty after the procedure. Patients are required to rest quietly for a day after the surgery; this can be carried out in the comfort of your home.*
What Are the Risks?
Thousands of breast augmentation surgeries are successfully performed each year. Nevertheless, you should be aware of the potential hazards of surgery and specific risks associated with breast augmentation surgery. Postoperative complications such as delayed healing, nerve damage, infection, or localized collections of blood are uncommon. Other problems associated with implants include asymmetry, shifting of the implants, capsular contracture and rupture or leaking of the implants. Smokers should be aware that smoking is strongly discouraged for two weeks before and after the surgery. Complications arise more frequently when a patient continues to smoke. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely following Dr. Viera’s advice on follow-up care during the healing process.
*Results may vary for different patients and are not guaranteed. Contact our office to schedule a personalized consultation to determine if you are a good candidate.
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