Breast augmentation surgery is a common and effective way to help you enhance the size and shape of your breasts.
This procedure is designed to increase the size of the breast using implants. Every breast augmentation is customized to the patient’s aesthetic goals; each procedure is performed differently depending on the patient’s needs.
Commonly, breast augmentation is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, there will be incisions made in discreet areas such as under the breast, under the armpit, or around the areola. After the incisions are made, the implants, either silicone or saline, are inserted. The exact placement of the implants, either under or above the muscle, depends on your aesthetic goals. The incisions are then closed to complete the procedure.
When considering a breast augmentation to meet your goals, it is crucial to find the right plastic surgeon. Be sure to look for is that the surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
This certification means that the doctor has been extensively trained in the full range of reconstructive and plastic procedures, has knowledge of how to prevent and handle emergencies during surgery, and has the necessary technical skills and aesthetic judgment to complete your care.
You also want to meet with the surgeon of your choice to discuss the procedure and their experience and make sure that you feel comfortable working with them.
In most cases, recovering fully from breast augmentations surgery can take roughly six weeks. The recovery process depends on the patient, so it is important to speak with your plastic surgeon about your individual recovery needs.
Like with any surgical procedure, complications can arise with breast augmentation surgery such as:
This is the critical recovery period where your breasts will be wrapped, and you will be transported to the recovery room. You should expect to feel groggy and sore immediately after the procedure. Depending on your discomfort, your surgeon can provide you with a local numbing pain block to ease your pain and to help reduce narcotic use. This pain block will last around 12 hours.
Due to the anesthesia, you will need to make sure you have a family member or friend who can help you into the vehicle, drive you home, and help you into the house.
Swelling, tightness, and pressure in the chest, shoulder, neck and back areas should be expected. You may also experience some pain. These 3 to 5 days are when you can expect to feel the most uncomfortable.
It is also normal to experience bruising and minor bleeding from your incision sites. Keep an eye on the bleeding and if it doesn’t feel right or the bleeding won’t stop, contact your doctor immediately.
Follow your instructions provided by the plastic surgeon for how often to take your prescribed medications such as antibiotics, muscles relaxers, or pain medications. You will also need to follow the instructions provided by your doctor on how to care for your incisions. Be sure to follow the instructions on which bras or garments to wear during your recovery to help you feel comfortable and to help prevent infection at the incision sites.
At 1-week post-surgery, you should be experiencing minimal discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter medications. You will visit with your surgeon at this time, and you can also expect to resume normal but light daily activities.
If you work a low-impact job, you will likely be cleared to return to driving and to work. You will also likely be encouraged to take a few short walks 1 to 2 times a day to reduce stiffness and your risk of clotting.
At this point in your recovery, you will be getting back to your normal routine. Within 4-6 weeks, you should be able to resume your regular exercise routine, but until you are cleared by your doctor, only light exercise will be permitted.
If you have a labor-intensive job, you will likely have to wait 3-4 weeks after your surgery before you return to your job. You will also need to avoid heavy lifting and vigorous physical activity like running or lifting weights.
Two months after your surgery, your doctor will assess your healing, and if everything has healed as expected, they will likely clear you for all of your normal work and recreational activities. Be sure to follow all of your doctor’s instructions for recovery to ensure you heal correctly and avoid any complications.
If you are ready to achieve your goals through breast augmentation, Gaia Plastic Surgery can help! Our experienced team can help you achieve your breast augmentation goals and give you the confidence you desire!
We specialize in non-invasive and invasive Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Miami Florida. Unlike many other practices, we personalized your care by making sure that we understand your goals.
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Just a small update with pictures, obviously still healing (2 weeks post op) I love my results! All of my initial problem areas were addressed exactly as I wanted them to be. I wanted to still look like myself without the “overdone” look especially for my nose. Everything is healing great. I’m happy with my 2 week post op results, so I’m excited to see everything once everything completely settles into place. I started as 34B on my breasts and went with 300cc implants I didn’t want them too large or small.. I’m 5’3” 115lbs so they fit well on my frame and I’m very happy with those as well.
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I went to Dr. Clavijo for a breast augmentation…
I went to Dr. Clavijo for a breast augmentation and I could not be more pleased with my results. They look natural- actually better than natural, but not fake looking. It’s exactly the look I was going for. I had a very smooth and fast recovery process with no complications. Dr. Clavijo and staff were prompt and attentive, and made sure to check in and follow up with me. I always felt like I was in extremely capable hands. I highly recommend!
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