A Closer Look at How Long Recovery Takes After Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation procedure can help give you fuller breasts and more beautiful body contours. If you’re considering this procedure, it’s helpful to understand what is breast augmentation and what to expect from your recovery. When you’re ready to schedule a breast augmentation consultation, contact Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery in Wellington, FL. 

What Is Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that helps provide bigger, more voluminous breasts. A breast augmentation procedure is done for several reasons, including restoring volume loss after weight loss or breastfeeding. Many women also undergo this procedure simply to get the size and shape they never had. 

This cosmetic procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures, including a breast lift or as part of a mommy makeover. After the breast augmentation procedure is done and healing is complete, patients often enjoy a significant boost of confidence. 

Types of Breast Augmentation Procedures

Breast augmentation procedures are not one-size-fits-all. There are multiple factors to consider when trying to achieve the look of fuller, rounder breasts, including which type of breast augmentation procedure would provide the most beneficial results for you.

Augmented breasts can be achieved in two ways — either with breast implants or a fat transfer. The right type of procedure for you depends on your body and cosmetic goals. We are happy to guide you in the right direction and help you choose the procedure that will give you the best possible result. 

Breast Augmentation With Implants

Breast augmentation using implants is a common procedure. If you choose to go this route, we can help you pick which kind of implant suits you best, what size would allow you to reach your desired goals, and the type of incision that works for your body.

There are two types of breast implants — saline and silicone. Both are great options but provide slightly different results.

Saline breast implants are made of a silicone outer shell and filled with a saline (salt) water solution to help provide volume. During surgery, the shell is placed inside the breast pocket and filled with saline until the implant is filled to a suitable size.

Silicone breast implants, on the other hand, are full of silicone gel filling. Patients often choose silicone because these implants usually feel the most like natural breasts.

Along with choosing the type of implant you’d like, it’s also important to pick the right size and projection, which determines how much your implant will project off your chest. During your consultation, we can help you sort out all of these details to choose the right implants for you. 

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation can also be performed using your own fat. During this procedure, we use liposuction to remove unwanted fat from certain areas of the body, including the abdomen, arms, and thighs. The fat is then purified and prepared for reinjection into the breasts.

This type of procedure can help with a more natural breast augmentation, and often works well for patients who would like to undergo liposuction and use the fat to enhance their curves in other parts of the body. 

Breast Augmentation Procedure — What to Expect

Breast augmentation is done using general anesthesia for your comfort throughout the procedure. The specifics of your procedure depend on whether you plan to use breast implants or transferred fat.

For breast implants, we’ll begin by making a small incision where we will insert the implants. Incisions are either created around the areola, in the fold underneath the breast, or in the armpit. During your consultation, we can give incision recommendations to help you decide where you’d like your incision to go. Once the incision is made, we’ll place the implant in the breast pocket and work to position them well to give the desired look. 

For fat transfer breast augmentation, we’ll perform the liposuction procedure, prepare the fat, then distribute the fat along the breast area to achieve volume and symmetry. The total surgical time is based on your exact procedure, but typically takes one to three hours. 

After Your Breast Augmentation Surgery

After closing your incisions and applying dressings, we will take you to recovery. You can go home on the day of your surgery after you’ve spent some time in recovery and feel well enough to go home.

You’ll wake up with a surgical bra already on. It is important to wear the bra as much as possible in the weeks after your procedure, as it helps reduce swelling and support the implants.

You’ll likely feel tired for the rest of the day after your procedure; we recommend getting as much rest as possible. 

In the Days Following Your Breast Augmentation Procedure

In the days after your surgery, you may feel sore, and your breasts may be tender. You’ll want to avoid much activity as you allow your implants to settle in. 

It is normal to notice the breast implants sitting high on the chest. In the weeks after your procedure, the implants will begin to “drop” and go down to their intended position. 

Physical Activity After a Breast Augmentation Surgery

We highly recommend taking it easy during breast augmentation recovery. You’ll want to refrain from exercise and strenuous physical activity, especially anything that involves the arm and chest muscles, for at least four to six weeks. Patients can often return to work a few days after surgery as long as work is not too demanding on the body. 

Final Results After a Breast Augmentation Recovery

You’ll likely be able to enjoy the final results of your procedure within three to four months after surgery. Following our recommendations during your recovery is critical, as this helps speed up your healing and attain maximum results. 

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation Today

When it comes to enhancing your natural breast augmentation journey, the expert team at Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing personalized care and exceptional results. During your consultation, our experienced professionals will listen to your goals, answer any questions you may have, and create a tailored plan to help you achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire. 

Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve clients in Wellington, FL, and the surrounding areas. 

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