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Everything You Need To Know About Breast Augmentation

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Most women choose to have breast augmentation to achieve a more feminine and sculpted profile and increase their body confidence. If your breasts have changed due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy, a breast augmentation can reshape your figure. Women looking for larger, rounder, and lifted breasts come to our plastic surgery practice for our experience and expertise.

You will likely have many questions as you start your breast augmentation journey. Here are answers to some common questions you may have.

How Does Breast Augmentation Work?

During your procedure, your plastic surgeon will make an incision and create pockets in your breast tissue to insert either saline or silicone gel implants. Saline implants differ from silicone gel implants because they are filled after being placed in the breast. You have the option of choosing your breast implant material, size, and shape.

While breast augmentation can lift your breasts to some degree, it can exaggerate moderate to severe sagging. If you want to improve the sagging in your breasts and increase their size, you can combine your breast augmentation with a breast lift.

How Do I Pick the Right Implant for Me?

Your plastic surgeon will be the best guide when choosing your implant material, size, and shape. If you are looking for implants that look and feel more like natural breast tissue, silicone gel implants may be the right choice for you. If you want a more affordable option that is also customizable, saline implants are a good option.

Choosing an implant size and shape that fits your frame is also important. A too-large implant might seem tempting but will not look proportional to the rest of your body. Read this related blog to learn more about what to consider when choosing your breast implants.

What Is the Recovery Process for Breast Augmentation?

You will experience some swelling and bruising in your breasts after your procedure. Your plastic surgeon will recommend medication for handling any discomfort, and these symptoms should fade in a few weeks. It’s important to avoid lifting anything over your head or engaging in strenuous activities for 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure.

You can resume low-intensity activities such as driving within a week of your procedure, as long as you have stopped taking prescription pain medication. Be sure to contact your plastic surgeon if you experience any unusual symptoms.

How Soon Can I Go Back To Work After Breast Augmentation?

Most people can return to work after 1 week if no strenuous activities are involved. If you do have a job that involves physical labor and strenuous activity, you will need to take additional time off. Plan on taking around 3 to 4 weeks off work if your job involves heavy lifting.

There is no one-size-fits-all breast augmentation recovery, and it’s critical you always listen to your body and your plastic surgeon. These before and after photos shows the type of breast augmentation results we can create. If you are ready for more voluptuous breasts, request a consultation or call us at  (434) 924-1234 to schedule an appointment.

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