However common a breast augmentation procedure may be, when you’re the patient, you want a comfortable, complication-free recovery. Choosing a surgeon of the highest caliber, like the physicians at Longwood Plastic Surgery, is an essential first step. There are also ways to ease your recovery for the best possible outcome of your breast augmentation.
How Does Breast Augmentation Work?
The many choices surrounding breast augmentation will personalize the procedure for your frame and proportions. Will you have saline or silicone implants? What shape and volume of implants best suit you? Should you have your implants placed above or beneath your pectoralis muscle? Where should your incisions be made?
These are all questions you and your LPS surgeon will answer during the creation of your treatment plan. For some patients, the addition of a breast lift may also improve skin laxity, reposition the nipples, and correct sagging breast tissue.
Overall, breast augmentation aims to improve your breast-to-hip ratio, improve any existing asymmetry, and bring you comfort and confidence in the size and shape of your breasts.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
If you’re unhappy with the size, projection, or asymmetry of your breasts, you may be a good candidate for breast augmentation at Longwood Plastic Surgery. During your comprehensive consultation, you’ll have a thorough examination by a talented LPS surgeon with years of experience in breast enhancement.
We use implant sizers and 3D photography to give our patients the best idea of potential results with your breast enhancement. If you’ve been thinking about breast augmentation, schedule your consultation to get started.
How Do I Prepare for My Breast Augmentation?
Choose a talented, qualified surgeon.
Many of today’s techniques in the surgical arena can significantly impact the ease of a patient’s recovery. At LPS, our board-certified plastic surgeons have decades of combined experience in breast procedures, including complex reconstructions. You can be sure your breast augmentation is performed by one of Boston’s most skilled, artistic, and experienced plastic surgeons.
Recruit a loved one to help.
For the first 24-58 hours, you may feel wobbly on your feet and a little groggy from the general anesthesia. You’ll be required to have someone drive you home after your outpatient procedure in our accredited outpatient surgical suite. If you can arrange for your loved one to assist you for a day or two after your procedure, you’ll be able to relax and get more rest.
Prepare a few days’ worth of meals.
Healthy food can go a long way toward helping you regain your strength. Have some easy, healthy snacks and simple meals ready. However, keep in mind you may feel nauseated for a few days due to the anesthesia. Stomach-settling foods like soup, gelatin, crackers, or granola are good to have on hand.
Create a recovery nest.
You’ll need to be comfortable while you recuperate, and keeping your upper body elevated will help with your circulation. Wherever you plan to recover, set up your pillows, blankets, and entertainment in advance, so all you have to do when you return home is relax and rest.
Have comfortable, front-closure clothing.
You’ll need front-closure support bras and shirts that are cozy enough to sleep in. While you’ll have a compression garment after your procedure, you’ll need the support bras for the next few weeks until your new breasts fully settle into their final position.
It may take you 1-2 weeks before you feel like yourself again. Listen to your body. Only engage in activity levels you feel ready for, and rest when you should. You’ll be able to enjoy your new breasts before you know it.
Take the Next Step
Interested in learning about breast augmentation? Schedule your consultation with Longwood Plastic Surgery today by calling our Brookline office at (617) 383-6250. We serve the Brookline and Greater Boston area with distinction.