Augmentation mammoplasty is typically performed to enlarge small breasts, underdeveloped breasts, uneven breasts or breasts that have decreased in size after a woman has children. By surgically inserting an implant behind each breast, the results can be subtle to dramatic, depending on your preference.
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With a breast augmentation procedure, usually an incision is made under the breast, around the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple), or in the armpit. A pocket is created for the implant either behind the breast tissue or behind the muscle between the breast and the chest wall. The size and type of implant is determined at your initial consultation.
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Approximately 1 1/2 hours.
After the Procedure
The procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Following surgery, you will wear a surgical bra (without underwire). This style bra will be worn for the first week. With breast augmentation, some swelling or discoloration will occur but will disappear shortly after surgery. Numbness is also common but will subside as well. Vigorous activities may be restricted for two to three weeks following surgery.
Day 1: Surgery.
Day 7: Return office visit for evaluation.
Day 5-10: Return to work.
Week 1-2: Resume non-impact lower body exercise. Swelling and redness begins to resolve.
Week 3: Resume impact exercises.
Week 6: Implants “drop” to a more natural position.
Month 3: Your final result.