What is Breast Augmentation?
Women pursue breast augmentation for a variety of reasons and goals, all of which require a customized approach. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Barker strives to provide each patient pursuing breast augmentation with an individualized surgical plan to obtain optimal results. Breast augmentation addresses a variety of concerns women may have with their breasts, whether it is size, shape, skin, or nipple position. Each patient will meet with Dr. Barker in a personal consultation to discuss the variety of implants and placement options to achieve their desired outcome.
Breast Augmentation Reviews
"Dr. Barker and his team are AMAZING!!! From day 1 of my consultation into week 4 after my breast augmentation surgery, everybody in his office are so accommodating and professional. I am soooo happy with my results!!! I showed him several pics of my “goal” breasts before surgery and he 💯 nailed it. They are exactly what I hoped for and look very natural with the gummy bear implants that were used. I was prepared for a lot of pain after surgery, and opted for a pain blocker shot...well...that shot was a game changer. i didn’t feel much pain at all for 72 hours after the surgery. The whole experience was a lot easier than i ever imagined. Go see Dr. Barker....you won’t regret it!!!"- L.L / Office Visit / Jan 26, 2021
What Can I Expect During Breast Augmentation Surgery?
Goals of Breast Augmentation
This surgery is designed to improve the shape, size, and contour of the breasts according to the patient’s individual needs. Each patient will have a predetermined surgical and recovery plan to ensure this process is as comfortable and effective as possible. Whether through the use of breast implants or fat transfer, our experienced team will work to ensure each patient feels comfortable in the appearance of their chest.
How is Breast Augmentation Performed?
Before the procedure begins, general anesthesia will be administered to the patient. Once it has taken effect, patients will be led into the operating room to begin treatment, which will usually take around an hour. Incision placement, as well as implant placement, are decisions that are generally made ahead of surgery. During breast augmentation, the chosen incision is created and then the appropriate breast implant will be slipped into its position. There are a couple of techniques that may be used for implant placement. These are either under the pectoral muscle or behind the breast tissue but over the pectoral muscle. Where to insert the implant is based on varying factors, including the size and type of implant, as well as the opinion of Dr. Barker. Regardless of incision type, scarring is usually rare. Placement and location are based upon your body type, implant size, and lifestyle.
Following the procedure, there are just a few things to know in regard to ensuring a quick recovery process:
- The incision will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a small, sterile surgical dressing. The dressing will remain in place until the first post-operative visit (within one week of surgery).
- Typically, patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 – 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily, and most patients are able to return to work within 3 – 5 days after surgery.
- During the operation, Dr. Barker will inject an anesthetic to help control immediate post-operative pain. After the surgery, patients will typically need over-the-counter medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) to assist with pain control.
- The patient will be allowed to shower within 24 hours after surgery.
- The patient will be placed in a no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first six weeks of recovery.
What is the recovery process after Breast Augmentation?
Patients should avoid strenuous activity for the first 4 – 6 weeks following surgery. After 2 – 3 months, they will usually be cleared for full activity without restrictions. Swelling is also expected during this time and typically resolves after about six months. Generally, the recovery timeline looks as follows:
- Day 3 to 5: Discomfort improving, able to return to work
- Day 7: First post-operative visit, dressing removal, weaned off pain medications
- 2 weeks: Second post-operative visit
- 3 weeks: Begin scar therapy if indicated
- 4 weeks: Third post-operative visit, begin slow increase of physical activity
- 6 weeks: Return to normal bra usage