Will anesthesia and pain relief be used during / after surgery?
You will be made comfortable throughout the whole procedure. Most people have a general anesthetic for their surgery, but the surgery can be done with Iv sedation if there is a desire or reason to avoid a general anesthetic. After surgery, you will be given instructions on pain relief medication, if required.
What happens immediately after surgery?
Once the incisions are closed with sutures, surgical garments are wrapped around the chest to protect the treatment area. Our breast augmentation patients initially recover in the recovery room, observed by our licensed nurses. After a short period when they are awake and comfortable, they will be able to go home to rest.
How long will complete recovery take?
We suggest taking a week off of work, but some patients will return to work faster assuming that they do not have to perform any heavy lifting. Full recovery takes two to four weeks.
Your first post-operative visit will be scheduled about two to four days after the procedure and you are then seen a few more times during the recovery period. In the first few days you may experience mild discomfort, bruising and swelling, all of which are considered normal and treated with prescription medicine. You should wear a special supportive garment for five to seven days after which you may resume wearing normal bras. Detailed instructions on how to care for the incisions, when to resume exercise and other pertinent facts are provided prior to surgery.
Your relationship with us will not end after the surgery. We will see you frequently in the next weeks and months and will want to see you back one year after surgery as well. We will continue to advise you on activity, exercise, breast self-examination and the future need for mammography, as you require.