Plastic surgery can be a life-changing experience, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Like any surgery, you can expect a period of healing before you are able to see and feel the final results. If you are considering breast augmentation surgery, you may be wondering what your timeline for recovery is – when will any swelling subside? When will you be able to resume your normal activities? The answer to those questions depends partly on the type of breast augmentation surgery that is performed. As a surgeon, I pride myself in using the most advanced methods, technologies and products to give my patients the best results. Here are some of the techniques available today for any candidate considering breast augmentation surgery.
Traditional Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular types of plastic surgery available, sought after by women wanting to achieve a more contoured silhouette. During the most traditional type of breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon will make an incision – incisions around the areola, in the crease underneath the breast, and at the armpit are all common incision targets. A silicone or saline-based breast implant can then be inserted, after which the incision can be sutured shut.
While breast augmentation surgery is normally an outpatient procedure, it is still normally performed under general anesthesia. This means that you will likely wake up feeling groggy for a few hours or even a day, so be sure that you have arranged for transportation home after the procedure. You can also anticipate swelling, bruising, tenderness and pain in the days following surgery. This can be apparent both at the incision site, and also at the implant site as the skin and muscles of your body adjust to accommodate your new implants. Fortunately, you will be prescribed pain medication to alleviate this pain while you heal.
Most patients report that they are able to get back to the majority of normal activities after a week or two, and at my surgery center, sutures are generally removed after ten days. With that said, it is recommended that patients stay away from strenuous activities for up to three weeks after surgery until the body is fully healed.
Transumbilical Breast Augmentation
In addition to breast lifts and traditional breast augmentations, I also perform a relatively new and innovative type of breast augmentation surgery known as transumbilical breast augmentation or TUBA technique. This is a special type of breast augmentation surgery where breast implants are inserted into the body through a small incision near the navel and guided to the correct placement through the use of endoscopic cameras – once properly placed, the breast implants can then be filled with a saline solution.
There are several advantages to the transumbilical breast augmentation technique. One advantage that many women appreciate is that any scars are small and located around the navel, far away from the implant site. Another major advantage is that, because of the minimal size of incisions, recovery time following a transumbilical breast augmentation is minimal. While you will still experience significant soreness, overall recovery time may be reduced.
Ideal Breast Implant
At my practice, I also offer IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast implants, an advanced implant option that combines the desirable qualities of both traditional saline and silicone gel. Inserted with traditional breast augmentation incisions, IDEAL IMPLANT® is a multi-layered and structured implant that contains saline, but has been designed to feel natural, mimicking the feel of silicone gel implants. This design creates a cushioned feel comparable to a silicone gel and lowers the risk of implant failure by reducing wrinkling and folding, the main causes of implant rupture and deflation. Patients who receive IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast implants also have the peace of mind knowing that even in a case of rupture, the saline solution filling their implant can be harmlessly absorbed by the body. Right now, IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast implants are my personal favorite for candidates considering breast augmentation, as they achieve the natural look and feel of soft, supple breasts, and also give patients the safety of only saline inside. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
As a surgeon, it’s my personal goal to help women find their confidence and feel their best. At my surgery center in San Antonio, we use the newest, safest, most cutting-edge technology in the industry, and can find a natural-looking choice to enhance the look of any patient. If you’re considering breast augmentation surgery, feel free to book a complimentary consultation to hear more.