Breast Augmentation Recovery FAQ’s

Breast augmentation recovery may have involved a two week painstaking process in the past. Today, there have been several advancements made in medicine to prevent and reduce the  discomfort associated with breast augmentation. These advancements are so much so that recovery may be two to seven days. If you’re considering breast augmentation, you’ll want to be fully informed about breast augmentation recovery. So, let’s take a glance at some of the most frequently asked questions.

How Much Pain Will I Have?

The extent of discomfort varies among individuals. However, plastic surgeons take steps to avoid discomfort following breast augmentation. For example, a blunt technique was used to perform the breast augmentation procedure in the past. Now, delicate techniques are used in breast surgery. These techniques contribute to the diminished or insignificant discomfort that women experience following breast augmentation. There are also improved instruments that allow for greater precision during surgery when dissecting the breast pocket for the implant to fit in. In this way, less breast tissue is disrupted, providing for less trauma to the area and less pain. The bloodless approach used in breast surgery today has reduced the need of drains following surgery, as well as, the risk of bruising, inflammation and infection- in essence, less pain.

What Type of Pain Medication Will I Be Prescribed?

There are a variety of pain medications to choose from today. Marcaine packs may be placed in the breast pocket cavity during surgery to result in less post operative pain. Steroids may be placed in the breast pocket reduce the risk of muscle spasm, inflammation and consequential pain. Sedation agents gradually deliver anti-pain medication to the body during surgery to result in less post operative pain. Pain pumps deliver pain medication post operatively. Anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed following surgery to prevent inflammation and resulting pain. In reality, there are many tools plastic surgeons have to prevent and minimize discomfort.

How Can I Manage Nausea and Vomiting?

Plastic surgeons help reduce nausea and vomiting by maintaining hydration during surgery. The use of the bloodless approach to surgery helps to reduce nausea and vomiting as well. Following surgery, plastic surgeons may prescribe Benadryl, Phenergan, Scopolomine, Zofran, Decadron, or Emend to further reduce nausea.

What Can I Do To Reduce Scarring?

Because inflammation increases the risk of excess scar formation, plastic surgeons may use steroids and anti-inflammatory medications during surgery to reduce inflammation and the risk of excessive scar formation. Plastic surgeons also use advanced techniques during surgery to limit scarring. In addition, plastic surgeons advise women to wear steri strips on the incisions for up to eight weeks after the procedure. Toward the end of the scar maturation process, plastic surgeons advise the use of scar guards and sheets for those who are prone to excessive scarring. Scar massage is another technique for improving the appearance of scars. Some women opt for permanent make up and tattooing to improve the appearance of scars. However, scarring is not usually a problem for most women that have breast augmentation.

How Can I Reduce the Risk of Complications?

Complication risks can be reduced by disclosing all medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements that you are taking to your plastic surgeon before breast surgery. In turn, your plastic surgeon can take precautions to reduce the risk of complications. Complication risks have also been reduced for a variety of other reasons. Today, the procedure may be performed under local anesthesia, which poses less risk when compared to general anesthesia. Today’s breast implants have been improved to reduce the risk of capsular contracture (squeezing of the breast implant). The bloodless approach has reduced the risk of infection. Fiber optic retractors used in breast surgery have reduced the risk of hematoma (blood clot).

The advantage in breast augmentation today is that the procedure is far less discomforting in every way. This allows women to return to work and normal activities very quickly when compared to former years. So, the time to enjoy the benefits arrives rapidly. The beauty in appearance, the boost in self-confidence, the enhancement in self-image can all be fully realized in a week’s time for most women today.