Breast augmentation, also commonly referred to as a boob job, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available. It can be done using implants or fat transfer to make the breasts larger and enhance your figure. Different techniques can be used in breast augmentation surgeries, depending on the patient’s needs. If you opt for implants, there are different types and sizes from which to choose. While there are many techniques that can be used in breast augmentation surgeries, this essential guide is meant to help break down Dr. Sweat’s specific approaches so you’re prepared for further conversations when you schedule a consultation.
If you are considering getting breast augmentation, you should know what to expect. Here is a guide on the procedure to help.
Choosing A Breast Implant Type
There are different types of implants available to enhance your breasts. Technology has evolved considerably, which allows you to get a more natural feel with implants. Before you choose the size, the plastic surgeon will take measurements and do an assessment of your skin and breast tissue. This allows the doctor to make recommendations that are better suited for your body.
Dr. Sweat will provide direction on which shape works best for your body type, as you choose from our various sized silicone implants with his input. Silicone is filled with silicone gel and has a more natural feel. Also known as “gummy bear” implants, they are the top choice for most women and have been around for about two decades. The inframammary fold incision is optional when using these implants due to a lower risk of capsular contracture. Dr. Sweat uses both gummy bear Sientra implants.
Breast Implant Placement
After which type and size of the implants are decided, Dr. Sweat will during the procedure insert them under the pectoral muscle, also known as submuscular placement. The benefits of this approach mean that placement tends to produce a more natural appearance that’s desired by many patients. It’s also found to reduce the rate of capsular contracture. Recovery is an important process when using this method, which we’ll highlight next.
Recovery and Adjusting to Your New Breasts
Breast augmentation surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. As a result, you can return home the same day of your procedure. After a few hours, you can be up and about and will be able to leave your home after a few days. Please refer to your patient packet and discharge instructions.
You will feel soreness in the first week after your surgery and may have to take it easy in the first three to five days. It’s advised to avoid strenuous movements of your arms and chest muscles and to limit upper-body mobility. Generally, you should avoid any type of vigorous activity or exercise in the first six to eight weeks after breast augmentation surgery so you can recover without issue. Also, avoid any lifting, pushing, or pulling anything over 5 lbs. You should be able to do light exercise such as walking, but your surgeon will tell you what you can do when you are cleared for normal activity.
Schedule a Consultation
If you live in the Sacramento area or surrounding areas and are interested in getting breast augmentation surgery, contact Dr. Jeffrey Sweat at J. Sweat Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.