For women with small, underdeveloped breasts or breasts that have shrunk or atrophied after child bearing, no exercises, devices, or medications will change breast size. Breast augmentation can help.
There are four common incisions that can be used:
- in the fold on the lower part of the breast just above where it touches the chest
- around the areola, the dark pink skin surrounding the nipple
- in the armpit
- through the belly button
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The approach used depends on the patient and their surgeon.
A pocket is created either directly under the tissue or underneath the muscle. The choice depends on the surgeon’s judgment and the patient’s physique. The implant is placed in the pocket and a few stitches close the incision.
Breast Augmentation Procedure
The procedure takes about 1-2 hours. Dressings consist of gauze and a bra. Medication is given for pain and discomfort, which subsides in 2-3 days. There is minimal bruising and swelling that disappears gradually. Patients are up and around in a day or two, but should avoid overhead lifting. Sutures are out within a week and scars fade gradually, usually becoming barely noticeable. There may be some degree of firmness and loss in nipple sensitivity immediately after the operation, but usually the breast softens and sensitivity returns.
What is the recovery time for breast augmentation?
1 week. Most women are able to return to work after 4-5 days
depending on their job. There are some exercise and lifting
restrictions for 4-6 weeks.