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Breast Augmentation Pre-Op to Recovery

Pre-Operative Considerations

Patients undergoing breast augmentation should refrain from non-steroidal medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, etc. In addition, there are many other medications to avoid, something our plastic surgeons at Florida Plastic Surgery Group will discuss with you prior to your cosmetic surgery.

General Procedure

Breast augmentation is commonly performed on an outpatient basis at a hospital or surgical center while the patient is under general anesthesia. There are several options for implant type, implant position, and incision placement. To learn more about these variables, please visit the breast augmentation informational page.

During the procedure, local anesthetics are used around the breast to block the nerves that produce pain before the surgery. A precise pocket is created under the breast for either the saline or silicone implant. Immediately after the implant is placed, the incision is closed in a layered manner to prevent implant exposure or scar widening.

If the patient desires, a pain pump that delivers continuous local anesthetic to the implant pocket can be placed and maintained for 3-4 days to help with the post-operative pain control.

Recovery Process

Post-operative recovery begins with plenty of fluids and resuming walking as soon as possible. Bandages are placed over the incision for about a week, though patients are able to shower the same day of surgery.

Patients are asked to take a short course of antibiotics after the operation to prevent an infection. A supportive bra is worn to help support the breast as the incisions heal and the implants settle into position.

As the incision begins to heal (after 3 weeks), there are a number of things you can use to help minimize the size and appearance of the scar. Massaging the scar with firm finger pressure will help minimize the appearance of the scar and decrease the swelling. In addition, paper tape and silicone gel sheeting have both been shown to help minimize the scars with time. Some commercially available products such as Mederma or vitamin E may also have some benefit.

Please see our Common Questions about Cosmetic Surgery for more info.

Financing for Your Cosmetic Surgery

Our breast surgery team constantly evaluates multiple companies to find the most reliable financing options for our patients. Please view our financing page to learn about the options available to you.

If you have questions about any step in the breast augmentation process, please contact us for an initial consultation.