Procedure: 1-2 hours in surgery. Round or shaped implants are placed behind the breast (mammary) tissue, or beneath the pectoral muscle next to the chest wall. The implants are then filled to a predetermined size with a sterile saline solution. Incisions are usually placed in the crease underneath the breast, in the underarm area, or around the areola, the pigmented area surrounding the nipple. Click here for procedural renderings.
Anesthesia: Usually general anesthesia for submuscular placement; sometimes sedation with local anesthesia for submammary placement.
Length of Stay: Plan to spend about half a day at the Cosmetic Surgery Center.
What to Expect: Oral medications relieve the initial discomfort of swelling and tenderness. You’ll wear a support bra around the clock for a week or two. No suture removal is required.
Resuming Activities: Light activities may be resumed in a day or two. Normal activities, including non-strenuous work, may be resumed in 5-10 days. Heavy lifting, vigorous exercise and intimate contact follow complete healing, usually 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Breast implants do not usually interfere with breastfeeding. Mammograms require special techniques and additional views, well known by most mammographers.
Duration of results: Generally permanent, though breast appearance will be affected by future pregnancies, menopause and aging.
Risks: Bleeding, infection, poor healing, changes in breast or nipple sensation, or skin wrinkling over the implant may occur. If implants leak or rupture, additional surgery may be required to replace one or both implants. Occasionally, scar tissue around the implant can make the breasts feel firmer than normal. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.
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