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Breast Augmentation: How Long Does It Take and What to Expect?

Many individuals are unsatisfied with the size and shape of their breasts. It may interfere with what they wear. Thankfully, there is a surgical procedure to help you overcome this. At Finesse Cosmetic Surgery, we offer breast augmentation to help people achieve their desired breast size and shape. 

Our priority is your comfort and overall experience. In this article, we will explore the various aspects of breast augmentation surgery, including the procedure itself, the types of implants used, and what to expect during recovery.

What Is a Breast Augmentation? 

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the size and shape of your breasts using implants or fat transfer. It is also known as augmentation mammoplasty or a “boob job”. To achieve an enhanced breast size, we will make an incision and insert a saline or silicone implant under the breast tissue or beneath the chest muscle. This creates a more proportionate and fuller breast appearance.

Breast augmentation surgery is ideal for individuals who are self-conscious about the size, shape, or symmetry of their breasts. It’s also an option for those who have lost breast volume due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. 

A breast augmentation cannot correct severely drooping breasts. It is not the same procedure as a breast lift. However, you can have a breast lift and augmentation simultaneously to reach your desired goals.

How Long Does Breast Augmentation Surgery Take?

The length of time it takes to perform breast augmentation surgery can vary depending on several factors. These include the specific techniques used, the size and shape of the implants being inserted, and the individual needs and goals of the patient. 

What to Expect Before, During, and After Breast Augmentation Surgery 

During the procedure, we will make an incision in the crease under the breast, around the areola, or in the armpit. The breast implant will be placed under the chest muscle or directly behind the breast tissue, depending on the desired outcome. Once the implants are in place, the incisions will be closed with sutures or surgical tape.

While breast augmentation surgery typically takes one to two hours, patients should also plan to spend time before and after the procedure for preparation and recovery. Before the procedure, you will need to undergo a pre-operative consultation so that we can review your medical history and discuss the procedure and expected outcomes. After the procedure, patients typically need to spend several hours in a recovery room to monitor their condition and ensure they are stable.

In terms of recovery, you will need to rest for several days following the procedure and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Most patients can return to work within a week or two but may need to avoid certain types of physical activity for up to six weeks.

The Benefits of Breast Augmentation Surgery 

Breast augmentation surgery can offer numerous benefits for patients who are unhappy with the size, shape, or position of their breasts. Some of the key benefits of breast augmentation include:

  • Increased self-confidence and improved body image
  • A more balanced and proportionate appearance
  • Restored breast volume and shape following pregnancy or weight loss 
  • Improve clothing fit and overall quality of life 

Type of Breast Implants 

During a consultation for breast augmentation surgery, you will have the opportunity to discuss the different types of breast implants with us. Three common types of breast implants are silicone gel, saline, and autologous breast augmentation.

Silicone Gel Implants

Silicone gel implants have a silicone shell filled with silicone gel. The texture of silicone gel is designed to mimic the natural texture of breast tissue. If a silicone implant leaks, the gel may escape the shell, but the silicone shell will not collapse. The FDA has approved silicone gel implants for people over 22 years old.

Saline Breast Implants

Saline breast implants also consist of a silicone shell. However, instead of silicone gel, they are filled with a sterile saline solution. Saline implants can be filled before or after they are implanted. They offer a firmer and more uniform look than silicone implants. If a saline implant leaks, the saline solution will be absorbed by the body, causing the implant to collapse. The FDA has approved saline implants for people aged 18 years and older.

Autologous Breast Augmentation

For those who prefer a more natural approach, fat transfer breast augmentation offers an alternative to artificial implants. This procedure involves using fat cells from other parts of your body, such as your thighs, hips, or tummy, and injecting them into your breasts. The fat cells are purified before being injected. The result is a natural-looking enhancement of the breast size and shape. One potential advantage of natural breast augmentation is that it eliminates the need for foreign materials in the body.

Breast Augmentation for You 

Overall, while breast augmentation surgery can take several hours to complete, patients should plan to spend additional time before and after the procedure for preparation and recovery. Patients should also work closely with our doctors to determine the best approach for their individual needs and to ensure a safe and successful outcome. 

Here at Finesse Cosmetic Surgery, we will ensure that you have all the necessary information you need before and after your breast augmentation surgery. We will help you plan for this surgical procedure to ensure its success and achieve the desired results. 

For more information on what to expect during breast augmentation surgery, call us at (781) 790-4409 or schedule an appointment online.