What to Expect After a Breast Augmentation

What to Expect After a Breast Augmentation

Whether you’ve had a breast augmentation and are curious about what to expect, or if you’re just contemplating the procedure, this article will give you an idea of what it’s like after your surgery. Your surgeon will want to see you as soon as possible post-op, but there is no need for alarm. He/she wants to make sure that everything has gone according to plan and that your recovery is going smoothly.

You may find yourself sore and swollen for several days following the procedure; however, most patients can return home within 24 hours of their surgery provided they stay on top of their pain medications and follow instructions from their doctor.

Recovery Time

The length of time you will need to recover varies from patient to patient and the type of procedure performed. On average, patients can expect that they will need to take anywhere from two weeks off work after breast augmentation for both procedures; however, if you’re extremely sore or your implants are higher risk (e.g., placed over the muscle), then it may be longer than this estimate.

What to Expect After Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery can result in some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. For the first few days after your procedure, you will likely need help with daily tasks such as bathing or cooking; however, this is temporary and should improve within a week of your surgery.

You’ll want to take it easy for several weeks following breast augmentation surgery with limited activity. Your doctor will most likely encourage you to take time off work for at least two weeks after your procedure, but this may be more than is required depending on the type of breast augmentation performed and your personal recovery path.

The Recovery Process

Recovery varies significantly from patient to patient. The recovery process after breast augmentation surgery is different for each person, depending on their pain tolerance and the type of procedure performed.

Breast implants are usually placed under your chest muscles or breasts through small incisions made around the nipple area; however, you may need a larger implant if it cannot be inserted through this small incision.

The larger the implant, the more anesthesia you will need and the longer your recovery time. If placed under your chest muscles, it can take several weeks for implants to settle into their final location; however, if they are filled with saline solution or silicone gel (as opposed to being filled with fat), then doctors report that you can expect a faster recovery time.

Complications & What To Do if They Arise

If you know and trust your surgeon and feel comfortable with his/her level of expertise, then you should not worry about serious complications arising. However, if something does go wrong or if you experience any unusual symptoms after surgery (e.g., fever), then it’s important to call him/her right away for advice on how best to proceed.

Your communication with your doctor throughout the process is crucial to the success of your surgery and recovery.

Conclusion

You need to be extremely careful about who performs your breast augmentation surgery; therefore, it is important to do thorough research and ensure that you are comfortable with both the surgeon’s level of expertise as well as their ability to communicate effectively.

To find out more about what happens post-op or if you want to know what results can be expected after several months, contact Dr. Jim Brantner M.D. to schedule a consultation today.

Types of Materials Used in Breast Implants: Pros and Cons

Types of Materials Used in Breast Implants: Pros and Cons

Breast implants are a popular procedure for women who want more fullness in their chest. They come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: silicone. But not just any silicone; it is either Type 1 or Type 2, which makes a huge difference to the implant’s quality and safety. In this blog post we will discuss different types of materials, what they are made of, and how that can affect your health.

Type One Silicone

This silicone is made of inert ingredients, such as silicon oil and filler material. It’s FDA-approved for use in breast implants because it doesn’t have any toxic or bioactive effects on the body. The downside is that this type of implant can cause capsular contracture, which means your skin tightens around the implants. The cost of silicone implants can be lower than Type Two, but they’re more likely to cause complications. One needs to go over the pros and cons with their doctor before making a decision.

Type Two Silicon

These types of silicone implants are a cheaper option as they are made from silicon and the rates of leakage is lower. Their main quality is that they are a cheaper alternative to type one silicone implants, but they can also emit an odor when heated or rubbed against other materials in your bag which may lead people around you know that you have breast implants

Saline

Saline implants are made from sterile saltwater and filler material that can be either silicone or saline-filled gels. They’re also FDA-approved for use in breast augmentation because they don’t contain any toxic materials that are harmful to your body. Saline-filled implants are less common than Type Two, which is a silicone-filled implant. Because of this, they’re sometimes thought to be safer and with fewer risks for adverse outcomes in the long run because there’s no risk of exposure to toxic silicones that could cause allergic reactions over time.

However, these types also still have complications like hematomas or blood clots due to surgical hazards such as bleeding – plus, their sensations are too gooey and mushy when compared against silicone fillers making them seem ‘less real’.

What Are The Pros And Cons?

The pros of each implant will depend on what you want out of an implant as well as how much money you’re willing to spend on surgery costs or replacement surgeries if something goes wrong with a certain type of implant. If you have any questions about which type will work best for your needs, talk to your surgeon before you decide on your decision.

Now that you know the types of materials used in breast implants, what are some pros and cons?

The pro for Saline-filled implants is that they’re FDA-approved and safe to use with minimal risks involved, like infection or implant rupture. On top of this, because these implants don’t contain any toxic chemicals in their makeup process it has fewer side effects than Type One saline which can cause allergic reactions if exposed to silicone particles over time. However, there’s still a chance for complications with both Types One and Two saltwater filled injections owing mainly to common surgical hazards such as bleeding or blood clots (hematomas) where complications can arise.

Type Two silicone-filled implants can be used without any worries about contamination from other materials if exposed (as seen above) unlike Types One or Three filler injections that contain different chemicals.

Conclusion

If you’re considering getting a breast implant, the decision of which type to get will depend on what you want out of an implant as well as how much money you have set aside for surgery costs or replacement surgeries if something goes wrong with that certain type. One thing is clear – there are plenty of options available! Get in touch with Dr. Jim Brantner today and he’ll be happy to talk through your individual needs so that you can make an informed choice about which option is best for you.

Breast Lift Vs Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants – What’s The Difference?

Breast Lift Vs Breast Augmentation Vs Breast Implants – What’s The Difference?

Many women find that ageing, weight loss and pregnancy changes the size, volume and shape of their breasts. This can not only take a toll on your self-confidence, it can affect your life in other seemingly small ways, such as changing the way that your clothes fit your body or what you are comfortable wearing or doing in public.

These changes can have a real impact on the way you feel about yourself. The good news is there are options available to help you both look and feel your best. In fact, more and more women are looking to undergo surgical procedures in order to enhance their breasts or restore them to their former youthful appearance, shape and feel.

A breast lift, breast augmentation and breast implants are often discussed in the same category but two of these procedures are very different. These procedures address different needs and in some cases, a combination of procedures is required. So if you are considering any of these procedures, it is important that you understand the difference. Read on to find out more.

What Is A Breast Lift?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure, which aims to reposition the breast tissue. It is a great way to address breasts that appear to be sagging or drooping. Unlike breast augmentation, a breast lift doesn’t change the amount of breast tissue itself which makes it a good choice for women who happy with the shape and size of their breasts but want to change their position.

What Is A Breast Augmentation?

A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure, which aims to increase the breast size with the use of breast implants. These implants are usually made from silicone or saline gels. A breast augmentation can make a significant difference in breast size, increasing cup size by one or more for the majority of women. Unlike a breast lift, a breast augmentation will not change the position of the breasts, therefore some women choose to combine these two procedures to achieve their desired result.

What Are Breast Implants?

Breast implants are essentially the same thing as a breast augmentation. Both procedures use silicone or saline implants to change the breast size and shape. The two phrases are often used under the umbrella term ‘breast augmentation’.

Which Procedure Is Best?

A breast lift and a breast augmentation are two very different procedures. Whether you chose one or both procedures depends on the look you are hoping to achieve. It is always best to consult with your surgeon, who will be able to advise you on the best procedures for you.

Why May I Want To Combine The Two Procedures?

If you want to increase the volume of your breasts but you also want to correct sagging or drooping in the breasts then you may want to combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation. Many women will choose to combine the two procedures and both of these procedures can be carried out at the same time. When combined, the two procedures should result in fuller, more lifted and more beautiful breasts.

Who Can Have Breast Surgery?

A good candidate for a breast lift or breast augmentation will be as close as possible to their ideal weight. A significant weight loss or gain can impact breast appearance, so it is wise to maintain your weight consistently for around a year before undergoing surgery. A woman is usually advised to wait until she had had children and finished breastfeeding (if she chooses to breastfeed) before undergoing a breast augmentation or breast lift procedure. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breast size and structure can change, which can have an impact on the results of the surgery.

What Happens During Breast Implant Surgery?

A breast implant procedure is usually an outpatient procedure. The surgery will usually last 1-2 hours and is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, meaning that you shouldn’t feel a thing. Before your procedure, you should discuss implant placement options, which will dictate where the incisions are made in order to insert the implants. Incisions can be made under the breast, around the nipple, beneath the armpit or in the navel. These methods make it easy to conceal surgical scars and an experienced plastic surgeon will be able to advise you on the best placement for you. The breast implant is placed underneath the breast tissue and again, the exact placement should be discussed with your plastic surgeon.

Closing Thoughts

If you’re considering a breast lift or breast augmentation, always speak to an experienced surgeon who will be able to advise you on the best way to improve the appearance of your breasts and give you back your confidence. Contact our professional staff at Jim Brantner Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today to see how we can help you.

Breast Cancer Reconstruction: FAQ

Breast Cancer Reconstruction: FAQ

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the office of Jim Brantner, MD would like to answer your questions about breast cancer reconstruction.pink balloons

  • Should I Have Reconstructive Surgery?
    • Mastectomy due to cancer is an intimate and painful topic, and no two patients are alike. Many women do find that reconstructive surgery helps them to feel more like themselves again. Others choose not to experience more surgeries and hospital time. Speak with your doctors, care team, and close companions, but remember that ultimately the choice lies with you.
  • What are my Options?
    • There are two options for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy: artificial breast implants, or tissue flap reconstruction. Breast implants after a mastectomy are quite similar to a standard breast implant, in that an artificial saline or silicone implant is used. In tissue flap reconstruction, tissue from your body (usually the abdomen or back) is used in the same manner. Neither option is one-size-fits-all, and both create natural-looking results. Discuss them with your surgeon to determine which is right for you.
  • When Should I Have Surgery?
    • You have several options when it comes to the timing of your breast reconstruction. Some women choose to have removal and reconstruction at the same time, which has the advantage of significantly lessening overall recovery time. Some women choose to delay their reconstruction surgery. This is often due to further treatment needs, such as targeted radiation and chemotherapy. It’s not uncommon for doctors to recommend a waiting period of six months to a year after completing treatment. Some women also choose staged reconstruction, where part of the reconstruction is done at removal and the rest after treatment.

Again, a long discussion with your entire care team is the best way to determine which breast reconstruction option is right for you. There is no rule that patients should have reconstruction immediately–many patients wait months, years, or never choose to have the procedure at all.

When you’re ready to begin the consultation process, contact Dr. Brantner’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery office in East Tennessee for professional, informed, compassionate care.