Today breast augmentation ranks as the topmost plastic surgery procedure in the United States. This surgery can be undertaken using various techniques.
But the steps involved in the procedure will largely remain the same in each case. Breast implant surgery can be customized to address the unique needs of the patient.
At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the steps involved in breast augmentation to the patient. This will allow the patient to understand what she can expect during the procedure and help her feel more reassured about the surgery.
Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implants to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.
At the outset of the procedure, the patient will receive anesthesia after being brought into the operating room. Breast enhancement is typically undertaken using general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse will administer the anesthesia to the patient.
The patient may experience grogginess, nausea, and other mild side effects related to anesthesia for a few hours after the procedure. Most patients can return home on the day of the surgery itself after the side effects of the anesthesia have worn off.
The patient should ask a responsible person to take her back home after the breast enhancement procedure.
After the anesthesia, the next step involves making incisions in pre-determined sites in a precise and discreet manner. The surgeon may place the incision beneath the breast crease, in the armpit area, around the areola border, and even around the navel in some cases.
The surgeon will, as far as possible, place the incision in the natural creases to make sure that the resulting scarring remains inconspicuous.
The surgeon can place the breast implants underneath the pectoral muscle or in front of the pectoral muscle right behind the breast tissue. They will assess the breast anatomy of the patient and implant size prior to deciding on implant placement.
The surgeon will explain the benefits and limitations of both of these implant placement options to the patient. This will allow the patient to make a well-considered choice before the finalization of the customized breast enhancement surgical plan.
The surgeon will place the breast implants and position them appropriately. Then they will cautiously close the incisions using either removable or dissolvable sutures.
The surgeon will put temporary drain tubes underneath the skin in the incision sites and instruct the patient to keep the incision areas clean and dry to reduce the risk of infection.
Wearing Surgical Bra
In the days after the plastic surgery procedure, the surgeon will replace the initial bandages with a special surgical bra. The patient will need to wear this special bra for several weeks.
It is vital to follow the surgeon’s guidelines and wear this bra all the time, except when bathing. This enables faster healing, and helps the breast tissue achieve its new, desired shape.
Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implants to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
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