You may be a candidate for breast augmentation if you are self-conscious or bothered by the size, shape or symmetry of your breasts. The FDA approves the use of saline implants if you are at least 18 years of age, or your choice of saline or silicone implants if you are age 22 or older.
Prior to your procedure, you’ll undergo pre-operative lab work and be instructed to avoid food and drinks on the day of your surgery. You’ll be placed under general anesthesia for the duration of your procedure, meaning you’ll feel and remember nothing regarding the surgery. Depending on the type of implant you receive, your surgeon will make a small incision beneath the breast, around the nipple, or under your arm. The implant will be secured in place and your incision sutured shut. Most breast augmentations take no more than two hours and are usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Yes. It is normal to experience some swelling and soreness in the days following your procedure, and you may be advised to avoid certain physical activity for several weeks after the surgery. You also may be instructed to take certain medications and to return to your surgeon’s office for a follow-up visit within 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery.